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10 Things You Should Be Buying at Aldi

Aldi operates around 2,300 stores in 39 states and is ever-expanding. Their private-label inventory has grown from budget to slightly chic, yet they’re beating Walmart prices. Here are 10-must buy items at Aldi.

10. Fresh Produce

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While not as extensive as other grocery stores, Aldi’s produce section offers all the basics most people need with prices that beat Walmart on many items. For example, a 10-pound bag of Wisconsin-grown russet potatoes sells for $5.99 – two bucks cheaper than Walmart. Organic Chiquita bananas sell for what you pay for non-organic bananas at other stores.

9. Organic Food

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Consumer demand has driven stores to offer more organic products. Aldi competes with the best by carrying a wide selection of organic and/or non-GMO packaged items, as well as produce. Check out Aldi’s private label Simply Nature. A 12-ounce bag of organic, non-GMO granola cereal sells for $2.65. A 14-ounce bag of organic, non-GMO cashews is priced at $8.09.

8. Wine

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Some states restrict wine sales in grocery stores, but where it’s legal, Aldi features a respectable selection of quality wines at bargain prices. For example, one store featured nearly 40 brands of white, red, rose, and sparkling wines with most priced between $5 and $10 a bottle. Try Aldi’s private label Winking Owl. Its Moscato sells for $3.45.

7. Cheese

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Cheese lovers take note: Aldi is the place for cheese. You’ll find Gouda, Camembert, Brie, Asiago, several varieties of goat cheese, and more international fare. For example, Aldi brand Emporium Selection offers an 8-ounce package of Habenero Jack that sells for $1.99. A 6-ounce wedge of Gouda goes for $3.59.

6. Coffee

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You can find high-quality and organic coffees for much less at Aldi’s. Aldi’s Barrisimo brand coffee competes with the best beans available. A 12-ounce bag of Fair Trade-certified dark roast ground coffee sells for $3.95, about half what you’ll pay for similar coffee on Amazon. Organic Fair Trade, non-GMO whole bean coffee goes for $6.19.

5. Olive Oil

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Healthier eating, and diets such as the Mediterranean diet, rely on olive oil. If you’re looking for high-quality olive oil at bargain prices, Aldi’s is the place to shop. For example, a 16.9-ounce bottle of Carlini brand olive oil sells for only $3.49. The same brand and size in the extra-virgin variety goes for $5.09.

4. Chocolate


Aldi is a mecca for chocolate lovers. You’ll find a wide variety of some of the finest chocolate anywhere, with most produced in Germany, Belgium, and Austria. One of the top Aldi brands for chocolate is Choceur. A huge 200-gram (7 ounces) dark chocolate and hazelnut bar sells for $2.49. An 11-ounce box of milk chocolate-covered almonds goes for $3.99.


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3. Canned Soup

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One area of culinary staples that Aldi excels in is its wide offerings of soups. It’s Aldi’s Deutsche Küche brand soup comes in 28-ounce cans and sells for $2.89. That price is on par with the much smaller 18.5-ounce cans of Progresso soup. Aldi’s varieties include harvest potato, harvest vegetable, hearty pea, German bean, and more.

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2. Jasmine Rice

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Aldi’s Specially Selected brand of imported jasmine rice sells at $5.59 for a 5-pound bag. Compare that to Amazon and other stores and you’ll note Aldi’s price is significantly less. Jasmine Rice is great as a side dish. Consider adding a touch of lime juice and some chopped fresh cilantro. It also makes an excellent base for stir-fries.

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1. Ice Cream

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Ice cream lovers take note: Aldi features a wide variety of ice cream at prices that slay the competition. For example, a 48-ounce carton of Sea Salt Caramel ice cream by Aldi’s Sundae Shoppe brand sells for $3.19. It’s hard to find a lower price for any brand at any store.

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