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The LONG Awaited Aldi Shopping List!

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FINALLY! I’ve been promising this for ever! I felt so bad I did a video!

If you don’t know or have an Aldi by you I realize this post makes no sense, but I think they are popping up more and more. Most people find them a bit intimidating as they don’t quite function like a regular grocery store, you need a quarter to get a cart and you have to bag your own groceries. Overall I find them much cheaper for stock items but just like everywhere you need to watch. I don’t think Aldis will replace your current grocery store but it may lighten your bill to put them into rotation. Hope this helps!

Here’s MY list written out. Consider this list "working" I will be adding to it as I definitely forgot things. I didn’t use the "name brands" here but most are Fit & Active, Happy Harvest, Friendly Farms, Clancy’s, Appleton, Casa Mamita Mexican foods, Reggano Italian Foods, Sea Queen seafood, Sweet Harvest Fruits, Millville Cereal, Kirkwood meats just ot name a few. These are all the mainstay brands you will get to know and love at your local Aldi’s!! :~)

Refrigerated Foods

  • Eggs
  • Skim Milk
  • Soy Chocolate Milk (I mix with “regular” milk as the toddler LOVES it – lowers the sugar and gives him variety)
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Fancy Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • Sliced Muenster Cheese
  • Sliced Provolone Cheese
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Flavored non-fat yogurts (cherry and lime are our favorites)
  • light cream cheese (1/3 less fat)


  • Boneless Pork Chops
  • Peppered Pork Tenderloin
  • Ground Turkey (they sometimes carry the 93% fat free)
  • 90% Ground Beef
  • Bags of boneless Chicken Tenderloins
  • Bag of Boneless Chicken Breast
  • Bag of Boneless Cooked Chicken Breast
  • Small Cured Ham
  • Turkey Mignons
  • Salmon Fillets
  • Tilapia Fillets
  • Mahi Mahi Fillets

Canned Foods

  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Fruit Salad in Light syrup
  • Tropical Fruit Salad in Passion Fruit Juice
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black beans
  • Fat Free Refried beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Corn
  • Whole Potatoes
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tuna in water


  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Baked Corn Chip
  • Pistachios
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pretzels
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stock Items

  • Jarred Salsa
  • Canola Oil Spray
  • Garlic Powder
  • Low Sugar Jelly
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Lemon Juice

Produce (some of these are seasonal)

  • Buttons Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Baby Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Melons
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Banana
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Baby Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Grapes

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There are 43 comments so far.


    September 15, 2008

    I used to go to Aldi for most of my grocery shopping before we bought our house (in 2002), and then it tapered off over the following few years in exchange for shopping at the warehouse stores and our (very) local Jewel/Osco. I was always stressed out because I used to buy so much food there, but then we started doing WW on and off, and I wasn’t finding the lighter foods there, so the trip wasn’t worth it anymore. Since then, they’ve acquired a greater selection of lighter foods, and I’ve been wanting to try them again, but can’t seem to get it together to have the freezer and chest freezer space before we head off to Costco again for other items. It’s crazy. But, Aldi DOES save you so much more $.

    Check out Shannans last blog post..No Excuses


    September 15, 2008

    Oh, Roni, another thing. Maybe it’s just me, but the last couple of videos were really quiet again. I had everything turned up and had to put my ear right near the speakers to hear. I didn’t want to be a complainer about it, but I don’t think anyone had mentioned it for the other video, and I wasn’t sure if you were aware, if it’s not just me. Thanks!

    Check out Shannans last blog post..No Excuses


    September 15, 2008

    Thanks Shannon! I normally turn up the input volume on high when I record faraway like this one. I can here it fine in the middle on my speaker volume but what I’m learning is it’s vastly different from system to system. So I appreciate the feedback!

    I think I’m going to have to hire one of those guys that hold the mic above my head! LOL


    September 15, 2008

    YES!!!! I love Aldi – I shop there weekly for all my fresh produce and I have been dying for you to post this video – I love to compare shopping lists! Thanks Roni!


    September 15, 2008

    Roni, thanks for the Aldi lesson! We just had a new one pop up in the area. Up until now, MY Aldi staples were their Millville instant maple flavor oats, their cat litter, and some of their Millville cereals. I just discovered their Fit & Active yogurt for 43 cents and comes to 2 WW points. It’s very good!

