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5 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Aldi

There's so much to love about this low-cost grocery store.

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As the cook in our family, I love the Aldi shopping experience. This budget-friendly grocery chain offers can’t-beat low prices that don’t put a strain on my budget. Plus, a trip down the baking aisle lets me grab everything I need for my favorite cake recipes.

Psst! Don’t have an Aldi nearby just yet? The company plans to expand their number of stores to 2,500 by the end of 2022. (That’ll make it the third largest grocery chain in the United States!)

Here are a few perks Aldi offers that might really surprise you!

 

1. Prices are cheap, I mean really cheap.

Imagine walking into a store where everything is on sale. That’s what it feels like when you step inside Aldi. How do they get their prices so low? Almost 90% of their in-store products are exclusive brands. If you spot a box labeled SimplyNature, Fit & Active or Specially Selected, you know you’re purchasing a product you can’t get anywhere else. Since these exclusive brands aren’t spending money on advertising, Aldi can pass on the savings to you and your family.

What better way to use up those Aldi-exclusive ingredients than in our best budget-friendly recipes?

 

 

2. There’s no shortage of award-winning products.

Think low prices mean low quality? Think again! Aldi’s products have raked in a host of awards over the years. In 2017, an $8 rosé wine offered in Aldi’s liquor department was named one of the best in the world. The wine beat out hundreds of competitors and was voted best rose under £8 (about $10) in the International Wine Challenge’s Great Value Awards.

Not into wine? Products from Aldi’s baby essentials brand, Little Journey, have been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved seal of approval for four consecutive years. This means you can trust introducing your tikes to a package of Little Journey Yogurt Bites or fruit-flavored puffs.

 

 

3. They have wholesome options.

Aldi doesn’t skimp on the things that matter most. With budget-friendly organic, non-GMO and gluten-free options, it seems like you can have it all. Looking to ditch artificial ingredients from your diet? The SimplyNature product line offers a more natural approach to packaged food by promising its products will never include nefarious ingredients like artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and more. (Buhbye, caprocaprylobhenin, whatever you are!)

Click here to learn which foods you should always buy organic.

 

 

4. Not satisfied? Return it.

The company stands behind their products so confidently that they offer a guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the product, any Aldi store will refund your money and replace the product. Skeptical? A few folks on Reddit have already tested this claim with much success. User wholegrainaddict says, “I took in the label and receipt and told them I didn’t like the item. They refunded my money, and then subtracted the same amount from my bill.”

(Looks like wholegrainaddict got a free replacement for their fresh product, too.) Cheers to Aldi’s customer service team!

 

 

5. Aldi supports good causes.

In addition to their shopper perks, Aldi supports health and wellness programs for children in the community. Schools and organizations can be granted funding and gift cards from their local Aldi store to boost their own programs. Have a children’s cause that needs support? Take the initiative and apply for the Aldi Smart Kids program, here.

Whether you are new to the Aldi crew or already a complete fanatic, there is always something new happening at this grocery store chain.

 

Looking to Save Some Change? Try our Budget-Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes

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The genius combination of seasonings and citrus in this tender roast reminds us why we cherish tasty recipes. It's nice to serve with hot noodles to soak up any extra citrus gravy. —Laura Brodine, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili

My family is crazy about this slow cooker chili because it uses ingredients you don't usually find in chili. Believe it or not, I discovered that pumpkin is what makes the dish so special. Cook up a big batch and freeze some for later; it tastes even better reheated. —Deborah Vliet, Holland, Michigan

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Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The slow cooker not only makes this an easy meal, but it keeps the pork tender, saucy and loaded with flavor. —Beki Kosydar-Krantz, Mayfield, Pennsylvania

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chuck Roast

My husband and I like chuck roast recipes, so this slow-cooked recipe is terrific. You'll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting roast turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York

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Conga Lime Pork

Dinner guests won’t be too shy to get in line when this yummy chipotle pork moves to the buffet table. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Slow-Cooked White Bean Chili

My friend Caroline Gray and I came up with this delicious slow-cooked chicken chili. It's unusual because it calls for Alfredo sauce. —Cindi Mitchell, St. Marys, Kansas

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So-Easy Spaghetti Sauce

This traditional, thick pasta sauce is a cinch to prepare. It has a pleasantly mild flavor and goes with any kind of cooked pasta. If you like, use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef.—Cathy Johnson, Somerset, Pennsylvania

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Herbed Chicken with Wild Rice

