Mar
22
2014

Aldi vs. Walmart – which store is cheaper?

Posted at 2:57 PM on Mar 22, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Mar 22nd, 2014

Here-is-an-in-depth-look-at-which-store-is-cheaper-Aldi-or-Walmart

I’ve always wanted to know – which store is cheaper, Aldi or 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.

 

Here are the in-store pictures that show the deals in detail:

Bananas:

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:

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! 


Diaper Wipes:

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.  The Aldi wipes are AMAZING and so cost effective.

Aldi – $0.99 

Walmart – name brand wipes $1.97 (or $1.47 after coupon)

Diapers:

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.

Trash Bags:

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:

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:

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. 

Peanut Butter:

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

Razors:

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 

Paper Towels:

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.

Ground Beef:

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.

Chicken:

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!)

Eggs:

No explanation needed – same product – less at Aldi.

Aldi $1.55 

Walmart $1.78

White Bread:

I compared just the basic store brand breads at both stores – Aldi won out by a few cents!

Aldi – $0.85 

Walmart – $1.18

Butter:

This one is simple – same butter and less money at Aldi!

Aldi – $2.09 

Walmart – $2.18

Dishwashing Detergent:

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) 

Plastic Cups:

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

Paper Plates:

This is a simple one – more plates for less money at Aldi!

Aldi – 80 papers plates $2.79 

Walmart – 70 papers plates $2.97

Sandwich Meat: 

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)

Cereal:

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

Cheese:

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 

Milk:

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 

Toilet Paper:

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?

Comments:

  • Felicia says...
    Posted at 9:44 am by I am THAT Lady: Felicia
    Felicia
    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Just a little tid bit about bananas: you actually WANT them to have brown spots, because that’s when they’re actually ripe and that’s when they have the most nutrients!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 9:47 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Felicia – I did not know that, but my kids wont’ touch bananas with spots so I am forced to buy the ones that ‘look’ the best so that they eat them.

    • Fun 2B Frugal says...
      Posted at 10:41 am by I am THAT Lady: Fun 2B Frugal
      Fun 2B Frugal
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

      We always buy our bananas as green as possible. That way they last throughout the week for us. My kids would never eat the ones that are turning brown! If any are leftover that have turned, I bag and freeze them for smoothies or bread.

    • Anna Markle says...
      Posted at 11:17 am by I am THAT Lady: Anna Markle
      Anna Markle
      Sep 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I eat browner bananas because they say that the riper they are the more they will ward off cancer.

  • Karyn says...
    Posted at 9:58 am by I am THAT Lady: Karyn
    Karyn
    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Just be careful, different Walmart’s have different pricing, the Fulton Super Store’s milk is considerably less the than the Oswego Walmart.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:00 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Yes – the milk in Oswego is VERY expensive. I went to the Fulton Walmart to do my pictures because Super Walmart has better prices than regular Walmart. I am hoping that once our Super Walmart is done the prices will go to Super Walmart prices.

      • Decolia says...
        Posted at 8:11 am by I am THAT Lady: Decolia
        Decolia
        Jul 31, 2014 at 8:11 am

        I WISH our milk and ground beef was as inexpensive as you’re finding it! I’m in DFW, Texas and we pay well over $3 a gallon for milk and almost $4 a lb for ground beef. (80/20)

  • Victoria says...
    Posted at 10:05 am by I am THAT Lady: Victoria
    Victoria
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for this post! We have an Aldi very close and I feel guilt about not shopping there enough. I have also noticed that a lot of name brands are cheaper than store brand at Walmart. Something you need to watch! Did the price of milk go down? It’s $2.99 for whole at my Walmart.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:12 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

      You’re welcome Victoria! The price of everything varies per store – that is why I don’t write too much about Walmart. The milk in my town is $3.89 per gallon, the next town over it is $2.03 – CRAZY!

    • Lisa says...
      Posted at 5:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
      Lisa
      Mar 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      ladies — enjoy your milk prices! We moved to Virginia from upstate NY, and milk prices here are nearly double. I’ve paid as much as $8/gallon for organic milk, and the cheapest milk I’ve ever seen is about $4/gallon.

      • Jessica says...
        Posted at 2:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessica
        Jessica
        Jul 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Ouch! We’re in Northern VA (also moved from Upstate NY) and I buy my milk from BJs or Aldi for $2.50 to $3.50 a gallon. Also, if you have a Trader Joes near you, I believe their milk price is guaranteed to be the lowest in the area.

  • jill masuk says...
    Posted at 10:06 am by I am THAT Lady: jill masuk
    jill masuk
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    i can’t believe you milk is only $2.03 at walmart. where i am in massena ny its $3.28!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:11 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

      It really depends on where you live – that is the issue with these types of posts but it should give you a generic comparison between stores.

  • rosie says...
    Posted at 10:17 am by I am THAT Lady: rosie
    rosie
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Is that ground beef at Aldi really $3.69 per pack? I always assumed it was $3.69 per pound… Maybe i’ll hsve to look closer next time i go cause ive been spending $3/lb for 90% lean. also our local super walmart has generic chicken for the “going rate ” … $1.99 lately, used to be $1.79. However I have recently decidedthat once you factor ziplock bags into the price its better to buy the 10 lb bag of frozen breasted for $20 at Wegmans or BJs.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:29 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

      That is what it was priced at my store – I always thought it was per lb. too but when I found is that price. I wish the Walmart had generic chicken for that much.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:45 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Rosie – I just updated the post. Apparently I didn’t look hard enough because the ground beef at Aldi was $3.69 per lb not per pack. Sorry for the confusion.

      • rosie says...
        Posted at 9:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: rosie
        rosie
        Sep 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        Another consideration is the quality of the beef. The WM is cheaper, but since its $2.66/lb for 78% lean (outrageous!!!) I, personally, would go for the more expensive 90% lean at Aldi… but I also won,t buy any beef under 90% lean and actually prefer to buy roasts when they are BOGO at Tops or PC and grind it myself with my kitchenaid

        • Lisa says...
          Posted at 6:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
          Lisa
          Mar 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

          Rosie — I’m curious about grinding your own meat. Is there a kind of roast that you look for? Using the kitchenaid, do you put the meat through the grinder just once? Do you feel as if the consistency is similar to that of commercially produced ground beef? Thanks!

          • Lisa says...
            Posted at 11:29 am by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
            Lisa
            Jun 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

            taste wise aldi’s is the best WM brand not so good, had to throw away. The diet soda at Aldi is the next best thing to diet coke, 2.29 for 12- 3 to 4 for 12 pk of Coke. Thanks to Aldi for going to paper egg cartons.