    I”m going to copy, paste & print out your list for the next time I shop there! Thanks again.


    September 15, 2008

    I have never heard of Aldi’s before. It sounds like a Sam’s Club. Does it have the large quantities like Sam’s Club? I hate that because sometimes those large quantities are just way too much for our little family of 3. Thanks for sharing, Roni. Even though I don’t have an Aldi’s around, I love reading the stuff you stock in your kitchen.


    September 15, 2008

    Tricia – Your welcome! No, they aren’t in “bulk” Like Sam’s club you could go and and by 1 can beans if you want! LOL


    September 15, 2008


    I had no idea that there was a store like this close by! How cool. It’s right there in Edgewood so I will have to go by!

    The coin for a cart thing is what they have in a lot of European grocery stores. This actually reminds me a lot of grocery stores in Germany….


    September 15, 2008

    Yup, that’s the one I go to all the time. There are a few in the city too!


    September 15, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    We don’t have an Aldi’s anywhere near here but it was still fun to watch you explain your groceries. I really enjoy watching what other people buy at the store.

    Also, I love that red shirt you are wearing!

    Check out Zoeys last blog post..Enchilada Casserole


    September 15, 2008

    Hi Roni.

    I just started going to Aldi’s after hearing you talk about it. I admit I as intimidated at first. I had been in one before with my mom but not for my own shopping. The produce is actually really good. Thanks so much for your list!!


    September 15, 2008

    Thanks so much for sharing…I shop at Aldi’s all the time. They have a Honey Mustard that is really goood. I also buy their frozen mixed veggies…and the frozen breaded chicken patties that come in a blue box…really good with the honey mustard and only 3 points a patty.. quick lunch or dinner on a light bun.


    September 15, 2008

    Hey Roni….thanks for the Aldi’s video and shopping list. I’ve been going to Aldi’s since before I was ever on WW, but even more so since WW! I buy a lot of the same things that you do, some things I don’t buy, but then I do buy other things. One is their flat stacker dill pickles for sandwiches. They are the least expensive there, and they’re really good. I buy the packets of Equal substitute and Splenda there also. I’ve bought their spices and the salt that comes in a grinder. I buy their Eggbeaters substitute.

    On another note….I am from central IL, but am currently in a suburb of Detroit MI visiting with family (Saturday through Wednesday), and today, I got to shop at my first Trader Joe’s. Last night, I got online and wrote out a list of shopping items (both from your site as well as the WW site), and got my Mom and Aunt to drop me off at TJ’s and go somewhere else, so that I could shop in peace! I LOVED it! They even rang the bell for me (as a first time Trader Joe’s shopper)! Trouble is….I probably won’t be able to come to TJ’s again for a long time…..AND…..I couldn’t buy any refrigerated or frozen items, so that was a bummer.

    Thank you so much, for all you do for us!

    Bethany Ann

    September 15, 2008


    This has nothing to do with the post but I thought I would tell you that for some reason, I am not able to subscribe to your iTunes podcast. I try it and it says “The item you have selected is not currently available in the US store”. I am not sure you are aware of the glitch and maybe it has something to do with my system but I just thought I would let you know. Maybe it is a work in progress…


    September 15, 2008

    Hey- LOVE Aldi’s!!! I just switched back to shopping there again & it saves me a TON of money!! I went from being $25-30 OVER my budget to $10-20 UNDER every week!! Also, I know you put chewy granola bars on your list, but you should mention that they now have the “Fiber One” bars. I don’t remember what off name they call them, but they are just as good as the name brand and over $1 cheaper! :D It’s one of my favorite finds since I’ve gone back!


    September 15, 2008

    Bethany – Yeah you can’t search for me. For some reason it’s taking them for every to update the search! The link in this post SHOULD work. please let me know if it does…


    September 15, 2008

    Jynell – Oh yea! I forgot, just saw them! LOL I don’t buy them because of, the, well, you know… gas issue! LMAO Just read the “old” comments…


    September 15, 2008

    I also found Whole Grain WHITE bread there! (My kids refuse to eat the wheat, but they’ll go for the white bread) :D


    September 15, 2008

    HI RONI!! i wanted to tell you that you are a major MAJOR insperation to me (and lots of others) and youve inspired me so much! i am re-doing my blog to be about my struggles, sucusses, my binge issues, and my weight watchers journey! thank you so much, and i love your blog so, SO much!

