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How to Shop at Aldi - The USA's Low-Price Grocery Leader

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Gregory is a financial adviser and author. He writes e-books on consumer finance topics and specializes in the U.S. grocery industry.

Introduction

If you have an Aldi store near you, don’t waste another minute and start saving up to 75% on many of the groceries that you would normally buy at a traditional supermarket or drug store. This hub teaches you everything that you need to know about shopping at Aldi.

I have divided the hub into the following categories:

  1. Introduction
  2. Aldi Locations in the USA
  3. What Makes Aldi the Low Price Leader?
  4. What Can You Find on the Shelves at Aldi?
  5. What’s New at Aldi?
  6. SimplyNature - Feel Good Ingredients
  7. liveGfree: Gluten Free Options
  8. Never Any! - Meat Raised Right
  9. Fit & Active - For a Healthier You
  10. Specially Selected - Aldi Gone Gourmet
  11. Elevation - Fuel Up for Less
  12. Pueblo Lindo - Hispanic Favorites
  13. Connoisseur Wines at Penny-Pincher Prices
  14. Miscellaneous Facts about Aldi
  15. Aldi's Free App
  16. Examples of Aldi's Rock-Bottom Prices
  17. What Not to Buy at Aldi
  18. What Aldi Shoppers Have to Say

Aldi Locations in the USA:

Aldi currently operates nearly 2,000 stores in 35 states, including Southern California, Florida, and Texas. Several years ago, Aldi opened a store in the Friendship area of Pittsburgh which is not far from my Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The store was an instant success and attracts thousands of customers every week from various Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

More information about Aldi store locations:

Aldi stores are located in the following USA states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Aldi also operates stores in the District of Columbia.

Here are 50 metro areas in which Aldi stores are located:

Anaheim (CA), Bakersfield (CA), Long Beach (CA), San Bernardino (CA), New Haven (CT), District of Columbia (DC), Miami (FL), Orlando (FL), Atlanta (GA), Des Moines (IA), Chicago (IL), Indianapolis (IN), Wichita (KS), Louisville (KY), Worcester (MA), Baltimore (MD), Silver Spring (MD), Ann Arbor (MI), Detroit (MI), Minneapolis (MN), Saint Paul (MN), Kansas City (MO), St. Louis (MO), Charlotte (NC), Omaha (NE), Cherry Hill (NJ), New Brunswick (NJ), North Bergen (NJ), Bronx (NY), Brooklyn (NY), Buffalo (NY), Syracuse (NY), Akron (OH), Cincinnati (OH), Cleveland (OH), Columbus (OH), Dayton (OH), Oklahoma City (OK), Pittsburgh (PA), Philadelphia (PA), Providence (RI), Columbia (SC), Sioux Falls (SD), Memphis (TN), Dallas (TX), Ft. Worth (TX), Houston (TX), Alexandria (VA), Milwaukee (WI), and Charleston (WV).

Here is a partial list of Aldi’s scheduled grand openings for 2017. Check to see if an Aldi store is coming to your neighborhood soon:

East Hartford and Southington, CT; Daytona Beach, FL; Elgin, Evergreen Park, Savoy, Villa Park, and Westmont, IL; Goshen and Warsaw, IN; Cedar Rapids and Ottumwa, IA; Olathe, KS; Owensboro, KY; Eldersburg, MD; Clinton Township and Wyoming, MI; Dundas and Mankato, MN; Poplar Bluff, MO; Clifton Park, Greece, Ithaca, Jamestown, and Yorkville, NY; High Point, Monroe, Morganton, and Wilkesboro, NC; Bowling Green, Fairview Park, Lewis Center, and Reynoldsburg, OH; Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater, OK; Carlisle, Collingdale, and North Versailles, PA; Conway and Easley, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Pasadena, TX; Green Bay, Racine, and Stevens Point, WI.

What Makes Aldi the Low Price Leader?

1. In order to maintain their reputation for rock-bottom prices without compromising quality, Aldi is strictly a “no frills” operation. In addition, their stores are smaller in size than a traditional supermarket such as Safeway, Kroger, or Giant Eagle.

2. The average Aldi store is only 10,000 to 11,000 square feet. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) observes that grocery stores nationwide have increased dramatically in size, from an average of 18,000 square feet in 1980s to between 30,000 and 45,000 square feet in 2000. In 2007, the FMI noted that the median store size was 47,500 square feet.

3. Aldi keeps their carts in one convenient place. You put a quarter in the cart, shop, and then return the cart to get your quarter back. This helps to keep prices low because Aldi doesn’t have to spend time retrieving carts.

4. They do not have a rewards card or a fuel perks program.

5. There are only 1,500 products to choose from at Aldi, compared to over 40,000 at a traditional supermarket like Kroger or Safeway.

6. Aldi does not accept manufacturer’s coupons and is not a member of the SavingStar.com e-coupon program.

7. At the checkstand, Aldi accepts cash, debit cards, most major credit cards, and food stamps. However, they do not honor checks. If you pay for your groceries by debit card, you can request cash back at the point-of-sale.

8. You must bag your own groceries as well as supply your own paper or plastic bags. As a convenience, Aldi sells both paper and plastic bags (each with the distinct Aldi logo) for a modest price.

9. Aldi stores do not have pharmacies, wellness centers, in-store bank branches or ATMs, butcher shops or fresh seafood departments, in-house bakeries or delis, floral departments, fax services, or a dry cleaning and shirt laundry service.

10. Go shopping at Aldi on Wednesdays. According to Aldi employee Amirite Clyde: “Wednesday is universally the best day to shop at Aldi. New prices roll out every Wednesday and they have new ‘produce picks of the week,’ which means that you can get a steal on some produce and other products. We just got done with a promotion where we had 79 cent dozen eggs. You'll usually find pineapple marked down to a dollar and 69 cent avocados. Also, since this produce is marked down so cheap, it goes fast so it's always being replaced with new product. It'll never just sit all day without being replenished but like I said, always dig to the bottom.”

11. You cannot purchase money orders, postage stamps, lottery tickets, public transit passes, or tobacco products at Aldi.