        • Julie says...
          Posted at 4:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Julie
          Julie
          Jun 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          You compared ground sirloin and ground beef, like comparing apples and oranges. :) The ground sirloin is less fat than the ground beef at 73%. So it is cheaper at ALDI, the ground sirloin at Walmart is more expensive.

  • Brittany says...
    Posted at 10:20 am by I am THAT Lady: Brittany
    Brittany
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    We actually started buying a Walmart brand TP that we like much better than name brand!! And on the diaper topic, we tried Walmart brand and were highly dissatisfied the quality was awful… I found pampers coupons(my LO’s have sensitive skin and can’t use huggies) and then we were given target brand diapers!!! Much better quality, comparable to pampers, for a lot less price. And they do but two get a $5 or 10$ gift card, plus we look for the box containing a dollar off coupon. We do NOT do much shopping at target but ours is just across the street from Walmart and in the shopping center for dollar tree so it’s worth going across the street for diapers.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:28 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

      The White cloud TP isn’t bad either, especially for the price.

    • Sarah says...
      Posted at 4:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
      Sarah
      Jun 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Aldi diapers are great! My daughter uses them at daycare every time, no leaks.

  • Joan Ruggaber says...
    Posted at 10:22 am by I am THAT Lady: Joan Ruggaber
    Joan Ruggaber
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I always shop at Aldi’s for their German items: stollen, chocolate, and believe it or not, pizza. Excellent stone baked pizza usually 2.99. This week they had beautiful cauliflower for 1.29. Other items I always buy there are:
    applesauce , 25 oz., 1.29
    1/2 & 1/2 (they carry fat free) 1.39 for a qt
    frozen apple juice .99
    low fat/low sodium chicken broth, 32 oz. 1.49
    orange juice, not from concentrate, 1/2 gal 2.49
    In season their red grapefruit is very good, usually priced at .39 or .49 each for large.
    When grapes are very expensive they’re usually not more than 3.29 or 3.49 for 2 lbs. at Aldi’s

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:28 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I love Aldi brand chocolate – it’s my favorite! The apples sauce and canned goods are also great things that we stock up on.

  • Heather Bateman says...
    Posted at 10:27 am by I am THAT Lady: Heather Bateman
    Heather Bateman
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Whole milk at Aldi’s on Rte. 11, Syracuse is $1.89. No Lie!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:27 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

      That is awesome! I wonder what the milk price is at the closest Walmart?

      • Anna Markle says...
        Posted at 11:19 am by I am THAT Lady: Anna Markle
        Anna Markle
        Sep 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

        At the Walmart in Cicero Skim Milk is around $1.79. As I never price whole milk I would guess it is just around $2.00

        • I am THAT lady says...
          Posted at 2:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
          I am THAT lady
          Sep 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          so it seems more comparable based on your area…

    • joanne says...
      Posted at 11:28 am by I am THAT Lady: joanne
      joanne
      Sep 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

      yup!! I shop at the aldi’s all the time… when ever I don’t have time to coupon.. Also I have seen the Byrne Dairy truck .. unload the dairy into the aldi’s store… #justsayin sometimes the generic brands are the brands we love…

      • I am THAT lady says...
        Posted at 2:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
        I am THAT lady
        Sep 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        I am pretty sure Aldi milk is provided by Byrne Dairy in our area – same milk cheaper price :)

  • Veronica Lariviere says...
    Posted at 10:37 am by I am THAT Lady: Veronica Lariviere
    Veronica Lariviere
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know what Aldi you went too, but the one on Route 31 is like the one on Route 11 in N. Syracuse – milk was $1.89 for fat-free and 2% – not sure about whole milk. It was never been that high there – I shop there regularly!!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      The one I went to was in Fulton, NY.

  • Sarah Scire says...
    Posted at 10:46 am by I am THAT Lady: Sarah Scire
    Sarah Scire
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I don’t know if you have tried Aldi’s wipes before but I was given a case of Aldi’s wipes for my daughter and waited until I absolutely HAD to use them because I was afraid they’d be paper thin. I was very pleasantly surprised to find they are great wipes. The Aldi’s brand wipes are actually thicker than some of the name brand wipes. They compare well to Huggies one and Done wipes (in my opinion). We use the Aldi’s brand wipes the majority of the time.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:50 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Sarah, I have tried their wipes and am not a fan….but that doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome. I have many family members that use them and are happy with them as well.

      • Sarah Scire says...
        Posted at 10:55 am by I am THAT Lady: Sarah Scire
        Sarah Scire
        Sep 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

        didn’t mean to second guess you, just my opinion of them :)

        • I am THAT lady says...
          Posted at 10:56 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
          I am THAT lady
          Sep 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

          thanks Sarah – I didnt’ take it as second guessing. I know a lot of people love them, like I said in the video I am a brand name diaper snob…I think I have an issue lol!

  • Birgit says...
    Posted at 10:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Birgit
    Birgit
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    The milk at Aldi’s here is well under $2, so cheaper than Walmart. DD likes the canned pasta for lunch on a Saturday, it’s much cheaper at Aldi’s too.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:51 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Good to know – milk prices at Walmart vary so much!

  • Cari says...
    Posted at 10:54 am by I am THAT Lady: Cari
    Cari
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for the post. Aldi’s changes by area too. If there are a lot of other grocery stores in the area, their prices are lower. I stuck to one thinking it would be cheaper, but the one in the bigger city is much cheaper. As much as 50 cents cheaper on a $2 item!

    You should have included flour, sugar, and baking items. I buy all of those at Aldi’s because they are so much cheaper.

    I actually prefer their dishwasher soap over everyone else! I buy a lot when I go to Aldi’s.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 10:57 am by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Carl – I meant to include them but forgot to take pictures at Walmart. I will follow up and complete that part of the baking section because I really want to see the outcome too.

  • Sarah Ross Cappella says...
    Posted at 11:25 am by I am THAT Lady: Sarah Ross Cappella
    Sarah Ross Cappella
    Sep 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

    We use brand name diapers at home and aldi’s or walmart brand for daycare For size 4′s, it was aldi’s at .18 and walmart at .17 per diaper). I have found that Aldi’s can’t hold a lot of pee without disintegrating, whereas walmart can {you know how you test the diaper one minute and it’s fine then the next minute it’s like they sat in a pool of water? that’s the kind of pee I mean, lol}. As for the “#2″, my son doesn’t have (TMI here) blowouts like a lot of kids do, so we find either are just fine for us and he’s never peed through either brand. I can’t comment how they do overnight either. But with the Huggies Pull ups deal right now at walgreens with the monthly $2 off store and $2 manuf plus an occasional sale, I’d rather do that for home.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Sarah – my nieces and nephews have worn Walmart diapers almost exclusively and I have never been a fan of them. But if you can find a great deal on brand name diapers then go for it! That is a good idea to use both of them!

