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If you think you're saving the most money at Aldi, you may want to check out this comparison.

As frugal-minded shoppers, we are always on the hunt to find the best prices without too much work. I know a lot of you have found that Aldi has low prices and good deals on certain items.  Since they don’t carry name brands or accept any coupons, I thought it might be a good idea to compare their prices with the sales and coupons at traditional grocery stores and see where things fall.

You might be surprised to learn that the comparison shows when you buy brand name and use coupons, you actually get much better deal!

To see the current Publix deals go here.

To see the current Aldi deals here.

To make the price comparison, I took 13 items from a recent Buy One Get One list at Publix and found the comparable house brand item at my local Aldi. This included items like canned tomatoes, brownie mix, condiments, snacks,  bread and dairy products. After tallying up the prices at both stores, here are the results:

Aldi: $19.47
Publix with coupons: $13.16
Publix without coupons: $21.73

As you can see, if you just want to walk in the store without clipping a coupon, you could save $2.26 to buy the Aldi store brands vs. national brands at Publix.  Add on the coupon savings and there really is no comparison.  I saved $6.31 shopping at Publix and I got Kraft cheese instead of the Aldi brand! Another point about Aldi is they only accept debit, or cash (no credit cards) and grocery bags are not provided.

I hope this helps you see that buying on sale and using coupons on name brand items can save you more just just shopping at discount stores. If you want to learn more about how to shops sales and coupon, check out the Learn to Coupon page!

    • Amy Lauren

      I coupon a lot at Harris Teeter, which is primarily where I shop even when I’m NOT using coupons (unless I have to make a quick trip to the Food Lion down the road for something I need right then). 

      But, I really love Aldi for certain things such as produce, egg whites, bread, and other items that don’t have many coupons, and I like some of the specialty items at Aldi. They have excellent produce and meat, especially when you need something that just doesn’t go on sale often. 

      It depends on what you buy- with things like cheese, coffee, coffee creamer, canned foods, drinks, cereal, etc, ,you really can’t go wrong with couponing at a bigger and supposedly “more expensive” store.

    • Mwalker252003

      Well, I like Aldi because it is small and takes less time. Coupons and the bigger grocery stores are just so time consuming. I mean I do use coupons, but typically now I only do CVS and Walgreens, because I just don’t have the time for the big grocery store.

    • Jameson

      I just started shopping at Aldi and I love their produce.  I don’t do my major purchases there, but you can’t beat 1.19 for two lbs of carrots.  In combining aldi for those “non-sale essentials” I can’t get find better deals.

    • Jameson

      I just started shopping at Aldi and I love their produce.  I don’t do my major purchases there, but you can’t beat 1.19 for two lbs of carrots.  In combining aldi for those “non-sale essentials” I can’t get find better deals.

    • Anonymous

      We go to Aldi for our “what we need now” items especially produce and milk.  Our Aldi has milk 1.49/gallon!!!  Their produce has a smaller selection but what they do have is fresh and inexpensive.  If you are shopping without coupons, they definitely beat Wal-Mart’s prices and I’ve found no issues with their brand of food.  My favorite deal at Aldi this week was $1.29 for 10-count multigrain frozen waffles. 

    • Anonymous

      We go to Aldi for our “what we need now” items especially produce and milk.  Our Aldi has milk 1.49/gallon!!!  Their produce has a smaller selection but what they do have is fresh and inexpensive.  If you are shopping without coupons, they definitely beat Wal-Mart’s prices and I’ve found no issues with their brand of food.  My favorite deal at Aldi this week was $1.29 for 10-count multigrain frozen waffles. 

    • Mary S

      Yeah, nobody beats Aldi’s produce prices! I used to do most of my grocery shopping at Aldi before I found your site and started couponing; now I do most of my shopping at Publix and am spending WAY less than I used to at Aldi–but I still hit Aldi each week for my bread and produce. My last trip a couple days ago I spent $9 and got 4 lb of oranges, 3 lb of apples, 2 lb of bananas, 2 lb of pears, whole-wheat bread, and English muffins. And did I mention that the $9 I spent included 10% AL sales tax, and that I was in and out of the store in about 5 minutes???

    • Mary S

      Yeah, nobody beats Aldi’s produce prices! I used to do most of my grocery shopping at Aldi before I found your site and started couponing; now I do most of my shopping at Publix and am spending WAY less than I used to at Aldi–but I still hit Aldi each week for my bread and produce. My last trip a couple days ago I spent $9 and got 4 lb of oranges, 3 lb of apples, 2 lb of bananas, 2 lb of pears, whole-wheat bread, and English muffins. And did I mention that the $9 I spent included 10% AL sales tax, and that I was in and out of the store in about 5 minutes???

    • Anonymous

      Jenny, I agree if you are choosing one store over another. Aldi has a place when items you need are not on sale. By shopping the buy one get one free sales and then supplementing your supply with Aldi products keeps your stockpile growing while feeding your family and staying within your budget. 

      The Aldi option does not have to be an “either/or.” It can be a “but also.” Happy savings!

    • Guest

      The fresh produce prices can’t be beat.  For instance, in this past ad, Aldi had fresh pineapple for $.99 each.  At Publix they are $4.99 each.  Pears at Publix at $1.99 per pound.  Aldi has them for $.99 per 2lb bag ($.50/lb).  Oranges are $1.49/lb at Publix but $1.49 per 4lb bag at Aldi.  

      I definitely love Publix for my regular grocery shopping but their produce prices are budget busters (even using “overage” to buy them).  The prices at Aldi definitely help bring fresh produce back onto the table.

    • Guest

      The fresh produce prices can’t be beat.  For instance, in this past ad, Aldi had fresh pineapple for $.99 each.  At Publix they are $4.99 each.  Pears at Publix at $1.99 per pound.  Aldi has them for $.99 per 2lb bag ($.50/lb).  Oranges are $1.49/lb at Publix but $1.49 per 4lb bag at Aldi.  

      I definitely love Publix for my regular grocery shopping but their produce prices are budget busters (even using “overage” to buy them).  The prices at Aldi definitely help bring fresh produce back onto the table.

      • Debe2

        I agree, where else can you get pole grown cucumbers for .49 or less each? I have never liked big cuc’s until Aldi’s huge pole grown…they are juicy, and full of flavor. .49 for a lb bag of mini carrots, .49 each for Haas avacado’s, 2 lb containers of white and red seedless grapes for $1.49 – $2.99. The cereals, Millville brand are wonderful. The grand kids love the Raisin brand better than Kellogg’s because they say there are a lot more raisins in it. The cereal is a deal!

        The only problem I have with Aldi’s is that they are not a bigger store offering more great deals!

    • bigbadgirl@bellsouth.net

      I just go to Aldi for the produce.

    • Delle

      This is great to know because I have been wanting to leave where I work now and apply at Aldi’s, thank you so much for doing the work for me!!  LOL  ; )

      • Imaprincess09

        I was told that Aldi starts out paying you about $2 more than minimum wage.. if that’s true, it may be worth it. Because there will ALWAYS be those moms who don’t have time to coupon. I don’t see Aldi going out of business anytime soon.

    • Yvettejj

      I thought Sams Club had lower prices also, until recently. Then I started comparing certain items. I will not be renewing my membership.

      • Mary

        For the certain things I buy at Sam’s, it is worth it to me.  I need vats of honey for bread making and instant yeast – I can get both at Sam’s for a great price.  I do love their salad mix for $4 and peanuts for making brittle.  You have to know what you regularly pay for what you buy there to know if it’s a deal – I’ve seen tons of ‘I can get that cheaper!’ there too.  I have recently split my membership with a friend, so it only costs me $20 a year and I know I save way more than that. 

        • Wendy

          Sam’s is worth it to me just for the savings on my Sudafed (generic brand).  The lowest price outside of Sam’s is around $3.50 at Walmart for 48 count.  Sam’s is around $2.50 for 96 count.  Averaging one 48 count box per week is $182 at Walmart and $65 at Sam’s for a yearly savings of $117.  Even if we only averaged 24 count each week that would be $91 at Walmart and $32.50 at Sam’s for a yearly savings of $58.50.  So anything else I can get a good deal on is just a bonus!

          • Anonymous

            I like Sam’s for certain items!  We purchase a lot of meat there so we can do bulk cooking.  Also some items in #10 cans.  With those it’s sometimes a penny or two more an ounce but if I really need that much tomato sauce, I don’t want to open 10 cans! LOL)  And there are certain brands of bread that are cheaper (for the few things that we are brand loyal on).  I also get my generic zyrtec their.  All 5 of us take it daily and even with sales/coupons/deals, the prices was better at Sam’s.

    • momto3boys

      I like Aldi’s because I can get in there and get my staples and get out fast…with 2 little ones!  There are less distractions and a smaller selection of items so I am less tempted.  I also have been doing more Aldi shopping because the food coupons seem to have disappeared until last week.

    • Delle

      The Learn to Coupon page link doesn’t go to a correct page:

      Yikes, I think I misplaced this page in my coupon stash!
      Let’s try again from the beginning.GO TO THE HOME PAGE.

    • Sniperella

      I was a serious Aldi shopper for a long time, then we moved and it was closer for me to just go to Kroger, and with two little ones at the time, it was much easier to just go one place.  Now my kids are much older and I can take the time to coupon and go to multiple stores when there are good deals.  However, I haven’t been to Aldi in forever, and may start going back for produce and milk and bread when I can’t find deals on those items at Publix. It sounds like the prices are still unbeatable on those items!  Just gotta find my quarter stash for the buggie!!

    • Lisa B

      I agree with others who go to Aldi for the produce, because there really are great deals, and it’s always good quality (and occasionally even local!)  I will occasionally buy staple items that I don’t currently have coupons for but need right away. But yes, I definitely save more on general groceries by waiting for the sale, using a coupon and stocking up at Harris Teeter or Kroger. 

    • Modern Belle

      Aldi is good for staples, produce and specialty foods. Since they are a German company, I find their sweets and desserts are better. A family friend works in a Huggies plant in Ohio that also produces Aldi diapers. She said that Aldi has higher standards for their production than Huggies.

      Publix may be cheaper on some items, but I still heart Aldi. You can’t beat their cookies and sweets at Christmas. It’s also a good place to pick up cheap wine if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you.

      The Aldi Fit & Trim line is equivalent to Weight Watchers foods, and it is tremendously cheaper.

    • Anonymous

      Personally, I’d gladly pay ~$5 more for the convenience of Aldi, particularly when I know I’m not paying a premium there anyway. 

    • Abbielou02

      I’ve worked at Aldi in the past, and simply because I know how they treat their employees and workers, I will ALWAYS shop there over wal-mart and other stores that are known for being horrible to the employees.
      Most of their prices can not be beat, and hearing personal testimonies from customer after customer about how they saved $100+ on their groceries that pay check and all they did was not shop at Wal-Mart, I think says a lot!

      • Delle

        That’s why I want to apply there, sounds like a winner!

        • Abbielou02

          Working there was a DREAM! And they pay a lot! 

    • Sassysnail

      There are  some things in my Aldi that are worth getting, but for me, the biggest turnoff is my store only has 2 people on staff at any time – a cashier and a managwer to stock things. I am lucky that my 3 big grocery stores – Aldi’s, Publix, and Kroger – are within 1 block of each other, and Walgreens is as well. But for me it is usually worth the extra pennies to go into one of the other stores to get what I need without having to stand in s line for half an hour.

    • Debe2

      I have shopped Publix until they’ve nearly broke me. I definitely store shop and find that Aldi’s saves me plenty. The produce selection might be smaller, but it is of good quality with prices less than 1/2 of that at Publix. Aldi’s has the best fresh chicken wings for frying or baking. The Fit&Active lean ground beef is excellent. I also find with Publix buy one get one offers, I can use 1 coupon on 1 item at WalMart and save more. Or, use 2 coupons and get twice as much for less. 

    • Lynnvlawrence

      I actually had completely the reverse experience.  I found that the prices at Aldi were 1/3 what I paid at Publix.  Not 1/3 off, but 1/3 of Publix prices.  

      I didn’t look at the buy one get one deals, though.  I just took my regular grocery list for the things I purchase most often and walked through both stores writing down prices.  
      Surprisingly, meats and produce didn’t seem to have much of a difference.
      The downside to Aldi is that they don’t always have the item I want.  For example, I recently grabbed a can of Chili Style Diced Tomatoes to try it.  When I went back to get more, I found that those were gone and an employee told me they only get them every 2-3 months.  I get my essentials at Aldi to stock up, but do the rest of my shopping at other stores.OH, and Aldi does have good sales on strange things every week – like a portable generator or storage cabinets or bird feeders.  You never know what you’re going to see!