12. They do not have a greeting card or magazine section.

13. Aldi does not have a check-cashing service.

14. They do not sell gift cards for major retailers like Target, Macy’s, or Best Buy.

15. It’s no surprise that Aldi is a “formidable foe” to Walmart as well as to established grocery store chains like Kroger and Safeway.

What Can You Find on the Shelves at Aldi?

1. Aldi stocks both private labels and name brands. However, 90% of products are Aldi exclusives. There are dozens of Aldi store brands including:

Appleton Farms, Baker’s Corner, Basic, Boulder, Carlini, Chef’s Cupboard, Choceur, Clancy’s, Elevation (protein bars and powder), Fit&Active (for healthier you), Freshine, Friendly Farms, Little Journey (baby essentials), Little Salad Bar, liveGfree (gluten-free options), Millville, Nature’s Nectar, NatureRipe, Never Any! (meat raised without hormones), Priano, Pueblo Lindo (from south of the border straight to your plate), Sea Queen, Season’s Choice, SimplyNature (feel-good ingredients), Southern Grove, Specially Selected (Aldi gone gourmet), Stonemill (spices and seasonings), Tuscan Garden (vinegar, etc.), Welby (personal care products), and Willow.

2. Aldi brands do not contain any trans fats, certified synthetic colors, or added msg. According to Aldi CEO Jason Hart: “Our decision to remove these ingredients from all of our exclusive brand foods delivers on our ongoing commitment to meet the evolving preferences of our customers. Since more than 90% of the products we sell are under our exclusive brands, eliminating these ingredients will have a real impact on the over 30 million people who shop in our stores.”

3. Aldi’s private-label spices and seasonings are at least 70% cheaper than what you would pay at a traditional grocery store. Here is their selection: basil leaves, chili powder, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, Italian seasoning, minced onion, onion powder, oregano leaves, paprika, parsley flakes, seasoned meat tenderizer, and steak seasoning.

4. Aldi also carries a variety of organic spices and seasonings that are over 60 per cent cheaper than what you would pay at a traditional grocery store or even at Target. Here is their selection: cayenne pepper, garlic granules, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, and Italian seasoning.

5. Aldi has a secret test kitchen. Mike Timmermann tells us that “At its headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, Aldi has a kitchen where its products are taste-tested. If a product doesn’t meet the company’s standards, Aldi works with the supplier to improve it. In-house chefs also create recipes, like this German style grilled cheese, which are shared on Aldi’s website.”

6. Some of Aldi’s private labels are marked pareve. Examples include yellow mustard, tomato ketchup, distilled white vinegar, dry roasted peanuts, steel cut oats, pasta, potato chips, and their 16.9-ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil. By the way, “pareve” is a Yiddish word for neutral. Foods called pareve do not contain any meat or dairy products or their derivatives and may be used when preparing and serving meat or dairy meals. Examples of pareve products are fish, foods that are grown in the earth, and non-animal manufactured products such as artificial sweeteners. because they do not contain any dairy products or the derivatives of such.

7. At Aldi, you will always find USDA Choice Beef at never-ending low prices. On their website. Aldi confirms that “You’ll find that our fresh steaks and roasts are all packed in vacuum-sealed leak proof packaging. This guarantees that your meat will stay fresher, longer. The deep purple color means there’s no air in the package and is an indicator freshness. Once the package is opened, the meat will turn the bright red you’ve come to expect in high quality beef.”

8. Prestigious institutions from all over are honoring Aldi for their high-quality products. Here are some examples of product awards that Aldi has received over the past several years:

  • The Priano Italian Cheese Wedge in Asiago and Parmesan varieties received the American Masters of Taste SUPERIOR TASTE Gold Medal Seal in the Domestic Parmesan and Domestic Asiago cheese categories. Both cheeses were honored based on their superior taste in a triple blind taste test. Chefs in America is a nationwide network of 7,500 corporate, high volume and executive chefs.
  • The ALDI Specially Selected Aged Reserve White Cheddar, crafted exclusively by Adams Reserve, has been named a 2013 United States Cheese Championship Gold Medal Winner.
  • ALDI-exclusive brand, Specially Selected, is the 2013 winner of the Store Brands Magazine – Store Brand Achievement Awards "Best New Product or Product Line, Grocery/Supermarket Channel" category.
  • SimplyNature Kids Squeezable Fruit Blend—Apple Multi-Fruit—has been awarded a 2014 Category Colonel Award in the Baby Products category from PLBuyer.
  • ALDI-exclusive liveGfree Gluten Free Chocolate Baking Mix was awarded a second place honor in the Dessert Mix category from the Gluten-Free Buyers Guide.

9. Here are some of the brand names that Aldi carries: Arizona green tea, Bounty paper towels, Crest toothpaste, Fabreze, Fabuloso, Gatorade, Hawaiian Punch, Hershey's, Kit Kat, M&M's, Miracle Whip, Nutter Butters, Pringles, Reese's, Snickers, Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, Tide, Top Ramen, Twizzlers, Welch's juices, and Werthers.

10. Most Aldi stores have a “Special Buys” section in addition to their range of everyday grocery products. “Special Buys” can include anything from electronics (for example, DVD players) to clothing and kitchenware. Here are some of the “Best Buys” that I found recently at the Aldi store in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood: 4-piece bath sets, 5-quart colanders, baking pans, cook, fry and serve pans, folding trunk organizers, glass cutting boards, high-reach cleaning kits, kitchen mats, kitchen towels, mesh bins, muffin pans, pet food containers, pizza pans, popcorn makers, rotary graters, soup crock sets, suction mirrors, and toilet seats.

11. Aldi discounts their bread products five days before they expire.

12. Most Aldi stores have a designated clearance area for merchandise that has been reduced for quick sale.

13. Unlike some Giant Eagle locations, Aldi stores in Pennsylvania do not sell alcoholic beverages. (Author’s note: Please note that I am unable to clarify Aldi’s policy on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the remaining 34 USA states in which their stores are located.)

14. Unlike traditional grocery stores, Aldi does not have a wide selection of health and beauty aids as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements. For example, the only vitamins and supplements that you will find at the Aldi store in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside/Friendship neighborhood are multi-vitamins and fish oil.

15. Fresh produce is delivered every morning to Aldi stores. The turnaround is very fast and there is little waste. (Did you know that Aldi’s produce prices are sometimes lower than wholesalers?)