  • Thia says...
    Posted at 11:57 am by I am THAT Lady: Thia
    Thia
    Sep 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    * I think diapers and wipes are a matter of everyone having to experiment. I’ve found the Parent’s Choice wipes to be superior to some of the name brands. Same with the diapers. We’ve never had a problem with them.
    * Inspiration for future post? I liked it when you said 50cents is your “buy” price for paper towels. I am always wondering what the good deals are. I intend to start my own price book, but it never happens. And I don’t coupon like crazy or run to many different stores because I shop for the month, so it’s already a full day’s work to just hit two stores. So, it would be interesting to know what the “stock up” prices are on things.
    * I will have to look carefully next time I shop because you’ve reminded me that store brand isn’t always cheaper. It’s been awhile since I’ve compared on most of the items I buy.

  • jen says...
    Posted at 12:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: jen
    jen
    Sep 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I just stocked up on milk at the aldi in auburn…1.46 a gallon!! We go through 8-9 gal a week (2 teenage boys and a three yr old and a husband that loves milk too) its not always this cheap but usually once a month it is. i SERIUOSLY switch each place I buy milk depending on sales – but normally milk is cheaper than everywhere else i go.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      $1.46 per gallon – that is a steal!

  • Sarah K says...
    Posted at 1:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah K
    Sarah K
    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Great job Lauren! I learned a lot from this post. I have always bypassed Aldi due to them not taking coupons and I have always worried that they have low quality stuff. This post did change my mind about a few things and I may be making a stop at Aldi on my next trip out.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Sarah, so glad that you learned from the post. Aldi has some great things for cheap – I love their Red Pepper Hummus and Feta Cheese, much cheaper and the same quality.

  • Georgia M says...
    Posted at 2:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Georgia M
    Georgia M
    Sep 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    This was a great post!!! Truth is, it comes down to taste also…alot of Aldi stuff doesn’t taste good…my kids hated the yogurt. As far as milk, my family loves Upstate Farms milk which I get at Kinney. My family doesn’t like the taste of Walmart brand milk. I don’t know if this is a fact, but I used to work at Sam’s Club and the rumor was that produce that Sam’s club didn’t sell and was getting old was sent to the local walmarts.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I agree Georgia, there are certain things that we buy for taste. My husband wont’ eat Aldi Cheese at all, so I can never buy it there.

  • Val says...
    Posted at 2:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Val
    Val
    Sep 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much Lauren for this post & all the hard work that I know you put into it. Very good & helpful information here & I’m very excited to see how the next group of stores pan out! Thanks for everything!! Hope to see you again soon :)

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 2:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      You are so welcome Val! I am excited to see what the next group of stores will show us too!

  • Michele says...
    Posted at 3:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Michele
    Michele
    Sep 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    That chicken is the “name brand chicken” at Wal-Mart, and not the “store” brand chicken. So it is alot more expensive than the store brand chicken. We have a Wal-Mart Super center near us, actually 3 of them within 25 minutes, and all the stores carry that brand of chicken (which is considered the Natural or Organic kind), but they also carry the just plain chicken in the yellow packages. Which is usually much, much cheaper. That kind (in your picture) is individually wrapped chicken breasts). As for steaks at Wal-Mart, it’s actually some of the best steaks and filets that we have every purchased (in our opinion). The premium USDA choice steaks, are fantastic. Not the cheapest, but far cheaper than at the butcher, and much better than at the other local grocery stores. Unbelievable tender.
    I wish that the Organic Milk prices would come down. The Natures Place at Hannaford is $3.39 for a half gallon..yikes! And Price Choppers Brand-organic- is $3.89 for a half gallon, most of the name brands, Horizon, stoneyfield, and organic valley, are around $4.89 to 4.99-again half gallon. So even with a coupon, they really aren’t any cheaper than the store brand. Once in a blue moon Target will have Horizon, for $2.00-half gallon, which is a steal if you buy organic milk that is, and that’s for the chocolate organic milk. That was a stock up price for us.
    We tried Wal-Mart organic milk and found it horrible tasting, I recall it was cheap though.
    Thanks for your videos, very interesting and helpful!! Oh and for Banana’s, Target has them for about .24 cents a lb. Our Target just started carrying groceries, and that wasn’t the sale price either. They were from El Salvadore, not really sure where Aldi’s banana’s are from, if that matters to anyone trying to shop “local”

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 9:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      WOW – $0.24 per lb. is a great deal for bananas!

      • D. Reese says...
        Posted at 3:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: D. Reese
        D. Reese
        Mar 08, 2014 at 3:22 pm

        Are you sure about .24 lb? At my Target it is .24 per banana.

    • learningtocoupon says...
      Posted at 6:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: learningtocoupon
      learningtocoupon
      Oct 06, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Be very careful. I thought they were .24 a lb as well and bought quite a few only to be told it is per banana.

  • Joy says...
    Posted at 3:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Joy
    Joy
    Sep 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The trick to buying fresh produce at Aldi’s is to hit it first thing in the a.m. for best selection. The bananas usually go quick (at least at the one on 31 in Clay). The baby carrots are usually the cheapest in town, too. I think they are $.59 right now. Whereas everyone else has them for $.99-$1.29. Not sure about Walmart prices. Their hamburger and hot dog rolls are the cheapest, too. Usually, at Aldi’s they are $.89-$1. The grocery stores charger about $1.29-$1.59.

    Their veggie chips are awesome! My boys love them and they usually are under $2 for about same size pack as name brand chips.

    The Moo Tubes are just nasty. My boys hated them. We also are cheese snobs only name brand in our house (with coupons of course).

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 9:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      We like the veggie chips too and my kids like the Moo Tubes ( but I would rather them not eat them)

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 5:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Sarah
    Sep 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I often times buy my milk and sometimes even eggs at Walgreens as they are often the cheapest! The milk prices are the same, regardless of whole, 1% and so on. Given I have to buy whole milk for the 1 year old, that is great!

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 9:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      I just noticed this at rite aid – $2.99 per gallon and at my local grocery store it is $3.89 for whole milk.

  • Betty says...
    Posted at 7:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Betty
    Betty
    Sep 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m surprised you got all your pictures from aldi’s. I recently went to Aldi’s and the guy threatened to kick me out if I continued to take pictures of the prices and then had an associate follow me around. lol. They must of thought I was a spy or something, all I wanted was a good deal. Just an FYI, Aldi’s prices vary also. I live in Oneonta but go to grad school in Binghamton. there can be a 20-30 cent difference in price on milk, butter, eggs, etc. I didn’t realize that until just recently and an associate told me that there prices change according to the stores around them.

