Aldi vs. Walmart – which store is cheaper?

Which store is cheaper? Walmart or Aldi? Take a look at this in depth comparison.

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?

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Comments

  1. Felicia says

    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!

  2. Karyn says

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

    • says

      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

        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)

    • joyce says

      Our Sheboygan Wisconsin Aldis milk is always cheaper than walmart and the other grocery chain stores here we buy skim for $1.69 to $1.99 at aldis Walmart is $2.26 to $2.39 no taste difference

  3. Victoria says

    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.

    • says

      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

      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

        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.

  4. rosie says

    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.

      • rosie says

        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

          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

            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

          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.

          • Tammy says

            You need to compare apples with apples, or in this case, hamburger with hamburger…The 73% in the tube, like you show at Walmart for $7.98 is in the freezer section at Aldi for $7.99 for 3 lbs. I know cause I buy it for my dog. that comes out to $2.69 a lb.

  5. Brittany says

    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.

      • Angela says

        I was a Brand mom with diapers. Disliked Pampers and had my son in Huggies the first year. Found Aldi’s diapers after that and bought 4 packages at a time. Couldn’t beat the protection OR the price. Highly recommend especially if you are pinching penny’s like most new moms.

  6. Joan Ruggaber says

    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

  7. Veronica Lariviere says

    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!!

  8. Sarah Scire says

    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.

  9. Birgit says

    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.

  10. Cari says

    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.

  11. Sarah Ross Cappella says

    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.

    • says

      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!

  12. Thia says

    * 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.

  13. jen says

    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.

  14. Sarah K says

    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.

  15. Georgia M says

    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.

  16. Val says

    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 :)

  17. Michele says

    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”

  18. Joy says

    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).

  19. Sarah says

    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!

  20. Betty says

    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.

  21. Lisa says

    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.

  22. Meghan says

    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!

  23. Courtney says

    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…

  24. Rebekka says

    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… :)

  25. Caitlin K says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  26. Jill emery says

    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.

  27. Jennifer says

    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!

  28. learningtocoupon says

    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. :)

  29. Wendy says

    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.

  30. Todd says

    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!

  31. Todd says

    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………

  32. says

    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(;

  33. says

    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. :)

  34. Vicki says

    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.

  35. trougnouf says

    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)

  36. Efraim Shultz says

    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

  37. Em says

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

  38. Dianna says

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

  39. april says

    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!

  40. Kristi says

    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!

  41. Tara says

    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.

  42. Bob says

    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.

  43. Mary says

    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.

  44. vlad malchek says

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

  45. says

    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.

  46. odivad77 says

    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.

  47. Danny says

    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.

  48. Faith E Saunders says

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

  49. blah blah says

    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.)

  50. Robin says

    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.

  51. Jaymi Stacy says

    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.

  52. Dave says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  53. Diana says

    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.

  54. Angelina Popovich says

    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

  55. Amy says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  56. Lauren says

    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!!!!

  57. Shoshana says

    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!

    • says

      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

        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.

  58. Rachael says

    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!

    • Shelbi says

      Here in Kansas for milk….
      Aldi: $2.39
      Walmart: $3.54
      Dollar General: $4.50
      Sam’s Club: $2.29

  59. Jim says

    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.

  60. Jamie says

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

  61. Jeanna M says

    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

  62. says

    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!

  63. says

    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 😉

  64. Mo says

    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.

  65. Audrey says

    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.

  66. Rena says

    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

      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.

  67. jt says

    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.

  68. says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  69. says

    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!).

  70. Morgan says

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

  71. Janet says

    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.

  72. sarah says

    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.

  73. Kim says

    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…

  74. kelly says

    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

  75. Lori says

    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).

  76. Meghan says

    I recently tried Aldi’s diapers out of shear laziness…it was the only thing on my list that I normally get from another store. I was expecting them to just get me by until I could make it to walmart. I LOVE them. They are very comparable to Loves. So much better than Parent’s Choice in my opinion.

  77. Anonymous says

    I feel like to ensure the best price at Wal*Mart, you have to start clipping coupons. The problem is, that takes time. Have you ever done some actual analysis as to how much money coupons save you vs. the time you spend cutting them out and using them?

