We Compared Aldi & Trader Joe's Prices To See Which Store Is Cheaper

By now, you've probably come across one or more of our many heartfelt odes to Trader Joe's. The nationwide grocery chain is a bargain shopper's dream — a dream that has been damn tough to displace by any of its competitors (do they really have any?) It's safe to say that for us, TJ's has been a long time OG savage in the food savings game; a king among pawns.
That is, until we discovered Aldi — an equally cutthroat seller of steals in edible goods. And contrary to what many people believe, these two stores are NOT owned by the same parent company. According to Slate, what began as a unified grocery chain was later split into the two separate companies by former business partners and brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht. Thus Aldi and TJ's — true cheap eats champions and competitors — were born.
The major differences between the two stores? Well, Aldi encourages customers to bring their own bags (and will charge a fee for those who don't). Aldi also charges a refunded quarter for shopping cart use (full list of details here on why). And unlike TJ's, who carries a solid mix of exclusive as well as discounted name-brand products, Aldi mainly carries brand exclusive items. And now to the most important question at hand: how do the prices compare?
To answer this, we've rounded up 24 swappable products, ranging from prepackaged snacks to produce, that can be found on the shelves at both grocery chains. Click on to see how the products stack up, and which of the chains ends up with a cheaper overall grocery list. (*Note: Prices were calculated from what is posted online on the store's sites, so they may vary from region to region.)
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Trader Joe's Hummus Quartet
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Aldi's Little Salad Bar Hummus Quartet (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Almond Milk
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Aldi's Almond Milk (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Salsa
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Aldi's Salsa (Tie — because of size difference)
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Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
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Aldi's Whole Wheat Penne Pasta (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt
99¢ (per cup)
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Aldi's Greek Yogurt (Winner)
69¢ (per cup)
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Trader Joe's Honey Goat Cheese
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Aldi's Honey Goat Cheese (Winner)
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Trader Joe's String Cheese
$2.99 (per 12-pack)
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Aldi's String Cheese (Winner)
$2.79 (per 12-pack)
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Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Bread
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Aldi's Whole Wheat Bread (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Pine Nut Hummus
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Aldi's Pine Nut Hummus (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars
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Aldi's Dark Chocolate Chewy Bars (Winner)
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Trader Joe's King Coconut Water
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Aldi's Coconut Water (Tie — because of size difference)
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Trader Joe's Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets
$10.99 per lb
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Aldi's Wild Caught Pink Salmon Fillets (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Almond Butter
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Aldi's Almond Butter (Winner, but the TJ's jar contains more almond butter)
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Trader Joe's Arugula (Winner)
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Aldi's Arugula
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Aldi's Kale
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Trader Joe's Kale (Winner)
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Trader Joe's White Cheddar Corn Puffs
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Simply Nature's White Cheddar Puffs (Tie)
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Trader Joe's Mango Passion Granola Cereal
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Aldi's Tropical Mango Passion Granola Cereal (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
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Aldi's Coconut Oil (Winner, but the TJ's jar has 2 more oz.)
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Trader Joe's White Quinoa
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Aldi's Quinoa (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Walnut Pieces & Halves
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Aldi's Walnut Pieces & Halves (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Mini Almond Biscotti
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Aldi's Classic Almond Biscotti (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Triple Creme Brie Cheese
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Aldi's All Natural Brie Cheese (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels
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Aldi's Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels (Winner)
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Trader Joe's Pita Chips
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Aldi's Pita Chips (Tie)
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Final Score: $66.96 at Aldi and $91.56 at Trader Joe's

Winner: Aldi

Ultimately Aldi won out in the price game (you'd save $24.60 on this entire 24 product shopping list). Despite the fact that each product only differed by a dollar or so, it starts to add up when you're doing a bigger grocery shop. Although, it might be argued that it's slightly more of a hassle to shop at Aldi given the bring-your-own bag and rentable shopping cart situation. That said, Aldi's nut and cheese prices were far superior to TJ's (leading to greater savings in the end). So, if you're looking to stock up in the proteins and dairy departments, Aldi's reigns supreme. But we'll still be sticking to calling TJ's the king of comfort. Plus, there are a few Trader Joe's brand exclusive items we just couldn't imagine giving up.
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