    • I am THAT lady says...
      Posted at 9:00 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady
      I am THAT lady
      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Betty, hmmm.. I have never had any issues taking pictures in there. I def. could not video tape it…

  • Lisa says...
    Posted at 9:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
    Lisa
    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    In the video you mentioned that the name brand items are usually better quality. Very often, the store brands are made by the same manufacturer as the name brand items. There are definitely differences on some things, but sometimes the store brand items are actually better. I once did a taste test of several items comparing store brand items with name brand items. Most of the comments were that there wasn’t a significant difference but some of the testers liked the store brand items better. I’m just saying that it is best not to assume that store brand items are inferior in quality. It’s best to try both without knowing which is which.

  • Meghan says...
    Posted at 9:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Meghan
    Meghan
    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Hmm… I seem to get better deals at my local Aldi, vs my local Wal-Mart.

    Aside from your basic groceries, I get really good deals on stuff like hummus, feta or bleu cheese, Fage 0% Greek yogurt (my Aldi always has it, for a couple bucks less than the local grocery stores), and other foods that Walmart either doesn’t carry, or only carries (expensive) name brands. There are some things, however, that I won’t buy at Aldi (like bananas or a lot of their processed foods).

    I will say, shopping at Aldi is a million times more enjoyable than Wal-mart. It takes me half the time, and you get to miss out on all the “People of Wal-Mart”. ;) Plus, Aldi cashiers are lightning fast!

  • Courtney says...
    Posted at 10:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Courtney
    Courtney
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I shop weekly at Aldi’s and really like the products that I get there (but I don’t do all my shopping there, just certain itema – the rest I get at Whole Foods). But the prices that I saw you list for Aldi’s would be the HIGHEST that you’d ever see those products, but they have great weekly sales. I was surprised to see that you didn’t highlight avocados! Maybe it’s different b/c I’m in Kansas City, but I never pay more than .49 per avocado – and they’re not mushy! It seems like the only time WM puts avos on sale is when they’re going bad! Recently, though, they’ve had sales on avos, and we’ve gotten them for .29 and even .19! I stocked up (learned that you can freeze them! like bananas – out of the skin). Also, I’ve been getting my eggs for .89! Can’t beat that!
    And honestly I like saving money wherever I can, but – nobody throw tomatoes at me! – I’m NOT a couponer! I’ve tried and failed – mostly b/c there aren’t coupons for the products I buy and I don’t have the time, etc., but beyond that, I like shopping at Aldi’s knowing that I CAN’T use them! So I know I’m not missing out on some great deal b/c they’re giving me their lowest price without them! Just my take…

  • Rebekka says...
    Posted at 10:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rebekka
    Rebekka
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks Lauren! Very interesting. Just an fyi because I have a lot of issues with digestion and food intolerances. For instance the pb. The reason some generic is more expensive may be because of the ingredients. They charge more to leave it as real true peanut butter without oils and sugars added. This can go for other things too… :)

  • Caitlin K says...
    Posted at 6:39 am by I am THAT Lady: Caitlin K
    Caitlin K
    Sep 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I used to ALWAYS be a brand name diaper snob until it was just costing too much money. So I went from being a Huggies freak to someone who SWEARS by Wegman’s Supreme Diapers. And then I discovered Up&Up. Aldi, Sam’s Club, Parent’s Choice, ect. have never even been close to comporable for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all.

    Walmart, however has a $.98 wipe as well and I love them. The only wipes I use are Walmart or Pampers thick. They aren’t comparable product wise, totally different texture and you shouldnt expect to be getting the same thing. But they are extremely comparable in getting the job done in the fewwest amount of wipes. Just thought I’d put that out there.

    • michiganmissy says...
      Posted at 2:52 am by I am THAT Lady: michiganmissy
      michiganmissy
      Nov 13, 2012 at 2:52 am

      Used to be a diaper snobber also, but now using cloth/washable diapers, let’s say I’m saving hundreds of dollars, bags to the curb time and strength, saving time NOT driving to a store (and saving our enviro)by keeping the gas in the tank and tons of waste out of the landfill!
      GOING GREEN is best for all of us, so however we can do the 3 “r’s” , we should.

      Also the cloth diapers last longer by doubling them for more absorbency over night. Can also use them as burp cloths, later for dust clothes, cleaning, car dip-stick wipes, bibs, etc. and then throw em in the washing machine. We get about 5 years of use out of 3 dozen cloth diapers and these various uses after baby is in undies………..can you say that about disposable????

      Key: save moola, time, gas, waste, shopping, running out late at night, etc.
      Be smart. Hugs from a Yoopergirl.

  • Jill emery says...
    Posted at 8:14 am by I am THAT Lady: Jill emery
    Jill emery
    Sep 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Some notes about Aldi….did you know, at least down here in Syracuse, their milk is manufactured by Byrne Dairy..so that means none of those bad hormones, etc. in it. Also, try their salsa in the cold case. It’s the same salsa you get at wegmans but a $1 less…yum yum. Also, their little salads, macaroni and potatoe salads in the same case are pretty decent and much cheaper than buying them at your deli.

  • Jennifer says...
    Posted at 11:28 am by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer
    Jennifer
    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Wow! Good to know about the prices. I live in Ogdensburg, and our milk prices are very high…$2.69 at Aldi, $2.89 at Save-a-lot, Price Chopper $2.99, and Walmart $3.09. Wish we could get a break and have a milk sale. I am a mother of 4 and have a husband that loves milk- we go through at least 1 gallon a day. I have also gone from store to store and taken pictures of products and prices to compare to make sure I am getting the best deals and saving the most money. Glad I am not the only one out there doing that- you should see the looks I get from people when I do it! I think they are just jealous!!! HaHa! Have a good day everyone!

  • learningtocoupon says...
    Posted at 10:44 am by I am THAT Lady: learningtocoupon
    learningtocoupon
    Oct 06, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I am trying to be better about couponing. I must say price is a factor. But I also read the labels. I would rather pay a little more for food then get anything with high frutose corn syrup. I tend to buy stuff for my kids that is minus that ingredient. I also tend to steer away from anything that goes in our monthes or our skin that is made in foreign countries. There is a reason cancer is on the rise. As one very smart boy put it. “You can spend a little more on organic stuff or you can spend it on medical bills” I like Aldi’s for many reasons. They do have many good products you just need to be selective as with any store. Thanks for all your info. I just found your website and plan to follow it. :)

  • Wendy says...
    Posted at 12:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Wendy
    Wendy
    Oct 08, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I shop in Oneonta where things are generally expensive. I’ve found that although Aldi has cheaper bread, the WalMart sandwich bread has MANY more slices.

