Aldi - Deals!

Yes, that’s it. No idea why I have Mason stuck in my brain.

The bogo fresh pastries were disappointing except for the chocolate chip cookies. My wife enjoyed them. The pretzels, croissants, danish and mini bread rolls were stale quickly and if they were baked with real butter I would be surprised. At .45 cents for two its not a complaint, just a heads up.

All the produce is fine and a better value than elsewhere. We enjoyed the frozen pizza and crabcakes. The lobster cakes were meh. The fresh flowers are holding up.

The Lidl app sends alerts twice a week, weekly and monthly specials. I like the apps one code capture feature you use at checkout for deeper discounts. I wish offers like this app were at markets everywhere.

Q: Is there enough interest in Lidl to start a separate Lidl topic to follow purchases like we enjoy for TJ, Costco and Aldi?

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That was my experience. They had a nice little vegetable tart but it seems to have been phased out. The donuts had an odd muffinish texture. I no longer bother with the fresh baked goods after trying a dozen or so items. Too bad - the aroma as you enter the store is so nice!

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Last year I seemed to be the only one. Now that their market has expanded to more populated areas that may change. I hope so!

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And mine was auto correct…

I scored really big at Lidl today so I took the plunge!

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Aldi here in Houston has 1 lb bags of pre-washed Brussels sprouts for $0.45. They are really nice too. Saw similar at local HEB for over $2.

Their little boxes of sea salted caramels are some of the best I’ve had.


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Yeah that is a steal. I recently bought Brussels on the stalk and in bags. Neither were this low in price. And I love brussel sprouts

Is the stores name pronounced Al di or All di ?

I’ve just heard it pronounced as All - dee. No idea if this is universal…

Sea queen jumbo fried shrimp are very good for the price. They bake up nicely and go well with tarter sauce. Try a box out.

Around here I hear everyone pronounce it “Al dee”

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Regarding pronunciation, on the 4th line of the first paragraph is a link to hear the word:

That is correct based on the German

The tv was on in the other room while I was fixing lunch and I heard the person talking pronounce it All dee several times and it sounded so wrong.

Went to Aldi for the first time in a long time based on positive feedback here.

I looked more closely for organic options in dairy and produce, and was pleasantly surprised. They also had lots of holiday cheese - wax-covered cheddars and edam and goudas, other interesting flavors, and the elusive flat box of fondue that disappeared from TJ.

Pleasantly surprised to see packages of individually vacuum sealed center cut wild salmon and some other good fish choices in the freezer, also the flat boxes of cook-in-bag mussels that TJ used to stock. No organic poultry or meat that I could see. Fish was priced similar to Costco, but in a smaller package which is a positive for me. Also, the pieces of salmon were actually better portioned - the Costco ones always seem too big.

The only store in nyc leaves a lot to be desired in terms of shopping atmosphere, but if you have the time to comb through, there are certainly a lot of great deals.

I will say that I’m more comfortable buying meat/fish there in the winter when I don’t have to worry about their food safety practices (the only other time I was there, they had a huge display of fresh pastas that should have been refrigerated but were stacked next to the dried options).


Very true!

The first time I stepped into an Aldi’s I was unimpressed. It was over 10 years before I visited one again. The second time I came armed with recommendations and looked more closely. Now it is the first place I go for many items.

They have had Kerrygold butter lately! It usually shows up each autumn.

Curious what’s on that list!

Look for the Never Any! label with green on the package - that’s the organic/natural line

I don’t recall the original list of recommendations.

Regular purchases for me:
Dairy: Half and half, eggs, cheese (selection of blocks rotate), butter, cream cheese.

Dry Goods: They have a nice assorted cracker box that has replaced a similar one from TJ’s. Dark chocolate bars (hazelnut or orange), Duke’s mayo, nuts, canned beans.

Produce: ( turns over very fast at my location) Summer berries are always great and best price in town. Grapes this year were been better quality that 4 other grocery stores and less expensive. Pepper assortment, mushrooms, celery (theirs has leaves still on!), cabbage, summer squash varieties, avocado, mango, clementines, carrots, radish. Cilantro, spinach, spring mix.

Housewares and personal care areas are small. The unscented babywipes are inexpensive and great for a quick cleaning of paint in the studio.

Their special purchases change frequently and can be good - this summer found Izzy’s citrus drinks!
I haven’t explored their frozen foods much but have found some interesting vegetable mixes in the special purchase freezers. The scallops that Christina and Scubadoo recommended this summer are a terrific bargain, very tender and flavorful and rated well ecologically iirc.

Last winter they had paperwhites + vase for forcing at 2.49! Th e blossoms were very long lasting.

Things I seldom buy at Aldi’s:
Tomatoes, sour cream (I prefer a specific brand), potatoes & onions (a bag is usually too much for me), ground meat (had too many hard bits in it).