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?