What I Can’t Buy at Aldi

Y’all know I love Aldi. It saved our grocery budget, and my comparison shopping with favorites is my top post on the blog.

Buuuuut, one of Aldi’s main benefits is also a downside. I love that the choices are minimal, and I can shop quickly and easily with no decision fatigue. However, there are a few items that I found myself missing.

On a recent trip to Hy-Vee (more on that later), I took the chance to stock up on some of my necessities that I can’t buy at Aldi.

Clockwise starting upper left:

Whole wheat pasta – Aldi just started offering ww spaghetti, but for more choices I have to look elsewhere.

Wheat buns – This is only a summer seasonal item at Aldi.

Unbleached flour – I use both white whole wheat flour from Trader Joe’s and unbleached flour. Aldi only sells bleached.

Poblanos (in bag) – Chile rellenos are on the menu, and Aldi can’t hook me up.

Uncured bacon – Other stores are often cheaper than Aldi’s price on uncured, nitrate-free bacon, so I stock up and throw it in the freezer.

Petite diced tomatoes – These are my preferred style of canned tomatoes, and sadly Aldi no longer carries them.

Squeezable jelly – This is a necessity with my independent PBJ-makers. I buy the reduced sugar kind.

Hiding under the bacon, you can see what prompted my trip to Hy-Vee. BudgetBytes recently posted the tip on her Instastories about getting homemade pizza toppings from a salad bar.

So I picked up a little bit of a few things, and Brett and I will enjoy some mushroom, bacon, and artichoke pizza while the kids chow down on their black olive pie. Easy way to get a little bit of several things!

My Aldi love isn’t going to fade any time soon, especially since they’re currently remodeling mine, but I do have to be strategic in buying some of my necessities when I get the opportunity. Worth it!

If you’re a major Aldi fan like me, what are some of the things you have to find elsewhere?

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We Remember. They are Learning. – The Next Generation on 9/11

I’d purposely waited to bring it up.

There are a lot of topics that I want to be the first to broach with my kids. This one I was curious to see what other would say.

“Did you talk about 9/11 at school today?” I asked casually over dinner. “Did your teachers say anything about it?”

Both of my school-age girls shook their heads. Violet seemed confused. But Hannah spoke up.

“No, but we talked about it at lunch. Like a lot.”

I’m always curious about what third-graders pass off as facts. “Cool. So what kind of stuff did you talk about?”

Hannah proceeded to relay information, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was mostly factual! Since this wasn’t addressed in the class apparently, I’m presuming that most of the other kids got their information from their parents.

We also had a good talk about why we don’t just call people “stupid” when “evil” is a much more accurate term. Vocabulary is important.

But I came away from the conversation with appreciation for the other parents of Hannah’s classmates. The line on 9/11 is “We Won’t Forget.” And it was clear that other parents of my generation, the generation that went through it during our college and early adult years, is not forgetting and is not letting their kids forget. 

So around a lunch table in Kansas City today, a bunch of eight-year-olds showed there is remembrance. Good job, parents.