      • Anonymous

        If you like something at Aldi, you definitely need to get it while you can. Many items are seasonal (for example, tartar sauce which seemed odd to me and it wasn’t even during Lent).  And they do have the oddest “special buy” items in the world sometimes. :)

    • Anonymous

      I buy my canned good staples at Aldi; things that rarely go on sale and don’t have coupons are just better in price. We live a distance from Aldi’s so it is just an occasional trip to stock up.  So, when dealing with coupons.. I love Publix, but that doesn’t discount Aldi for it’s great deals.

    • PaulaB

      If I had an Aldi less than 15 miles away, I would use it for produce and need it now stuff.  Certainly a sale plus coupons is better, but I learned that sometimes I just don’t have the stock, especially recently.  I haven’t seen as many deals on things that I use to run to the grocery stores for.  I have a neighbor that drives to Aldi 15 miles, uses more than a gallon of gas, and picks up just a few things, thinking she’s saved money.

    • Jessica Williams

      I totally agree that you can never beat a BOGOF deal w/coupons…but, if you don’t have that and need to make certain purchases like dairy products, especially their milk & eggs, Aldi is the place to shop.  Their meat prices at very reasonable too.  Just a thought. :-)

    • Anonymous

      I’m the same way – there’s not all the “other” stuff at Walmart or at other grocery stores so less tempatations :)

    • Anonymous

      I’m the same way – there’s not all the “other” stuff at Walmart or at other grocery stores so less tempatations :)

    • Anonymous

      I’m the same way – there’s not all the “other” stuff at Walmart or at other grocery stores so less tempatations :)

    • Guest

      That’s all very well and good, but I live in an area where Food Lion and Lowes are the only grocery chains.  They don’t have the great deal that some of the other stores do.  Lowes foods has very few deals that I’m interested in; therefore I only rarely use them. My FL is often out of many things.  I’ll get what I can there, but Aldi is a much better store for me for most staple items.
      I save a lot at aldi, especially on dairy, eggs, produce, crackers, etc.  I stop in at FL and get the few things that are on sale and can use coupons on.  But I ertainly can’t shop there exclusively and save money.

    • Guest

      That’s all very well and good, but I live in an area where Food Lion and Lowes are the only grocery chains.  They don’t have the great deal that some of the other stores do.  Lowes foods has very few deals that I’m interested in; therefore I only rarely use them. My FL is often out of many things.  I’ll get what I can there, but Aldi is a much better store for me for most staple items.
      I save a lot at aldi, especially on dairy, eggs, produce, crackers, etc.  I stop in at FL and get the few things that are on sale and can use coupons on.  But I ertainly can’t shop there exclusively and save money.

    • Gail

      Aldi’s prices are also much better on things (like butter $1.99/pk and cream cheese .89 for 8 oz) these were holiday prices but in general these items are also much cheaper.  Also, I cannot always find the coupons that are matched to the products at stores like Publix.  I get the SC State paper and All You magazine, but i normally find about half the coupons listed. So I do shop at multiple stores, including Aldi in order to save.

    • Cyndi23

      There are no Publix in the Heartland….Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee or Kentucky in which I live. But we do have Aldi and Sav-A-Lot.  Do this shopping comparison at Wal Mart or Kroger and you might make a believer out of me, without spending hours sitting cutting coupons and organizing them. I have a budget of 150.00 a week for groceries, pet supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies, and without using coupons, by shopping at Aldi and GV brand at Wal Mart I stay well within my weekly budget  I shop with a list and menu for the week.

      • NikiW72

        I am with Cyndi, like in Central Illinois and no Publix. Walmart, Kroger, Hyvee and County Market. I use Aldi’s, Walmart and Sav- A-Lot and go to our local County Market for Penny Pinchers and sale items or something I totally forgot and have to have for a meal(we live 30+miles from the other stores). I would love to see a comparison from one of the other stores.

      • Jldouthit

        We have tons of Publix in Tennessee.  There are 3 or 4 in Murfreesboro alone

      • Jennybmom

        I live in Tennessee and there are 4 Publix stores within 15 miles of my house here in Franklin. The “heartland” has great deals too. Aldi is not one of them. Plus, we have a ton of Krogers, which also doubles coupons. I will gladly spend a couple hours a week preparing my shopping trip to save on tons of items for my family of 7.

      • Wendy

        I’m wondering if Cyndi is close to me.  I live in Western Kentucky and am very close to Southern Illinois, Southeastern Missouri and Western Tennessee.  The closest Publix is a good 2 hours away in Nashville.  We do have an Aldi in the town where I shop; however, most of my experiences with their produce have not been good at all.  If they have a price advertised on some kind of produce I want, I just price match at Walmart. 

        I have loved the few times I’ve been in Nashville and had the chance to shop at Publix.  They’re supposed to be opening one in Clarksville, TN next month and I’m wondering if I can justify driving 80 – 85 miles each way once or twice per month to be able to hit Publix, Target and a few different thrift stores… :)

        • Wendy

          Also, I’ve been able to do better on milk just by having my hubby stop at a convenience store on his way home from work.  I haven’t checked Aldi in a while because it’s not as convenient for me as some other stores anyway, but several months ago when I kept hearing how cheap their milk and butter were I checked and didn’t find them to be particularly good. Apparently we’re just not in a cheap milk area :(

    • Daisy

      I’ve been shopping at ALDI since about November when I noticed that the coupons in the paper weren’t really for items that I would buy or the deal wasn’t that great. I buy a lot of their fit n active line, milk, produce and fresh mozzerella cheese. If there’s a great deal at Publix I go–but I’ve been doing more and more or my shopping at ALDI.

    • Laini M

      I have the luxury of having both a Publix and an Aldi near me, across the street from each other. This post confirms my choice to shop at Publix on a regular basis since I buy mostly sale-with-coupon items, OR things that Aldi doesn’t carry at all. However, I find that Aldi is a big winner for events like a Super Bowl party or having family come to visit, when I will be buying lots of  basics –  extra dairy, bread, chips, meat, produce.

    • Kate 1010

      A couple weeks ago I made the decision to (gulp) stop hovering over the couponing sites, printing and clipping and making lists.  There usually are only myself and my husband in our house.  We don’t need a huge stockpile. I was finding that my time to organize my trips to save with couponing was getting out of hand. So, Aldi is where I shop.  We aren’t fancy people and we don’t have dietary issue. Between Aldi and an occasional great deal at CVS I think we’re covered. Basically I have come full circle:  in the 90’s, when I had a growing family, money was tight and coupons were less helpful, I was an Aldi shopper.

      • JoshuaKlipp

        Is amazed how people still think that you need to spend massive amounts of time to have good savings, I usually browse the sites daily while at work, and spend maybe 1 hour organizing my transactions to save on average 75% on coupon goods. These sites make it so easy that it shouldn’t consume more than a few hours per week to see massive savings.

    • Jessica Alford

      My closest Aldi is 30 mins away. Just not worth the drive. But there are no wetter savings than at Publix, IMO. I don’t hit much meat there. I go to Sams club for that or go on to buy a partial organic cow. Fruits and veggies I buy organic thru a local co-op. Thank you for doing the comparison. I have often wondered about Aldi!

    • Wynnellye

      We don’t have a Publix, but I think you need to watch prices whereever and know what’s what.  I enjoy Aldi’s prices on veggies/fruits (watch for freshness) and milk/eggs, their soup is priced awesome and so it crackers.  Otherwise coupons and sales may be a better way to go.

    • Thechels88

      i have compared the prices of canned tomatoes…no one beats Aldi…and sandwich bread? they often have it for 79 cents! I can’t find coupons for sandwich bread, so Aldi is always the best deal for me. I do my “basics” shopping at Aldi (bread, eggs, milk, most of my veggies) and do my “extras” at Publix (cereals, whatever else is on sale + coupons).

    • Mama Mel

      I just know my prices on items. I go to Aldi for items that I need that are not on sale or I do not have coupons for. They are cheaper than regular prices for sure, but most of the time it doesn’t beat the B1G1’s or sale items with coupons. It depends on how much time you have each week to put in to it. Some weeks I can take more time with my coupons, but other weeks I just run to Aldi.

    • Catherine P.

      I love Aldi and use them for things I need or use regularly and there’s no current sale. I make up my SS list and take it with me to compare the prices, buying what I can get for a better deal at Aldi, then going with coupons to  Kroger or Publix and getting those items cheaper. I think a combination works, although I have not found any Aldi items to be inferior to brand name or store brand items. And sometimes, it’s nice to use Aldi when I don’t have time to pull together all the coupons and I still want to save money.

    • Guest

      Their milk also comes from a dairy that pledges not to use artificial growth hormones & is day-to-day cheaper.  Sales will always beat regular prices anywhere but you can’t beat their produce, canned vegetables & pizza & soups.

      • Elaine Voll

        Their produce is so awesome.  Broccoli is the best anywhere and their prices on bananas are hard to beat.

    • Elaine Voll

      On day to day items, I save more at Aldi.  I still shop around for meat and get my beef from a local grass fed co-op for $2.50/lb!  Just with every store, it pays to shop the sales, but the every day prices of Aldi just can’t be beat.  Though I have been buying my eggs at Harris Teeter in the 2.5 dozen packs bc it is the best regular price around for eggs per dozen.

    • guest

      Sure … it’s cheaper to buy brand name food IF it’s on buy one, get one free AND you have a coupon for it.  That’s a no brainer.  The comparison using just sale/coupons (no bogo) vs. Aldi is more accurate for every day life. You can’t count on BOGO, but you can count on Aldi’s every day prices.  

    • Sandy

      No one has cheaper prices on produce and Aldi’s is so fresh that it doesn’t deteriorate like the supermarkets.   Also they have the best bread prices ever even without a coupon.

    • Christi Pugh

      I do an Aldi’s run about once a month to stock up on staple items including fat free refried beans & fit & active products.  I check their ad every week because they have various themes like italian, mexican, chinese, etc. every so often & at those times you can stock up on those special items.  The quality is always excellent & btw if you don’t like anything you buy there they have a 100% guarantee on their products.  I’ve shopped Aldi for years & have always found the savings to be there for me compared to Kroger or Food Lion, even couponing.  I take my own eco friendly bags to Kroger or Aldi so it is not an issue about shopping bags.  I love the simplicity & they must be a good company because of the three Aldi stores I shop in my area, all three have had the same cashiers & managers for at least 10 years.  That says quite a lot.  I’ve recently started buying their fresh meat & have found the fit & active lean ground beef to compare to Laura’s Lean beef in quality & flavor.  No one will ever convince me Aldi is not a smart way to shop.  I suppose if you are a very gifted couponer it might not be worth it, but for me it is another practical part of my shopping budget.

    • Anonymous

      I am suspicious of Aldi’s extreme low prices on produce. They only grow so fast, someone needs to harvest them and they still need to be transported. Someone’s getting the short end of the stick!

    • DTHamilton963

      Exactly why I shop at Aldi…I DON’T NEED COUPONS!  Whoooohooooooo

      • Thewarbys

        Ditto!

      • Thewarbys

        Ditto!

    • Wow, thanks for this!

    • Amanda K

      I love Aldi but am careful of the prices. You really need to know your prices and that’s for anywhere. Just like our Aldi’s sells brownie mix for 1.19 or something like that but you can catch it on sale all of the time $1 a box. But you really can’t beat the produce prices! I’m just careful and know what a good price is. I don’t feel that anyone can use one store and truly get the best and lowest prices on items. It’s a must for me to go to a variety of stores and shop the sales.

    • Amy M.

      Interesting comparison! I do love their BOGO prices–amazing–but I’d be curious to compare if I did a whole week’s worth of regular shopping at each store. I haven’t been to Aldi yet (it’s a bit of a trek so I haven’t made it othey’re building one 7 mins from my house! NE Columbia :)) but I might have to start shopping at both like a lot of commenters mentioned. I definitely have to keep other stores in my rotation with Publix for the sake of buying meat, especially!

