How far does $100 go at ALDI? What kinds of foods will I find there? What sets ALDI apart from it's competitors? These are all questions I had when I heard ALDI was coming to California and when ALDI invited me to one of their newest grocery stores here in Southern California.
How far does $100 go at ALDI?
On our recent shopping trip, I was able to get a TON of good food for my family. Five to six meals, snacks, breakfast food, and even a few treats. All the food items you see below, I purchased at ALDI for $100 and this is not including the 2 boxes of ice cream bars in the freezers. while I did pick up lunch items, I didn't pick up as much as I would like but that's because I forgot my list at home and brought the whole family with me!
- Enough food for 6 meals (Including Fit & Active® Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast Tenderloins and Cattleman’s Ranch USDA Choice Bacon Wrapped Beef Chuck Tender Fillet)
- Snacks (Including gluten free and organic options)
- Breakfast foods - cereal, milk, yogurt.
- and more! Check out my Facebook Live video of my entire haul!
What sets ALDI apart from other grocery stores.
ALDI is a unique food market experience. ALDI takes all the overhead and hidden costs that weigh down a traditional grocery store and passes the savings on to it's customers. The prices are so low I actually couldn't believe it. And you don't need coupons! Be advised, you do bag your own groceries and you will need a quarter to get a shopping cart (which you get back after you are finished shopping). Items that cost a fortune at other markets, like organic and gluten free foods are so affordable at ALDI. For example, a half-gallon of Friendly Farms Organic 2% Reduced Fat Milk at my local ALDI in Southern California costs around $3.60. Not bad! They also have a section in the middle of the store devoted to low cost seasonal household items.
What are some can't miss food items at ALDI?
There are so many unique items you can get at ALDI for a great price. Our family loves the Specially Selected Bistro Style Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread, the Cattleman’s Ranch USDA Choice Bacon Wrapped Beef Chuck Tender Fillet, and their liveGfree® line of crackers (they don't taste "gluten-free". The SimplyNature Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars were not a huge hit with the kids - but they loved the SimplyNature® RaspberryFruit Strips, SimplyNature® Sweet Potato Chips, fresh fruit and the Mama Cozzi’s Stone Baked Veggie Pizza we had for lunch yesterday. Don't expect to find a lot of name brand food items at ALDI, although they do have some, ALDI mostly carries it's own brand of food items along with fresh produce and fresh meat and fresh bread. And I can't wait to taste the bacon wrapped fillets I purchased! That's tomorrow night's meal!
And ALDI stands behind their food products. With all of the healthy food options, you can see why. We will definitely be shopping at ALDI again. The number one reason? The savings combined with quality ingredients. I can easily stretch my grocery budget with ALDI, saving money and eating well.
Have you shopped at ALDI before? What do you think? What do you love? Are there items I need to add to my shopping list?