What’s New at Aldi?

Aldi is always looking for new and exciting products for their customers. Here are some of the latest items that Aldi has just found for you:

Cooler:

  1. Little Salad Bar: Southwest Chopped Salad Kit

Fresh Fish:

  1. Fresh Atlantic Salmon
  2. Fresh Atlantic Salmon Side
  3. Fresh Atlantic Salmon with Mediterranean Herb
  4. Fresh Tilapia Fillets
  5. Fresh Tilapia with Garlic Herb

Pantry:

  1. Barissimo Organic, Fair Trade Single Origin Whole Bean Coffee from Honduras
  2. Barissimo Organic, Fair Trade Single Origin Whole Bean Coffee from Peru
  3. Priano Herb Chicken Tortellini
  4. Priano Three Cheese Tortellini
  5. Specially Selected Raw Honey
  6. iveGFree Gluten Free Raisin Almond Honey Granola
  7. liveGFree Gluten Free Apple Almond Honey Granola
  8. liveGFree Gluten Free Cranberry Cashew Honey Granola

Produce:

  1. Acorn Squash
  2. Spaghetti Squash

Snacks & Sweets:

  1. Millville Cashew Sweet & Salty Bars
  2. Millville Chocolatey Pretzel & Almond Sweet & Salty Nut Bars
  3. Millville Peanut, Almonds & Dark Chocolate Sweet & Salty Nut Bars

Household:

  1. Willow Mega Roll Ultra Soft Bath Tissue
  2. Willow Mega Roll Ultra Strong Bath Tissue

Alcohol:

  1. Third Street Brewhouse Hop Lift IPA

SimplyNature - Feel Good Ingredients

Over the past couple of years, Aldi has been steadily rolling out more organic products. Theo Thimou tells us that “The store has already removed artificial growth hormones from its milk. Up next is removing the same from its yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and other dairy products. There’s also an ongoing effort to ramp up the presence of its Never Any! brand of meats, which contains no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives.”

Another Aldi response to providing its customers with organic and all natural foods is the "SimplyNature" brand. All SimplyNature products are free of over 125 ingredients including artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, nitrates, bleached flour, and aspartame. Many SimplyNature items also have the USDA Organic Seal. The Public Health and Safety explains what the USDA Organic Seal means:

Products labeled as “100% organic” must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids, excluding water and salt. No other ingredients or additives are permitted.

Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). Any remaining ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances that appear on the NOP National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.

Here is a list of over 100 SimplyNature products that you can find at Aldi:

Cooler:

  1. SimplyNature Organic 100% Grass Fed 85/15 Ground Beef
  2. SimplyNature Organic Baby Arugula
  3. SimplyNature Organic Baby Spinach
  4. SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs
  5. SimplyNature Organic Chopped Kale
  6. SimplyNature Organic Mixed Greens
  7. SimplyNature Organic Spring Mix

Dairy:

  1. SimplyNature Organic Original Soymilk
  2. SimplyNature Organic Vanilla Soymilk
  3. SimplyNature Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
  4. SimplyNature Organic Whole Milk Vanilla Yogurt

Frozen Foods:

  1. SimplyNature Organic Blueberries
  2. SimplyNature Organic Chunky Strawberry Fruit Bars
  3. SimplyNature Organic Creamy Coconut Fruit Bars
  4. SimplyNature Organic Mango Fruit Bars
  5. SimplyNature Organic Strawberries

Snacks & Sweets:

  1. SimlyNature Freeze Dried Peaches
  2. SimplyNature Apple Banana Fruit Squeezies
  3. SimplyNature Apple Cinnamon Fruit Squeezies
  4. SimplyNature Apple Multi-Fruit Fruit Squeezies
  5. SimplyNature Apple Peach Fruit Squeezies
  6. SimplyNature Apple Strawberry Fruit Squeezies
  7. SimplyNature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  8. SimplyNature Exotic Vegetable Chips
  9. SimplyNature Freeze Dried Apples
  10. SimplyNature Freeze Dried Peaches
  11. SimplyNature Freeze Dried Strawberries
  12. SimplyNature Green Pea Crisps
  13. SimplyNature Kids Organic Fruit Snacks
  14. SimplyNature Kids Organic White Cheddar Puffs
  15. SimplyNature Multigrain Tortilla Chips
  16. SimplyNature Organic Popcorn
  17. SimplyNature Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
  18. SimplyNature Raspberry Fruit Strips
  19. SimplyNature Raw Almonds, Pecans, and Pistachio Kernels
  20. SimplyNature Raw Cashews, Walnuts, and Macadamia Nuts
  21. SimplyNature Strawberry Fruit Strips
  22. SimplyNature Sweet Potato Chips
  23. SimplyNature Unsweetened Apple Fruit Squeezies

Pantry:

