3 Things I Don’t Buy at Aldi


What comes to mind when you think of Aldi?

Perhaps it’s the fact that you have to put a quarter in for a cart, but I bet for most of you it’s great prices.

Since my move down to the land of no double coupons (i.e. Florida), most of my grocery shopping is done at Aldi.  That’s because in most cases Aldi’s prices are much better than the local grocery store’s – even with a coupon.  I definitely buy more than staples at Aldi now.

The cart below is what I actually bought this week.  As you can see, it is pretty full.   However,  there are 3 things you will Never Find in my Aldi cart, no matter how full it is.



Wondering what they are and Why?




#1 Milk

While lactose free milk was on my list of dozen Aldi staples, these days I never buy regular milk at my local Aldi.

First, I say these days, because I did buy milk at Aldi in Pennsylvania because there was a state minimum price on milk so the price at Aldi was likely the same as Giant Eagle and other Aldis.  However, here in Florida, there is no state minimum.  That means the prices for milk vary greatly.

Next, I said my local Aldi, because I recently found that while my local Aldi sells milk for as much as $3.49, a store about 25 minutes away sells it for $2.44.  Wondering what causes the difference?  It’s competition.   Aldi does price comparisons and since my local Aldi only has a Publix or Winn Dixie nearby to compare to, prices are much higher than the store 25 minutes away that has a BJ’s Wholesale and Walmart nearby.

Now you may ask why I don’t go there then to get my milk and do my shopping.  Simple answer is the tolls here in Florida.  Not only would I have be paying for extra gas, but the trip would cost me about $3 in tolls.  Combine that cost with the time lost and it just doesn’t make sense.

Especially, when I have found a place much closer to my house that offers milk for only 5 cents more than the Aldi 20 miles away.  It was a pleasant surprise for me since in PA this store always sold milk for more then the state minimum.  That store is Walgreens.




Given I buy at least 5 milks a week, not buying my milk at my local Aldi, but at the Walgreens right down the street saves me $4.50 a week.


#2 Tortilla Wraps




If you check out my Dozen Aldi Staples list, I included Benita Flour Tortillas as an item I always bought at Aldi.  They sold for 99 cents so were an awesome deal.  However, in Florida the Aldi stores don’t carry this brand.  Instead they sell Banderita Flour Tortillas and the cost is $1.30 more for the same size package.  This just wasn’t worth it to me.

So what do I do?  I wait for BOGO sales at either Publix or Winn Dixie and stock up.  Usually the BOGO sales on tortillas run at least ever 6 weeks so I usually don’t run out.  While it’s not a 99 cents deal, I can get a pack for $1.30 which is $1 cheaper than Aldi.  If there is a coupon, it’s an even better deal.




#3 Salsa


This one isn’t just based on price.  I do save a couple cents if I buy Salsa at a BOGO sale at the local grocery stores, but the major reason I don’t buy Salsa at Aldi is my husband doesn’t like their salsa.  He feels it is very watered down.  So even if it was cheaper, I wouldn’t buy it at Aldi.

Are there any items you don’t buy at Aldi based on taste?  Or do you skip items because they are higher priced then other stores too?  I would love to hear how things are in your neck of the woods and don’t forget to get your Free Aldi price list here.



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