    • Jennybmom

      If people are wanting to save money without the “hassle” of using coupons, then they are wasting their time at Aldi. It’s the biggest “hassle” of a store I’ve ever had the misfortune of shopping at. First, you better have quarters in your pocket to ” rent” a shopping cart or you”re stuck carrying everything. Second, be prepared for tons of generics. Hope the kids will eat “Sugar Hoops” cereal. Third, bring your own bags unless you have more money to buy some from them. (And be aware that you’re not supposed to put fresh produce, meats, or dairy products in reusable bags because of e.Coli and salmonella contamination. Unless of course you want to do laundry every time you come home from the grocery store! Well, we’ve already wasted so much time providing our own customer service at Aldi, what’s one load of laundry to finish off the experience?). Fourth, once you have the bag fiasco figured out, throw your items back into your rental cart (or arms if you forgot your quarters) and take all of those groceries to a long countertop near the exit where YOU will bag them. Wow! Who knew? You didn’t even know you were applying for a job and yet you’ve been promoted to bagger! Lastly, walk yourself to the car, put your groceries away, and if you were fortunate enough to have the quarters to rent a cart, now is your opportunity to get those quarters back…when YOU return the cart to the rental cart stable conveniently located at the front of the store.

      If this wasn’t enough of a hassle for you, next time, try bringing your children with you….especially if you have a baby!

      • Anonymous

        1. We keep an “aldi quarter” in the van so not a big deal and the kids love to get and return the cart.  is it really that big of a deal?  FYI – it’s a deposit, not a rental since you get your quarter back.

        2. We use reusable bags all the time so taking them to Aldi is not a big deal.

        3.  Many cashiers in other stores don’t use reusable bags wll so we end up bagging our groceries at those stores about half the time.  Either they crush something or put 3 things in a bag like it’s a plastic bag.

        4.  Most of the produce at Aldi is prepackaged thus reducing the risk of contamination (which I’ve never heard of actually happening to anyone).  And you can take old plastic grocery bags (we seem to always have a ton even with using reusable bags). 

        • Anonymous

          And if I have to shop with children, I’d rather it be at Aldi.  OUrs has clean restrooms, a bench at the front for the older ones to wait, and if they wander off, it’s easy to find them in the 4-5 aisles of groceries instead of the myriad of aisles and sections at the regular grocery store or the toy aisles at Walmart

      • Jewelrybyamanda

        Gotta be honest…you sound like quite the diva.  Just sayin’.

      • MaMaNina

        It’s no more of a hassle to bring your own shopping bags + 1 quarter than it is to clip coupons. Aldi keeps it’s prices low (and your car free from cart dings) by having shoppers be responsible to put their cart away when their done with it. That’s one less staff member per shift required to pay. Produce prices are the best, especially in the winter when most items are not on sale in other grocery stores. Consistently low price for a gallon of milk. And then theirs bread for $1.19 and chips for $1.29. Most stores have their own brand of bread for over $2 and chips now run $2.50 on sale. My toddler has food allergies and saltines are one of the few “grain” items he can eat. Zesta is the cheapest brand of saltines in the mainline grocery stores (including store brand) that does not have an allergy warning of egg or cross-contamination. Zesta runs $1.98 at Wal-Mart (cheapest place) but Aldi brand saltines are $0.98 and allergy free!! 

        As for bringing the kids. My 18m old sit in the “seat” and my 5yo walks. When the baby was in a car seat, I shopped with a stroller (car seat attached) and used the underneath basket for groceries + a reusable shopping bag over the handles. It can be done. It’s not any more difficult than putting a car seat in the Harris Teeter shopping cart and trying to find place for all your groceries while balancing a coupon binder and looking for deals while your 5yo wanders the store with her free cookie. 

      • Jameson

        The point of Aldi is to cut down on overhead.  By not participating in major brands, not having to pay baggers, not having to provide free bags, and not having costs associated with stray buggies they keep their overhead lower than any other store.  The amount of negativity is astounding – it is a different way to shop that obviously is only for some people.

      • GrammarDiva

        Wow, don’t hold back, lol.  I did read somewhere where the Aldi brands are actually a name brand packaged under the Aldi name, but I don’t remember which name brand.  At any rate, I don’t taste much of a difference, if at all, between Aldi and name brand products. 

        I like the fact that you “rent” a cart for a quarter – that keeps the parking lots clear of stray carts.  Also, if I’m just going in and someone is returning a cart, I give them my quarter and take their cart.  And sometimes when I’m done, I hand my cart off to someone without getting the quarter back.  It’s a nice gesture.

        I certainly don’t mind bagging my own groceries – that way I can make sure that everything that’s supposed to go together gets where it needs to go.  And considering the great prices, I certainly don’t mind doing a little more myself if I can save the money that I do.  And my green bags stay in the car all the time, so that’s no big deal.  And don’t you use reusable bags in the grocery store?  Do you take those with you?  What’s the big deal?

        I suppose my attitude would be different if I was dealing with little ones, but I agree with the poster who said that it’s easier to track your kids in four or five aisles rather than a super-center like Walmart or Kroger.

      • afordable

        Hmmm. Somebody is a little high-maintenance.  I shop with a baby and toddler every time I go to Aldi or Publix or Wal-mart. It’s a hassle anywhere!

      • wecantallbeextreme

        GeeWiz honey! Get over it. I shop with a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old at Aldi and everywhere else. We keep a special “Aldi Quarter” in the car so we always have one. WE GO PREPARED! I assume you go off to Publix or wherever prepared with your coupons. I assume you go elsewhere with your children prepared for whatever you might need. Ever had to work a day in your life? What’s bagging a few of your own groceries in order to save some extra money.

      • Thewarbys

        You act like a quarter and bringing your own bags is more work than couponing.  Not even close.  My kids are much easier to keep track of at Aldi, and they love being the ones to go and get the carts out of line.  I have never thought to complain about bagging because I save SO MUCH money, even compared to Wal-Mart.  But if it’s that big of a deal, I’ll leave you to couponing and I’ll be in and out of Aldi with a full cart of groceries in 25 minutes.

        • Anonymous

          And I always get a decent parking spot at Aldi!!!

      • Jennybmom

        Not a diva at all! I just have enough self respect to understand customer service! I have five kids under the age of ten and THEY are not the hassle I am talking about. So, it’s no hassle at all to return a cart to the front of the store rather than have a cart rack RIGHT beside your car? I guess crossing the parking lot with 5 kids AGAIN after the groceries are loaded is just another one of those joys in life??? And keeping special quarters handy, wtf? I have real things to think about. Bagging your own groceries is “fun for the kids”? Getting out of the grocery store and on with our lives is more fun for my family.

        As far as eliminating the overhead costs… How is it I am able to spend less AND get better customer service at Publix? Of course day to day regular prices on store brand Aldi items may be cheaper, but that’s not the argument, now is it? Why would you be on a couponing website which helps you to line your coupons up with your store sales if you’re too lazy to use coupons? And of course not every item is on sale or will be on sale when you need it. Click on the Couponing 101 link and learn how this works. You learn your sales cycles and STOCKPILE. If that concept doesn’t work for you, then fine, go to Aldi and shop (work) there.

        I also noticed from many other posts that the quality of the produce leaves a lot to be desired. Are you really saving money if your bargain fruit grows mold before you even take a bite out of it? Some people DO notice a taste difference in some generics. Not all of them are made by the same companies as the big labels. Want to be a guinea pig and see which ones are edible? Not me! And the frozen food section was GROSS last time I checked. Eww! Lumps of frost covered meat in baggies, unable to identify if not for the label. Yuck.

        Milk at my Aldi costs more than my Publix. The eggs are $1.59 a dozen which is more than I ever pay with a sale and /or coupon at other stores.

        Anyhow, you guys have irritated me to the point that I’m contemplating getting a roll of quarters at my bank, heading to Aldi, getting all the shopping carts I can get, and leaving them in the most random of places ALL OVER THE PARKING LOT. What can I say, I live life on the edge. ;)

        • Guest

          Yup, total DIVA

        • glane

          I’m not sure why you are so angry with people who have a difference of opinion than you. If you don’t like Aldi, don’t shop there. Other people obviously like shopping there or the store would not still be around. Really, you should be glad so many people like Aldi, that’s less people for you to compete with for those Publix deals!  

        • Hates the haters

          No, seriously…you’re a diva.  The cart return at Aldi is about 20 yards from the parking spaces.  It literally is a 30-40 step round trip and takes maybe 30 seconds.  Are you that lazy?  Can your “five kids under age 10” really not get in the vehicle and be okay with mommy gone for 30 seconds while never more than 20 yards away?  And for the record, EVERY store’s produce will go bad early from time to time…even your precious Publix (which we also shop at).  You’ve got problems…

    • Joyfulcanary

      In our family we’ve found that a monthly grocery trip works best for us. Since I don’t run out every week, Aldi is the best store for us! Plus, the only other store near us is Ingles, and their coupon policy leaves a lot to be desired. I’ll go to Ingles if they have a deal that Aldi can’t beat, but I love my Aldi!

    • wecantallbeextreme

      I agree to a point. It only works if the if the item is BOGO and you have a coupon. You can only print so many coupons and in my neck of the woods I find most items I would be interested in that have coupons are regional and typically not in my region. I do, however, have an abundance of coupons for brownie mix, cinnamon rolls, candy, and the ever present pet supplies. Aldi is an amazing place for staples. Consider that milk doesn’t often go on sale and almost never with a coupon.

    • Susanne

      Besides not using hormones in their milk, most of their products have no artificial coloring or flavorings or even any added preservatives.  My Aldi gets produce and eggs from local farmers and that is a big plus to shop locally!  And as others have said, the produce prices are hands down the lowest. 

    • Erica

      We use 2 to 3 gallons of milk a week and Aldi’s is on of the cheapest I’ve found to purchase it. Usually runs around 2.39. Bottom Dollar also has their milk at about the same price.

    • Aliedy

      I do the BOGO’s at Publix when I can find the coupons to match up & it’s something my family can use. We just recently got 2 Aldi’s in N. Ala & a loaf of bread is .89, dozen eggs are .49 & a gallon of milk is $1.99. Nobody else can touch those prices! 
      And they don’t accept checks. Just cash or cards that can be swiped like a debit. 
      My biggest complaint there is when I forget to bring bags w/me!

    • Wdougherty

      I love saving money. It is very frustrating getting to the store only to find empty shelves. I have to go with the attitude “if I get the deal -great; if I don’t -okay.” Stores like Aldi and Save-A-Lot help me save money between coupon trips.

    • Guest

      Is it really fair to take what’s on sale for B1G1 at one store and compare the everyday prices at another store?  The shocker is that the price for these items not on sale at Publix one week later would have been $43.46 (or, with coupons $34.89). Aldi’s price stays at $19.47.

      I think a fair comparison of items needs to be made of items in the store that one might be purchasing in an everyday shopping trip.  A comparison that includes meat, produce, milk, eggs, canned food, bread, cereal, canned vegetables, soup, frozen vegetables, dessert mix and a staple such as flour or oil.  Those aren’t glamorous and they’re rarely the items that we have coupons for so the store comparisons are going to truly come down to the lower base prices.Yes, the idea is to buy on sale and use coupons to maximize savings but with certain items (such as produce, various types of dairy and other items with short shelf life) it’s difficult to “stockpile” so the consumer is forced to purchase items that might not be at the best price when they need it.  Sometimes we have to shop at two stores — one that we know consistently delivers the best prices on the items such as produce, dairy and meat.  And another store that that offers the best deals with our coupons.

    • Mom_4_Him

      We are in Greenville, SC, and I have to say that Aldi’s produce is so much better than the Publix around here.  And as a mom to soon to be 6 children, we have very busy lives.  I do Publix BOGO w/ coupons, but honestly there are some weeks I don’t have an extra hour to cut coupons, and Aldi’s CANNOT be beat!!!!!!

    • Live2save1

      My “Go-To” place.  When I need an item that is not on sale and there are no coupons available at that time, I head right over to Aldi’s.  I can get the item a little cheaper and their produce is awesome.  I always pick up extra milk and cream cheese while I’m there.  I live waaaaay out in the country, so no matter where I shop, it’s a drive.  Aldi’s just happens to fall within a mile of my favorite Harris Teeter, I often combine coupons at HT and good ole valve at Aldi’s!

    • Jen Clark

      I’m very fortunate to have Kroger, Publix and Aldi all within 2 miles of my house.  I have a family of 7 and before I discovered couponing I tried to shop at Aldi for all our grocery needs.  Their prices are better however, much of their food is just gross.  It is worse than generic – some of their snack food is horrible and my kids just won’t eat it.  Don’t even think about buying frozen food there – yuck!  However, now I do most of my shopping at Publix every week and stop in at Aldi for bread, milk, and eggs. 

