The prices still amaze me.
When it comes to shopping, grocery included, I tend to be a bit picky, to say the least. I choose farmers’ markets and pricey grocery stores over discount supermarkets simply for the experience. I love picking out fresh produce from local farm stands, and often take my time roaming the aisles of fancy markets. It’s calming and in a way... almost therapeutic.
Because of my snobbish shopping ways, there are certain stores that I used to refuse to enter, one of them being Aldi. I just never really gave it a chance. But that all changed when, for some reason, I traded my typical Sunday shopping routine for a trip to Aldi. The insanely low prices blew my mind, and I was amazed by the amount of healthy, organic, and fair trade items available. Here, four items that dramatically cut down my weekly grocery bill.
(For Aldi newbies: Make sure to bring a quarter to rent your cart and a couple of reusable bags. Your entire experience will be infinitely better.)
Appleton Farms Never Any! Hickory Bacon
This bacon is completely free of antibiotics and has no added hormones, nitrates, or artificial ingredients. The aroma it gives off while it's cooking is incredibly intoxicating, and the taste is smoky and slightly sweet. I like to buy a couple of extra packs to throw in the freezer, so I can whip up a budget-friendly batch of bacon when I have guests over.
To buy: $5.89 for a 12-ounce package.
Specially Selected Deluxe Mixed Nuts with Sea Salt
Nuts can be one of the most expensive items on a grocery list. (Some 30-ounce packages of mixed nuts can be up to $20!) But, with the delicious texture and taste that they bring to salads, brownies, and pies, they often find their way into my grocery cart. After seeing the prices of nuts at Aldi, I’ll never buy them from another store again. All of their nut and trail mixes are inexpensive and delicious, but this deluxe package is a steal!
To buy: $12.99 for a 30-ounce package.
Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels
These heavenly caramels are absolutely delightful. They not only provide the dynamic duo of caramel and chocolate, but they're also finished with coarse sea salt, which is the ultimate sweet and salty satisfaction.
To buy: $2.99 for a 10-ounce package.
Specially Selected Aged Reserved White Cheddar
Whether I'm building a charcuterie board or whipping up a grilled cheese, this sharp cheddar is an absolute must. While it can be very exciting to visit the cheese counters at certain markets, this cheese tastes just as good and saves me so much money.
To buy: $2.49 for a 10-ounce package.
Check out some Aldi's other popular items:
SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs (2017 Product of the Year Winner in the Salty Snack Category & 2017 Best New Product Award Winner & Parent Tested Parent Approved 2017 Seal of Approval) – $1.49
Specially Selected Parmesan, Garlic & Herb Pita Chips – $1.99
SimplyNature Exotic Vegetable Chips – $2.79
SimplyNature Cashew Butter – $5.99
SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter – $4.99
Happy Farms Preferred Brie Cheese Round – $2.99
Broken Clouds Pinot Noir (2017 Product of the Year) – $12.99