Deal or No Deal – Aldi vs. Walmart
Posted at 9:39 AM on Sep 25, 2012 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Here is the first post for my new Deal or NO Deal series.
If you missed out on the 2 previous videos you can check those out below:
This week I tackled Aldi vs. Walmart – I took a few hours to walk around both stores and compared both store brand items + items with coupons at Walmart. There were a few things that I was shocked about – watch the video below to find out what those are. If you are looking for coupons for any of these items, you can check out my Searchable Coupon Database and search for the ones you need. I have put my logo next to the deals that I believe to be best either in quality or price.
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Here are the in-store pictures that show the deals in detail:
Honestly the bananas at Walmart looked fresher and had less bumps and bruises than the Aldi ones. At a $0.03 difference I would probably go with the ones at Walmart.
Aldi – $0.44 per lb.
Walmart – $0.47 per lb.
Yogurt was a tricky one because there are so many different kinds of it. I focused on large containers of 32 oz. and ones targeted more towards children. The larger containers were a $0.50 difference, so Aldi won on that one, but there are coupons out for Yoplait Yogurt often, so the Yoplait could be cheaper than Aldi brand if you use coupons.
Aldi – $1.99 32 oz. Light & Fit
Walmart – 32 oz. Dannon Yogurt – $2.49
I was surprised to see that Walmart beat Aldi on the price comparison for kids yogurt. The base price on kids yogurt was cheaper but paired with a coupon you will save almost $1.00! Moo Tubes does have 8 included and the Yoplait only has 4, but there were also GoGurts for the same price ($1.88) which probably would be more comparable to the Moo Tubes.
Aldi – Moo Tubes $1.99
Walmart – Yoplait kids$1.88 + coupons!
The Aldi Diapers wipes were only $0.99 for a 72 ct. but the Pampers and Huggies Wipes, also 72 ct., were $1.97 at Walmart. There are always coupons out for $1/2 Huggies or Pampers Wipes making them only $1.47 after a coupon. I can guarantee you that you will use more of the Aldi Wipes than you will the name brand wipes I found at Walmart. I would stick with the name brand wipes on this one, see the video above about quality vs. quantity.
Aldi – $0.99
Walmart – name brand wipes $1.97 (or $1.47 after coupon)
Aldi Diapers are $4.99 for a 36 ct. and like I said in the video I am a brand name diaper snob, so if you have used Aldi brand diapers I would love to hear from you about how you like them. Walmart diapers were cheaper at $3.97 and name brand diapers like Huggies and Pampers were $8.97. There are often Diaper coupons for both Pampers and Huggies so you could get them for as low as $6.97.
Aldi – $4.99
Walmart – $3.97 for store brand - as low as $6.97 for name brand diapers.
I wanted to look at Trash bags at the price per bag. There were Ruffle trash bags (30 ct) for only $1.62 – there are frequently coupons for these while should bring them down to around $1.12. This makes it only $0.03 per bag!
Aldi – $4.99 for 80 Kitchen Trash Bags = $0.06 per bag
Walmart – $6.97 for 50 Kitchen Trash Bags = $0.14 per bag – OR Ruffles bags which = $0.05 per bag without a coupon.
Green Peppers were one of those items where I was 100% sure that Aldi would have the best price….I was WRONG!
Aldi – 3 pack $1.99 ($0.66 each)
Walmart – $0.53 each
Toothpaste is one of those things that you should never pay over $1.00 for. I know that people see a name brand product at Aldi and automatically think it’s a great deal, but that is not the case. Almost 100% of the time the item is the same price or more expensive, like this Crest toothpaste I found.
Aldi – Crest 6.4 oz. toothpaste $2.89
Walmart – Crest 6.4 oz. toothpaste $2.98 + you can use a coupon with it so it would be cheaper. There is also a Colgate 6.4 oz. bottle for only $1.25 so this is cheaper without a coupon! We always see coupons for Colgate toothpaste, so this should not cost you more than $0.50 if you have one.
The Peanut Butter at Aldi was cheaper than at Walmart, but paired with a coupon it is very possible to get it for less money at Walmart. What I also found that was interesting is the the Skippy name brand PB was cheaper than the Walmart brand.
Aldi – $2.29
Walmart – Store brand $2.56 and Name Brand Skippy $2.50
The 4 packs of razors were only slightly different at Walmart and Aldi BUT you could get one of the ‘expensive’ Gillette Fusion Razors for only a little bit more. I would probably go for the Gillette Razor because it will give you a better shave AND will last longer.
Aldi – 4 pack of razors $2.99
Walmart – 4 Pack of Wilkinson razors $3.49 – Gillette Fusion Razor only $4.74
I thought Aldi brand paper towels would be cheaper, but it turns out I was wrong about this too. My stock up price on paper towels is $0.50 – so only one of the deals I found fit my stock up price. This means that getting paper towels at Aldi and Walmart is NOT the cheapest way! You can get much less expensive paper towels at the drug stores or your grocery stores on sale.