My family is always very busy. With three kids involved in many different after-school and evening activities, it’s nice to come home to a meal that’s already prepared and ready to eat! —Becky Gifford, Conway, Arkansas

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Pork Chop Cacciatore

It’s hard to believe the wonderful flavor of these tender chops could come from such an easy recipe! Our taste panel loved it. Pair with noodles and a simple green salad, and dinner’s served. Tracy Hiatt Grice - Somerset, Wisconsin

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Satisfying Beef Stew

This beef stew is so hearty and tastes even better the next day—if there are leftovers! It goes great with corn bread or any crusty loaf. —Abbey Mueller, Enid, Oklahoma

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Slow-Cooked Caribbean Pot Roast

I put this sweet potato recipe together throughout the fall and winter seasons, but considering how simple the dish is to prepare, anytime is a great time to enjoy it! —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Mexican Chicken Chili

Corn and black beans give this satisfying chili Mexican flair the whole family will love. Adjust the cayenne if you have small children or are looking for a little less zip. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, West Chester, Ohio

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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Canned beans and cornbread muffin mix speed up the prep on this crowd-pleasing main dish that’s perfect for busy evenings and carry-in dinners. —Jill Pokrivka, York, Pennsylvania

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Old-Fashioned Dressing

Remember Grandma's delicious turkey dressing? Taste it again combined with flavorful herbs and crisp veggies in this family-favorite dressing. You'll love the fact you can make it in your slow cooker. —Sherry Vink, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

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Mom's Italian Beef Sandwiches

My mom made the best Italian beef. I’ve added to it over the years, but it’s still her recipe. She made these sandwiches for family reunions, and there were never leftovers. —Mary McVey, Colfax, North Carolina

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Chipotle Shredded Beef

This beef is delicious whether you serve it all rolled up in a tortilla, with corn salsa in a burrito, in a bun or over rice or mashed potatoes. So many options! —Darcy Williams, Omaha, Nebraska

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Chili Coney Dogs

Everyone in our family, from smallest kids to oldest adults, loves these hot dogs. They're so easy to throw together in the morning, or even the night before. —Michele Harris, Vicksburg, Michigan

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken always goes over big with my family. The chicken thighs turn out just right, every time. —Gigi Miller, Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Moist & Tender Turkey Breast

This easy turkey recipe is sure to be popular in your home. Everyone will love the taste, and you'll love how quickly it comes together. —Heidi Vawdrey, Riverton, Utah

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"Everything" Stuffing

My husband and father both go crazy for this stuffing! The leftovers freeze well so we can enjoy it long after Thanksgiving has passed. —Bette Votral, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Zesty Beef Stew

Preparation couldn't be simpler for this hearty no-fuss stew! I created this dish when I didn't have some of my usual ingredients for vegetable beef soup. My husband says it's the best I ever made! —Margaret Turza, South Bend, Indiana

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Country Rib Sandwiches

Perfect for a weekday dinner or cozy weekend meal, this recipe makes fall-off-the-bone tender meat with delicious flavor. —Margaret Luchsinger, Jupiter, Florida

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Fiesta-Twisted Brunswick Stew

Traditionally made with game meat, this updated Brunswick stew, using spicy sausage, is a modern mom’s best friend. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

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Bacon-Beef Barley Soup

Here’s a robust dish that’s perfect for hungry teenage boys! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, this quick, comforting soup will really hit the spot. —Cathy Peterson, Menominee, Michigan

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Sweet-and-Sour Beef Stew

This chunky meal in a bowl makes terrific use of nutrient-packed vegetables. It has a deliciously sweet and tangy taste. —Frances Conklin, Grangeville, Idaho

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Shredded Beef au Jus

My mom found this recipe in a farm journal soon after she and my dad got married. The tender beef has been a family favorite for years, and my dad often requests it. —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

The meat literally falls off the bones of these wings! Spice lovers will get a kick out of the big sprinkling of red pepper flakes. —Sue Bayless, Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Sherrie Giddens
As the wife of a minister, I am heavily involved in serving our congregation. I have several articles focusing on women and their Christian walk, at UCG.org. As a certified professional interior decorator and have used my skills to help women gain control over clutter in their homes as well as bringing more order to their personal lives. This includes saving time and money in the kitchen, creating a home which can serve the needs of each individual family, and learning to set priorities when it comes to the use of time. As an author I write fiction and nonfiction for women and their families. All of my books can be found at Amazon.