    • Ketta

      At least in my area (Greenville0 the produce at Aldi has much to be desired.  Yes it is a bit cheaper, but the quality is poor.  Bananas are usually bruised and apples tasteless.  In the summer melons are old and often bruised.  Milk is always a good deal and some of the frozen meats and fish are good prices, but overall the quality of the food is not just up to the standard name brands have.  Publix with sales and coupons gives us quality food and good prices.  If you wait long enough, what you need will be on sale at Publix and then just purchase enough to do you for a number of weeks.  And there is someone to bag your groceries and at least offer to help you to your car.  I appreciate Jenny taking the time to do this comparison.

    • Yuppiepup

      Thrilled to see how many Aldi lovers there are……the produce can’t be beat and if you aren’t comparing BOGO’s Aldi wins hands down……when Publix runs their Mayo at BOGO, it’s $5.85(my store) and you can buy it everyday at Walmart for $3.75, so they mark-up to mark-down.  Remember the old saying, you don’t get something for nothing, so you have to check everything out.  Aldi’s milk and produce can’t be beat and the stir fry (frozen package dinners) are $3.75 and they are the best…..unlike Wanchai Ferry ($7.99) where I have to add veggies and meat to come up with a meal… I do shop at Publix every week for the BOGO’s but also make a trip to Aldi for all my fresh things, like milk, produce, some frozen and meats are the best….BTW, corn at Aldi is .59/can and is $1.45 at Publix…..Is the name brand corn really that much better…..I think not, especially for casseroles, soup, etc….

      • Valerie

        .59 a can for corn is an ok price, but at the most I pay .50 a can. I have gotten it free to .25 a can before. Also Aldi doesn’t have the no salt added or lower sodium corn that I buy. So for me, it makes more sense to use Qs for a healthier kind and still save money over Aldi. I do buy milk and eggs there, but that’s about it.

      • Valerie

        .59 a can for corn is an ok price, but at the most I pay .50 a can. I have gotten it free to .25 a can before. Also Aldi doesn’t have the no salt added or lower sodium corn that I buy. So for me, it makes more sense to use Qs for a healthier kind and still save money over Aldi. I do buy milk and eggs there, but that’s about it.

    • Laura

      My experience with Aldis is centered around fresh produce that rarely has a coupon. Also milk and eggs. Here in Florida the Aldis produce is the same as any other store but the price is almost always cheaper than the regular stores. If you compare prices for milk, eggs, bacon and produce Aldis comes out much cheaper. So i guess it depends on how many trips you want to take for groceries. I have a publix right across the street from aldis so one place for above items then to Publixs to purchase the rest using my coupons.

    • Anonymous

      I use aldi as my benchmark. If i can use coupons on a sale item and beat the aldi price, then i go for it. otherwise i get it aldi. I get great deals on some items at harris teeter but the bulk of my shopping ends up aldi.

    • Libby

      I live in Louisville, KY and our Aldi is clean and their produce is very good and I’d say on par with Kroger.  I go to Aldi maybe once or twice a month and purchase those things that are of good quality which do not usually have coupons at a grocery (milk & produce)…and also pick-up shelf items like chicken broth & ground turkey for recipes.  It saves over Kroger!!   

    • Kimlane23

      The produce is usually cheaper at Aldi.

    • Jennifer H.

      Here in North Georgia I have found that the produce prices are lower, but the fruits start to decay in just one day.  My daughter had the same experience in Charlotte, North Carolina.

      • Yazpistachio

        It totally depends on the store and the fruit shipment. I buy produce at Aldi in Charlotte all the time, and rarely have the trouble other people claim.

    • Cathy

      I made my first trip to Aldi last week because they had DelMonte pineapples for $1. I’ll definitely go back for produce. 

    • Betsy

      Everything I buy just doesn’t come with a coupon.  I like more stuff than that.  LOL.  So, for artichoke hearts and marischino cherries and frozen fish and frozen haricot verts and havarti and a whol list of other stuff, Aldi’s is my go-too.  We like some of their house brand stuff better than name brands.  Their saltine crackers are the best around.  My kids adore saltines overa ll other crackers, so a 79 cent box is a better deal for us than a name brand box of coupons at any price.

    • Jamespebenfield

      I always take breaks from couponing because coupons tend to take up a lot of my time.  Sometimes I need a break to do other things or just because I am tired of it.  When this Happens I shop Aldi for all my baking supplies, cheese, snacks etc.  We actually love the chips better than any other chips on the market. I also shop ALdi’s when I am doign coupons and there are no sales or coupons on things I need..Like Chips.  There Light FIt line is good too when you are dieting.

      • Nichole

        You shop exactly like me!

    • Bbeteag

      Aldi’s has great prices on produce, so I price match at Walmart!  Pineapples at Aldi’s were 99 cents, and at Walmart they were $2.59.  Price matched without a hitch!

    • Good to know, thank you for that comparison!

    • saving$isfun

      Aldi’s is a great place for staple items, like milk and bread and sometimes eggs (WAGS also tends to put eggs on sale a lot for $1). Bringing my own bags isn’t a big deal since I prefer to bring my own reusable ones most times I shop; I just wash them every week or so with my load of towels. Aldi’s is also good for produce and items for making mexican food. 

    • Anonymous

      I have always liked Aldi for produce and milk.  Plus items that I normally would not buy at Kroger or Publix, such as fresh mozzarella and other types of cheese that are usually found in the deli section with a premium price are cheaper at Aldi. During Christmas I found lots of baking supplies super cheap at Aldi. 

    • LaBreeze

      Each week I stop in Aldi for milk, ($2.99gal., bought my milk at Kroger, across the street from Aldi, for $2.79gal.) eggs ($.49dz) & butter ($1.99lb.) and grab whatever produce they have on sale.  This week I bought a bag of oranges there for $1.49. 

      • LaBreeze

        *THIS WEEK “bought my milk at Kroger…”  :-D

    • Lauren

      I also buy basics at Aldi and supplement with BOGOs and super deals at Publix and Bi-Lo.  Also, if I can’t get something I normally buy at Publix (like Smart Balance Milk for $1 or $1.50), I’ll buy it (skim milk) at Aldi. I generally buy my meat there. Some of the produce is okay. Apples last about a week. Pineapple is good. I got some good tangerines there, too. The bananas are really cheap, but they don’t last but a few days. They have really cheap baby carrots. Their bag of salad blend is really good. The have some delicious soups and taco seasoning is 39 cents! Canned beans are 55 cents and tomato paste is 25 cents.

      I would NEVER buy berries there. I don’t think they would make it home without going bad! I am very aware of prices on the things that I buy in general. If I can get it cheaper with a coupon somewhere else, I will do that. I do not buy their snack food, so I can’t comment on that. Overall, I think just about everything I’ve bought there has been really good.

      I’m also in Greenville, SC. I see there are a few of you here that also shop Aldi :) I often do and will continue to recommend Aldi to anyone trying to save money on groceries.

      • Jewelrybyamanda

        I just bought blueberries there yesterday for $1.59/pint and strawberries for $1.29/lb.  Both packages are full of fresh, ripe beautiful berries and show every indication of lasting several more days.

    • Brittany

      This is fine and dandy if you HAVE a publix, but for those that are stuck with Walmart, FoodLion and  coupon hating kroger Aldi is the way to go.

      • Jennybmom

        Aldi must hate coupons too. They don’t even accept them.

        • Hates the haters

          That’s because everything is either their brand, or if it is namebrand it’s already half the price of everywhere else.  We get it…you don’t like Aldi.

    • Jenn Marie Earle

      I hear it is cheaper to get your produce from Aldi though. 

    • January42003

      Interesting to read the vastly different opinions on Aldi vs. Publix (or other major stores). Some are saying the produce can’t be beat, others are saying it is horrible and doesn’t last long! Our newest Aldi in Alabama opens (or has opened?) very soon in Pelham/Hoover, AL and is about 10 minutes from my house. I will definitely give the Aldi a closer look and maybe create a price book from that store for major items and compare them to my go-to place- Publix. Unlike some, I don’t see myself having a problem with “renting” a cart, bringing my own bags, and bagging myself. I tend to like bagging things the way I want anyway. Well, I’ll see how I feel once the store is finished and I pay an official visit. ha ha. Happy Shopping everyone! No matter where you shop! :)

    • Jessica P

      I think this post might be misleading. Publix is very expensive unless you are only purchasing the BOGOs/sale items and combining them with coupons. Aldi has much better prices on the things in general. Only buy the “deals” at Publix and do the rest of your shopping at Aldi (if you have one close by).

    • Jessica P

      I think this post might be misleading. Publix is very expensive unless you are only purchasing the BOGOs/sale items and combining them with coupons. Aldi has much better prices on the things in general. Only buy the “deals” at Publix and do the rest of your shopping at Aldi (if you have one close by).

    • Nwoleslagle

      I have found this true, too.  The produce at Aldi can be cheaper and quality varies by store and season.  There have been times that I quit shopping at Aldi because the produce went bad so quickly, but now have no problem.  Publix sale produce can be same price or cheaper sometimes.

    • JaniceR

      I have found that Aldi is a great place to buy vegetables,bread, frozen shrimp, frozen fresh salmonfrozen chicken breast tenderloins. This week they have the cluster tomatoes for .49 a pound. When the ads aren’t too hot I always run in there and grab certain items that I have tried and they are very good.

    • JaniceR

      I have found that Aldi is a great place to buy vegetables,bread, frozen shrimp, frozen fresh salmonfrozen chicken breast tenderloins. This week they have the cluster tomatoes for .49 a pound. When the ads aren’t too hot I always run in there and grab certain items that I have tried and they are very good.

    • Clarkiechick

      It just depends on WHAT you are buying obviously.  Not everything ends up on the BOGO list and I might need something now that isn’t on sale anywhere else.

    • Melissa

      Publix & Aldi are my favorite places to shop!  I like both, and I believe combining these two stores is the way to go.  I use the sale ads & coupons to buy most of my groceries each week at Publix.  If it’s not on sale, I try not to buy there.  Their everyday prices are generally higher.  Then, I go to Aldi to supplement, usually for cheap produce and bread.  I also pick up staples, like canned goods at Aldi once a month or so.

    • Jennifer Massey

      I’ve never tried Aldi, but we do have one close to where I live. I’m tempted to try them out and see if they can compare with their meat and produce at the very least.  I know my Sam’s Club membership has come in handy at times for these purposes (and savings on gas), even if I don’t get better deals on other items.

    • Jennifer Massey

      I’ve never tried Aldi, but we do have one close to where I live. I’m tempted to try them out and see if they can compare with their meat and produce at the very least.  I know my Sam’s Club membership has come in handy at times for these purposes (and savings on gas), even if I don’t get better deals on other items.

    • PamAlabam

      My local Aldi started out soooo much cheaoer than the competition but their prices slowly went up over a oeriod of about a year and a half.  I do a big shop there once a month.  We like their chips, graham crackers, bread, and their toilet paper/paper towels/garbage bags cannot be beat for quality at the price they charge.  I am also very happy with their laundry detergent, and we get some very dirty clothes at our house.  Aldi is not perfect…little in the way of diet items, don’t carry lasagna noodles, etc.  I find that buying loss leaders at Kro and Puiblix and stocking up at Aldi’s works best for us.

    • Marlene

      Wow this one generated a ton of comments.  Jenny, I’m sorry but you are wrong.  If you have an Aldi’s in your area you absolutely should be using it as a resource for better prices on items you won’t find coupons for or that it’s hard to stock up on.  I supplement our weekly shopping with produce (example 8oz mushrooms $1.29 – that’s not even a sale price elsewhere), dairy – milk, sour cream and eggs when they are not on sale elsewhere – these are not items you can readily freeze, baked items (Honey Wheat Bread $1.29 loaf – that is at least 70 cents cheaper than other places and it’s not always on sale.   Spices – chile powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano $1 every single week, and although i would not buy crackers you can get Tortilla chips for $.19 and other chips for 1.29.  I’ll make a lits and compare with my 3 main stores: HT, Bi-Lo and Food Lion and see how Aldi’s compares…

      • Marlene

        sorry Tortilla Chips $1.19 not 19cents. 

