Post # 17
I shop there, although I don’t do all of my shopping there I get some staples and am still excited everytime I see my receipt. They don’t accept credit cards, they don’t provide bags (but you can pay for them, they are cheap). I disagree about produce, I get a ton of produce there, occassionally I will get something bad but generally I have no problems. A bag of key limes for a dollar? Yes please. I’m in FL and a lot of the produce selection goes by what is in season but the right time of year I can get a pint of blueberries for $1 and peaches for like twenty cents a piece. I also buy stuff that I cook and bake with, I never buy any prepared foods there. Some stuff I get is cream cheese, cream, butter, cheddar cheese, bacon and sugar. They also sell organic milk now which I will occassionally pick up. Last but not least, I love their dark chocolate!
Post # 18
@VossinatorsButterfly: oh how i wish there was a trader joe’s within a reasonable drive from toledo. now that would be awesome
aldi’s isn’t too bad. they really do have some decent deals and some good food. i like to go every once and a while. I’d do all my shopping there but FH needs his mtn. dew and toft’s milk. haha
Post # 19
i wouldnt ever shop here..unless im buying something non-food related (i.e. aluminum foil or hand soap) i just think all that food is so overly processed i almost feel gross being in one =/ sorry.
Post # 20
i didnt know trader joes was a health food store. i thought it was a really good discount store! lol.
Post # 21
theres a tj in ann arbor i want to make the drive someday.
Post # 22
I tend to find that Aldi has very nice produce at really good prices, if it’s in season odds are Aldi has it in good quality and on sale. For a while my parents had to buy all of their dairy there as the dairy at their normal grocery was contaminated with something. My dad used to work at a dairy and says that it tasted like they didn’t flush the soap from the lines. We couldn’t buy milk from the grocery store for two years, so we’d just pick it up at Aldi on the way home.
Post # 23
Trader joes is not a discount store. I’m not sure I would call it a health food store, but its really just a nice, upscale market. They have a lot of different types of things, which tend to be on the less processed, more natural, or organic range. Their prices are very good for the quality of products they have, but I would easily say that it runs more expensive than say, Meijer. They also have a pretty good wine selection (FYI though, so does world market for a good price range!)
Also, if I remember correctly, (its been a few years) the trader joes in Ann Arbor doesn’t have soda if you drink it.
Ive never bought anything from Aldi because DH and I dont really eat that type of food.
i just wanted to weigh in because the two stores are nothing alike at all. I’d even argue that they’re almost opposites.
Post # 24
I love Aldi. I buy most things there. I don’t buy my beef there, but i have purchased ground turkey and chicken. It’s not bad! I buy a lot of dairy, i.e. cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, greek yogurt, etc. And it is so much cheaper than the regular stores. They have a knock off laughing cow cheese that cost $1.19 a carton. At my regular store and trader joe’s, it cost $3.99! You just can’t beat the low price. Granted, it’s not organic, which is the way i would love to eat, but let’s be serious, who can afford to eat that way? I buy their bags of onions (.69 a bag!) and oranges, and they’re totally fine. I also buy their avacados which are less than a dollar each and lemons. I don’t shop there all the time, I’d say half of our fridge is full of aldi groceries.
Post # 25
OP, Aldi is nothing like Trader Joe’s. I wish it was though! TJ and Whole Foods are awesome (their prices aren’t though)
Post # 26
Aldi in Australia is awesome! Super clean, super cheap and all their dairy/meat products are organic, free range & free from any hormones!
I also love that I can buy 20 lead pencils for .99c as my class seems to eat them all up!
Post # 27
Another Aldi’s shipper here! We love Aldi’s…my husband really likes their chicken. And we get majority of our groceries there! The only thing I won’t sway from is my frozen pizzas. I like a certain brand in those…but Aldi’s is awesome!
Post # 28
I would absolutely consider Trader Joe’s a discount store! It just happens to have very good quality items. I mean, they pride themselves on their “Two Buck Chuck”! haha But it’s the tastiest $2.99/bottle wine I’ve ever had!
I feel like TJ’s is very hit or miss. They might not have what you’re looking for all the time but when they do, they’ll have excellent quality produce for a great price. I found the biggest, most delicious artichokes there for $.99/each! But as I mentioned, that was just one time.
Post # 29
I have gone there a couple times in the past because I thought it would be cheaper. As many other bees have posted above, not all of their stuff is of high quality but they do for sure have some good food a lower prices than some larger retailer. I do however go there for some German good that you can’t get at other stores 🙂
Post # 30
Honestly, our experience with Aldi has been amazing! The ones we go to (here in VA and in my hometown) have been clean and well stocked. We buy as much as possible there – including produce and meat (other than chicken, usually, since we buy that on sale and stock up). It’s cut our grocery bill in half and most of their stuff (store brands are Chef’s Cupboard and Fit & Active) is good.
The only thing I can’t find there is low-fat/fat-free versions of items like cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc. They have full-fat versions, but not the lower versions.
Honestly, I recommend it. I can’t believe how many bees have had bad experiences!
Post # 31
My DH worked at Aldi all through college and said a ton of the products are the brands you see at the grocery store with a different label on them…For instance, the Wonder Bread truck would drop off loads of bread that just had a different name on them. They also have ‘special purchase items’ which are usually overstock of a brand name that will only be available for a limited time. Sometimes those are kind of random, but they can be awesome – we ended up getting a ton of peony bulbs that were overstock from a chain nursery for like $1 apiece!
We eat healthy but are also serious about our grocery budget, so we shop for a lot of basics at Aldi. I have their app on my phone and look at their specials each week, and plan our meals based on what’s on sale there and at our regular grocery store. We save a lot by using them! We’ve never had any problems at all.