  1. Simply Nature Organic Black Beans
  2. SimplyNature Almond and Coconut Fruit & Nut Bars
  3. SimplyNature Brown Milled Flax Seed
  4. SimplyNature Cranberry Almond Fruit & Nut Bars
  5. SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter
  6. SimplyNature Golden Roasted Flax Seed
  7. SimplyNature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Bread
  8. SimplyNature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Low Sodium Bread
  9. SimplyNature Light Guatemalan Roast Organic Coffee Cups
  10. SimplyNature Medium Extra Bold Roast Organic Coffee Cups
  11. SimplyNature Oat So Healthy® Honey Oat Bread
  12. SimplyNature Organic 100% Apple Juice
  13. SimplyNature Organic Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
  14. SimplyNature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  15. SimplyNature Organic Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
  16. SimplyNature Organic Apple Walnut Granola Cereal
  17. SimplyNature Organic Asian Ginger Dressing
  18. SimplyNature Organic Beef Broth
  19. SimplyNature Organic Cane Sugar
  20. SimplyNature Organic Chicken Broth
  21. SimplyNature Organic Chicken Noodle Soup
  22. SimplyNature Organic Chipotle Ranch Dressing
  23. SimplyNature Organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  24. SimplyNature Organic Coconut & Chia Granola
  25. SimplyNature Organic Coconut Oil
  26. SimplyNature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
  27. SimplyNature Organic Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
  28. SimplyNature Organic Deluxe Shells & Cheese
  29. SimplyNature Organic Diced Tomatoes
  30. SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  31. SimplyNature Organic Ground Cayenne
  32. SimplyNature Organic Ground Cinnamon
  33. SimplyNature Organic Ground Cumin
  34. SimplyNature Organic Ground Garlic Granules
  35. SimplyNature Organic Italian Seasoning
  36. SimplyNature Organic Ketchup
  37. SimplyNature Organic Lentil Soup
  38. SimplyNature Organic Light Agave Nectar
  39. SimplyNature Organic Light Brown Sugar
  40. SimplyNature Organic Linguine
  41. SimplyNature Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  42. SimplyNature Organic Macaroni & Cheese
  43. SimplyNature Organic Maple Spice Instant Oatmeal
  44. SimplyNature Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce
  45. SimplyNature Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal
  46. SimplyNature Organic Pumpkin & Flax Granola
  47. SimplyNature Organic Quick Cook Brown Rice
  48. SimplyNature Organic Quinoa
  49. SimplyNature Organic Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
  50. SimplyNature Organic Spaghetti
  51. SimplyNature Organic Tahini Goddess Dressing
  52. SimplyNature Organic Thick & Chunky Hot Salsa
  53. SimplyNature Organic Thick & Chunky Medium Salsa
  54. SimplyNature Organic Thick & Chunky Mild Salsa
  55. SimplyNature Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
  56. SimplyNature Organic Tomato Basil Soup
  57. SimplyNature Organic Tropical Mango Passion Granola Cereal
  58. SimplyNature Organic Vanilla Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  59. SimplyNature Organic Vegetable Broth
  60. SimplyNature Organic White Rice
  61. SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey
  62. SimplyNature Original Shredded Wheat Cereal
  63. SimplyNature Seedtastic 21 Whole Grains & Seeds Bread
  64. SimplyNature Unsweetened Applesauce

liveGfree: Gluten Free Options

Now you can enjoy your favorite foods all day long with Aldi's "liveGfree" product line.

Here is a list of over 50 liveGfree products that you can find at Aldi:

Frozen Foods:

  1. liveGfree Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes
  2. liveGfree Gluten Free Cheese Pizza
  3. liveGfree Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
  4. liveGfree Gluten Free Ham & Cheese Stuffed Sandwiches
  5. liveGfree Gluten Free Homestyle Pancakes
  6. liveGfree Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza
  7. liveGfree Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Sandwiches
  8. liveGfree Gluten Free Southwest Veggie Stuffed Sandwiches
  9. liveGfree Gluten Free Spinach, Artichoke & Kale Stuffed Sandwiches

Pantry:

  1. liveGFree Gluten Free Apple Almond Honey Granola
  2. liveGFree Gluten Free Cranberry Cashew Honey Granola
  3. liveGFree Gluten Free Raisin Almond Honey Granola
  4. liveGfree Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti
  5. liveGfree Gluten Free Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars
  6. liveGfree Gluten Free Chocolate Baking Mix
  7. liveGfree Gluten Free Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars
  8. liveGfree Gluten Free Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
  9. liveGfree Gluten Free Deluxe Shells & Cheese
  10. liveGfree Gluten Free Pancake & Baking Mix
  11. liveGfree Gluten Free Plain Wraps
  12. liveGfree Gluten Free Very Berry Baked Chewy Bars
  13. liveGfree Gluten Free White Bread
  14. liveGfree Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
  15. liveGfree Gluten Free Yellow Baking Mix
  16. liveGfree Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli
  17. liveGfree Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice & Quinoa Penne

Snacks & Sweets:

  1. LiveGfree Black Sesame Brown Rice Crisps
  2. LiveGfree Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps
  3. liveGfree Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Soft Baked Cookies
  4. liveGfree Gluten Free Pretzel Minis
  5. liveGfree Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks
  6. liveGfree Gluten Free Rosemary & Olive Oil Multiseed Crackers
  7. liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Crackers
  8. liveGfree Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Soft Baked Cookies

More Gluten-Free Foods:

  1. Baker’s Corner Butterscotch Morsels
  2. Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  3. Baker’s Corner White Baking Morsels
  4. Casa Mamita Fat Free Refried Beans
  5. Casa Mamita Traditional Refried Beans
  6. Chef’s Cupboard Beef Broth
  7. Chef’s Cupboard Chicken Broth
  8. Clancy’s Barbecue Baked Potato Crisps
  9. Clancy’s Cheese Puffs
  10. Clancy’s Original Baked Potato Crisps
  11. Dakota’s Pride Chili Beans
  12. Dakota’s Pride Great Northern Beans
  13. Dakota’s Pride Kidney Beans
  14. Fit & Active Caramel Corn Rice Cakes
  15. Fit & Active Lightly Salted Rice Cakes
  16. Fit & Active Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  17. Happy Harvest Cream Style Corn
  18. Kirkwood Ground Turkey
  19. Millville Corn Squares Cereal
  20. Millville Rice Squares Cereal
  21. SimplyNature Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
  22. SimplyNature Organic Low Sodium Free Range Chicken Broth

Never Any! - Meat Raised Right

Aldi’s "Never Any!" brands do not contain any antibiotics, added hormones, or animal by-products.

Here is a complete list of their Never Any! product line:

  1. Appleton Farms Never Any! Hickory Bacon
  2. Kirkwood Never Any! Chicken Breakfast Sausage
  3. Kirkwood Never Any! Chipotle Chicken Sausage
  4. Kirkwood Never Any! Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  5. Kirkwood Never Any! Fresh Chicken Breasts Tenderloins
  6. Kirkwood Never Any! Fresh Whole Chicken
  7. Kirkwood Never Any! Mild Italian Chicken Sausage
  8. Kirkwood Never Any! Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage
  9. Kirkwood Never Any! Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage
  10. Lunch Mate Never Any! Honey Ham
  11. Lunch Mate Never Any! Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  12. Lunch Mate Never Any! Rotisserie Chicken
  13. Lunch Mate Never Any! Uncured Black Forest Ham

Fit & Active - For a Healthier You

Aldi’s "Fit & Active" products are designed to be better for you and your wallet.