      • Marlene

        sorry Tortilla Chips $1.19 not 19cents. 

      • Pauline

        If you do a comparison, I’d like to see how it turns out.  I totally agree on the Aldi for stuff you stock up on regularly.  The produce prices can’t be beat!!!  However, I have saved more using coupons on other items when HT has their triple or super double days.  That’s when I really stock up!

        • Marlene

          oh yes absolutely i can save more at Harris Teeter with super doubles or triples or even many weeks when it’s just a regular week with a lot of good buy one get one specials.  I know that for many items using coupons will always win out, and of course most weeks it really is about getting the best deals without trekking all around town — with or without 5 kids … —  and that’s why stocking up is great when you can at other grocery stores, but I do think Aldi’s is great for filling in the gaps in your fridge or pantry.  i think for Jenny of Southern Savers (aka the writer of this blog ….) discounted this store without really giving it a fair test.

      • Jennybmom

        My opinion is not “wrong”. It is my opinion. My Aldi charges $3.59 for a gallon of milk and $1.59 for a dozen eggs. Sure, they have some cheap produce IF the item is in season. But you have to decide if it’s worth it to go to a separate store for one carton of strawberries. Like some of the other posts mentioned, Walmart and Super Target both price match….AND they don’t charge you for basics like shopping carts and bags. Aldi always says they save you money by eliminating “all of the extras”. Well, at Publix and Kroger I save more money AND get all the extras. I guess I like to get my cake, and eat it too!

        • Betsy

          My kids are totally brainwashed, and they think you can only eat produce in season.  We passed the strawberries today (at Aldi), and my strawberry lover said, “Oh, Mama, I can’t wait until April and strawberries!”  He knows that I’m just that cheap.  LOL

        • Betsy

          My kids are totally brainwashed, and they think you can only eat produce in season.  We passed the strawberries today (at Aldi), and my strawberry lover said, “Oh, Mama, I can’t wait until April and strawberries!”  He knows that I’m just that cheap.  LOL

        • Betsy

          My kids are totally brainwashed, and they think you can only eat produce in season.  We passed the strawberries today (at Aldi), and my strawberry lover said, “Oh, Mama, I can’t wait until April and strawberries!”  He knows that I’m just that cheap.  LOL

    • Marlene

      Wow this one generated a ton of comments.  Jenny, I’m sorry but you are wrong.  If you have an Aldi’s in your area you absolutely should be using it as a resource for better prices on items you won’t find coupons for or that it’s hard to stock up on.  I supplement our weekly shopping with produce (example 8oz mushrooms $1.29 – that’s not even a sale price elsewhere), dairy – milk, sour cream and eggs when they are not on sale elsewhere – these are not items you can readily freeze, baked items (Honey Wheat Bread $1.29 loaf – that is at least 70 cents cheaper than other places and it’s not always on sale.   Spices – chile powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano $1 every single week, and although i would not buy crackers you can get Tortilla chips for $.19 and other chips for 1.29.  I’ll make a lits and compare with my 3 main stores: HT, Bi-Lo and Food Lion and see how Aldi’s compares…

    • Gingiraffe

      Just curious what a comparison of Publix (or any other major chain) brand items vs Aldi would be.  If you’re going to compare apple to apples, then compare store brand to store brand.  I live in Huntsville area and two Aldi stores have opened up recently. I haven’t had a chance to shop there yet and really didn’t know what they sell, but I might give it a try.  I’m getting tired of the same ol’ sales at Publix for things I don’t eat.  You can only stock pile so many pickles and salsa!

      • JL

        I think she was trying to make a point that you can get name brand items for cheaper with sales and coupons at Publix. I used to shop there alot but not so much anymore. From my experience Aldi’s name brand will proably be cheaper than other stores. They even beat Walmarts name brand.I get surgar, flour there if no one has it on sale. Buy some produce if I am planning on usind=g it very soon as it will not keep.I WLL not but the meat. Just don’t trust it. plus I think you can get it cheaper elsewhere. I do not believe that this is a store that you can do all your shopping but it is good to stop in from time to time. Hope this helps. P.S. If your stores atr new I bet they are great. I heard the newer ones are bigger.

        • Guest

          You definitely can do better at Publix if your diet regularly consists of cookies, crackers, sugary cereals, Sundown vitamins, GasX, salad dressing, pasta, cat treats, and sports drink.  Those items are definitely on cyclical sales and always seem to be free or close to free with coupons.  Stockpiling opportunities abound if you can find them in stock (buy at the beginning of the sale…)  However, if your nutritional needs stray outside those few items, you’re going to have to pay a premium for the items you put in your basket.  Even with coupons, the prices can be far more than what you’d find at other stores.  

          So, find another store like Aldi (or price match Aldi’s ad to Walmart) and buy the produce there.  You’ll save an immediate 50% to 75% in the produce dept.  That’s a savings my pocketbook can handle.

    • Gingiraffe

      Just curious what a comparison of Publix (or any other major chain) brand items vs Aldi would be.  If you’re going to compare apple to apples, then compare store brand to store brand.  I live in Huntsville area and two Aldi stores have opened up recently. I haven’t had a chance to shop there yet and really didn’t know what they sell, but I might give it a try.  I’m getting tired of the same ol’ sales at Publix for things I don’t eat.  You can only stock pile so many pickles and salsa!

    • godlymom71

      I don’t usually shop at Aldi because it’s across town not worth the gas; but I used to shop it when I live in another city. Their produce here in Florida are about the same price as any other store. I like to feel and smell my produce  and I find that Aldi has everything prepackage and not very good quality. As far as milk and egg prices I buy them at CVS with ECB and at Walgreens eggs are ofter 99cents Milk 2.89. You can get TGIlee milk at CVS for $1.89 after ECB bucks Just stock up on milk when is on sale. I still have Smartbalance milk for when it was a $1 at Publix and this week its going on sale again. Im super happy buying mustly at Publix and their customer service is the best here.

    • Peggy

      Our Aldi in Birmingham has great prices on produce and is of a high quality. They also have limited time items you won’t find elsewhere. Around Halloween they had exactly the same caramel and nut covered caramel apples as Publix. Aldi was 3 for $1, Pulblix was $1.69 each. I do most of my shopping at publix but supplement it with Alsi.

    • Diana

      If I’m not mistaken, Aldi is owned by the same people who own Trader Joe’s.  I’m surprised that people complain they can’t get name brand products at Aldi, but are more than willing to go to TJ’s where 95% of the products are TJ’s brand. And as a side note, they buy their products from name brand companies and repackage them under their own brand (like most store brand products). My brother used to work at HT, and at that time their sandwich cookies were made by Oreo, and I know that TJ’s sells a gluten free granola snack mix that is made by another company because it looks and tastes exactly the same, with a $3 price difference.

    • we have an Aldi’s. I drive past it regularly. Between Winn Dixie that loves to put fresh meat on BOGO, a beautiful farm/produce stand smack dab between my house and my moms place, and good sales at Publix, I dont have much use for any other store. I have even gone to publix expecting to have to pay a lot for something, only to find out that its on some unadvertised discount. Everyone just has to do the best they can for their family. If thats going to Aldi for certain things, then thats what you need to do. Just as long as you know whats out there. Probably the best suggestion is to not shop at one store for everything. Thats the best way to LOSE money.

    • Smikell8

      I love couponing and I LOVE Aldi  :-)

    • Lauren

      Aldi has the best prices on produce. All we eat in the summer ends up being fruit after a trip to Aldi. Also, it is the best place to stock up on pantry staples.

    • Staci_marie

      I shop Aldi, but not alot.  I’d estimate my grocery $ breakdown as follows:
      55% Publix
      35% Kroger
      7% Aldi
      3% Walmart/Other

      I mostly buy meat there, when its not on sale for a good enough price elsewhere. 

    • homeschooling Mom of 4

      I can’t help but respond because I shopped every week at Aldis in TN for years before clipping coupons and this is MY personal comparison: (and just so you know, I am a Publix AND Aldis gal)!

      At Aldis, I spent, on average, $150-170 per week at Aldi, buying healthy balanced food for my family of 5-6 people (including lots of produce & Salmon at least once a week, etc.).  I have clipped coupons for about 2 1/2 years now and would say I am pretty darn good at saving, but it is WORK—a LOT more work than bagging my own groceries :). 

      At Publix, I average spending $65-100 per week, HOWEVER…I am not buying salmon or a ton of fruits/veggies in that amount.  Publix salad is on sale often, but other fruits and veggies are not normally as cheap as Aldis.  When berries are in season, you can steal them for a buck a carton at Aldis.  I bought apples this year for $1.50 to 2.00 for a 2.5-3 lb bag.  Milk & bread isn’t cheaper unless you have a coupon deal.  And cereal is $1.79 a box, which for the types that aren’t as easy to stock up on, such as mini wheats, is a good deal.  Keep in mind, too, my totals at Aldis included paper products, trash bags, cat litter, detergents, toothpastes, ALL of it!  If I spend 65-100 at Publix, I am usually not getting those items (those might be bought at CVS when there is a deal, and we should keep that in mind, too).  If I spend 30.00/month at CVS or Walgreens, that is still money spent.  Paper and ink is still money spent to print coupons, and gas to drive there is money, too.  Time is money….you get the point!
      Do I love couponing, SURE, but is Aldis a great alternative for those who don’t want to spend the time or effort or trouble it takes to coupon…ABSOLUTELY!  My Aldis rocks, and by using it every couple weeks, I can make better sure that my family is eating more balanced meals and less processed products.  And, surely I am not the only one who is tempted to NOT buy those products at Publix at full priced to keep my percentage of savings down :)!  At Aldis I can buy those healthy and fresh items, guilt free—aka, cheap!   Hope my experiences at both chains helps you to compare and happy & healthy shopping couponers!

      • homeschooling Mom of 4

        I forgot to mention, Aldi’s brand of food is JUST AS GOOD IN TASTE as any regular name brand of food, including the cereals there!  Organics are not as vast in selection, however.  And, my TN adis has consistently fresh produce.  I will also add that I don’t think any grocery chain has  as fresh bread as Publix…

        • Jameson

          I’ve always found their store brand products to be as good as if not better than, major name brands.

    • Kwickimom

      I think it would be interesting to do a more in-depth price comparison. Something like comparing 4 weeks of purchases with coupons to that of Aldis prices. I just think this is too little information to say that one is cheaper than the other. Not everyone has a Publix and there is not always BOGO. 

    • MilyT

      Love Aldi!
      Someone recommended Aldi to me when we first moved to the Charlotte area. I was skeptical and though that they provably compromised quality for  better price but I was wrong.
      I buy a lot of produce for a much better price than HT, Food Lion and Lowes Foods. Their quality is great, and I rarely see old produce lying around like I have seen at Walmart.
      I also know that a lot of their chocolates, cookies, etc. come from Austria and Germany (where the best chocolates are from). They are excellent quality and the price is unbeatable. I actually bought several cookie tins over the holidays and sent them to customers out of state and everybody loved them (who knew I got them in Aldi!)
      I usually buy at other stores first using coupons, but if the price doesn’t beat Aldi, I don’t use the coupons and get the Aldi items instead.

      • Wendykw_g

        Which Aldi do you shop at in Charlotte?  The one near me is a mess and the produce is poor.  It’s a small store and they use too much space on the specials.  The entire produce area is about the size of the apple bins at Harris Teeter. 

        • MilyT

          The new one in Indian Land or the one by CMC

    • sunset

      When I shop at Aldi I usually buy things that is not on sale at the other stores & I don’t have coupons for.  One thing that has irritated me about Aldi is that since they opened last year the prices keep going up. I know everything is going up but it is sort of a hassel to shop there. The buggy thing, bring your own bags, don’t accept checks. When they first opened a dozen eggs were $0.49 now they are $1.99. That’s a big increase. Makes me wonder if they started with prices so low to lure people in and now jack the prices up.

    • Sphillips88

      I mostly just shop at ALDI for milk and eggs. Occasionally I’ll shop there for meat and produce if they’re having a really good sale. You just can’t beat $1.99 for a gallon of milk and $0.49 for a dozen eggs!

      • sunset

        That’s the prices at the Cleve. TN store when they first opened now    a  gallon of milk is 3.09 and eggs are 1.99. Wish they would drop the prices back down.

