Eating Keto can carry a hefty price tag. Shopping at Aldi can save some you some serious cash if you know what to look for and what to avoid.
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I have made it no secret that I LOVE Aldi! It's my number one tool for getting quality food on a shoestring budget. For the majority of their products, the quality is as good as, if not better then the name brands.
Anyone following a low carb or keto diet may have felt the strain in their pocketbook. Keto diets are generally heavy in meats, full-fat cheeses, nuts and fresh produce - none of which are known for their low price tag. Plus coupons for these items are few and far between.
If you are new to Aldi, here are a few things that you need to know before you go:
- Be sure to take a quarter. In order to get a shopping cart, Aldi requires a 25 cent deposit. This eliminates the need for the store to pay workers to gather carts and also helps to ensure that the carts aren't stolen or damaged.
- Along with the quarter, take some reusable bags. Aldi does not provide bags, this is another way they cut costs and provide cheaper groceries. Don't worry, if you do forget your bags they sell them at the register for 10 cents each 🙂
- On the topic of bags - be prepared to fill them yourself. The cashier will not be bagging your groceries for you, but they do provide a bagging area.
- Expect little to no brand selection. The majority of the foods you will find in an Aldi store are in house generic. As I mentioned above the quality is almost always great, but if generic bothers you Aldi may not be your best bet.
- Produce and fresh meat quality can vary significantly from store to store. I have 2 Aldi stores within about 8 miles from my house. 1 has amazing produce and meat, the other seems to get the short end of the stick. If you try one, and it's less then ideal, consider trying another store in your area (if that's an option).
If you are short on time, be sure to check out Instacart to see if grocery delivery or pickup from Aldi is available in your area. To make shopping easier, all of the products on this list are linked to Instacart so you can easily add them to your cart!
Here are my top 20 keto-friendly foods to get at Aldi:
So there you have it! I hope that I convinced you to give Aldi a try! Obviously the price and selection will vary from region to region, but I think that anyone can save money at Aldi. If you go, let me know what you think and if you find any other good deals!
Let me know your favorite Aldi finds and what I may have missed down in the comments 🙂