Here is a complete list of their Fit & Active product line:

Beverages:

  1. Fit & Active® Strawberry Watermelon Liquid Water Enhancer Fit & Active® Cranberry Flavored Water
  2. Fit & Active® Fruit Punch Drink Mix
  3. Fit & Active® Fruit Punch Drink Mix Sticks
  4. Fit & Active® Grape Drink Mix
  5. Fit & Active® Iced Tea with Lemon Drink Mix Sticks
  6. Fit & Active® Lemonade Drink Mix
  7. Fit & Active® Lemonade Drink Mix Sticks
  8. Fit & Active® Lemonade Flavored Water
  9. Fit & Active® Mango Tropical Flavored Water
  10. Fit & Active® Milk Chocolate Weight Loss Shakes
  11. Fit & Active® Orange Tangerine Liquid Water Enhancer
  12. Fit & Active® Peach Iced Tea Drink Mix
  13. Fit & Active® Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix Sticks
  14. Fit & Active® Raspberry Lemonade Liquid Water Enhancer
  15. Fit & Active® Strawberry Lemonade Flavored Water

Cooler:

  1. Fit & Active Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  2. Fit & Active® 93% Lean Fresh Ground Turkey
  3. Fit & Active® Classic Turkey Franks
  4. Fit & Active® Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast Tenderloins
  5. Fit & Active® Egg Substitute
  6. Fit & Active® Egg Whites
  7. Fit & Active® Lean Turkey Polska Kielbasa
  8. Fit & Active® Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  9. Fit & Active® Rotisserie Flavor Turkey Breast Tenderloins
  10. Fit & Active® Smoked & Cured Turkey Bacon
  11. Fit & Active® Smoked Honey Ham

Dairy:

  1. Fit & Active® 2% Milk American Singles
  2. Fit & Active® 2% Milk Four Cheese Mexican Blend
  3. Fit & Active® 2% Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  4. Fit & Active® Light String Cheese
  5. Fit & Active® Neufchâtel Cheese
  6. Fit & Active® Plain Nonfat Yogurt
  7. Fit & Active® Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt

Frozen Foods:

  1. Fit & Active® Canadian Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches
  2. Fit & Active® Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars
  3. Fit & Active® Lite Whipped Topping
  4. Fit & Active® Orange Sorbet Ice Cream Bars
  5. Fit & Active® Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Sandwiches
  6. Fit & Active® Southwest Veggie Stuffed Sandwiches
  7. Fit & Active® Turkey & Broccoli Stuffed Sandwiches
  8. Fit & Active® Turkey Meatballs
  9. Fit & Active® Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
  10. Fit & Active® Whole Grain Waffles
  11. Fit & Active® Wildberry Sorbet Ice Cream Bars

Snacks & Sweets:

  1. Fit & Active® 100 Calorie Chocolate Chip Snack Pack
  2. Fit & Active® 100 Calorie Chocolate Snack Pack
  3. Fit & Active® 100 Calorie Snack Pack Almond & Walnut Mix
  4. Fit & Active® 100 Calorie Snack Pack Whole Almonds
  5. Fit & Active® Caramel Rice Snacks
  6. Fit & Active® Cheddar Cheese Rice Snacks
  7. Fit & Active® Lightly Salted Rice Cakes

Pantry:

  1. Fit & Active No Salt Petite Diced Tomatoes
  2. Fit & Active Ready to Eat Fat Free Tuna Salad Kit
  3. Fit & Active® Blueberry Vitality Cereal Bars
  4. Fit & Active® Chicken Noodle Chunky Style Soup
  5. Fit & Active® Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars
  6. Fit & Active® Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars
  7. Fit & Active® Chocolatey Pretzel Vitality Cereal Bars
  8. Fit & Active® Cookie Dough Protein Energy Bars
  9. Fit & Active® Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup
  10. Fit & Active® Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup
  11. Fit & Active® Double Chocolate Protein Meal Bars
  12. Fit & Active® Instant Brown Rice
  13. Fit & Active® Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  14. Fit & Active® Light Ranch Dressing
  15. Fit & Active® Low Fat Raisin Granola
  16. Fit & Active® Multi-Grain with Flax Flatbread
  17. Fit & Active® Original Flatbread
  18. Fit & Active® Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  19. Fit & Active® Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  20. Fit & Active® Strawberry Protein Meal Bars
  21. Fit & Active® Strawberry Vitality Cereal Bars
  22. Fit & Active® Sugar Free Apricot Preserves
  23. Fit & Active® Sugar Free Red Raspberry Preserves
  24. Fit & Active® Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves
  25. Fit & Active® Vitality Cereal Vanilla Almond
  26. Fit & Active® Vitality Cereal with Strawberries
  27. Fit & Active® Yogurt Honey Peanut Protein Energy Bars

Specially Selected - Aldi Gone Gourmet

Aldi's "Specially Selected" brands combine quality ingredients, passion, and imagination. Here is a complete list of their product line:

Cooler:

  1. Specially Selected Black Forest Ham
  2. Specially Selected Center Cut Bacon
  3. Specially Selected Cold Smoked Salmon
  4. Specially Selected Oven Roasted Turkey
  5. Specially Selected Prosciutto Panino

Dairy:

  1. Specially Selected Aged Reserved White Cheddar
  2. Specially Selected Edam Cheese
  3. Specially Selected Garden Vegetable & Sweet Basil Hand Crafted Cheese
  4. Specially Selected Gouda Cheese
  5. Specially Selected Pepperoni Marinara Hand-Crafted Cheese
  6. Specially Selected Roasted Garlic with Tomato & Basil Hand-Crafted Cheese
  7. Specially Selected Smoked Gouda Cheese

Frozen Foods:

  1. Specially Selected Ahi Tuna Steaks
  2. Specially Selected Garlic Butter Sauce Mussels
  3. Specially Selected Jumbo Scallops
  4. Specially Selected Mini Cream Puffs
  5. Specially Selected Mini Éclairs
  6. Specially Selected Natural Mussels
  7. Specially Selected Sockeye Salmon Fillets
  8. Specially Selected Super Premium Chocolate Ice Cream
  9. Specially Selected Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream
  10. Specially Selected Tomato Garlic Sauce Mussels

Pantry:

