Time to get off the fence. The bottom line is that shopping at ALDI will save you money. But beyond that, reasons like high-quality items, specialty items, and a no-fuss store experience top the list, too.
I’m a fan, so I’ll give you my reasons to shop ALDI and you can tell me if you’re convinced.
Here we go:
1. ALDI strives to prove that they sell high-quality items.
ALDI knows you’re skeptical and wants to help you along.
To this end, they’ve added tags to items with various information to convince you. You’ll see the USDA organic seal, and a callout whenever an item is sourced locally.
Plus, many of ALDI’s products have won the Superior Taste Gold Metal. This is an award for the best-tasting products as judged by Chefs in America, which has been taste testing food for 30 years and awarding this seal to products that, in their opinion, taste the best.
2. Get produce for up to 68% less than Walmart prices.
This is a no-brainer if you’re a clean eater. Here’s a sampling of price differences:
ALDI: $1.29 per pint
Walmart: $3.98 per pint
ALDI: $0.59 per pound
Walmart: $0.98 per pound
ALDI: $1.59 per pound
Walmart: $1.77 per pound
3. Go ahead and stock your freezer with affordable organic, grass-fed meat.
ALDI offers organic, grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey and more at lower prices than you’ll find anywhere else.
Grass Fed New York Beef Strip Steak
ALDI: $9.99 per pound (boneless!)
Walmart: $15.97 per pound
USDA Organic, Grass-Fed Ground Beef
ALDI: $4.65 per pound
Walmart: $5.78 per pound
USDA Organic Chicken Breast
ALDI: $6.49 per pound
Whole Foods: $7.99 per pound
USDA Organic, Grass-Fed Ground Turkey
ALDI: $6.39 per pound
Target: $6.89 per pound
4. Where does ALDI get their chicken?
OK, it’s affordable, but where does that chicken come from?
Like many other grocery stores, ALDI sells Foster Farms chicken. The other predominant chicken brand you’ll find is ALDI’s Kirkwood brand. Now, there’s a rumor that this is actually Tyson chicken under ALDI’s private label. This information is something retailers rarely disclose, but in 2019 when Tyson had a big chicken recall, ALDI voluntarily recalled all their Kirkwood brand chicken too. The ALDI Kirkwood recall press release instructed anyone with questions about the ALDI recall to contact Tyson Foods Customer Relations.
Beyond that, ALDI uses a strict Animal Welfare Buying Policy to make sure that all of their meat and dairy products are ethically sourced and not cruelly treated. If any of ALDI’s producers are found violating this policy, or if the producer is on the USDA’s naughty list, ALDI will request a third-party inspection and take corrective measures when necessary.
5. ALDI’s store brand doesn’t use food dyes or MSG.
Hate processed foods with unnatural ingredients galore? Me too. Lucky for us, ALDI’s SimplyNature line promises no food dyes, partially hydrogenated fats, or MSG.
6. You’ll spend up to 73% less on healthy snacks than you would at Trader Joe’s.
As you probably know, Trader Joe’s sells mostly its store brand, so comparisons here are across different brands. I’m going after per ounce pricing only, in order to get a good comparison.
ALDI: $0.20 per ounce
Trader Joe’s: $0.75 per ounce
ALDI: $0.20 per ounce
Trader Joe’s: $0.33 per ounce
ALDI: $1.15 per ounce
Walmart: $1.50 per ounce
ALDI: $0.33 per ounce
Trader Joe’s: $0.37 per ounce
ALDI: $0.41 per ounce
Walmart: $0.46 per ounce
7. ALDI sells inexpensive and high-quality European chocolate.
ALDI brands Moser Roth and Choceur are affordable, sustainable, and have 4.5 stars on Amazon.
ALDI’s chocolates are made by private chocolatiers in Germany and they’re UTZ certified through the Rainforest Alliance, which means the cocoa is from sustainable, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly farms.
Additionally, European chocolates tend to be creamier, smoother, and melt at lower temperatures when compared with American chocolate. The fact that it’s affordable is icing on the (chocolate) cake.
Check out how ALDI’s chocolate prices compare with Lindt, a well-known chocolate brand:
70% Dark Chocolate Bars
Moser Roth: $0.45 per ounce
Lindt: $0.79 per ounce
Milk Chocolate Bars
Choceur: $0.24 per ounce
Lindt: $0.63 per ounce
8. If you don’t like what you bought, return it and get your money back, thanks to the ALDI return policy.
ALDI’s “Twice as Nice Guarantee” gives you a refund and a replacement for any ALDI-brand product you get buyer’s remorse over. Exceptions include non-food items in the ALDI Finds section and alcohol.
9. Get your hands on wine for only $1.99 a bottle.
Moveover, with $2-Buck Chuck that’s not $2 anymore, ALDI’s got Winking Owl wine for a mere $1.99 per bottle. And ALDI shoppers swear by it, saying the taste is pretty good for the price.
I tried the Sauvignon Blanc and found it to be inoffensive, because it’s so thin and watery. The label says “light-bodied,” which is an understatement. Perfect for White Sangria.
10. Brand-name items cost up to 23% less, and you can use Ibotta offers at ALDI.
When you don’t have any coupons in hand, the name of the game is finding your items for the lowest selling price. It’s why some people trust Walmart over Albertsons or Fred Meyer. Some stores generally have lower prices across the board.
ALDI is solidly in that category. Why pay more for brands on your list?
Plus, even though ALDI doesn’t accept coupons, you can still use Ibotta offers. For example, right now there’s an Ibotta offer for $0.25 off when you buy two Chobani 5.3-ounce Greek yogurts.
Corona Extra Beer
ALDI: $13.48 per 12-pack
Walmart: $17.48 per 12-pack
Arizona Green Tea
ALDI: $3.23 per 12-pack
Walmart: $4 per 12-pack
Chobani Greek Yogurt
ALDI: $0.15 per ounce
Walmart: $0.17 per ounce
11. ALDI stores aim to be green with a “bring your own bag” policy.
To keep prices low and to be more sustainable, ALDI expects you to bring your own bag. They charge $0.05 – $0.10 a bag if you come without bags and want one.
Also, ALDI doesn’t employ baggers; instead, they scan your items and put them back in the cart.
12. Are Trader Joe’s and ALDI connected?
Not really. ALDI is owned by Karl Albrecht and Trader Joe’s is owned by Theo Albrecht. The two are brothers. But the stores are not associated.
13. How many ALDI stores are there?
ALDI currently has 11,235 stores across the globe, over 2,000 of which are in the U.S. Find ALDI locations near me.
This is three times the amount of Trader Joe’s stores in the U.S. Not only that, but ALDI is the fastest-growing grocery store in America. ALDI is currently building a massive distribution center in southern Alabama, which it plans to aid in expanding ALDI across the Gulf Coast. Plus, ALDI is hoping to add 500 more stores to the U.S. by the end of 2022.
So, ALDI is doing a lot of things right and worth visiting, even if you’re still skeptical! What’s your favorite reason to shop at ALDI? Tell me in the comments.