    • Loni D

      I did the coupon craze last year & I’m kinda burnt from it.  I’ve been shopping at Aldi more just recently.  They are always cheaper on milk & eggs, even compared to Walmart.  In PA where I live, they don’t have sales on milk.  Their produce prices are great too.  I only buy what looks good though.

       And frozen vegs are priced the best there…$1/bag…always, no sale,no coupon. 

       My co worker’s husband used to work for Fresh Express & he said that they repackage their salad’s for stores like Aldi…so a lot of it really is the name brand stuff, just repackaged.  I couldn’t tell the difference between the Libby’s canned pumpkin & the aldi brand when I was using it over the holidays.

      • Loni D

        I forgot to mention…I tried their version of “Yoplait Greek” yogurt…I ate it this morning w/ Kashi go lean crunch cereal…I could NOT tell the difference.  I paid .79/ for it (IF i catch it on sale, it’s $1, then with the coupon, which is usually $1/5, I’m paying the same price).  Not worth the hassle of doing the coupon, especially cause half the time, by the time I get to the store, they’re cleaned out!!!  SOOO FRUSTRATING!!

    • Loni D

      I did the coupon craze last year & I’m kinda burnt from it.  I’ve been shopping at Aldi more just recently.  They are always cheaper on milk & eggs, even compared to Walmart.  In PA where I live, they don’t have sales on milk.  Their produce prices are great too.  I only buy what looks good though.

       And frozen vegs are priced the best there…$1/bag…always, no sale,no coupon. 

       My co worker’s husband used to work for Fresh Express & he said that they repackage their salad’s for stores like Aldi…so a lot of it really is the name brand stuff, just repackaged.  I couldn’t tell the difference between the Libby’s canned pumpkin & the aldi brand when I was using it over the holidays.

    • Nmckeown

      I understand what she did- but produce is almost always a better deal at Aldi.

      • Mikamoris

        I agree..however the quality at Aldi is horrible.  I take the Aldi ad to Walmart and price match the produce.   Last week I got a Dole Pineapple marked for $2.98 at Walmart for $0.99 because they matched Aldi’s ad price!

      • Swappinspoons

        At Publix, you can use your overage to help pay for your produce, milk, etc…

        • Guest

          well…. not really – anything that might generate overage at my Publix is always sold out, so that plan doesn’t usually work.  What I have been doing is using the money that I earn taking surveys to buy milk (sad isn’t it, I know…), but that is the only way I can reduce my oop for milk and we go through a lot of it around here.

          • Mmader2

            3 gals a week here.  Very hard to find good deals on milk.  I try to pay less than $3 a gal, but very hard to do.  Thank goodness my family drinks Smart Bal now-with the Publix sales on this product & Q’s it’s sometimes my best bet.

        • There’s not much overage in no-doubles Florida.

    • mom of 2 small boys

      For those of you who are lucky enough to have Publix around you, I would definitely do what you are doing and shop there first and then do Aldi second.  Have you ever noticed that alot of what Aldi carries, looks like the name brand label???  It is the 2nd label of that name brand.  Just like your drug store makeup (Loreal, Almay) are the 2nd label to department store brands (Lancome, Clinique).  I have found here in lovely Asheville, NC that our Bilo is on a different circular than what is printed here on this site.  And Ingles just doesn’t want you to be able to save on groceries with coupons.  I really want to use coupons but am getting discouraged…

    • Ddallavalle

      I love Aldi for milk and produce.  You can not get fruit and veggies as cheap as Aldi’s prices.  

      • Swappinspoons

        If you have a Publix near you, you can use your overage (from using coupons)  to buy the milk and produce.

        • Anonymous

          I think it depends on what you are buying.  Nothing that I buy every gives me an overage and I’m just not dedicated enough to couponing to seek out extra things just to get an overage.  Plus, I would have to get a heck of a lot of things to come up with enough overage to even get a gallon of milk much less adding in some produce.

      • Kathlene1010

        I am beginning to think my Aldi is a “mini” store? It is very small, about 5 short isles and does not carry any real selection of meats for produce. Is this not the case elsewhere?

        • Vibiana

          Different stores have different selections based on marketing and applicable laws.  I live in Kansas City, and if I shop at Aldi on the Missouri side I can buy wine, for example.  If I shop on the Kansas side I can’t because Kansas doesn’t allow alcohol to be sold anywhere but liquor stores.  Some Aldi’s are more like the traditional stores which only sold boxed and canned goods.

    • Carol7323

      I buy produce at Aldi. I received a juicer for Christmas and needed lots of fruit and veggies. I bought Del Monte pineapple at Whole Foods for $3.49 each. Aldi advertised whole pineapple for $0.99 each. I went to buy some and low and behold it was also Del Monte pineapple with the same tags. Even my name brand hubby was sold on it.

    • Thewarbys

      I love the idea of couponing, but getting a hold of the actual coupons is so much work and so time consuming, that I am happy to pay Aldi’s prices and then use Publix B1G1s, with online coupons when they are available.  I love Aldi and am so glad that I can get away without couponing because of them.

    • kdominy

      I love Aldi and have also had nothing but good experiences with the products – especially the produce.  I did hear on the Clark Howard show about a year ago that they did a price study and found Aldi to be 40% cheaper than the other leading grocery stores. I have done the couponing thing at Publix – saved a lot of money that way, but mostly on processed food that I’m trying to stay away from anyway! 

    • Lyddiejay

      At the Aldi’s store closest to me the produce isn’t a great deal.  This is because no matter how fresh it appears in the store it always grows mold within a couple of days in the fridge.  If I had better luck with the produce I would go a lot more often.  Now it is usually a last resort.

      • Wendykw_g

        That’s my experience with Aldi produce also.  Also, the produce is prepackaged, and I don’t like buying it that way.  The milk was more expensive than the grocery store. I do like their flavored cream cheese for bagels.  They rarely had more than 1 cashier, so the time in line was longer than the time shopping.  Now I end up at HT, ’cause I work evenings and can go there at 2 am after work.  Freshly stocked shelves at that time of day. 

    • Vballgirl12787

      I wish I could get my friends to understand this concept!  I have known I save more money at Harris Teeter than I do at Aldi.  The other day, though, I was in a financial pinch and just had to get the groceries to get us through the next week.  So, on a slight whim, I tried Aldi again….I walked out spending 70 dollars, which is 10 over my budget, and I still had to go buy groceries the next week.  So, that was my last grocery trip to Aldi.  I will go back when I run out of chili ingredients, I have found their beans are cheap and delicious.  But, otherwise, Harris Teeter with coupons, here I come.  :)

    • Juntojan

      I shop at Aldi and Food Lion. I purchase usually my dairy products, bread and few other things. I find that even the specific products I purchase at Food Lion with a coupon, I can get still get cheaper at Aldi. MIlk at Aldi- $2.69 vs Food Lion brand milk $3 something??? Wheat bread (yes actual wheat) $1.29 vs $2.50+. I do not think Aldi is my “be all” and “end all”, but it helps with my grocery bill week to week.

    • Loni D

      I can’t believes you guys can get milk for as low as 1.99…even 2.39 makes me jealous….we’re at 3.60 (at best), up here in PA…I need to move South.

      • Guest

        I live in north metro Atlanta and milk is rarely below $3/gal, so it is not that way all over the South.  It is usually about $3.39/gal.

    • Kristin Batchelor27

      I find Aldi dark and depressing. I have also been disappointed in the quality of their food. 

      • Jim

        How do you become depressed in the fifteen minutes it takes to shop at ALDI.  It’s there to dispense cheap groceries, not lift your spirits. 

    • Laura

      I am a big Aldi and Publix shopper. In fact, I drive way further to get to the closest Aldi because I know I can get good prices on a lot of items that rarely go on sale and even more rarely have coupons, ie bananas for .44/lb everyday- Publix is usually around .69/lb around here and DD eats through them like crazy; DH loves navel oranges and I was able to get them at 1.99 for a 3lb bag vs 2.99+ at the other local stores; milk is 2.99 regularly and while I do stock up on Smart Balance for DH and I and take advantage of any ‘free milk’ deals the stores are running, they don’t happen often enough to keep whole milk in my fridge for DD. Plus we love their veggie chips (1.69), tortilla chips (1.19), dried mixed fruit (varies), and frozen ground turkey (1.49/lb) which I can never get for that cheap at Publix even if they ever are on sale and have a coupon. And sometimes it is nice to just be able to go to the store without having to plan anything more then making a list. I buy their diapers, dog food, and cheese whenever we run out and no one else is having a really good sale. On the other hand, Aldi does not have everything that we need and I do shop at Publix just as much. I just try to stock up on the things that are on sale and have coupons. I guess what I’m saying is that Publix is more my store for stocking up on sale items while Aldi is my ‘need it now’ store. I love both and don’t know how I would shop without both options.

      On a side note, I don’t really buy ‘fresh’ meat from either- Publix is too expensive and Aldi doesn’t have enough selection.

    • Beth Anne Saves

      you can’t beat aldi’s 69 cent eggs!

      • Yiiiiippee

        Chattanooga, Tn.
        Our eggs are $1.59 at Aldi’s! They use to get me in there for milk and eggs, but now I can usually find a better deal at Bilo, Publix or Walgreens:) Thank you, Jenny!  

      • Yiiiiippee

        Chattanooga, Tn.
        Our eggs are $1.59 at Aldi’s! They use to get me in there for milk and eggs, but now I can usually find a better deal at Bilo, Publix or Walgreens:) Thank you, Jenny!  

      • Zimmge

        Wow!  Today at my Aldi store they were 1.79…

      • It varies by region. Publix/Winn-Dixie eggs in Central Florida are running at $2.15 per dozen. Yikes! Walgreens has a sale for $1.29 but my store was sold out. 

    • JPBMC

      I shop at Aldi’s for milk, bread, eggs, tortilla chips and their french style green beans.  The produce at my local store is lacking in quality, but once in awhile I buy it there if i will be using it soon.  We do not have a Publix.  Bilo or HT are my regular stores.  

    • Deb Mays

      After an argument with my husband who said I needed to do something to cut back on the grocery bill (I was shopping at Super Walmart and using some coupons), I was angry and thought I’d show him and shop at Aldi.  To our surprise, the grocery bill went down and the quality was actually good.  There have been a few things I wouldn’t buy again, but that’s all.  I then stumbled upon this site, and started couponing.  I now shop at Harris Teeter using sales and coupons and purchase whatever I cannot get on sale and with a coupon at HT at Aldi.  My grocery bill has dropped even more doing this.  So the moral to my story, HT is cheaper if you purchase items on sale and use coupons.  I don’t mind bagging my groceries and I always bring my own bags no matter where I’m shopping so that is not an issue for me.  Couponing can be very time consuming, but I’m a stay at home mom, and it’s my contribution to the household.  Thank you Jennie for this site and the support you give to all of us!

    • Deb Mays

      After an argument with my husband who said I needed to do something to cut back on the grocery bill (I was shopping at Super Walmart and using some coupons), I was angry and thought I’d show him and shop at Aldi.  To our surprise, the grocery bill went down and the quality was actually good.  There have been a few things I wouldn’t buy again, but that’s all.  I then stumbled upon this site, and started couponing.  I now shop at Harris Teeter using sales and coupons and purchase whatever I cannot get on sale and with a coupon at HT at Aldi.  My grocery bill has dropped even more doing this.  So the moral to my story, HT is cheaper if you purchase items on sale and use coupons.  I don’t mind bagging my groceries and I always bring my own bags no matter where I’m shopping so that is not an issue for me.  Couponing can be very time consuming, but I’m a stay at home mom, and it’s my contribution to the household.  Thank you Jennie for this site and the support you give to all of us!

    • Soil_senorita

      I was Aldi’s as my price comparison, if I can’t get the item I want for as cheap or cheaper than Aldi’s at Harris Teeter or Lowe’s Food, I don’t buy it there and wait for my next shopping trip to Aldi’s to pick up the item. I do find that my list of items to pick up at Aldi’s is very small and I only go there about every three months, so couponing during sales at Harris Teeter or Lowe’s Food is a better deal that shopping at Aldi’s all the time.

    • Kathyq57

      I went to Aldi’s just yesterday and found the produce to be much cheaper and in great shape.I had not been in a long time and was impressed with the lay out and how they have revamped this store.I will keep going to my favorite store Kroger as they have the best deals for coupons. Every time I go into Publix I go into sticker shock. It is just way too high.

