Aldi’s Best Budget Buys, According to Reddit

Aldi, for the uninitiated, is an international grocery chain known for its quirky shortcuts that offer pretty unparalleled savings. This can include inserting a quarter into your shopping cart as an incentive to return it to its proper location, packing your own groceries with your own bags at the end of your transaction, and more industrial warehouse style stores. Taking all of these factors into account, the store that could be considered a distant cousin to Trader Joe’s (family ties back to the motherland!) offers some great values ​​on everyday products. Here’s what the folks at Reddit say are the absolute best buys if you want to experience the German retailer for yourself.

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Prices reflect the cost of shopping in Brooklyn, New York, and prices available online via Instacart.

Milk and (non) dairy products

A commonly mentioned product in Reddit threads included any type of dairy or non-dairy product. For starters, a gallon of whole milk at Aldi is $3.89, while a gallon at Key Foods is $4.99. This price difference also extends to various products like cheese, yogurt and even almond milk. Aldi offers a half-gallon of Friendly Farms unsweetened almond milk for $2.59, while Key Foods offers the same product by Almond Breeze for $4.89.

Pantry Staples

When it comes to Aldi, less is more, and plenty of reviewers have mentioned getting your essentials at an unbeatable price. A 5-pound bag of all-purpose flour costs $2.05, or 41 cents a pound. Key Foods’ store brand, Urban Meadow, offers a 2-pound bag for $1.69, which works out to about 85 cents a pound. A 16-ounce container of baking soda at Aldi costs 69 cents, while the Arm & Hammer version available at Key Foods is priced at $1.29.

flavored nuts

As a nod to their distant cousin, Aldi is also offering great deals on their packaged nuts with added seasonings, with the lime chili variety also receiving rave reviews. A 10-ounce bag of Aldi’s Chili Lime Cashews is $6.59. An 8-ounce container of Urban Meadow Cashew Halves and Chunks typically retails for $6.39, though they’re currently on sale for $5.99. Even then, the Aldi option is a tastier option.

frozen fruit

If you’re trying to dive into the glorious world of homemade smoothie-making, but don’t want to make major changes to your grocery budget, Aldi is a good place to start. A 32-ounce bag of mixed berries costs $6.75. Key Foods has a Dole 12-ounce bag of mixed berries for $5.69, making it a more expensive and much smaller serving.

Chocolate

This is a candidate for the most recommended item out of all the Reddit posts we’ve seen. Moser Roth was reviewers’ favorite brand, revered for its quality, sourcing of ingredients and price. They have a variety of flavors, like dark chocolate, caramel crunch, and more, at $2.55 for a 4.4-ounce bar. Key Foods offers a 3.5-ounce Cadbury Royal Dark chocolate bar for $2.99.

winking owl wine

Although a polarizing choice among wine snobs, Aldi’s winking owl wine is loved by many online for its price and flavor. For around $3, you can choose from a variety, such as Shiraz, Pinot Grigio, and White Zinfandel. Does Two Buck Chuck finally have a worthy opponent?

Now grab these budget-friendly basics and use them in one of our simple weekday meals: