Aldi is a fantastic grocery store to shop at if you like to cut costs on your grocery bill. Unfortunately, not everything in the store is worth throwing into your cart. Here are 11 items that simply aren’t worth the savings.
Large families can fly through paper towels. You may think that Aldi is an excellent source to save money on your paper products.
Unfortunately, you would be wrong. You can often find similar, if not better, deals elsewhere. Worse yet, Aldi doesn’t accept coupons so you have no hope of lowering your further.
Brand Name Items
One of the top ways Aldi can offer greatly reduced prices is they largely sell generic items. That can really stack the savings.
They really don’t offer a reduced price on brand name items. When you add the inability to use coupons you’re likely overpaying. Instead, look for better deals at another store and combine it with a receipt scanning app to get rebates on your spending.
Aldi offers fantastic deals on their in-house brand soda. The problem? It doesn’t stack up well against known soda brands like Coke or Pepsi.
Soda can often be expensive, but many grocery stores use it as a loss leader. Watch for sales and stock up when it’s available on a discount.
Going to the deli can get expensive, especially for a growing family. Unfortunately, Aldi doesn’t have a traditional deli counter that slices lunch meat fresh for you.
While they do offer lunch meat in pre-packaged items, it’s not cut fresh for you.
If you like talking to a person at the deli counter to get their input on what to select, Aldi isn’t for you.
Shredded cheese is a staple for many families. If you’re an Aldi shopper, it’s best to shop elsewhere for your cheese fix. Their shredded cheese, like some others, contain cellulose, which makes it difficult to harder to melt. This is an issue if you use shredded cheese in hot meals.
Opt for one of their block cheeses if you want to save money. It also lasts longer, so win-win.
Do you want a low-cost cup of java every morning? You may think that Aldi is a good choice.
Unfortunately, some would prefer to have a cup of Folgers instead. You may find you enjoy the coffee sold at Aldi. Just don’t over commit and buy multiple bags without trying it first.
Personal Care Items
Few things are worse than buying a deodorant that doesn’t keep you cool, or toothpaste that doesn’t freshen your breath.
If you’re like me, you’re brand loyal to items like that. The low-cost Aldi alternative comes at a price. Instead, find your favorite personal care items at a major retailer and use a coupon app to save money.
You don’t want your sandwich bag to open or rip apart in your bagged lunch. That can lead to a mess, or a less than desirable lunch.
Aldi may offer a good deal on sandwich bags, but you may be better served by purchasing the name brand alternative at another store. With a sale or coupon you may even save money vs. the Aldi option.
There’s little need to overspend on cleaning supplies. However, repeated tests show the Aldi cleaning options don’t stand up to a name brand option.
They’re not as robust, and may leave you feeling your home is less than clean. Opt for the name brand instead.
My family consumes a lot of local produce. Time and again Aldi leaves us disappointed with its offerings. Their selection is hit and miss.
Worse yet, fruits may be overripe with a more limited shelf life. You’re better served shopping at a local farmer’s market to get the variety and taste you want.
Just because it’s cat litter doesn’t mean you should always take the cheap option. Reviews of Aldi’s cat litter as less than glowing.
It lacks the clumping ability or odor elimination that some name brands. If it’s not doing what it’s meant to do, why go for the deal?
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