    • Kathyq57

      I went to Aldi’s just yesterday and found the produce to be much cheaper and in great shape.I had not been in a long time and was impressed with the lay out and how they have revamped this store.I will keep going to my favorite store Kroger as they have the best deals for coupons. Every time I go into Publix I go into sticker shock. It is just way too high.

    • AD

      I love Aldi for certain items.  You can’t beat their chocolate, not just in price, but in quality.  And, NOBODY beats their $2.69/bottle Winking Owl wine, which is pretty good stuff.  Better than some of the more expensive wines sold elsewhere.  They often have best produce prices, as well, granted they don’t have the best selection.   Yes, one can get certain things cheaper elsewhere, provided there is a sale and coupons available.  But, if not, Aldi usually has the best prices on most stuff.  As someone else already said, they’re the best “get it now” store.

    • AD

      I love Aldi for certain items.  You can’t beat their chocolate, not just in price, but in quality.  And, NOBODY beats their $2.69/bottle Winking Owl wine, which is pretty good stuff.  Better than some of the more expensive wines sold elsewhere.  They often have best produce prices, as well, granted they don’t have the best selection.   Yes, one can get certain things cheaper elsewhere, provided there is a sale and coupons available.  But, if not, Aldi usually has the best prices on most stuff.  As someone else already said, they’re the best “get it now” store.

      • Denise11362

        I’ve heard the same regarding Aldi’s chocolate (Merci?) and Winking Owl wine. Just curious – what are your favorite WO wines?

        • AD

          I love their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Chardonnay the best, although I think all of them are very good for the money.  I like my wines on the less-dry side, and the Cab is just right in that regard. So is the Chardonnay.  I generally don’t care for white wines, buy I buy it for cooking, and I will drink what I don’t use.  It is nice to be able to enjoy it on its own.

          Aldi has a couple of brands of chocolate.  The lower end one is Choceur is excellent.  Their dark is my favorite affordable dark chocolate.  They also have a higher end brand, Moser Roth, which is equivalent to such brands as Lindt.  It is also excellent.  I also love that I can get marizpan year round.  It is also made by Choceur.

      • Guest

        You are correct.  Many of their products come from Germany which has very strict standards on what can legally be called “chocolate” and the recipes follow a European blend which some folks prefer.  I am not familiar with the WO wine, but many of the other German wines are excellent as well and also follow very strict standards.

    • Gloria

      We have an Aldi’s here in Greenville SC. I shop there a good bit. I use my coupons for BiLo which they double up to 60 cents. I have been shopping at Aldi and Savalot for years which are cheaper on some things like milk,eggs, butter,etc… I like most of the stuff at Aldi  but their frozen biscuits don’t rise very good and their white bread is crumbly   ,but there are some things you have to buy at other stores. We are a 1 income family of 5 and I don’t get EBT so I have to save every way I can. You just have to know your prices and which deals are better w/coupons You can buy Bunny Bread and Natures Own bread at Maxway for $1.15 and the date is still good for another week. Buy several loaves and put in freezer thaw out it is just as good as when you bought it. Publix is high on stuff in my opinion so don’t go there much. In this day and time you have to save every way you can and stretch the $$

    • Cara

      I love the products at Aldi’s, especially the produce and the quality is often better than the name brand in my opinion.  I also read somewhere  that they use a lot of the name brand companies for their products but package under their own name.  One last thing, they do not accept checks here in South Carolina.  They accept debit cards and cash only.

    • Denise11362

      In Thomasville, NC – My favorite 2 stores, Food Lion and Aldi’s are side by side (how lucky right?) We’re not fortunate enough to have a BiLo or Publix, and must travel to the next town to shop at a HT (ONLY when offering super doubles or tripes) – so this is about as good as it gets).  My daughter, husband, and I, regularly teach couponing classes – so I recently conducted my own study to better facilitate a true & local comparison study. Reading through the posts below, I learned not all Aldi’s are subject to identical selling prices – how odd – and difficult when attempting to compare prices nationwide. In season produce at my local FL or Ingles, simply cannot beat my Aldi’s, in price or quality. Although fresh fruit – on a few occasions, have failed to remain consistent with A-1 quality, other produce items such as; potatoes, onions, cucumbers, squash, peppers, celery, tomatoes, etc. are often HALF the price per pound/item and consistent in quality. I recently saved over $22 by shopping Aldi’s for produce alone (compared to FL & Ingles listed circular price).  Milk, eggs, cheese, and packaged meat, is ALWAYS cheaper too. And for MY family, children, and grandchildren, they prefer Aldi’s frozen and canned items anyday over name brand and store brands elsewhere. At least for me anyway, coupons rarely allow me to purchase canned veggies for .39 cents. I have tried Aldi’s health and Beauty items, but at least for the items I purchased, I did not like as well as I do name brands. I personally do not like Aldi’s brand of paper goods as well as I do my favorite name brands. The same can be said for Aldi’s cleaning products. It’s all about saving money, but not skimping on quality, right? The quarter I use to “rent” a shopping cart, is returned immediately. I take my own bags, so I don’t have to purchase them – but when I’ve forgotten, 5 cents is not going to break me, considering what I just saved. The wisest way to save (in my opinion), is to atch coupons to area circular ads – and then visit your local Aldi’s to pick up the items you have no Q’s for OR those delicious and nutritious items your local store simply fail to offer you for the week. My heart (and budget) would sink if my Aldi’s store closed.

      • Anonymous

        Back when I was on Weight Watchers and made their Garden Veggie Soup every week, I always went to Aldi.  For about the price of one of the veggies at Kroger or Publix, I could buy all the fresh veggies I needed at Aldi. IMO, Aldi produce is probably the same quality as Walmart, not quite as good as Kroger and definitely not as good as Publix.

      • Lisaburcher

        It’s nice to know there’s someone else here in Thomasville who appreciates the convenience of FL and Aldi’s being so close together. I really miss Kroger and Target though (I’m originally from Raleigh).

    • Teresa Cottrill

      I like Aldi’s there are things there I won’t buy know where else, but there are things that I will buy in other stores. When comparing Aldi’s to another store that you use coupons in u might save on somethings, but I am a person that shops once a month (unless its a holiday). Since I live 35m away from a town with lots of stores, I freeze my milk and make lots of homemade bread and hope I didn’t forget anything. lol

    • Brookie457

      We regularly shop at Aldi for certain items. I love the Winking Owl Shiraz, and at less than $3/bottle it’s a great deal. We also buy Aldi tortilla chips, at $1.19/bag it’s hard to beat. Usually they have great produce deals, too. We always bring our own bags, no matter what store, so that’s not an issue for us. So yes, we do most shopping at Publix or Kroger, but for certain items, Aldi is great!

      • Sarah A.

        My husband prefers Aldi tortilla chips to name brand too!  I’m in a season where we feel that spending time couponing extensively is not a good use of my time, so Aldi is where I get many of our basics.  I will say you have to watch certain prices ($1.99 for a dozen eggs last week!  Yikes!) as sale prices at the grocery store do sometimes beat Aldi for canned goods and dairy, BUT the produce prices are absolutely amazing!

        • Sara

          I prefer them too, and they cost $1.19 instead of $3-4.  

    • homeschooling Mom of 4

      I gave you my spill down below, but thought I would add that I just got back from Aldis and sweet potatoes at my store were .39 (39 cents)  per 3 lb bag…beat that!  And, I mentioned to the check out guy that I love them but I would love seeing more organics and I will share with you what he told me!  He said that the milk doesn’t have added growth hormones to it.  I am curious if that is the case with all their dairies?  So, go run out and get 39 cent sweet potatoes :)!

      • KDLSMPA

        Our Aldi’s recently posted a poster in the milk area that said their farmers don’t use growth hormones.

    • 6chauvins

      An employee at Aldi told me that there are two brothers – one owns Aldi and one owns Trader Joe’s.  I recently bought some Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup at Trader Joe’s, and then saw the same item (identical packaging except for the label) at Aldi!  I mean, how often do you see Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup?  I wonder if Winking Owl is Two Buck Chuck in disguise.  :)  Interesting … 

      • 6chauvins

        Forgot to mention, I agree – produce is cheapest at Aldi without question.  I prefer organic, so I tend to buy produce with non-edible outsides at Aldi – pineapple, melons, oranges, bananas – and other organics other places, like Trader Joe’s.

      • Anonymous

        I read an article sometime last year about Aldi and Trader Joe’s being owned by the same corporation. It talked about how national chains make all the products for both companies but part of the pricing deal includes not revealing the manufacturer.  And yes, Trader Joe’s and Aldi do have some similar obscure products.

      • AD

        I have read that Winking Owl comes out of the Gallo vinyards.  And, yes, Aldi and Trader Joe’s are owned by the same family.  A lot of their products come out of the same factory.  For instance, their pita chips are made in the same place as Stacy’s brand, which is Frito Lay.  The Tomato and Roasted Pepper soup is delicious, BTW.  Get it while you can.  It’s a seasonal thing, and will likely be gone for several months before they bring it back.  Pacific Organic Foods also sells a version of it, and it’s slightly better.  But, it’s also twice the price.

    • mightymousemom

      I am a zealot at couponing and try to save as much as possible.  I love Harris Teeter and live in Charlotte, NC where there is a Harris Teeter every 1/4 mile….but I still go to Aldi too.  Aldi is great if you try to stick to healthier whole foods such as produce and meat on a budget, particulary on a high protein diet.  I get all my produce at Aldi, lunch meat, cheese.

    • hello

      You can’t beat the Winking Owl wine at $2.69, the six pack of German beer at $5.99 and the great tasting inexpensive dark chocolate. Couponing is great too. Today I bought $26.89 worth of nice greek yogurts for $2:89.

    • I go to Aldi when the sales at Publix and Winn-Dixie are not to my liking. The lines remind me of Walmart. 

    • Jricketts1

      What your saying might be true but I have been buying all my fresh fruits and vegetable from ALDI EXCLUSIVELY. I pay 1.49 for a bag of delicious grapefruit on sale 2 bucks for a bag of apples 49 cents for a 4 pack of delmonte  tomato on the vines 1.89 for a pack of tri colored peppers. I pay 1.49 for a pound of turkey meat and 2.79 for italian sausage. The list goes on. As far as produce you can beat them. And they have meat specials every Wednesday. You should do more research. I f people want fresh foods that you can’t get coupons on then Aldis is the place.

      • Danielle

        Have to agree about the produce.  Prices on this is really good and WalMart will price match.  Last week had fresh pineapple for $1, you can’t beat that price!

    • Anonymous

      I am a DIE-HARD couponer, and I still go to Aldi’s about every other month. Even with stockpiling, there are going to be some things that I run out of or never go on sale before I need it. Aldi’s everyday prices on most of their items can’t be beat, for example, tortilla chips, salsa, canned goods, and produce. I have been impressed with the quality too.

    • Vickitucker28

      I try to run in Aldi every time I go to town, about 2 or 3 times a week, you have to check in frequently because they mark down items all the time one day they had their very good premium bacon for 2.49,also their meat mark downs are incredible if you get in there on a good day and normally it is just a matter of overstock, all good and makes for some cheap meals with your coupon stockpile.Produce prices are the best for a long time 10 lbs of potatoes were 1.99 and they always marks these items way down as well,love Aldi and couponing but Aldi is my favorite for fresh food buys,cheese etc is always really cheap

    • Walt

      We finally gave up Aldi in December. We came up with a slogan “you can always count  on Aldi to be out of something”  It is most frustrating to drive the 8 miles only find out they don’t have 2 of the 3 things you went for, When we asked when would they celery and english muffins  would be in, we were told a truck would be in that night

    • Gramling5

      Our Aldi doesnt even accept checks only cash and debit

    • cashew

      People in the Chattanooga/Cleveland, TN area — what is your experience with the produce?  I am thinking of checking Aldi’s out for produce.  I hear differing reports on it so I thought I’d ask first.  Thanks kindly.

      • Liz

        I frequently buy produce at the Hixson Aldi’s. I’m very pleased. Sometimes a few things aren’t good, but that’s obvious by looking at them. Sometimes the prices are absolutely amazing, like the 99c 2lb bags of pears I got a few weeks ago. The selection changes frequently and the prices range from amazing to good.

    • Andrea

      I do mostly all my grocery shopping at Aldi.  I go to Publix only for the B1G1 deals and anything else that Aldi doesn’t carry.  The produce and dairy can’t be beat.  The Aldi I go to sells milk for $1 cheaper than Publix.  Being in FL where coupon are never doubled, many times Publix deals with coupons still aren’t better than Aldi.  One word of caution though, I have noticed that different Aldis do have different pricing.  So you have to figure out which in your area is actually the cheapest.  I have found some items to be double in price at an Aldi that was in a more affluent neighborhood. 