  • Jessie Andersen says...
    Posted at 4:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessie Andersen
    Jessie Andersen
    Oct 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The milk surprised me. Our Aldi carries it for 1.69 or 1.79 usually. Rarely have I seen it above 2.00 there. I love your site and am just learning to coupon.

  • Rachel says...
    Posted at 8:43 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rachel
    Rachel
    Nov 05, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Has anyone price compared the Aldi frozen bags of chicken to Wal Marts?

  • Todd says...
    Posted at 2:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Todd
    Todd
    Nov 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Im not sure where you are getting your prices but they are way off. I know it somewhat depends on where you live as far as the pricing, but Wal Mart is way overpriced compared to Aldi! You might be able to save a few pennies here and there if you spend a lot of time hunting for coupons, and spending a lot of time researching ads, etc. but who has time for that? Anyone who has a real job and other obligations in life does not have hours to spend to save $0.10. Everyone should do their own homework, because I can say for sure if I bought everything at Wal Mart that I did at Aldi that I would be spending a lot more!

  • Todd says...
    Posted at 2:20 pm by I am THAT Lady: Todd
    Todd
    Nov 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Just to follow up:

    Most food items are run down the same packing lines. I know people who have worked in food packing plants and they will run Kraft, change boxes, run Velveeta, change boxes, run Great Value, etc. There are some different tastes to some brands, most likely due to being run at different plants.

    Many people think that shopping at Aldi is for poor people, but I see people pull up in Mercedes, Lexus, and Cadillacs all the time.

    “learningtocoupon” there are no regulations on “organic” food so they can still use whatever chemicals they want or whatever processes that they want. Do your homework!

    “Wendy” Are you comparing the cost per oz of bread? It does not matter if I have 32 oz. of bread if I cut them in 16 or 32 pieces it still is 32 oz of bread………

  • david carlson says...
    Posted at 11:55 am by I am THAT Lady: david carlson
    david carlson
    Dec 04, 2012 at 11:55 am

    an honest comparison! Nice post – so many comparisons seem to go in with an agenda – very disappointing.

    I really appreciate yours because of that.

  • teresa says...
    Posted at 11:44 am by I am THAT Lady: teresa
    teresa
    Jan 04, 2013 at 11:44 am

    walmart’s milk price in my area is 3.47 all the way to 3.97 for store brand and aldi is always 2.99

  • Chacoy says...
    Posted at 7:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Chacoy
    Chacoy
    Jan 09, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    This is so interesting! I have never compared prices at my local grocery store and Walmart. I bet there are a lot of things that are cheaper at both places.
    Stopping by from the “Most Successful 2012 Post” over at BlogFrog(;

    • I am THAT lady : Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:37 pm by I am THAT Lady: I am THAT lady : Lauren
      I am THAT lady : Lauren
      Jan 09, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Welcome Chacoy – thanks for visiting! I was interested in the results too!

      • Chacoy says...
        Posted at 7:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Chacoy
        Chacoy
        Jan 09, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        Thank you for the warm welcome(;
        I can’t wait to keep my eyes peeled on where to find the best/better deals on things I need and use everyday thanks to your post!

  • tracey says...
    Posted at 11:10 am by I am THAT Lady: tracey
    tracey
    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

    For me, the savings at Aldi occur because of the lack of choices and distractions. I know EXACTLY How much all of the food will cost before I even walk out the door. The prices never change, so I never have to wonder which brand of ketchup/pickles/etc. is the best choice. I can get $50 of groceries at Aldi (enough to feed my family of 5 for 3-5 days or more) in under 30 minutes out the door. That time saved to me is invaluable.

    And MAN do I wish milk was always that cheap around HERE! Aldi milk went on sale (for the first time in… God. I don’t know when!) this week because a new store opened up across the street with milk for $1.69. Aldi milk is $1.59 this week!! We stocked up. :)

  • Vicki says...
    Posted at 4:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Vicki
    Vicki
    Jan 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I noticed that it also depends on the part of the country you live in as far as prices at WM go. There are 2 WM within 15 miles of me and each have different prices and no way is the milk under 4$ a gallon but about 30 min from me in a WM the milk is $2.50ish a gallon. And thank you for letting me know about bags and carts at Aldi as I have never shopped there but plan to next week.

  • trougnouf says...
    Posted at 12:32 am by I am THAT Lady: trougnouf
    trougnouf
    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Your ground beef comparaison is very misleading. You are comparing walmart’s disgusting 73% beef to Aldi’s most expensive 90% beef, it makes no sense. Aldi too sell 73% beef (as well as 80, 85, and 90)

  • Efraim Shultz says...
    Posted at 10:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Efraim Shultz
    Efraim Shultz
    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’m one of those guys who buys in large quantity only every few months or so and was very disappointed to see that Aldi had changed their wipes from their previous high quality ‘tickles’ brand (textured, high rag content) to their new low quality brand. Like you; it’s all about quality in this household – not quantity; so it’s back to Huggies for me. I appreciate your comparison video. – Efraim

  • Em says...
    Posted at 4:09 pm by I am THAT Lady: Em
    Em
    Mar 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    i’d rather eat healtheir than save a few cents, i don’t know anyone anymore who buys white bread and ground meat.

  • Dianna says...
    Posted at 4:11 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dianna
    Dianna
    Mar 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Conventional green peppers are full of pesticides- i think i’ll pay a little more and keep my kids healthier with organic.

  • april says...
    Posted at 12:13 am by I am THAT Lady: april
    april
    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    How much gas did you spend that day again?? Gas right now is like $3.50 gallon….I would choose which one was closer to where I lived. There are two people in this world: People who value their buck and people who value their time. Great blog!

  • Kristi says...
    Posted at 1:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kristi
    Kristi
    Mar 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Just a few clarifications. Milk prices will change from store to store based on the competition in the area. Also there are states that have milk gauging laws and cannot sell milk below a set price by the state. MO is one of those states. Aldi stands firm behind their quality. It either meets or exceeds the quality of the leading name brand. When comparing prices it is important to compare the Aldi product with its comparable counter. For instance their corn vs Green Giant brand. This is when you start to really see the savings! The best thing about Aldi is their double back gaurentee. Try the product am if you are not satisfied with the quality return it to the store for a full refund and another similar or same prices item! Can’t lose there! I do 90% of my shopping at Aldi and I love it!

