50+ Best Products to Always Buy at Aldi

Aldi is my go to store for weekly grocery hauls.   I knew there was a loyal following and I have to say I have joined the fold.  It turns out the hype is real, Aldi has some pretty delicious foods for a fraction of the price.

So, what do I always buy at Aldi?

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50+ Products to Always Buy at Aldi

Fresh Flowers

We are going to work our way around the store so let’s start at the beginning.  When you walk in the door, there are often fresh flowers or plants for a fraction of the cost.   Usually, you can get a nice bouquet of flowers for under $4!

However, if you see something that’s seasonal and you want it, grab it.  They may not get another shipment in again!

Fresh Produce

Aldi’s has both organic and non-organic selections for pennies on the dollar compared to other grocery stores.  Shop in season produce for the best prices.

Bagged salad kits are at least $1.25 cheaper.  We love the Caesar salad kit for pasta night and the southwest salad kit to top our tacos and fajitas.

Grab the guacamole, it comes in a 2-pack and is excellent.

buy at aldi marinades

Condiments Area

Adjacent to the produce section, they have a good condiment section.  We get all of our condiments there including peanut butter, mayonnaise, pickles, salad dressing mixes, ketchup and marinades.

Aldi also has some great slow cooker sauces (Chicken Marsala and Pub Pot Roast) and Indian marinades that whip up a quick meal.  Tikki Masala and Butter Chicken are our favorites.

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Bread, Chips & Snacks

Right after you leave the produce section, you’ll head for the bread section.  We love getting their Hawaiian rolls, pitas, naan bread, 100% whole wheat bread, bagels and their triple chocolate bundt cake is moist and delicious for a quick and simple dessert.

Chips are always a fraction of the cost and are crisp and full of flavor.  We especially love the sour cream & cheddar ripple chips and tortilla chips.  They also have a variety pack of individual chips that are great for picnics and school lunches.

Last but not least in this section, is their crackers, snacks and desserts.  We always buy the rosemary & olive oil crackers, chocolate bears, chocolate peanut butter wafer bars (Nutty Bars) and rice crispy squares.  

Gourmet Cheeses & Meat Section

Aldi has the best selection of gourmet cheeses at an affordable price.  My husband is a cheese connoisseur and they all pass his taste test.  Some of our favorites include the Havarti ($2.99), aged white cheddar ($2.49) and garlic & herb spreadable cheese (similar to Boursin).  

Seasonally, they also have  fondue ($5.49 a package) and raclette cheese.

We always stock up on deli meat, sliced cheese and shredded cheese as well.

If you need a good dip, the 7 layer Mexican dip is excellent.

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Baking Supplies

Stock up on sugars, flour, chocolate chips, cooking spray and oil.  Not to mention, organic and specialty sugars for a fraction of the price.

Note, they do have some spices but the selection isn’t great so don’t plan on stocking your spice cabinet there beyond the basics.

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Canned Goods, Pasta and Mexican Section

After the baking section, it’s all the canned vegetables, fruit, condensed soups, beans, pasta and Mexican fixings.

They don’t always have pizza supplies but you can find just about everything else you need to whip up a pasta from pesto to marinara sauce.   The shells & cheese kit makes a quick meal on a busy night and is always a pantry staple.

We always get flour tortillas, taco seasoning, and refried beans for taco night.  They also have soft & hard corn tortilla shells.

Don’t forget the rice section as you head around the corner.  We get Basmati rice to pair with our Indian marinades along with Jambalaya rice mix, and the 4-cheese risotto ( we always buy 2 packets for a meal).

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Breakfast Section

Everything from pastry crisps (my kids especially love the strawberry ones), to granola bars and protein bars (chocolate peanut butter is my favorite).  We get them all at Aldi.   Plus, off-brand cereal, oatmeal and pancake syrup.

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Fresh Meat Section

The marinated meats like Carnitas and BBQ pork are excellent in the slow cooker.  The marinated teriyaki pork tenderloin is another family favorite.  We often get chuck roast for the slow cooker along with a large package of chicken breast.

Dairy Aisle

Eggs, butter and milk are notoriously inexpensive at Aldi.   We also always pick up sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, yogurt, and almond milk too.

We also love the flavored sparkling waters that are in the same vicinity.  Lime is my favorite.

best frozen foods to buy at aldi

Frozen Food Section

We get everything from chicken nuggets, frozen chicken cordon bleu, frozen shrimp, taquitos, bagel pizzas, breakfast sausage links, frozen pizzas, orange juice, frozen vegetables, frozen fruit, ice cream (especially fudge tracks), and  cheesecake slices (the turtle ones are amazing).

Drinks

The only drink we have found worth buying besides milk and orange juice concentrate is their sparkling water.  The lime flavor is great and a fraction of the cost.

Household Staples

While I don’t buy any of the cleaning products at Aldi, I do buy the paper towels, disposable tableware including napkins, plates and silverware along with tin foil, plastic wrap and plastic bags.

A Few Other Favorites Worth Noting…

Now, that we have traversed all the main food aisles of Aldi, there are a few more favorites you might like too!

Holiday Themed Foods

No matter the season, Aldi has the cutest holiday-themed food items.  For Christmas, I picked up some red and green tortilla chips  and the cutest little snowman graham cracker snack bags .

Diapers & Wipes

We are past this stage now but Aldi was my go-to for diapers and wipes.  It’s actually how I got hooked on Aldi.  Even when we didn’t have one close, I would go and stock up on diapers and wipes.  A 100 pack of size 3 diapers cost me $10.99 and the quality is great.

Seasonal Section

Now, you don’t go to Aldi for this section but this is the section that gets you every time.  The section includes home decor, seasonal candles, kitchen accessories, and toys to name a few.  It’s always changing and the items are great quality and a steal of a deal.  If you want to save money, avoid this aisle.  Don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

Candies

Looking for a little something to put with a gift card or take as a hostess gift?  Check out Aldi’s selections of candies from the salted chocolate covered caramels to peanut butter cups, and cocoa truffles.  Need I say more?  Read more about how I used them for a simple gift here.

Allergy-Friendly Foods

Several people in our online community mentioned Aldi having the largest variety in nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free products.  We love their almond milk and simply balanced applesauce pouches.

A Few Helpful Tips…

Did you know Aldi is also owned by Trader Joe’s?  Aldi is all about great quality, private label products with low overhead so there aren’t a lot of frills but they pass that savings on to you, the customer.

Don’t forget your quarter to “rent” your cart and your own bags (you can buy a bag at the checkout for 10 cents).

After you check out, there’s a bagging area where you can bag your own groceries.  I usually take a laundry basket for quick loading/unloading.

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