    • Rbroadway13

      I shop at Aldi for fresh produce regularly. Yesterday I bought a pineapple for .99, 5lb bag grapefruit for $1.99, strawberries for $1.29, mango’s .99 each, hothouse cucumbers $1.19, vidalia onions $1.69 a bag. For things that you don’t generally find coupons for, Aldi can not be beat. I do think that brand name shopping for paper products, health & beauty, etc. better deals can be found just about anywhere.

    • Rbroadway13

      I shop at Aldi for fresh produce regularly. Yesterday I bought a pineapple for .99, 5lb bag grapefruit for $1.99, strawberries for $1.29, mango’s .99 each, hothouse cucumbers $1.19, vidalia onions $1.69 a bag. For things that you don’t generally find coupons for, Aldi can not be beat. I do think that brand name shopping for paper products, health & beauty, etc. better deals can be found just about anywhere.

      • Ed In Ncarolina

        I, also, made a “produce” trip to Aldi’s yesterday. Bought exactly what you bought, except I only paid $1.49 for 5lb grapefruit. I also bought bananas at their normal 44 cents a pound. Starting today, broccoli crowns are 99 cents, cauliflower is 99 cents a head and the 1 and 1/2 lb package of tomatoes is 1.49.
        I like the coupons at the supermarkets, but consider myself fortunate to have Aldi so close.
        When it turns cold Thursday, looking forward to broccoli soup.

    • Mellat

      I lOVE ALDI! I coupon and shop Publix for BOGO stuff and others on sale, but Aldi’s is great for items you can’t stock up on or just have too much going on in life and still need save some money. Their yogurt is great and a great price w/o coupons. So is there milk, eggs, and produce. Not to mention great Pizzas that freeze well. As far as brand, we like Aldi OJ better than the name brand stuff as well as other things.

    • Lorrose57

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Aldi, and I am a die hard super couponer… I can never get produce prices like they have and they mark down their stuff all the time… I have gotten many an .25 loaf of bread or out of season item, etc etc. I coupon at BiLo, but love the thin frozen green beans, froz OJ, and the Light and Fit brand of cheese mini rice cakes! again things you can’t get a coupon for and save… our eggs have been high here lately… 1.59 so I guess the chickens are just not putting them out… 

    • Coupons1977

      We have a savalot store in bessemer, al and they take manufactors coupons. Although they dont have alot of name brands i find that they are as cheap as aldi on most of their stuff plus they have marked down meat that i can freeze and save more. I work full time so i do coupon at publix for the b1g1 and all my apper and detergent needs but for everything sles it either aldi or savalot.

    • Thank you!

      I was an avid Aldi shopper until I moved out of the Aldi area and had to begin couponing.  Aldi products are delicious, we consider them to be of equal quality to the “name brands.”  If it were possible, I’d shop at Aldi and enjoy taking back the time & brain cells I expend to find & use coupons.  We have only good things to say about Aldi, the use of cloth grocery bags & the manner in which they run their business.  Excellent.  Thank you for doing the comparison of stores.  It was an interesting read. Always in your debt. Jenny, we thank you for what you do!!!

    • ChefMama

      Wow, I enjoyed reading all the posts about Aldi.  I’ve only been a few times but it sounds like their produce is a good deal.  I think I will have to check it out again.

      • Jbush27

        I was a skeptic, but I must say that I love their produce and prices.

    • Rose

      yes, but if I don’t have a coupon or the item I need is not on sale at Publix, Aldi has a better deal.  I buy all my chips at Aldi, they are cheaper than Publix’s generic brands. 

    • Art and Dawn

      Another plug for Aldi, in addition to the great prices on produce and dairy is that they are always having sales on seasonal items. Last spring they had rose bushes on sale here in Chattanooa.  I picked up a knockout rose bush for $1.99, it looks great and the closest price I’ve seen on them ANYWHERE  is over $10.

    • Gspelvin

      I have totally burned out on couponing, so now I shop at Aldi to stock up on regular things, but I will still pick up BOGO things at Publix.  I still stock up on the 8 o clock coffee there with coupons since I get the coupons for that online and from the inside of some of the bags, that is one thing I won’t buy at Aldi their coffee is the worst and normally I love all of their house brands.  I still love this site, I have found that my sanity is worth skipping all the clipping and filing etc.  I still save a ton of money by following the sales and only buying things on sale, thanks to Jenny!

      • christie

        I also am totally burnt out on coupons.  Just thinking about looking for a coupon stresses me out!!!   Just being able to walk out the door to shop without coupon hunting for hours is a good feeling. I shop at Aldi too it’s is the cheapest.  Wal-mart is not so bad when you buy family size items.  I work full time and go to school full time and have a family, so I dont coupon much anymore.   I never miss a week at CVS though. I love my CVS

      • meL

        Thanks for posting, it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who takes a long break from couponing. 

    • Los Cuponeros

      The thing is that for me isn’t just hunt forma bargain, is the chances that you get to put more healthy food on the dinner table on a daily basis, because of the guaranteed satisfaction from th name brand foods that usually most of us though it was out of range, too expensive… I’ve been cuponing few months and my hubby thanks me for all the savings that we have now..and all the yummy food that we can taste now..so…yes is stress full to clip and collect and check were is the deal, but for my family health is all worth it! Thank Jenny..we appreciate your service!

    • Heatherboozer

      Never shopped at aldi can u use coupons?

      • Scorpiolcp

        No, Aldi does not accept coupons.

      • Sara

        ALDI generally does not have name brands, so coupons would be pretty worthless even if they did accept them.  What ALDI has are their own store brands at a very good price.  I have compared them to Wal-Mart and found almost every item in the store to be cheaper, sometimes by several dollars.  You might get a better deal at Publix doing BOGO or coupons, but of course there is work involved in that strategy and ALDI prices are low everyday.

      • Adlcoupons

        Back in December they had a $5/$25 purchase Aldi store coupon that came out in the paper in my area, but otherwise they don’t take coupons.

        My Aldi is about .5 mi from my Publix, so I get my coupon items at Publix & then stop by Aldi for milk, eggs, produce. I have estimated that I save $10-$15/week doing this, which allows me to buy alot more produce on the same grocery budget than I was doing previously when I was having to buy all my produce at Publix.

    • carrie

      I’ve tried couponing at Publix and Kroger with success. But I also tried Aldi and found it to really be worth it for certain items. For example, I actually like how Aldi cheeses taste versus buying Kraft at Publix. Certain items to me still cost little at Aldi (without coupons) and made the trip worth it, rather than buying coupon items at the other stores. Produce, eggs and cheeses are worth it to me at Aldi. I suppose I could wait for sales and coupons for the other stores, but it also comes down to how much time I want to devote, which is valuable to me. I also like that Aldi has many items with few ingredients in them, a great thing when you are trying to buy minimally processed foods. They also sell frozen wild caught salmon for the best price I’ve seen. I recently learned Aldi is also owned by Trader Joes, and has similar items. 

    • LauraW

      I have been to Aldi’s twice but don’t shop there. I buy my produce from Sam’s in bulk (5 Romaine heads of lettuce at a time, 18 or so Roma tomatos ) and it stays fresh until I use it up. In the year I have been couponing I have tried more new foods then in the past 5 years. I consistently save 50 -70 percent on my grocery bill shopping only sales with coupons. For those items that don’t go on sale I wait for a $10/$45 from Sweetbay and still manage to get them for a lesser price that way. Dog and cat foods I use to purchase at Walmart or Petsmart I get now at Publix or Winn Dixie bogo with coupons and stock up big on them. Same with cleaners and tolietries. Coupons were stressful until I started cutting them out and putting them in cloth pencil cases in baggies and labeling the pencil case and the baggies. Now I just go to the case that holds those tolietries/cleaners/frozen food etc and pull out the baggie that fits like shampoos can conditioners. I put them all in a cloth shopping bag and leave them in the car all week. This way I can take them in a store if I stop in one and I have all my coupons with me. It takes me a hour to cut the coupons and put them away on a Sunday morning and then only minutes to find them to follow the sales. At the end of the month I just go through the baggies as I put the couons away and pull out the expired ones. Leaving them in the inserts was time consuming and stressful and there wasn’t a way to have them on hand all the time. Couponing has changed the way I shop for everything and changed the way I budget. Thanks Jenny for all you do, this site has vastly improved the quality of my life and allowed me to provide for so many others who are less fortunate then I am.

    • jnh

      I shop Aldi mostly for their produce, milk and low-fat cheese selections.  Their prices can’t be beat on those items.  But I agree that Publix BOGO items with coupons for brand name items can’t be beat.  I still shop the weekly Publix sale to keep my stock up :-)

    • Jbush27

      I shop at Aldi as well as Publix.  I know exactly what is cheaper there with a sale and coupon and what is not and I think that is the key.  I buy most of my produce there, but again I check.  Like, for the past 2 weeks blueberries have been a better deal at Publix, but most everything else is better at Aldi.  I also buy milk from Aldi.  You have to make yourself knowledgeable and informed.  I save about $10 a week getting my produce from Aldi, and it’s on my home from my child’s preschool, so I am not wasting gas to make a special trip.

    • Sweetpea

      I find I am able to shop at both stores to get the maximum savings.  Sure, the coupons used with the BOGOs at Publix is excellent savings but, Publix cannot touch the price Aldi’s has on milk.  Many of the items at Aldi are of equal quality to the name brands.  I am thankful for both stores.

    • Thechels88

      Aldi DOES NOT TAKE CHECKS!!!!! I went the other day, b/c I read this article , and tried to use a check….rejected! I only had some cash with me, so I had to return a bunch of items before I could pay for the order. Very disappointing…

      • Anonymous

        Our Aldi doesn’t take checks either but they have a sign on the front door as you go in alerting shoppers to that.

      • Sara

        Good for ALDI!  Why would anyone in the modern age write a check anyway?  Checks are relatively expensive to buy, and they are a huge time waster at the checkout line.  AlDI accepts debit cards. 

    • Sara

      Both have their place, and I like both. Which is a better deal depends on what you buy and how much work you put into it.   Your pro-Publix post kinda misses the point, however.   You can walk in to ALDI with no coupons, no flyer, no work involved, and get a good price everyday.  Walk into Publix without coupons and prep (which sometimes takes hours) and you will pay 3x the ALDI price.  Bottom line, ALDI is selling their food for a much, much lower margin than Publix and its hard to fault that.  

    • Joharr

      ALDI HAS THE BEST BUYS ON PRODUCE HANDS DOWN.I REFUSE TO PURCHASE ANY FOOD PRODUCTS FROM CHINA,INDIA OR INDONESIAN.I HAVE FOUND THAT ALDI HAS AT LEAST SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE FRUITS AND VEGGIES GROWN HERE IN THE USA.I LOVE THE PRODUCE DEPT.!  I ALSO APPLAUD THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER SUPPLIES THEY’RE OWN BAGS. GO ECO!!!

    • Vibiana

      I love Aldi!  Here in Kansas City we have several and I always keep bags in my car trunk and a quarter taped to the sun shade.  :)

      I actually do most of my shopping at Aldi.  About the only thing I would change about it is the long lines, but since we’re lining up for good buys, I can’t complain much.  I have not found anything there that wasn’t just as good as national brands.

      I’m a simple, midwestern type cook–meat and potatoes and a veggie–and I find that Aldi exactly fits the bill for me.  I do buy most non-grocery items at Walmart, because while I’m not a brand snob with most foods, I am with stuff like toilet paper and shampoo.  :)

      The only things I regularly go to the full-line grocery store for are things Aldi doesn’t carry like Green Goddess salad dressing, Spin Blend salad dressing, Clamato juice, really big jars of peanut butter, Underwood deviled chicken, Dream Whip, frozen stew vegetables and frozen chopped peppers and onions for stir fry, whole wheat flour, Swans Down cake flour and Wondra flour for sauces, and Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning.  For everything else, I can find all that I need at Aldi for WAY less and the only thing I am really sacrificing is my time in line and the energy of bagging it all after I check out.

      We do have Save-A-Lot stores here, too, and they carry some brand names and have a more extensive produce section, but with accordingly higher prices.  For me it’s Aldi, hands down.