    Check out lexis last blog post..Confession….


    September 15, 2008

    I used to go to Aldi years ago, but when I saw that their produce was almost “cast offs” from other stores, i.e. stalks of celery in which only one piece of celery was actually edible, I stopped going.

    Fast forward to one that just opened in my neighborhood, and I was presently surprised! I still don’t think I would use them for fresh produce, because my local ethnic grocery is hands down cheaper, but stocking up on flour, sugar, chicken broth, etc. definitely fills my pantry for cheap.

    Check out Bizs last blog post..Comfort Food Dinner


    September 15, 2008

    Well, apparently I have to go 4 hours to do my shopping now. The closest Trader Joes and Aldi are in Minneapolis. Oh, the things I must do!!

    Check out Erins last blog post..Azad


    September 16, 2008

    We are so lucky to have Aldi’s here! Thanks for taking the time to put this together for all of us :)

    Check out Annettes last blog post..Maybe a little boost?


    September 16, 2008

    Thanks so much for posting this list. I have been trying to explain to my mom that she can eat healthy or do WW’s on a budget. This is great. I love that you showed us some of the products. We have an Aldi’s here in Germany, but I am not sure if they carry the same stuff. I cannot wait to check it out. I know the German stores sometimes carry a WW’s products…odd salads and stuff like that. I am going to seriously have to start looking into it.

    I think I could here Irish’s bell in the back ground…how cute. :-)

    BTW, thanks for the comment on my brother’s blog. Right now you are his one and only success story. It meant a LOT just to have a comment from you.

    Check out Christys last blog post..Food journal and a candy bar…sort of


    September 16, 2008

    Hi Roni!

    Thanks for doing this video! I have a few Fit/Active items that I buy every week that I cannot live without. Their cool whip is excellent. They also have FF chicken broth. I recently tried their Turkey bacon and I really liked it. One other thing you should try if your Aldi carries them is the Fit/Active chicken burgers in the frozen section. They come in a rectangular box; 3 flavors: original, cheddar/bacon, and garlic/herb. I’m hooked on the garlic herb ones (3 pts.). They are HUGE and absolutely great on a 1 pt. bun with lettuce, tomato, and whatever else you like. Talk about a burger!! Try them if you can find them!!


    September 16, 2008

    Thank you so much! I have to second the Fit/Active Chickenburgers – garlic/herb is the best! My Aldi’s just started carrying whole salmon fillets and we grill them on the cedar plank…delish!! Other things I really like is their jarred traditional spaghetti sauce (1 pt for 1/2 cup), turkey meatballs (can’t remember the points off the top of my hat) and they just started carrying Fit/Active Cereal bars (blueberry & strawberry) similar to special K but only 1 point a piece. Let see a few other buys…grilled chicken breast strips (great for salads) & they usually have some variety of fresh turkey breasts. I’m so glad to see other fellow Aldi shoppers doing WW. :)


    September 16, 2008

    Oh Aldis, how I love you! What a fantastic video! I actually just went to Adlis yesterday. I LOVE the Southwestern style Fresh Premium Salsa. I can’t function properly without it :) Also, as I do a lot of baking, I really enjoy the low prices on the baking ingredients. Thanks so much for all you do!

    Carmen R

    September 17, 2008

    I love…love ALDI’s!!!! I have been shopping there since May of this year and my main reason was to save money and I have totally saved money! I plan my shopping weekly and usually spend $75.00 compared to $135.00 and like you said Roni you have to plan, like me I put my durable canvas bags in my car after I put the grocery away that way they are there when I go next week. Another thing they do is only let you use debit or cash and if you need cash back you can. PS My husband loves the cinnamon toast crunch ceral also.

    Carmen R

    September 17, 2008

    I just remembered something else cool… Aldis has a web site and you can search for recipes, and build a shopping list and find the Aldi’s that is close to you and lots of neat things! Like I said I love….love ALDI’S you would think I work for them however I do not I just love saving money!!!

    Thank you Roni your the best I love your site!!


      November 22, 2013

      Hi Carmen R:

      I know that you can create your’e shopping list, includes even the price , hence quantifying your shopping list total , and budgeting with it accordingly. But what I find exasperating is that, I cant download the list to my memory on my computer, and I have to either email it or print it then and there. Only due to circumstancial reasons, I have to download my created, customized shopping list for printing at the library, since my printer went kapoot. Do you know how to save the shopping list / download the shopping list from the website.