  • Tara says...
    Posted at 11:39 am by I am THAT Lady: Tara
    Tara
    Apr 07, 2013 at 11:39 am

    We’ve used Aldi diapers with my 2.5 year old since he was about a year old. They are AWESOME. Seriously the best diapers we have ever tried. They hardly EVER leak and we only use them for overnight (12 hrs!). They are also only about 18 cents per diaper in the largest size. We haven’t tried the Walmart diapers, but we are completely satisfied with Aldi’s diapers and prices…plus Aldi is much closer to us than Walmart.

  • Bob says...
    Posted at 8:00 am by I am THAT Lady: Bob
    Bob
    Apr 09, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Aldi’s milk has no hormones and is organic, but cannot be labeled as such since they won’t identify the farm, so a fairer comparison is to organic milk.

  • Mary says...
    Posted at 8:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mary
    Mary
    May 05, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Not all Aldi carry the same products. My comment is for the diapers and wipes, I used to buy the diapers a lot, they were cheap and of good quality, but like everything else, the quality went downhill, I stopped buying them, returning the unopened ones, my child had a leak with every single diaper, you could really notice the difference big time. As for the wipes, they were 72 count, now they are 56 count, very dry and fuzzy, (I wonder how long before it becomes 50 or 40 count, and a price increase) the product has changed. My 2 most used and favorite products of mine at Aldi, they were inexpensive and great, I stopped buying them, I do go to different places and try to get a deal, but the few Aldi’s near my home have gone up and it’s not worth it anymore. Aldi is known for lesser prices than other places, right now it’s either the same or more.

  • vlad malchek says...
    Posted at 12:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: vlad malchek
    vlad malchek
    Jun 06, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    In major cities no store can beat Aldi. the prices usually sway between 5-25 cents cheaper on every item ( yes compared to walmart) .

  • Cari says...
    Posted at 10:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Cari
    Cari
    Jul 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The milk may be cheaper at Walmart, but Aldi milk doesn’t have hormones or antibiotics. It is worth the extra distance and the few cents for our family.

    • whitney says...
      Posted at 7:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: whitney
      whitney
      Sep 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Last I saw, Wal Mart doesn’t do hormones or antibiotics either.

  • odivad77 says...
    Posted at 11:06 am by I am THAT Lady: odivad77
    odivad77
    Jul 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I was surprised by the comparisons that did not take into account the product differences. Ground beef from Aldi was 73% lean, vs Walmart was 90% lean. Paper towels come in many sizes (sheets per roll) and quality (soft and strong vs cheap and rough). Same with toilet paper.
    Many of these comparisons I feel are not justified.

  • Danny says...
    Posted at 11:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: Danny
    Danny
    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I shopped at pathmark for 2 years. I shop twice a month and usually spend about $400 per trip at pathmark. I stumbled into an Aldi and filled up the cart with a comparable load and was shocked at the $185 total. I literally had an extra 2 hundred dollar bills and my fridge, freezer and pantry were just as filled. I was waiting for some quality difference but simply did not see one. This place is now saving me about $3-400 a month. Really unbelievable difference.

  • Faith E Saunders says...
    Posted at 6:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Faith E Saunders
    Faith E Saunders
    Aug 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Milk is cheaper at Aldi here in Houston so I guess it depends on what area you are in everything else was right.

  • Deric says...
    Posted at 11:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Deric
    Deric
    Sep 03, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Ground beef one is wrong. You compares 90% to 73%

  • blah blah says...
    Posted at 3:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: blah blah
    blah blah
    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    In a lot of these, you invalidated Aldi by saying you’d prefer to pay a bit more for a name-brand. I don’t blame you, b/c I think most of us have had bad experience with generics vs. name-brands. But, I’ve bought a lot of Aldi’s “generic” brands (IE: brands I’ve never heard of). I was pleasantly surprised by them. First, they had the same quality as a name-brand at Wal-mart. (EG: I bought the Mode Moisturizing Body Wash from Aldi. It was cheaper, but just the same as Dove Moisturizing Body Wash). Also, you really have to look at how much you get for your money. Some things may be more expensive at Aldi, but you get more for your money. I get a box of Kellogs rice crispy treats, and they’ve shaved those squares down quite a bit over time, but still charging the same price. I get the Aldi brand, they taste just as good, but you get more product. I ride a motorcycle, so I shop about twice a week. I buy meats, fruits and some canned goods. When I’m done at Wal-mart, my trip costs me ~$30 each time. Same trip at Aldi costs me ~$20. I get the same stuff. Wal-mart kills you on the meat & name-brand prices. You can get less expensive (but just as good) meat at Aldi, and the brands at Aldi are just as good as name-brands. (Most are actually name-brands in Canada or regionalized instead of national brands, just shipped in. So, it’s not like they’re selling some no-name generics.)

  • Robin says...
    Posted at 9:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Robin
    Robin
    Sep 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Firstly Walmart will match any price for any flyer you have. Fruit and veggies could be a little trickier. I’ve been in Walmart and they often will price correct based on what you tell the a price is from another store. Aldi is a fantastic deal for many products. You have to try them and make that decision.Their paper towels are great, twin pack is super absorbent. I have not found milk any cheaper than Aldis… But Walmart will price match.baking products are excellent at Aldis… They even have quite a few gluten free labels… Peanut butter excellent and always cheaper.

  • Jaymi Stacy says...
    Posted at 1:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jaymi Stacy
    Jaymi Stacy
    Sep 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Aldis is also a European based company so you do not have to worry as much about how the products are made. They do not lie about their all natural because the laws are stricter in Europe than here. When they say all natural the mean it. When it says free range it probably really is a free range, not fenced off area that is still completely cramped. I can go into aldis and buy groceries for the week for my husband and I and spend $60. We use to shop at Walmart and spend almost 190.00 a week for the same amount. that is over a hundred dollars a week for my husband and I and that adds up for newlyweds saving up for a house.

  • Dave says...
    Posted at 5:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Dave
    Dave
    Nov 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I hope you realize that every Walmart has different pricing at different stores. We have 3 near me 2 super stores and a regular Walmart and the prices are different between the three stores.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 6:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Nov 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      I do agree with the different pricing – I think this would be different in any market, but you can still compare the prices in your local market at both stores.

  • Diana says...
    Posted at 6:16 pm by I am THAT Lady: Diana
    Diana
    Dec 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I would love to see you update this video. I would have a couple of suggestions. When you compare things, make sure they are close in nature. 73% ground BEEF and 90% ground SIRLOIN are not the same thing. 73% ground beef is going to be cheaper because it’s not ground up steak with a little healthy fat. Back when this was made ground beef 80% was about $1.79/# which was cheaper than anyone.