  1. Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  2. Specially Selected Black Bean and Corn Salsa
  3. Specially Selected Blackberry Fruit Spread Made With 75% Fruit
  4. Specially Selected Blue Cheese Stuffed Queen Olives
  5. Specially Selected Brioche Buns
  6. Specially Selected Brown Basmati Rice
  7. Specially Selected Ciabatta Sandwich Rolls
  8. Specially Selected French Baguette
  9. Specially Selected Garlic Naan Bread
  10. Specially Selected Garlic Salsa
  11. Specially Selected Garlic Stuffed Queen Olives
  12. Specially Selected Gourmet Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing
  13. Specially Selected Gourmet Greek Vinaigrette Dressing
  14. Specially Selected Gourmet House Vinaigrette Dressing
  15. Specially Selected Gourmet Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
  16. Specially Selected Gourmet Three Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing
  17. Specially Selected Jalapeño Stuffed Queen Olives
  18. Specially Selected Jasmine Rice
  19. Specially Selected Kalamata Olives
  20. Specially Selected Mango Peach Salsa
  21. Specially Selected Original Naan Bread
  22. Specially Selected Premium Mild Roasted Ground Coffee
  23. Specially Selected Premium Roasted Ground Coffee
  24. Specially Selected Raspberry Fruit Spread Made With 75% Fruit
  25. Specially Selected Sliced Brioche Loaf
  26. Specially Selected Sliced Chocolate Chip Brioche Loaf
  27. Specially Selected Sourdough Square
  28. Specially Selected Strawberry Fruit Spread Made With 75% Fruit
  29. Specially Selected White Basmati Rice

Snacks & Sweets:

  1. Specially Selected Almond Dark Chocolate Biscotti
  2. Specially Selected Anise Pizzelle Cookies
  3. Specially Selected Cheesecake Sampler
  4. Specially Selected Chocolate Chip Brioche
  5. Specially Selected Classic Almond Biscotti
  6. Specially Selected Continental Cookie Assortment
  7. Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies
  8. Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels
  9. Specially Selected Deluxe Mixed Nuts with Sea Salt
  10. Specially Selected Deluxe Whole Cashews with Sea Salt
  11. Specially Selected Milk Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies
  12. Specially Selected Parmesan, Garlic & Herb Pita Chips
  13. Specially Selected Sea Salt Pita Chips
  14. Specially Selected Unsalted Deluxe Mixed Nuts
  15. Specially Selected Unsalted Deluxe Whole Cashews
  16. Specially Selected Vanilla Cream Brioche
  17. Specially Selected Vanilla Pizzelle Cookies

Elevation - Fuel Up for Less

Aldi's "Elevation" brands have the same benefits as the national ones, but at a lower price. Here is a complete list of their product line.

  1. Elevation by Millville Almond Coconut Fruit & Nut Bars
  2. Elevation by Millville Apple Pie Pure & Simple Bars
  3. Elevation by Millville Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Advance Bars
  4. Elevation by Millville Caramel Double Chocolate Advance Bars
  5. Elevation by Millville Chocolate Chip Energy Bars
  6. Elevation by Millville Chocolate Peanut Butter High Protein Bars
  7. Elevation by Millville Chocolate Peppermint Wellness Bars
  8. Elevation by Millville Chocolate Protein Powder
  9. Elevation by Millville Coconut Almond Advance Bars
  10. Elevation by Millville Cranberry Almond Breaktime Bars
  11. Elevation by Millville Cranberry Almond Fruit & Nut Bars
  12. Elevation by Millville Crunchy Peanut Butter Energy Bars
  13. Elevation by Millville Lemon Zest Wellness Bars
  14. Elevation by Millville Mint Chocolate High Protein Bars
  15. Elevation by Millville Nuts & Chocolate Wellness Bars
  16. Elevation by Millville Peanut Butter Cookie Pure & Simple Bars
  17. Elevation by Millville Peanut Butter Fudge Crisp Breaktime Bars
  18. Elevation by Millville Vanilla Protein Powder
  19. Elevation by Millville White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bars

Pueblo Lindo - Hispanic Favorites

Here is a complete list of Aldi's south of the border favorites:

  1. Pueblo Lindo Black Beans
  2. Pueblo Lindo Burrito Flour Tortillas
  3. Pueblo Lindo Casera Style Tostadas
  4. Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers
  5. Pueblo Lindo Fajita Flour Tortillas
  6. Pueblo Lindo Flour Tortillas
  7. Pueblo Lindo Fresco Cheese
  8. Pueblo Lindo Green Enchilada Sauce
  9. Pueblo Lindo Instant Corn Masa Mix
  10. Pueblo Lindo Party Size Tortilla Strips
  11. Pueblo Lindo Pinto Beans
  12. Pueblo Lindo Premium Coconut Ice Cream Bars
  13. Pueblo Lindo Premium Mango Ice Cream Bars
  14. Pueblo Lindo Premium Strawberry Ice Cream Bars
  15. Pueblo Lindo Red Enchilada Sauce
  16. Pueblo Lindo Taquitos Rolled Chips
  17. Pueblo Lindo White Corn Tortillas

Connoisseur Wines at Penny-Pincher Prices

Aldi has brought the finest wines from across the globe to you – for less. Here is a list of their red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines.

Red Wines:

  1. 30 Miles Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Artifakt Red Blend
  3. Bridge Road Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  4. Bridge Road Vineyards Merlot
  5. Bridge Road Vineyards Pinot Noir
  6. Broken Clouds Pinot Noir
  7. Burlwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  8. Burlwood Cellars Merlot
  9. Burlwood Cellars Pinot Noir
  10. Copperwood Merlot
  11. Copperwood Merlot
  12. Crystal Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  13. Dancing Flame Red Blend
  14. Flirty Bird Red Blend
  15. Moiselle Red Moscato
  16. Moiselle Sweet Red
  17. Outlander Cabernet Sauvignon
  18. Outlander Meritage
  19. Pillar Heights Cabernet Sauvignon
  20. Ruzzare Lambrusco
  21. Sargent Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
  22. Scarlet Path Lodi Zinfandel
  23. Stormchaser Red Blend
  24. Tailslide Pinot Noir
  25. Viña Fuerte Tempranillo
  26. William Wright Reserve Pinot Noir
  27. Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvignon
  28. Winking Owl Merlot
  29. Winking Owl Red Blend
  30. Winking Owl Shiraz