The one price that I would buy in a pinch was the 6 pack of Decorator towels from Walmart, a 6 pack for $3.26 = $0.54 per roll.
Aldi – 6 pack for $5.99
Walmart – 6 pack for $3.26 or larger 8 pack of Walmart brand for $6.94.
I did not choose any of these items because I do not think any are a great deal.
I tried to pick comparable packages of Ground Beef and Walmart was much cheaper. Just make sure that you read this article about What stores use Pink Slime and see if your store uses it in their meat packaging.
Aldi – 2-3 lb. packages $3.69 per lb.
Walmart – $7.98 for a 3 lb package = $2.66 per lb.
I was SHOCKED at how much chicken was at Walmart – I could NOT believe how much they were charging! The picture below shows that they are charging $5.18 per lb – that is CRAZY!!!! My grocery stores put chicken on sale for $1.99 per lb. so even the Aldi price was more expensive.
Aldi – $2.29 per lb (still expensive because many stores around me put it on sale for $1.99)
Walmart – $5.18 per lb (this is the only package of chicken I could find, and it is the kind below their organic kind, so it will obviously be more expensive – thanks Paul!)
No explanation needed – same product – less at Aldi.
I compared just the basic store brand breads at both stores – Aldi won out by a few cents!
Aldi – $0.85
Walmart – $1.18
This one is simple – same butter and less money at Aldi!
Aldi – $2.09
Walmart – $2.18
This was a case of couponer vs. non-couponer. If you use coupons you can get the same price on name brand Cascade with a coupon than you can the Walmart store brand. Aldi brand detergent is not my favorite but it is cheaper than the Walmart brand one….This is the case of quality vs. price, I would go with Cascade with a coupon than get it ad Aldi.
Aldi – $2.49
Walmart – $2.98 for store brand, $3.97 for Cascade Brand (cheaper with coupon)
This one is also easy peasy - same cups but cheaper at Aldi.
Aldi – 50 ct. of Plastic cups $2.49
Walmart – 50 ct. Plastic Cups $3.00
This is a simple one – more plates for less money at Aldi!
Aldi – 80 papers plates $2.79
Walmart – 70 papers plates $2.97
You can get beat sandwich meat with a coupon at Walmart than you can at Aldi. The Aldi lunch meat was less money as it’s base price, but paired with coupons you can get a better deal on brand name lunch meat at Walmart. We always see coupons for Hillshire Farm and Sara Lee Deli Meats, so I know that you can get these for less money than the Aldi brand.
Aldi – $2.49
Walmart – Sara Lee $3.98, Great Value Walmart brand $2.68, Hillshire Farm $2.98. (with coupons)
OUCH – do people actually think that cereal is cheaper at Walmart? Aldi brand cereal ranged from $1.69 – $2.39 per box, the Walmart brand cereal rung it at $1.98. These prices were pretty comparable, but looking at name brand cereal at Walmart was SCARY! You will pay $3.68 per box at Walmart for Cheerios, OUCH! On sale with a coupon you can get it for under $1.50 per box at my local grocery store….Aldi’s won this one by a landslide!
Aldi – $1.69 – $2.39
Walmart – Walmart brand $1.98, Name brand $3.68
I found the name brand Cabot cheese at Walmart for less money than the Walmart brand, I thought this was strange! Aldi cheese is cheaper but I would rather pay an extra $0.21 per bar to get a nicer brand of Cheese…Cabot cheese is much better in my opinion than Aldi brand…
Aldi – $1.79
Walmart – $2.38 store brand, $2.00 Cabot name brand cheese
This was what I was expecting BUT that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t surprised that Walmart has cheaper milk than Aldi. With whole milk, we are talking a savings of $0.84 per gallon, so if you go through a lot of milk you could save a few dollars per week on milk by getting it at Walmart.
Aldi – $2.59-$2.89
Walmart – $2.03
This one was pretty surprising to me – but this is one of those times that I will choose quality over money spent…..Toilet Paper is a MUST in my house to buy name brand….or else I get complaints from my ‘little people’.
Walmart has a brand called White Cloud – you can often find coupons in the monthly All You Magazine for $1.00 off – which would make it $4.98 for 12 rolls.
Aldi – Panda 12 Rolls TP – $5.49 ($0.45 per roll)
Walmart – White Cloud $4.97 for 12 Rolls ($0.41 per roll). You can also get Cottonelle TP for $6.47 with a coupon.
There you have it – the details are long and I hope that you learned something like I did! The best advice is to not always think something is cheaper just because it is at Walmart or Aldi….do your research and know your prices. The great thing about Walmart is that they will price match competitor ads – so as long as you take your Aldi ad into Walmart with you, you should be able to price match that ad at Walmart.
Stay tuned next week where I tackle 2 more stores!
I would love to know – what surprised you on this report, anything?