Aldi’s are not everywhere, but if you happen to live by one, you’re very lucky. I didn’t discover Aldi until I moved to North Carolina, when my friend told me about them. I’m a big bargain shopper and I truly believe you can eat healthy on the cheap and I’m willing to travel to multiple stores to get what I want. But Aldi can be a one stop shop for all the healthy basics at great prices.
My experience has been – they have always have a variety of in season fruits and vegetables, but also carry staples such as bananas, carrots, mushrooms and cucumbers that are there every time you go. They even have their own brand call “Fit and Active” so you can scoop up lower prices on items like oats, tuna in water, and brown rice. Its sometimes hard to make a random pit stop there since I don’t always have my own bags on me (they don’t have bags and you give a quarter to use a shopping cart, only to get it back upon returning) – I need to be better at that!
Here’s my go to list of the best items to buy from Aldi grocery stores:
- Eggs – $1.39 – the cheapest “regular” non sale price in town
- Oatmeal – 2lbs of quick oats for under $1.80 – 30 1/2c servings
- Dark Chocolate Bars – 60% or higher
- Tuna – canned tuna packed in water
- Fit and Active Brown Rice
- Ground Turkey
- Frozen Chicken Breasts
- Salad Ingredients – spinach, baby carrots, mushrooms and cucumber – everything for a complete salad
- Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables – their recent local ad had $0.99 strawberries!
- Avocados – always the cheapest “regular” non sale price in town.
- Cooking Spices – always $1 each
- Frozen Mixed Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix is my fav!
- Frozen Fruit – for smoothies
- Canned Beans – tho not salt free – so rinse well to remove excess
- No Sugar Added Fruit Juices – they have better flavors than just plain apple juice
(photo source: Aldi.com)