  • Angelina Popovich says...
    Posted at 12:25 am by I am THAT Lady: Angelina Popovich
    Angelina Popovich
    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

    some of your comparisons were not equal, such as the trash bags. aldi bags are thicker. aldi is best for outstanding prices on canned and many frozen foods and the quality is superb compared to some “name” brands. you did not touch on any of these. on the whole, a shopping trip to aldi for basic “no-name” groceries will save a lot of money. frozen turkey is only 1.69/lb.; their pizza rolls are a favorite among my grandkids and much cheaper; milk was only 1.89/gal for several weeks. they are a german company and their candy selection is awesome. their tortilla chips are superb and not too salty and cheap at only 1.19 for a 13oz bag. i could go on, but will close with my hearty aldi endorsement

  • Amy says...
    Posted at 10:35 am by I am THAT Lady: Amy
    Amy
    Mar 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I appreciate the time spent on this post~
    It appears that you are partial to Walmart. It’s only fair to point out that a lot of people don’t want to spend money on newspapers to get the coupons you are referencing which are the main thing making the Walmart price competitive with Aldi. Those coupons cost money- people shouldn’t forget that (and its an added hassle). Also, having to go to walmart versus a small, easy to navigate store like Aldi, is a big consideration. I (and most people I know) HATE the Walmart experience- big, crowded, inefficiency at check-out and long lines. Not to mention the controversy regarding Walmart’s poor practices with how the treat employees. So while it appeared that Walmart “beat” Aldi on pricing- that’s only with the hassle of coupons (if there even are any on the products referenced) and if your up to the beat down of going to Walmart. In my opinion, Aldi wins because there’s value in avoiding the mess.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Mar 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I totally agree that the Walmart experience is less than fun! I love being able to go in and out of Aldi in just 30 minutes I really love Aldi actually and shop there weekly. You do have to know the good and bad things though at every store.

  • Lauren says...
    Posted at 3:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
    Lauren
    Mar 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Milk is much cheaper at Aldi in my area, by at least 75 to 80 cents a gallon. And ground turkey ( 93/7) at Aldi here is only $2.99 a pound. That is at least $2 cheaper than Wal-Mart. I usually get most items at Aldi. However, for specific items I want that I know I cannot find at Aldi, I can get them cheapest at Wal-Mart. Luckily, in my area, they are right across the street form each other :) Oh! and those huge frozen cheese pizzas at Aldi are AH-MAZING for only $4.99!!!!

  • Shoshana says...
    Posted at 3:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shoshana
    Shoshana
    Mar 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    All of the brick cheese at Aldi is Heluva Good brand. Their batteries are Duracell and the cereals are Quaker.
    I wish our stores had cheaper milk. We pay 2.89 for 2% right now. I would kill for under $2!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:51 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Mar 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      WOW – I had no idea! The milk at my Aldi is from a local farm and the apples are also from a local orchard. It may be regional where their deals come from.

      • Shoshana says...
        Posted at 4:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shoshana
        Shoshana
        Mar 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        I live in Cortland, just south of you. Actually, the milk we get at Aldi is from Byrne. They actually had Byrne Dairy labels on the carts last week. Our produce at Aldi is always super fresh. We also are fifteen minutes from the warehouse in Tully. In the end, I will shop at Aldi until I die or they close. I love the place and don’t see a point of shopping twenty different places except when I have great coupons.

  • Rachael says...
    Posted at 4:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rachael
    Rachael
    Mar 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I, too, am surprised at the price of your WM green peppers, but I have to say, our Aldi bananas are usually still green when we get them & they’re $.44/lb also. However, our Aldi milk is $2.39/gal & all the other stores around are closer to $3 (Dollar General sells it for $3.15/gal). It’s great that you’re price checking & sharing your findings with us but I would also like to hear you comment that it’s good for everyone to do their own comparison since prices vary from store to store, state to state (I’m in Indiana). Thanks for your hard work…keep it up!

  • Jim says...
    Posted at 4:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jim
    Jim
    Mar 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Nice post, I typically don’t shop at either store, but it is good info to know. The only thing I might point out is the quality of the ground beef. While Walmart is cheaper, it was also a 73/27 mix, versus the 90/10 at Aldis. That is a big difference in fat ratio and quality.

  • Jamie says...
    Posted at 5:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jamie
    Jamie
    Mar 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    1 dz eggs at the gates aldi’s, usually $0.99, i’ll have to check out the milk prices…. thanks great article

  • Jeanna M says...
    Posted at 5:47 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jeanna M
    Jeanna M
    Mar 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I wish our Walmart had prices like that. The nearest Aldi’s is over 1 hours away. The GV milk at our WM is $3.79 a gallon. Butter is $3. I am not sure about the other prices exactly but I do know our produce prices are higher. I think Green Peppers are about $.88 each. I don’t buy meat from WM., especially the tube ground beef–it is so fatty that you loss about 1/3 of the actual weight

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 7:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Sarah
    Mar 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Our local Aldi had organic bananas this week for 59 cents a lb and they are gorgeous, i got 2 big bunches. Also I wanted to comment on the chicken breasts, they are pretty much always cheaper at Sam’s club if you have access, they are almost always $1.79 a lb or the most i have seen at Sam’s was $1.97 a lb and yes, it’s a really big package but you buy them and break them up into meal size portions for your family and it’s just such a huge savings. ;-) Thanks Lauren for all your great detective work!

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 7:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Sarah
    Mar 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    And on the above comment, yes almost all the dairy is a local “name brand” in our case (carthage ny) it is also Byrne Dairy. The 1/2 & 1/2, sour cream and cottage cheese are as well! ;-) So why go across the street to Price Chopper and pay sometimes 2x the amount ;-)

  • judy says...
    Posted at 8:39 pm by I am THAT Lady: judy
    judy
    Mar 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Do not chew gum while making your video

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:47 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Mar 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Judy – I totally agree! It’s annoying isn’t it!

  • Mo says...
    Posted at 11:43 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mo
    Mo
    Mar 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    We shop at both. We shop at the Aldis in East Syracuse, Dewitt, and Cortland, and the super Walmart in Cortland and east Syracuse. Plus wegmans in Dewitt occasionally. We have found that Cortland county milk and cheese is more expensive then in Onondaga county. Also, we always buy our paper products (except paper plates) from Walmart. We have found that the 1 lb frozen tube of ground beef is cheaper than Walmart or Aldis fresh ground beef. We like to go to Walmart for the big pack of chicken breast ($10). As for wipes and diapers, I have never liked Aldis for that. Or even Walmart. I was a big fan of white cloud diapers before they discontinued it ( only diaper to hold my boys pee in during the night). As for bathroom toddler wipes, we get pull-ups at Walmart. We save a lot more in veggies and fruit at Aldis then Walmart, I have found. I would love where you went to Aldis and Walmart.