    This article showed me something simple: Wal*Mart _occasionally_ wins over Aldi, but it usually requires some extra effort to do so. Looks like a straight-shot would be Aldi.

    The REAL question is Aldi vs a bulk store like Sam’s Club or Costco. Aldi sells almost nothing in bulk (Chicken patties, for example, only come in a box of four!) so it may be interesting to see if bulk can beat them out.

  78. Jessica says

    Sorry but I have to complain about the chicken you compared! The one you picked for walmart is the most expensive cause it’s the organic/clean eating kind. No antibiotics or hormones, grass fed vegetarian diet. That’s why it’s so expensive! Otherwise chicken is way cheaper if you just get the normal kind.

  79. justin says

    Great comparisons but I have to take exception to a couple of items;
    #1 White Bread:
    ” Aldi won out by a few cents!”
    Aldi – $0.85
    Walmart – $1.18
    My math is saying that this is the true landslide, the cost difference is an amazing 39%!!! Not a few cents that would have made it .88, 39% is a ton of difference in bread when it is such a staple for so many people.

    Also, not giving the sheet count on the rolled paper products leaves a lot up to the imagination. Check sheet counts for the real story on what is and what is not a deal. Best deal I have found is actually at restaurant depot on tp, you do need to buy in serious bulk there though and also will need a membership card (or the texted picture of a friends :o) ) ., I found one the ladys in my house agree is good and that was not an easy task let me tell you.

  80. Kristina says

    I appreciate your time doing this and was shocked at how cheap your Walmart is. No way can you find milk under 3 around here and last week the butter I bought there was over 4. It’s also good to point out that you may save if you stick to your shopping list, but when I go to Walmart I ALWAYS spend more because I buy things I don’t need. So I do like the more expensive local grocery or Aldi’s to help me cut back on expenses in general.

  81. says

    When I lived in Missouri I did most of my shopping at Aldi’s, and saved a ton. I never bought meat or milk from Aldi’s though. Once a month I would go to Aldi’s, spend about $50 on canned veggies and fruits, pastas, sauces, pretty much anything canned or boxed. I could fill my pantry and feed a family of 3 for an entire month that way. I bought everything else at a local grocery store. I found out recently that an Aldi’s is supposed to be opening near me and I’m WICKED excited!

    • Tammy says

      Yes, me too. Aldi used to sell Cashew Butter to die for for the same price but quit carrying it, cause it didnt sell well. If only people knew what a great deal that was.

  82. RustyBShackleford says

    This is just for dedicated Walmart shoppers: Walmart’s business model is this: offer the lowest possible prices to eliminate all competition. When there is no more said competition, and in a lot of rural areas and small towns, that has become exactly the case, raise the prices to whatever they feel like charging because THE COMPETITION IS GONE. The old adage will soon prove true: save a penny today, spend a dollar tomorrow.

  83. says

    Hi! Just wondering if maybe next time you could compare the items a little bit better, such as comparing the jack cheese from wal-mart with the cheddar cheese from Aldi’s. Also, are they the same weight?

  84. Alexis says

    Thanks for the comparison. I’m going to check out Aldis today. I just wanted to point out one thing….the ground beef comparison is not accurate because you compared 73% lean with 90% lean. Leaner meat is always more expensive. I think 3.69 for a 1+lb package is a pretty good deal. You should do a comparison on flavor and quality of products next :)

  85. Colleen P says

    The savings would have to be much more significant to convince me to shop at our Walmart. No matter what time of day I shop there, I’m waiting at least 20 minutes in line and dealing with cashiers that obviously don’t like their job. I know not all Walmarts are like ours, but I’ll take Aldi’s where the cashiers are masters of efficiency (and they smile!) and I never have to waste gas trying to find a parking spot. When I figure in the value of my time and the amount of stress, Aldi’s is the better deal for me.

  86. Misty R says

    I love Aldi’s! Thanks to the low prices I can afford to feed my daughter and self healthy and have gas money. The Wal-mart near use is easily double and at the first of the month triple on the price comparison. And just in case anyone is wondering no I don’t receive any assistance (food stamps or other).

