Top 7 Cheap Foods You Need to Buy Now at Aldi
In today’s video, I’m excited to show you the top 7 cheap foods under a dollar that you need to buy now at Aldi. As with my other comprehensive grocery haul videos, I show you many categories containing more than one food too. And as a bonus, I show you a few foods that are over a dollar, but since they’re such outstanding bargains, you can’t pass them up.
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Shopping at a New Aldi in Georgetown, Texas
This was my second visit to Aldi this year, but at a different location in Central Texas. My first Aldi visit in May was at their Pflugerville, Texas, location, and my August visit was at their Georgetown, Texas, store.
I had never visited their Georgetown location before, but it looked like their aisle layout was very similar to their Pflugerville store. Perhaps your local Aldi grocery store has the same floorplan too.
Aldi Price Differences Between May and August
I was glad to see some prices stayed the same, but there were some noticeable price increases between May and August. I’ll highlight just a few, but realize that you may encounter different prices if your Aldi is having a sale or clearance on certain items.
This first example shows the price difference between Aldi’s Frozen Mixed Vegetables. The sizes of the bags are the same at 12 oz each, so that’s good news that this product isn’t experiencing shrinkflation, but the prices are slightly higher. In May, we could get this product for 79 cents, but in just a few months, the price increased 5 cents to 84 cents.
But notice that the August price is the Aldi Savers price. Aldi shows the regular price for their Frozen Mixed Vegetables as $1.19. That’s a 40-cent increase! Now, sometimes, Aldi, like many grocery stores, posts a higher price to make the sale price look like a great bargain. However, whether 84 cents or $1.19, the cost of Frozen Mixed Vegetables and other frozen products has gone up.
If you’re a baker, you know how baking soda is a key ingredient to help make baked goods lighter and fluffier, from breads to cookies. With this latest price comparison picture, you can see a significant rise in the price of Aldi’s Baker’s Corner Baking Soda. The regular price jumps from 60 cents in May 2022 to 72 cents in August 2022, which is a 20% increase in just four months.
How to Fight Rising Grocery Prices
Aldi’s has done a good job at keeping prices the same for many items and having them continue to be cheap foods, but as you’ve seen in your own grocery store, inflation is having an impact on our food budgets, so we need to plan accordingly to keep our traditional foods kitchens running smoothly.
For example, in my How to Fight Rising Grocery Prices video, I talk about steps you can take to help your grocery budget during these inflationary times. And be sure to download the video’s accompanying free checklist to help you think about how to save money and best use the food you have.
Prepping or Hoarding?
My Cheap Foods at Aldi video is part of my series of grocery hauls where I highlight the bargains that I found in the hope that you’ll be able to find the same or similar foods at your Aldi or neighborhood grocery store. Here are a few of the locations that I’ve taken you to in my videos:
- Aldi (previous visit)
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joes
- Walmart (Non-perishable foods)
- Walmart (Perishable foods)
I typically receive at least one comment on my grocery haul videos that goes something like this: “Mary, it’s just you, your husband, and your son (whenever he’s visiting) at home. What do you do with all the food that you buy?”
I’ve already established my Prepper Pantry, and when it starts to run low because I’ve used it to refill my working pantry, I’ll get the items I need from my local grocery store. I donate the additional non-perishable items I purchase on my grocery hauls to my church’s food pantry after I’ve had a chance to film them and take pictures for my video and blog post.
Note that I do not encourage hoarding. I encourage you to be prepared for yourself and your family. I want you to plan ahead so you have enough food for your family in case of a natural disaster, prolonged supply chain disruption, or another emergency. And if you have enough, you have the ability to help your friends and neighbors, which we were fortunately able to do during the terrible Texas Winter Storm of 2021.
With the foods I purchase during my hauls and any extras I can get during my regular shopping, I am able to share those non-perishable foods with my food pantry to help others who may be in need during these difficult times when inflation is running high and layoffs are increasing.
So the bottom line is that I encourage you to:
- Start building your Prepper Pantry on a budget, if you haven’t already, so you can be prepared for yourself and your family.
- Get additional food when your budget permits so you can share it with those less fortunate.
Canned and Dried Beans at Aldi
One of the cheap foods I found at Aldi were beans, both canned and dried beans. Their store offered a wide variety of beans, and I show you the ones I thought were the best.
Beans are versatile, and you can use them to stretch your grocery budget by substituting beans in place of other, more expensive ingredients in recipes. In my top 7 meal extenders video, I show you how to use beans and other cheap ingredients to help you make budget meals.
