I buy most all of our groceries at Aldi each week. I supplement with an occasional Costco run or farmer’s market purchase, but the majority of our stuff is from Aldi (like 95%).
We also cook nearly 100% of our meals from home.
That’s 3 meals per day for 4 people. On average, spend approximately $125 – $150 per week on groceries.
We don’t eat out. We only get take out about 1 – 2 times per month.
I’m serious. People are often baffled by how we do it.
Aldi – it really is amazing.
Aldi used to be a mystery to me. It has like 4 aisles and was all weird generic food. I didn’t get it.
Fast forward to March 2020. I needed grocery delivery and Aldi was the only place with any openings.
I came to discover the awesomeness that is Aldi. (BTW – I’m not sponsored by Aldi – I’m just sharing because people have asked.)
I have not been to my old grocery store since March. The prices and food at Aldi are that AMAZING.
What’s even better, I can get in and out in about 20 minutes. This is probably what keeps me coming back.
My old store had more selection but it would take at least an hour or more to shop.
So here’s the list — I don’t buy all of these things every week, but these are what we buy most often. (No judgment please.)
The Aldi Grocery List
Fruits – We buy tons of fruits and veggies each week and Aldi keeps the prices affordable.
Bananas, Blackberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Grapes, Apples, Raspberries, Lemons, Limes, Apple Squeezers, Mandarin Oranges
Vegetables – I love having lots of veggies in the fridge. All of those colorful foods just inspires you to eat healthy.
Avocados, Brussel Sprouts, Celery, Baby Peppers, Potatoes, Onions, Green Beans, Salad Mix, Broccoli Crowns, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Green Onions, Yellow/Red Peppers, Zucchini, Baby Carrots, Tomatoes
Nuts – Nuts are a great healthy snack and if you close your eyes it’s a candy bar (jk!)
Peanuts, Cocoa Almonds, Cashews, Trail mix, Pistachios, Walnuts, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter
Snacks – Crackers & cookies are so inexpensive
Goldfish, Pita Crackers, Pretzels, Tortilla Chips, Animal Crackers, Peanut Butter Crackers, Wheat Thins, Butter Crackers
Meat – I’ve been planning more fish and veggie only days. Taking meat out of our diets a few days a week has been so easy.
Petite Sirloins, Chicken Breast, Italian Sausage, Pork Loin, Ground Turkey, Bacon
Fish – I’ve found fantastic fish at Aldi – many wild caught varieties. I’m obsessed with the Ahi Tuna.
Ahi Tuna, Cod, Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Mahi Mahi, Barramundi, Shrimp
Dairy – Aldi has some great hormone free and organic dairy selections. They have tons of different cheeses – Goat to Brie to Parmesan to Cotija. Not good if you’re trying to cut out dairy…but there are worse things.
Milk, Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Shredded Mozz, Fresh Mozz, Yogurt, Butter, Eggs, Sour Cream, Egg Whites, Half and Half, Parmesan
Grains – Naan bread is amazing for pizza. My kids love making their own.
Yellow Rice, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Tortillas, Seeded Bread, English Muffins, Bagels, Naan Bread, Dried Pasta, Oats, Granola Bars, Cereal, Pancake Mix, Flour
Canned Goods – I always have ingredients on hand for veggie chili and my favorite soups, especially as fall approaches.
Black Beans, Garbanzo Beans, White Beans, Canned Tuna, Canned Tomatoes, Beef Stock, Chicken Stock, Tomato Sauce
Baking Soda, Flour, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Powered Sugar, Baking Powder, Chocolate Chips, Canola Oil
Spices, Minced Garlic, Condiments, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil
Chicken strips, frozen mangoes, frozen corn, frozen mixed veggies, ice cream or Popsicles.
Did you know that you could buy all of these items at Aldi?
Another benefit that I’ve noticed is that it keeps meals & prep pretty simple by shopping at Aldi.
And finally, I’m not buying a lot of random things that we don’t eat because there aren’t infinite choices like my old store.
I’m loving all of my extra free time & money…that I can spend walking around other stores buying candles and pillows.