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Aldi Love, Aldi Hate

February 5th, 2008 at 06:06 pm

Remember my excitement over the $0.99 boxes of sushi from Aldi? Well, put your jealousy to rest, beacuse that was about all they were worth. The rice was hard, and the fish texture was off. All in all, I was disappointed and glad I hadn't paid the original price of (gasp) $5.99 / box. With that said, I ate all the boxes I purchased and was glad I had them on hand for days when I didn't have leftovers for lunch. I'd say I was as happy with the frozen sushi as I'd be with a microwave meal.

This got me thinking about what Aldi items I do love. Things that came to mind:

Mama Casita Canned tomatoes with chilies, at $0.49 / 14.5 oz can these are a great value, plus the chilies are nice and spicy- unlike my store brand. The plain diced tomatoes are also a great value at $0.44 / 14.5 oz.

Block Cheese, $1.79 / 8 oz

Just Juice (a Juicy juice knock off), $1.89 / 64 oz

Millville Cereal (most are $1.69 / 16 oz. box and taste just like the name brand)

Millville Rolled Oats ($1.49 for a huge canister)

Fresh baby spinach, $1.39 / 9 oz bag. although the last time I was there it was close to expiration and on sale for $0.50!

Butter, $1.89 / pound.

Chicken Broth ($0.39 / 14.5 oz can)

I am disappointed with the Aldi shredded cheese. It has a lot of extra preservatives and it doesn't melt terribly well. Similar issues with Aldi's 100% Whole Wheat. It is 100% whole wheat but also has a laundry list of other ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup.

What Aldi items do you love? What are you disappointed with?

12 Responses to “Aldi Love, Aldi Hate”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ewww. I love sushi, but bad sushi is still bad sushi no matter the price. So, yeah, thanks for putting my jealousy to rest. Big Grin

  2. Meredith from Merchant Ships Says:

    I like their European chocolates, flower bouquets, and most fresh produce.

    For pantry items and meats, I prefer grocery store loss leaders. The Aldi prices are no longer as good a deal as they have been, especially when I can get higher quality brand names on sale for even less.

  3. daylily Says:

    Sushi at Aldi? I can't even imagine it.

    I love the cans of cashews, bags of pecans and walnuts. Good price.

    I love the romaine hearts, 2 lb. bags of carrots, fresh mushrooms, 3 lb. bags of apples, roma tomatoes and other veggies. I like the 29-cent/lb bananas. I like the avocados and mangos. I pass on the grapes/strawberries/and other delicate fruits.

    I like the canned tomatoes with chiles too. Definitely they are half the price of the Ro Tel brand.

    Marshmallows, vanilla, sugar, other baking supplies.

    I do not buy any of the meat there but sometimes I will pick up prosciutto for a treat.

    I pass on a lot of the Aldi offerings. I wouldn't be able to get my whole week's worth of groceries from Aldi alone. Nonetheless, I do like Aldi.

  4. threebeansalad Says:

    Ah, yes! The chocolate! How could I be so careless to forget that! Aldi chocolate served as the basis for DH Valentine's present last year.

  5. boomeyers Says:

    Milk, pudding mix, canola oil, my DH loves their tomato juice, cream cheese, cinnamon rolls, fruits and veggies, ice cream, cream of soups, bread, love it!

  6. baselle Says:

    Man are you gutsy! I can't imagine a most daredevil thing than consuming .99 sushi. Well maybe eating fugu sushi from someone who cleaned fugu (pufferfish) by themselves, winging it.Big Grin

  7. M E Says:

    There are very few things I have had/tried from Aldi that I have NOT liked.

    Their "Cheetos" were grade A nasty as was their bratwurst. Their fresh (as opposed to frozen) meats are great. Their ground chuck usually renders very little fat/grease. Makes me wonder if they are accidentally marking the ground sirloin as ground chuck.

    I love, love, love their $2.99 floral bouquets. Especially the rose ones. You get 1/2 dozen roses w/greenery for that price! And it has always been their price on Mother's Day as well.

    Speaking solely from a retail perspective, VERY hard to beat a dozen roses on Mother's Day for $5.98 plus tax. :-)

  8. Adam Levy Says:

    Fit and Active Stuffed Sandwiches! I must look like a lunatic at Aldi - I fill my basket with these things until I know I wouldn't be able to fit any more in my freezer. Now, I admit I have only tried the Southwest Vegi (which probably makes me more lunatic) since I don't eat meat, but they're soooooo good. I literally have yet to try something from Aldi that I don't like - I even love their diet GT cola. I must say, however, that I would be more than hesitant to buy sushi there (if I ate fish - I haven't been veg forever after all) and I haven't tried their hard or shredded cheeses, although I'm loving their cottage cheese and other dairy products. YUM! -Adam

  9. Zestfive Says:

    Like Adam, I totally love the southwest veggie "pocket pie" sandwich. I had one for lunch today! GRIN

  10. Donna Says:

    I went to Aldi's for the first time this week and loved it! I tried and loved their Fiber breakfast bars Fit and Active probiotic yogurt.I can't wait to go back and try more things.

  11. rrph Says:

    I ate 2 cups of Aldi's Fit & Active Probiotic yogurt. One in the morning & one that evening. It tasted good, but it "killed" my stomach for 2 days! It's been agony. Activia has never done that to me. I had to throw the other 2 cups out. I don't know what's in it but it just tore up my stomach!

  12. DG Says:

    I took a notebook and compared prices of chain grocery stores, chain pharmacies, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club. FYI: I am not joining Sam's again - what a waste compared to Aldi when you compare once price of each thing! We used to spend hours scanning sale flyers, cutting coupons & planning our shopping routes to 'try' to save gas. Let me tell you something - if you compare the per ounce price so you're comparing 'like to like' I doubt you'll find many items better priced than at Aldi. Even our large grocery store chain generic brand on sale of 32 oz chicken broth in box was TWO DOLLARS MORE per item. Not sure why the above people didn't take advantage of the Aldi money back guarantee they post on their website. If you don't like something at Aldi you get your money back: QUOTE from Aldi website Aug 2011: "Quality, taste and satisfaction are always DOUBLE* guaranteed at ALDI. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with any product, we will gladly replace the product AND refund your money.
    *The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food Special Buy items and alcohol."UNQUOTE. Plus their checkout is very fast. You don't have anything to lose except hours of wasted time going from store to store, gas and wear and tear on your car, spending your valuable time running all over the place, hours of time you could be spending on more important things in life, and stress of making sure you get to all the stores to take advantage of all the sales ending on different days. Everyone else can keep struggling. I'm simplifing my life, saving time, resources, and money, and enjoying the less stress shopping experience at the compact clean Aldi in my area.

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