If you’re looking for a soup using beans, such as cannellini beans, check out my Italian Minestra recipe, a delicious beans and greens soup that’s packed with flavor and nutrition.
Bone broth is a protein sparer, which means that it helps you extract more protein out of your recipes. So if you’re making a soup with beans or some meat, be sure to add bone broth to help you and those at your dinner table get the most nutrition out of your meal. You can use any type of bone broth as a substitute for the water in a recipe.
Make Your Own Refried Beans
I show you the traditional refried beans I found at Aldi for only 80 cents. That’s a good deal in the cheap foods category, especially since they’re made with lard and not some hydrogenated fat or vegetable oil that’s not good for us.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own refried beans. I show you how to cook dried beans the right way, using pinto beans as an example. You can also make your own lard, which will be less expensive than your store-bought counterpart.
After mashing your beans, adding some spices, and cooking them in lard, you’ll have homemade refried beans that will taste delicious and be nutritious too!
Pasta at Aldi
Wow! You can get great pasta deals at Aldi’s, and I especially love their selection of 28-cent pastas. From their Pagasa brand, you can choose from Alphabets, Fideo, and Elbow pastas in convenient 7 oz bags. And their products are made out of durum semolina flour, which is the best for pastas. They’re handy cheap foods!
In previous videos, I’ve talked about how much I love their Pagasa Cut Fideo product. It’s basically broken up spaghetti that can help fill out a recipe and make it even more delightful. They’re tasty in soups too, making your meals look more like store-bought as you’re transitioning your family to a traditional foods kitchen.
I could have used a few bags of Aldi’s Fideo when I was making homemade Rice-a-Roni. Instead, I broke up spaghetti, which added a bit of time to prepare the recipe. If you’re short on time, these Pagasa pasta packages will help your meal prep go faster, as well as help you stretch your grocery budget.
Canned Proteins at Aldi
I found a can of tuna for 77 cents at Aldi. That’s a great price, but sadly, the can is only 5 oz. In May 2022, I was able to get a 10 oz can of tuna for 95 cents. So the price of tuna has gone up, but at least each can is under a dollar. It’s a cheap food, but unfortunately, we see the effects of shrinkflation.
Tuna is a protein that you can use to make delicious meals, as I show you in the following recipes. I recall growing up eating Tuna Boat Surprise on Fridays at my school. So if you or your family have never experienced the fun of this recipe, you can make it with canned tuna and have some merriment around the harbor of your dinner table.
If you like chicken pot pie, you’ll love this Tuna Pie recipe that’s from the Depression Era. And the topping is made out of a most curious ingredient, but one that’s kind to your grocery budget.
Aldi also offers canned salmon, which has a regular price of $3.19, but I was able to snag it with an Aldi Savers price of $2.99. I’ll show you how to turn canned salmon into delicious salmon patties in the following recipe. Yes. Cheap foods can be delicious!
Canned Tomatoes at Aldi
I love tomatoes, and that’s not just because I’m part Italian. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which provides us with carotenoids. As an antioxidant, carotenoids help bolster our immune system against disease.
Cooked tomatoes have lots of lycopene, and you can cook tomatoes from scratch or get a jumpstart on your recipes by using canned tomatoes. I show you different ways to prepare and use tomatoes in the following recipes, from making fresh tomato sauce to making the best marinara or tomato soup.
And if you’d like to can your crushed tomatoes to store them in your Extended or Prepper Pantry, I’ll show you how. This video is you with an excellent tutorial if this is your first time using a water bath canner.
Best Buy Date and Forever Foods
In my Aldi cheap foods video, I talk about the best buy date of some of the products. Did you know that you can still eat foods after the best buy date has passed? Over time, the flavor, texture, and nutrition of canned foods may decline after their best buy date, but many canned foods are considered forever foods by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Watch my 10 Best Forever Foods for Your Survival Pantry to learn more about canned foods, best buy dates, and the foods you want to take a closer look at as you build your Prepper and Survival Pantries.
More Ways to Save on Groceries
Buying cheap foods at Aldi or your local grocery store helps to stretch your food budget. If you’re looking for more ways to save, I share 10 clever tips to save money on groceries.
And I also talk about why you need to create multiple steams of food, much like you need to have multiple streams of income. Buying cheap foods and making homemade foods are just a few of the streams you can implement to help protect you and your family from supply chain disruptions or other unexpected events.
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