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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aldi vs. Walmart

With gas prices so high, I tend to weigh up whether shopping at several places is going to save me money. However, WalMart and Aldi are usually situated quite close together. Here are my thoughts:

Aldi's dairy products are considerably less than WalMart (sometimes a dollar or more) and well worth the extra trip for staples such as bread, milk, yogurt, butter. Recalls like the eggs last year didn't include Aldi's farms.

Aldi uses their own brand products so coupons won't be of any use.

Produce is cheaper, but usually pre-packaged and unless you are going to use it the same day, I don't recommend buying fresh fruit and vegetables. Having said that, recently our Benbrook WalMart has less than stellar quality produce and I purchased celery which looked fine on the outside, but rotten underneath the first couple of layers. Same with strawberries and other items I have purchased. Other WalMart stores in the area seem to have fresher produce.

Cereal is cheaper in Aldi, but again, it's their own brand.

I haven't bought meat very often at Aldi. One package of beef I bought, that looked fresh, when opened was two different pieces of meat. The meat shown through the package was wrapped around darker colored meat that was obviously older.

It's worth making a list of things you buy regularly and checking prices at a variety of stores.


  1. I find that level of quality fairly shocking! Did you attempt to take anything back? I appreciate that it would be difficult to get a positive response and it would be using more gas to go back... Beef is quite expensive here in Britain, or at least I think it is, and steaks in particular are not worth their price. Growing up in Oklahoma, I have decided views about the flavour and quality of a steak! We buy our fruit and veg at green markets each week, our chicken breasts (20 lbs at a time) and frozen smoked salmon from a wholesale butcher shop every few months and every variety of bean they have and 10 lbs of corn meal (polenta) from an Indian shop about once a year. I think bulk buying may be the way to make shopping at different places viable, but you do have to be confident of the quality! Clearly not at Wal-Mart or Aldis, which is very sad.

  2. Shelley, I rarely buy beef any more and try to buy chicken only from reliable sources. Aldi's prices are good and I was impressed that when many dairy products were being recalled, it didn't affect Aldi. Most of the time Wal Mart's produce is good, but I won't buy anything fresh from the Benbrook store as their standards seem mediocre.


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