      PS: Aldi website does provide the option of emailing the shopping list– to yourself in my case–but it is disfuncitonal at this time, and never gets emailed either! Soooo frustrating.

      Laura R


    September 23, 2008

    Thanks for posting this Roni. I think you described Aldi perfectly. I also think ‘renting’ a cart is a great idea and you certainly don’t see any ‘runaway’ carts in their parking lot.

    I, too, had problems with the volume. This is the 2nd video that I’ve experienced the problem.


    September 25, 2008

    So Aldi’s just infused my area with 5 stores! I can finally see what all the Aldi hype is about :)


    September 30, 2008

    Roni they are opening a new Aldi’s in the town I work in on Wed this week! Im sure they will be stocked to the ceiling so I am anticipating stocking up. Thanks for the list……


    October 6, 2008

    A random comment. I love Aldi’s as well and have even gotten my mother to love it. It really works out for me for price and, since it’s a good walk away from my home at around 2 miles, I get in a good workout when I shop there.

    I’ve been slowly working my way through the refrigerated section. The Friendly Farms Yogurts cannot be topped. The one here even sells clothing and other household items, which is nice.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Check out KTCs last blog post..Quick Update


    January 17, 2009

    Some of their stuff actually tastes better then name brand. I refuse to buy produce there though. Meat is ok… I dont care for their milk or their cheese, but Tanner loves their yogurt. I have been shopping at Mars, and Redners is only for emergencies, but meats and other stuff I get at Giant.


    January 18, 2009


    Thanks for the Video. We are getting an Aldi’s soon and I cannot wait. My first experience was 3 years ago when I went to Chicago to help my brother with his kids. I was so excited to learn we are getting one here. I just hit lifetime yesterday, and I am so concerned about maintaining so the video was a big help. Love the tips. Sherri


    January 19, 2009

    I love Aldi’s too! As a matter of fact, I am going there when they open to restock my pantry and refrig. I must stop the madness of my hubby picking up random stuff from the store one by one. ;-)


    January 28, 2009


    I love your site! While reading through your post here about Aldi’s and some of the comments, it looks like you are from Baltimore. Is that true? If so, what a small world. I shop at that Aldi’s in Edgewood too. Here I’ve been reading your blog for weeks not realizing you were a local girl. :O)

    Or maybe I’m way off and you live somewhere completely different and thus I look a little foolish now. Either way, love the site! Thanks for all the motivation.


    August 1, 2009

    Aldis is the best I can feed my family of three for 60/week at Aldis. Thanks for sharing Roni!

    Gracie Ritter

    January 21, 2011

    Hi Roni,

    I was happy to find this in your archives (dunno how I missed it the first time around!). My blog, The Red Kitchen Project, is dedicated to recipes you can make entirely from ingredients available at places like ALDI and Save-A-Lot (low-variety, no-frills stores). I have been inspired by your blogs for years, and while I post all sorts of different recipes up there, I have managed to rack up many in the Low-Carb/Atkins/South Beach/Vegetarian categories. It’s nice to know at this point, when I want to take a few pounds off without spending more than 60/week on groceries for my family, all I have to do is surf my archives for those categories. I never would’ve had the motivation to stick with it for this long if not for GreenLiteBites and Roni’s Weigh! Thanks, Roni!

    ron decker

    May 9, 2011

    im a new shopper to aldi and was wondering where all thier food comes from. any foreign countries????


    May 10, 2011

    I’m pretty sure they are a german company. Not sure where the food comes from though.

      Andrew Dann

      June 9, 2015

      NO,Aldi is all AUSSIE.
      First time reply and please read your labels,they should tell you where the food comes from.Also,you are getting this information from tne owner whom lives in Australia…..
      By the way ,the food should be free from artificial colours and flavours.The vegetables are sourced fresh from the farmers who are contracted to the Aldi business….
      The business was started in Australia in 1978,however you are not in the position to make any more claims as to the origin of Aldi shopping.
      Next time you wish to comment or anybody else for that matter on the origins of this business ,then DON’T ok.Keep posting about the great products that are stocked and sold tnere……


    November 22, 2013

    Hi Roni!
    Do they have Old Fashioned Oats? What is their regular “Aldi” price for the 48oz (or what have you, e.g. the largest canister ) ?