  87. Sheila says

    Aldi’s diapers are NOT worth buying, they leak so bad. Milk at our Walmart is 2.08 for half gallon D, 2% and skim.
    Maybe next time you can compare Save-A-Lot with Walmart or Meijer :)

  88. Summer says

    Aldi does not allow high fructose corn syrup in a lot of their products. Aldi yogurt is lower in sugar than most name brand products and does not include artificial colors and such. Cheap is good but name brand does not always equal healthier!

  89. kristie says

    I found these prices aren’t current atleast not in my area. For example, milk at Wal-Mart is $4.54, eggs are $1.99 and hamburger is $10 for a 3lb roll.

  90. Brittni says

    I was actually surprises at the cost of milk at your Aldi store. I guess we are lucky, milk is only $1.39 per gallon at our Aldi store.

  91. Michelle Scott says

    Aldis cheese is surprisingly good. We buy the brick mozzarella constantly, it shreds well and melts beautifully.

  92. Gladys says

    we use to buy the kids yogurt and the grown up yogurt in my house. Then I noticed I was paying extra for food coloring and packaging. We actually had an “art” class one day with my boys white vanilla yogurt and food coloring. They got to mix primary colors make seconday and tricery colors and all without changing the flavor.
    I have not bought the kids yogurt with extra sugar since then.

  93. Dianne says

    I shop all over for deals. Ppl think Harris Teeter is so expensive but they have some things cheaper then Walmart and Walmart has some items cheaper as well. One item you didn’t price was zucchini. Here at Aldi’s it’s $1.89 for 24oz and it cost usually that much for just a pound any where on sale. We buy navel oranges cheaper there as we have a fuinea pig who requires them daily. I’ve found Aldi’s brands of cheese crackers like cheese it’s taste the same and are way cheaper as well the Fritos type snacks taste just as good and for a teenage boy who eats tons of that stuff it is a deal. But as you said, shop around. Oh, btw chicken is on sale at Aldi’s at the moment for $1.79 a pound

  94. D Light says

    I went to Aldi for first time yesterday. I got on this site to see what others had to say about adli bc I was not so impressed and wondered why I hear why. The large eggs were more like medium size. I found some, a few things at rock bottom prices. I know to save at aldi I must stick to a few select items that are priced low like soy milk, large canned tomatoes and the whole wheat bread. To me the meats were expensive. I felt I was better off just shopping sales at local stores.

  95. Aaron says

    Not all these prices are the same at all locations just want to throw that out there, in KY Aldi’s milk is always cheaper in my area like right now its $2.38 For Vitamin D as for Walmart it’s $2.58 just saying tho..

  96. Monica says

    I know this post is a few years old, but I just happened upon it while stumbling through internet land and want to throw in my 2 cents. Your pries are waaaay off now. Or maybe you just live in a completely different part of the country than I do. Aldi beats walmart hands down, every day of the week, clear across the board when it comes to price. When it comes to quality, pretty much beats walmart there, too. I only say that because my husband insists on getting the name-brand of certain items and foods, so there are things at Aldi I haven’t tried yet. I’d be willing to bet, though, that in a blind taste test, my husband would prefer Aldi because he has with everything else so far. Also, the Aldi diapers are fantastic. They are so much more absorbent than the walmart brand, they are less bulky than any other name brand diapers I have tried out, and they are so flexible and comfy that they never ever ever fall off.

  97. JimG says

    We shop at Publix, Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and now Aldi’s. Aldi’s eggs are much cheaper and taste just fine. $1.39 a dozen here yesterday. Their 8 oz cheese bars @ $1.79 are fine. Maybe Cabot’s is better. They have great special prices on veggies. I do NOT buy my meat or chicken at Aldi’s, as most of it has a 10-12% solution added. God knows what is in that stuff and you are paying for it. Their whole chickens do not have giblets. Plus you have to remember to bring cash (or a debit card) and a quarter to Aldi’s. As always, you just have to know the price of things to recognize what is a good deal and what is not.