  • Audrey says...
    Posted at 1:16 am by I am THAT Lady: Audrey
    Audrey
    Mar 23, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Aldis is awesome for its big things of Oatmeal that last forever, $1.49 huge box of Corn Flakes for my hubby, the fruit squeezers that come out to $.50/ squeezer every day, not just when there are coupons and sales (and I will not buy the Dole brand called Squish em’s. I have had multiple packages come out with product dried on the front of the squeezers at different times, Yuck!). Love their $.38 packages of Yogurt everyday, their bananas, sour cream, cream cheese, and 100% pure squeezed OJ (when there aren’t any good sales and coupons) prices. Love the ease of moving around, and their reasonable prices on organic products. Sometimes I even snag some bread they have marked down from their already low prices (maybe b/c the shelf life is running out that week). One trip I got 8 loaves of plain white bread for $2 (although that was the only time I ever saw it at $.25). If I had a bigger freezer I would have gotten more. Love looking at the random clearance items they have that are not grocery related. I once got a sprinkler attachment thing that sprays water up and osculates from side to side for $.99. Where else would there be that at that price?? Hate the price of milk though and Wal Mart’s too in our area. Ten min up the road is Tops in Chittenago and milk is usually at least $1 cheaper, and if we are going to Fayetville, it is cheaper still at Target, esp with cartwheel and red card savings. But other than that, Aldis is pretty awesome when I am just not up to the extensive planning, searching and printing a coupon trip entails. And the workers are always so nice, even when they are crazy busy! Wal Mart is too big, too crowded, and another 10 min the other way for me to have motivation to go there. There are never enough cashiers and the cashiers sometimes don’t even say one word to me till I say hi. There has been multiple instances I go there looking for the deals I find on here and they are out, or just don’t have it, and everything seems more expensive than the deal listed, which is annoying. Needless to say, I don’t go there much.

  • Rena says...
    Posted at 9:17 am by I am THAT Lady: Rena
    Rena
    Apr 08, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I understand it depends on the area, however Aldi is much cheaper than the other stores in my area on most items. Meijer is my favorite grocery store for price and selection. Also usually easy to check out. My husband won’t drink Walmart (or Save-a-lot) milk. We only go to Walmart for non-grocery items. Like electronics. Their warranties are a much better deal that Best Buy. The only problem I have with Aldi is sometimes the produce is too ripe. So I make sure to look over the whole bag when I buy it. I was a big coupon cutter in the past, but I no longer buy most things that you can get coupons for, and don’t want to spend the money on ink and paper to print them out. Plus, Meijer stopped doubling them. I go to Aldi most weeks. I try to throw in a trip to Meijer once a month to buy things I can’t get at Walmart.

    • Julie says...
      Posted at 4:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Julie
      Julie
      Jun 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      The produce at our ALDI is often extremely under ripe and we have to wait a while to eat it. Make sure you check dates on meats from ALDI. I’ve bought some and didn’t notice the date and it turned a different color after only a day.

  • jt says...
    Posted at 5:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: jt
    jt
    May 03, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Noticing that the past few weeks, late April 2014, Aldi’s eggs jumped from $0.89 to $1.19 in the PA/ South NJ region.
    That’s a .30 increase in a short time period. However, I would say I’ve gotten them for .89 at Aldi for a year or more easily. Actually, a dozen has been even cheaper than that at Aldi in recent yrs. So I really can’t complain, I just want the prices to drop to under $1 soon.

  • Stefanie says...
    Posted at 9:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stefanie
    Stefanie
    May 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I didn’t read all of the comment, so maybe this has been said, but this must vary by region. Aldi’s beats milk prices at our walmart all the time, every time as well as some of the other things you have listed.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      May 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Yes, it def. depends on your area. Aldi and Walmart prices even vary the next town over from me (which is 10 minutes). It all comes down to knowing your prices in your location, but hopefully this gave a little more information on places to look to save.

  • Mary Renee says...
    Posted at 10:47 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mary Renee
    Mary Renee
    May 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I know this isn’t completely on topic, but Walmart will price-match Aldi’s meat and produce.
    I often get my bananas for 44cents and 1lb strawberries for 99cents by pricematching (AND I don’t have to go to a different store to get the deals!).

  • Morgan says...
    Posted at 12:43 am by I am THAT Lady: Morgan
    Morgan
    May 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I don’t know what walmart you shop at, but milk at my aldi is $2.69 and walmart is almost $4 a gallon.

  • Debbie says...
    Posted at 6:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Debbie
    Debbie
    Jul 02, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Is aldies milk from byrne dairy?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:35 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 03, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Yes, that is what I’ve heard.

  • Janet says...
    Posted at 9:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Janet
    Janet
    Jul 06, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    It’s off topic a bit, but I shop at Aldi because they pay employees $3+ more per hour than Walmart, while remaining competitively priced. THAT’S good business. And I’m looking forward to COSTCO coming into this area for the same reason.

  • sarah says...
    Posted at 4:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: sarah
    sarah
    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    The Walmart near me has milk at $4.08, at aldi it’s $2.59. But mostly I agree with your investigation. The Aldi brand ground beef seems fatty and not ground well. Walmart beef is better.

  • Kim says...
    Posted at 2:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kim
    Kim
    Aug 05, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I have bought the Harvestland Chicken at walmart(and they do have a coupon once in awhile). I watched a video where they show with the Harvestland chicken you are also not paying for a pad filled with juice. You are just getting chicken per pound, not the squishy juice filled pad you throw out… So I thought it was a better deal. What do you think? They weighed both brands of chicken w/ out the pad to show how you get less chicken per pound vs. the Harvestland…

  • kelly says...
    Posted at 12:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: kelly
    kelly
    Aug 07, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I guess @Aldi they change their price in weeks… I have seen Vit D milk at 1.99$ and tomatoes at 0.67 per lb way cheaper than Walmart…and on weekdays the Aldi prices are really low

  • Lori says...
    Posted at 2:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lori
    Lori
    Aug 07, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    On the cereal – I buy at Walmart in the GIANT bags! I’ve found that it’s less per oz than Aldi and I don’t have to store 5 boxes in my pantry just to get by the week for the 3 kids that eat it. Also, I’ve found that Milk is about $0.50 cheeper at our Aldi but it’s about another $0.10 cheeper or more at the Sam’s Club. I don’t buy much in the way of name brands but when I do Walmart always has them and is close. I save some $$ by not making the extra 10miles in fuel (always a cost consideration).

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