White Wines:

  1. Bridge Road Vineyards Chardonnay
  2. Bridge Road Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Broken Clouds Chardonnay
  4. Burlwood Cellars Chardonnay
  5. Coastal Cove Sauvignon Blanc
  6. Crystal Creek Cellars Chardonnay
  7. Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling
  8. Essenza di Vita Pinot Grigio
  9. Flirty Bird Sauvignon Blanc
  10. Giretto Pinot Grigio
  11. Kelly’s Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
  12. Moiselle Moscato
  13. Tangled Vines Chardonnay
  14. Villanella Pinot Grigio
  15. William Wright Chardonnay
  16. Winking Owl Chardonnay
  17. Winking Owl Moscato
  18. Winking Owl Pinot Grigio
  19. Winking Owl White Blend

Rosé Wines:

  1. Bridge Road Vineyards White Zinfandel
  2. Moiselle Pink Moscato
  3. Winking Owl White Zinfandel

Sparkling Wines:

  1. Arosa Sparkling Moscato Rosé
  2. Belletti Prosecco
  3. Burlwood Cellars Extra Dry Sparkling
  4. Chiaré Blanc de Blancs
  5. Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco
  6. Maison de Joie Brut Sparkling
  7. Moiselle Sparkling Moscato Spumante

Miscellaneous Facts about Aldi:

1. Aldi has partnered with Instacart and is now testing grocery delivery in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Customers can order groceries from Aldi online and receive their deliveries in as little as one hour. "Our partnership with Instacart is another example of ALDI expanding our commitment to customer convenience and value," said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. "We know customers are looking for new ways to save time and money. Instacart provides easy access to our low prices at the click of a button."

2. Aldi is now making grocery shopping faster and easier by accepting Apple Pay, Android Pay, and all other forms of contactless payment at all of their 1,700 stores nationwide. "We're continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money," said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. "Shoppers love ALDI because we build and run stores they can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at ALDI that much faster and more convenient."

3. Aldi expects to have more than 2,000 USA stores in operation by the end of 2018. They also plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 existing stores by 2020.

4. Do Aldi stores have gift cards? Yes. The Aldi gift card may be used just like cash toward purchases at any Aldi location. It is not redeemable for cash and cannot be replaced if it is lost, stolen, or used without your authorization. Aldi gift cards are available at the checkstand.

5. Perhaps you have noticed that Aldi brands have more than one barcode. This enables the cashier to scan your groceries faster and to get you through the checkstand quicker. For example, the Aldi brands of distilled white vinegar, organic apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice have two barcodes apiece. Giant Eagle’s comparable brands only have one.

6. Their hours of operation are more limited than a traditional grocery store. For example, most Giant Eagle stores in the greater Pittsburgh area are open from 6:00 AM to midnight seven days a week. On the other hand, most Aldi stores are open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sundays. In addition, Aldi stores are closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

7. Aldi stocks refrigerated items such as milk, eggs, and yogurt from behind the racks.

8. They also have a double money back guarantee. According to Aldi:

If, for any reason, you are not 100 percent satisfied with any product, we will offer a Double Guarantee where we will gladly replace the product AND refund your money. To receive the Double Guarantee, the product packaging and any unused product must be returned to your local ALDI Store Manager.

The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food ALDI Find items, alcohol, national brands and non-quality related issues.

9. Aldi has excellent customer service. For example, when I cannot find something, I always ask and an Aldi employee physically takes me to whatever I am looking for. Furthermore, the cashiers are always friendly and professional.

Aldi's Free App

Enhance your Aldi shopping experience by downloading their free app. Features include:

  • With just one click you can have the latest Aldi Finds right at your fingertips.
  • Get your weekly ads faster.
  • Be among the first to know Aldi’s latest price reductions.
  • Use Aldi’s shopping list tool to create your list of must-have items.
  • Find Aldi stores from your current location with their addresses and store hours.

Examples of Aldi's Rock-Bottom Prices:

(Author’s note: Grocery prices at Aldi, Giant Eagle, and CVS are subject to change at any time. In addition, Giant Eagle is the major grocery store chain for the greater Pittsburgh area.)

  1. A 32-ounce bottle of private-label lemon juice costs $1.99 at Aldi. You would pay as much as $3.69 for the same size of the name brand at Giant Eagle.
  2. A 16-ounce can of store-brand pork and beans costs 49 cents at Aldi. You would pay up to 99 cents for a comparable size of the private label at Giant Eagle.
  3. A 16-ounce can of private-label chili beans costs 59 cents at Aldi. You would pay as much as $1.39 for the same size of the name brand at Giant Eagle.
  4. An eight-ounce package of store-brand refrigerated cheddar cheese costs as little as $1.49 at Aldi and as much as $2.99 at Giant Eagle.
  5. A 4.25-ounce jar of private-label ground cinnamon costs $1.19 at Aldi. You would pay up to $1.99 for 1.87 ounces of the store brand at CVS when it is not on sale. That’s a potential savings of almost 74%.
  6. A 4.25-ounce jar of store-brand paprika also costs $1.19 at Aldi. At CVS, you would pay up to $1.99 for 1.87 ounces of the private label when it is not on sale. Again, that’s a potential savings of almost 74%.
  7. A 20-ounce jar of store-brand yellow mustard costs 79 cents at Aldi. You would pay up to $1.99 for a comparable size of the name brand at Giant Eagle.
  8. A 5.75-ounce jar of private-label pimento olives costs $1.29 at Aldi. You would pay as much as $2.99 for the same size of the store brand at Giant Eagle.
  9. A 42-ounce box of private-label whole grain oats costs $2.39 at Aldi. You would pay up to $4.99 for the same size of the name brand at Giant Eagle and even more at CVS.
  10. A 16-ounce jar of store-brand dry roasted peanuts costs $1.99 at Aldi. You would pay as much as $4.99 for the same size of the name brand at Giant Eagle and much more at CVS.
  11. One dozen eggs cost as little as 69 cents at Aldi and as much as $1.99 at both Giant Eagle and CVS.
  12. A 32-ounce bottle of private-label distilled white vinegar costs 79 cents at Aldi. You would pay up to $2.99 for the same size of the name brand at Giant Eagle. That’s a potential savings of nearly 74%.
  13. A one-pound bag of radishes costs 99 cents at Aldi and as much as $2.49 at Giant Eagle.
  14. You can buy three cucumbers for as little as 99 cents at Aldi but pay triple the price at Giant Eagle.
  15. You can buy an eight-ounce package of whole mushrooms for $1.29 at Aldi but pay up to $2.99 at Giant Eagle.
  16. A 10 ¼-ounce bag of store-brand potato chips costs $1.49 at Aldi. You would pay as much as $4.29 for a comparable size of the name brand at both Giant Eagle and CVS.
  17. At CVS, you would pay $2.99 for a 32-ounce bottle of Fabuloso household cleaner. At Aldi, you would pay the exact same price for a 56-ounce bottle. That’s a potential savings of nearly 61 per cent.

