Check out this list of must-buy items to add you your Aldi Shopping list. It includes specific items to buy at Aldi and a list of popular product abbreviations.
Do you know longer consider yourself to be an Aldi newbie? (Still new to shopping at this frugal grocery store? See my tips for how to start shopping at Aldi) Now that you have tried shopping with sticking to a basic Aldi shopping list, it’s time to move on to trying some of those most popular Aldi items- the products that everyone raves about. Through asking many of my Mission To Save community members and being a member of several Aldi Facebook groups, I have come up with this list of over 30 must-buy products at Aldi.
Many of these products are “copy-cat” or “just like” a popular brand name. And honestly, there are some items that my family actually prefers over the brand name. And for the price; it’s why many of these items made it onto the must buy Aldi shopping list.
These go beyond the general categories (like produce or dairy) that I list in my what to buy at Aldi post and list more specific items. Please keep in mind, I have noted some with an * if they are seasonal products. That means you may not always be able to find this product in your store. And for some of these items, since they are so popular, stores may not be able to keep them in stock.
30+ Must Buy Items at Aldi
Frozen Aldi Best Buys
Kirkwood Chicken Breast Fillets (THE Copy Cat Chick-fil-A Red Bag Chicken, a.k.a RBC)
Kirkwood Parmesan Heb Encrusted Chicken Tenders (yep, called green bag chicken by nerds)
Deutsche Küche Bavarian Frozen Soft Pretzel*
Bremmer Gyro Kit* (a teen fave!)
Must Buy Aldi Pantry Items
All the baking, cooking and spice staples (more about that here)
Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning (I am obsessed with making these pepper snacks with it)
Glass bottle salad dressing
Simply Nature Natural Peanut Butter
Choeur Peanut Butter Cups (watch out Reeces!)
Specialty Selected Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels*
Berryhill Hazelnut Spread
Snacks You Have to Try From Aldi
Elevation Protein and Carb-conscious Bars
Clancy’s Peanut Butter filled Pretzels and tubs of Pretzels
Clancy’s Sweet n Salty Kettle Corn* (Just like Annie’s Boom Chica Pop!)
Benton‘s Peanut Butter Filled and Coconut Caramel Cookies (Copycat Girl Scout cookies- sooo good!)
Benton Sandwich Cookie (copycat Oreo- also can’t tell the difference!)
Benton Fudge Striped Shortbread (Keebler dup and Hubs fave)
Savoritz Crackers (Especially the “wheat thins” and “cheez-its”)
Savoritz Parmesan Crisps (Keto/Low Carb Friendly)
Simms Hard Salami Rounds (Keto/Low Carb Friendly)
Southern Farms Flavored Nuts (Almonds especially, and cashews)
Simply Nature Exotic Blend Vegetable Chips (be warned- I can almost eat a bag by myself!)
Aldi Bread and Bakery Items
Specialty Selected Brioche buns or Rolls (I use the rolls as buns, since more come in a package)
Specialty Selected Brioche Flavored Bread Loaf (Vanilla or chocolate chip)
Specialty Selected Naan Bread
L’Oven Fresh Zero Net Carb Bread (Keto/Low Carb Friendly)
Refrigerated Item Aldi Must Buys
ALL the fancy cheeses (for your charcuterie board)
Park Street Flavored Hummus (brownie batter, dill pickle, and more!)
Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
Fresh Guacamole and Salsa
Mama Cozi’s Aldi take n bake pizzas, including new cauliflower crust.
Carnitas Seasoned Pork Roast
Household Essentials from Aldi
Boulder Zipper Storage Bags
Boulder Trash Bags
Willow Thick & Strong Toilet Paper
Little Journey Diapers and Wipes
Aldi Finds Items to Watch For
All of these will be seasonal items because Aldi Finds (aka: AOS- aisle of shame) are special buys that change each week.
3 wick candles (only $3.99 and just like pricey BBW!)
Furniture items (we have wire basket drawers as closet organizers in DD room)
Clothing items- rain boots, jeans jackets, leggings and more!
Velvet Clothing Hangers
Advent Calendars- Wine, Cheese, Chocolate
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Have you joined an Aldi nerds group on Facebook or follow Aldi # on Instagram but sometimes feel like they’re speaking another language? I have also put together this image that shows you some Aldi items abbreviations. Now you can speak the language of the Aldi Nerds!
Aldi Nerds Product Abbreviations List
- RBC- red bag chicken
- GBC- green bag chicken (parmesan)
- AOS- aisle of shame/stuff
- EBS- everything bagel seasoning
- PBC- peanut butter cups
- WO- Winking Owl
- ADQ- Aldi designated quarter
Did you see your faves on the list? If not, I’d love to hear what makes it on your Aldi must-buy list! Leave a comment below
And if you don’t feel like you are a pro at shopping at Aldi just yet, be sure to check out my post on tips for shopping at Aldi. It’s more than just remembering to bring your quarter. 😉