  98. Amanda says

    I’m actually shocked to see your comparison on diapers. Where do you live that the Walmart brand is 3.97? I wish. At my Walmart the parents choice is 5.97 and the white cloud is 6.97 name brand diapers in bags 8.97-9.97. I want to buy diapers for 3.97 :)

  99. says

    I usually do the shopping and I have found that Aldi is over all the best deal. For some items I use Kroger. I buy our meet at Kroger. Arrive at 10 a.m. an go to the manager’s special section. Buy everything you can and stack up. Sometimes you get lucky and get meet for the month. Chicken nuggets and fish sticks, sliced cheese…all at Kroger. All for quality reasons. The Aldi with Kroger supplement works well for us… (Kroger gives gas points)

  100. Jessie says

    I really watch the meats from both our local Walmart’s in Dixon and Sterling, IL. I have had meats from both stores go bad on me less than 24 hours of purchase. The two Aldi’s in the same towns have pretty good meats. I also shop at a bulk grocery store in Rockford, IL. GFS has really good meats. Most, if not all, of their meats are restaurant quality. I pay a bit more but I’m also getting better quality.

  101. Denise Taylor says

    I don’t purchase lunch meat per say. I get the Beef Summer Sausage and slice it myself. Also the small chub of ham that is already sliced is much better then getting the lunch meat and a bit thicker. Thanks for the comparision.

  102. Sarah says

    You just proved Walmart is cheaper. In a link about how aldi is the best. The overall comparison shows that. Not sure why you posted this as an aldi promoter….

  103. Karen says

    I live in northern TX and the 2% milk is $1.99 at Aldi. The cashiers at Walmart will only charge you $1.99 of you ask them to price match.

  104. Char says

    Some of this isn’t a fair comparison. The Aldi hamburger was 90% lean and the Walmart was only 73%. That drastically impacts price. Also, I would want to compare things like the size of the paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Sometimes you can get a cheap package of those but they run out so fast because there is almost nothing on the roll. Aldi almost always beats Walmart when you match identical products. I find some of the non-food products are cheapest at the Dollar Store.

  105. Kai says

    I just have to say, since Aldi isn’t conveniently located for me, Walmart happily matches the ad prices for not only Aldi but all of the other stores in the area. Sometimes its easier to just do that, even when the selection isn’t is good to save the time and money on gas.

  106. Beth says

    Even if Wal-Mart is cheaper on a few things….I’d still rather shop at Aldi because the quality is better. I’ve seen some pretty nasty things in our Wal-Mart produce & meat department. I refuse to buy any from there unless I absolutely have to. Plus Aldi is nicer to shop at atmosphere wise also!

  107. Lynn says

    Just a note. I shop at Walmart and ALWAYS buy my skinless boneless chicken breasts from there fresh from their meat department for $1.99 per pound or less at times. The breasts are large enough that I cut them into tenders or in half and can get as many as three sometimes four meals per pack, making my meals typically 2.50 for the meat alone.

  108. Janice says

    We have tried Aldi diapers and they were alright. They did the job and didn’t really leak but they have that crunchy quality and I’m a snob like you so we went back to Huggies or Pampers. We also liked the ones from Dollar General for the newborn stage because you change them constantly and they aren’t really wiggling so why not save some money?

  109. says

    I absolutely love Aldi’s diswasher detergent! My boyfriend and I usually do our monthly shopping at 3 stores, Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Walmart (in that order). We have found that the bulk price on meat at Sam’s Club is better than Aldi or Walmart, so we buy large packs and split it into freezer bags at home. From Sam’s Club (mostly meat and paper goods), we go to Aldi and cross off whatever we can of the remainder of our list, then hit Walmart on the way home for anything we couldn’t find at Aldi.

  110. Crystal says

    As I was trying to scroll through this article everytime that video at the top restarted it took me back to the top. I even tried to pause it but it kept doing it :( Just thought you might want to be aware of that :) Just found your site and I’m loving your articles and meal plans!

  111. Blaire says

    I know this was written a year ago so maybe this is a new thing but what I love about my Aldi is that frequently the half gallons of milk are marked down to .99 so I can get a whole gallon of milk for less than $2! I try to stock up and freeze if I see this :0)

  112. Joyce Hameister says

    our Aldis is always cheaper for milk Skim $1.69 to $1.99 Walmarts $2.26 to $2.39 I also prefer to buy the hamburger you can see, not in the tube and at least 90% lean our Aldis was cheaper per pound there too.

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