Here are some of Aldi’s advertised specials for September, 2017:

Grocery items:

  • Pennsylvania whole white mushrooms - 69 cents per 8-ounce package
  • Tomatoes on the vine - $1.29 per 24-ounce package
  • Multi-colored peppers - $1.89 per three pack
  • California green grapes - 89 cents per pound
  • California strawberries - $1.69 per 16-ounce package
  • Family pack chicken breasts - $1.69 per pound with a 5-pound average weight
  • St. Louis pork spareribs - $1.99 per pound
  • 80% lean ground beef - $2.99 per pound
  • Center cut pork chops - $3.49 per pound
  • Casa Mamita salsa (medium or mild) - $1.29 per 24-ounce jar
  • Mama Cozzi’s original thin crust pizza (assorted varieties) - $1.99 per 14.5 - 16.9 package (frozen)
  • Little Salad Bar guacamole - $2.49 per 16-ounce package (assorted varieties)
  • Simply Nature organic yellow corn tortilla chips - $1.69 per 11-ounce package
  • Savoritz thin wheat crackers (original or reduced fat) - 99 cents per 8.5 - 9.1 ounce package
  • Parkview cocktail sausages - $2.29 per 14-ounce package
  • Specially selected mixed nuts (unsalted or with sea salt) - $11.99 per 30-ounce package
  • Kirkwood chicken wings (honey BBQ or buffalo) - $5.49 per 28-ounce package (frozen)

Cleaning deals:

  • Easy Home broom or mop assortment for $4.99
  • Easy Home hamper turns carry bag for $7.99
  • Easy Home rechargeable cordless sweeper for $19.99
  • Easy Home microfiber duster for $2.99

Kid’s bed & bath:

  • Easy Home kids’ hanging closet organizers for $4.99
  • Little Journey children’s toilet seat or step stool for $4.99
  • Huntington Home 8-piece washcloth set for $3.49

Fall decor:

  • Huntington Home 60″ scarecrow assortment for $4.99
  • Huntington Home indoor string lights for $5.99
  • Huntington Home Halloween or harvest towel assortment for $3.99

Kitchen deals:

  • Crofton 1.75 quart cast iron saucepan for $14.99
  • Crofton soup mug for $3.99

What Not to Buy at Aldi:

Here are several grocery items that you should not buy at Aldi because you can find better quality and/or value elsewhere:

  • Coffee - If you’re a coffee snob, you will have better luck at Trader Joe’s or even Whole Foods.

  • Fabric softener sheets - You will find better quality and value with the Target brand.

  • Meat - Like other Aldi shoppers in the greater Pittsburgh region, I prefer to buy ground beef and chicken at Giant Eagle because the quality is much higher.

  • Paper goods - You will find better quality and value at Target. Don’t forget to use your Target RedCard as well as manufacturer’s coupons.

What Aldi Shoppers Have to Say:

Here are five customer reviews of the Aldi store located in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside/Friendship neighborhood:

"You can still get organic eggs, milk, meat and veggies if that's your thing and not spend the money you would at Giant Eagle. Also, I LOVE their cheese selection! They have SO MANY!!! They have a good selection of spices as well, which are usually very pricey at a typical grocery store. They have a small amount of housewares which changes pretty regularly, but you can get a great deal on some appliances and organizational items." - Colleen S.

“I've been shopping Aldi for several years now, and actually haven't set foot in a Giant Eagle . . . unless I needed something REALLY odd that absolutely could NOT be found anywhere else. I would travel to the burbs to hit an Aldi, before going a mile for a Giant Eagle.” – William M.

“The Shadyside store is clean and easy to navigate and the employees are generally very friendly and even though you must bring your own bags and bag your own groceries the checkout line process is much quicker than expected - I've had to wait longer at Giant Eagle or Whole Foods in lines that had baggers so that part is nice.” - Nova S.

“It's a great place to stock up on things like rice, pasta, canned goods, and snacks.” – Julie R.

“I have to commend the planners of this Aldi for re-purposing an old structure; a very uncommon practice for a chain store. The design efficiently uses the space, with self-contained parking” – Heidi S.

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      Gregory DeVictor 2 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Kierstin, the lines do get long but they move incredibly fast. Comparably, Aldi's lines move much faster than Giant Eagle's.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      This was probably more informative than actually walking into an Aldi's! My neighborhood is basically behind our local Aldi's but I've never shopped there because I hear the line get really long, but now I'm thinking that for the savings it might just be worth it - maybe I could find an off-time (if that exists there)!

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      Gregory DeVictor 5 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Hello Victoria,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Regarding the fresh tomatoes, I tried several types of tomatoes (grape, stem, etc.) at Aldi and just wasn’t satisfied. All other produce items--fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mushrooms, radishes, onions, and salad mix--are much cheaper and comparable in quality to what I would buy at Giant Eagle.

      Ever since I moved to Pittsburgh from California, I have always liked the Arkansas tomatoes that Giant Eagle features every spring. I don’t remember ever having seen them at the Safeway where I used to shop.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 weeks ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love Aldi! It's one place I shop that I don't dread. The deals are incredible, and I love what they're doing with their products--no trans fat, growth hormones, etc . . . .

      I'm curious as to why you say not to buy tomatoes there. I love the grape tomatoes. They're tasty all year long and usually cost from 99 cents to 1.69 or so. I buy paper towels there, too, but not coffee for sure! Great article! ;-)