The BEST Products Under $5 That Prove Aldi Is The New TJ's

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Have you heard of a little supermarket called Aldi? Until very recently, I hadn't. Now it's quite possible that I'd been blinded by my singular grocery devotion (ahem, Trader Joe's), because even my own mother knew what was up before I did. And when I texted her to get the scoop, I was met with some serious label loyalty. "Yes — great store!!!!! I go there for canned goods, cereal, and seasonal specialty items like muesli. Great prices!!!" she wrote back.
So maybe I was the last know... Or maybe there are many others out there, living under the TJ's rock, who have yet to bask in Aldi's wildly affordable light. Others who are also wondering, Could it really be just as good or even better than (gasp!) Trader Joe's? But I'm not here to make that call — instead, I'm here to present you with all the bargain products from our latest grocery store crush (all under $5) that may just make it for you.
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We'll be slicing, sautéing, and serving these sausages atop a bed of heavily parmesan-cheesed pasta.

Kirkwood Never Any! Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Move over Easy Mac, there's a new and improved cheesy pasta in town.

SimplyNature Organic Deluxe Shells & Cheese, $2.49, available at Aldi.
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Try dipping these crunchy, sweet, and spicy crisps in a bowl of smooth hummus.

LiveGfree Sweet Chili Brown Rice Crisps, $1.49, available at Aldi.
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This cheap cheddar block from Aldi is actually a 2013 Gold Medal Winner at the U.S. Cheese Championship.

Specially Selected Aged Reserved White Cheddar, $2.49, available at Aldi.
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Like a bowl of apple pie for breakfast.

liveGFree Gluten Free Apple Almond Honey Granola, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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This 12 oz. salad kit includes a mix of green and red cabbage, romaine, carrots, and green onions with a tortilla strip and 4-cheese topping — oh, and a zesty Greek yogurt jalapeño dressing.

Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit, $2.49, available at Aldi.
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Comfort food season calls for Aldi's insanely tasty and affordable three cheese tortellini.

Priano Three Cheese Tortellini, $1.49, available at Aldi.
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We'll be making these vanilla creme-filled sandwich cookies a pantry staple.

Specially Selected Vanilla Pizzelle Cookies, $4.99, available at Aldi.
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Aldi adds in some fresh dill flavor to this smooth cow's milk cheese.

Happy Farms Preferred Havarti Cheese, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Pick up a 3 oz. pack of Simm's artisan jerky for cheap and savory on-the-go snacking.

Simm’s Artisan Teriyaki Jerky, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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Pick up a carton of Aldi's organic cage-free eggs for over $1 less than at competing grocery chains.

Simply Nature Grade A Organic Cage-Free Brown Eggs, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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Aldi's serving us a dose of cheap and cheesy snack classics.

Clancy’s Cheese Puffs, $0.89, available at Aldi.
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Drizzle a little affordable luxury on your salad with Aldi's under $2 Champagne vinaigrette.

Specially Selected Gourmet Vinaigrette Dressings, $1.89, available at Aldi.
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Thanks to Aldi, we're just under $3 (and a bottle of white wine) away from our next seafood starter.

Specially Selected Mussels, $2.49, available at Aldi.
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Take your grilled cheese game up a hot notch by adding in a few slices of Aldi's jalapeño Havarti.

Happy Farms Preferred Havarti Cheese, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Two superfoods in one ready-to-steam pack!

Season's Choice Mediterranean or Kale Quinoa, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Dice up these sweet, dried Aldi apricots and add them to your next a.m. batch of oatmeal.

Southern Grove Dried Mediterranean Apricots, $2.79, available at Aldi.
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Honey doesn't have to be such a huge expense when Aldi's involved.

Simply Nature Organic Wildflower Honey, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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We'll never be to old for a sweet summertime orange creamsicle (or an entire box).

Fit & Active Orange Sorbet Ice Cream Bars, $2.59, available at Aldi.
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Cool things down this summer with a bottle of Aldi's iced latte for just over a buck.

Barissimo Iced Coffee, $1.19, available at Aldi.
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Aldi's fluffy loaf of whole wheat comes in at a full $3 under other grocery chains' options.

L'oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Bread, $1.39, available at Aldi.
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Give us a bag of ruffled potato chips, some privacy, and it's on.

Friendly Farms French Onion Dip, $1.29, available at Aldi.
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Chocolate for breakfast? Why yes, yes we will.

liveGfree Granola Crunch, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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This pre-chopped organic kale for under $5 is giving our packed lunches life!

Simply Nature Organic Kale, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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Who needs a Chewy bar when you have Aldi's dark chocolate take for under $2?

MillVille Peanut Dark Chocolate & Almond Protein Chewy Bar, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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Creamy Greek yogurt for less than a dollar? Yes, please.

Friendly Farms Blueberry Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, $0.65, available at Aldi.
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Grab a giant jar of Aldi's chunky salsa for just under two bucks!

Casa Mamita Mild Salsa, $1.89, available at Aldi.
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Let's all band together and make popcorn for dinner a very buttery and affordable reality.

SimplyNature Organic Popcorn, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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Stock up on your favorite nuts for a steal — Aldi's walnut halves and pieces cost a good $3 less than at most other markets.

Southern Grove Walnuts, $4.99, available at Aldi.
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These gluten-free, multiseed crackers would pair nicely with a dollop of Aldi's honey goat cheese blend.

LiveGFree Multiseed Sea Salt Snack Crackers, $1.49, available at Aldi.
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No, squeezable apple sauce is not just for kids — especially at this price.

Simply Nature Unsweetened Apple Fruit Squeezies, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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This pack of crunchy pretzel twists are gluten free AND under $2. Win-win.

liveGfree Gluten Free Pretzel Minis, $1.89, available at Aldi.
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Chopped freeze-dried apples are a tasty cereal addition — or an anytime snack.

Simply Nature Freeze Dried Apples, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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These buttery, fudge-y cookies are $2 cheaper than your usual name brand.

Benton's Original Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies, $1.19, available at Aldi.
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Stock up on bulk chia seeds at Aldi for the price of your morning latte.

SimplyNature Chia Seeds, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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Step up your meat and cheese boards with this Italian salami.

Specially Selected Italian Dry Salami, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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We will be stocking up on Mama Cozzi's spinach, mushroom, and garlic $2 pies — for the rest of our lives.

Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Supreme Rising Crust Pizza, $2.79, available at Aldi.
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Change your smoothie-life and grab a half gallon of Friendly Farm's almond milk for just under two bucks.

Friendly Farms Original Unsweetened Almond Milk, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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We'll be enjoying a square (or three) of this premium German chocolate, made specially for Aldi, with a large glass of red wine.

Moser Roth Premium Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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This gluten-free pepperoni pizza is made with a crispy rice crust.

liveGfree Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza, $4.99, available at Aldi.
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All-natural and wild caught packaged salmon filets for a steal — now, we can all be sea queens.

Sea Queen Wild Caught Salmon, $3.79, available at Aldi.
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Slather Berryhill's marmalade on your morning toast — or use it as a fruity glaze in your next marinade.

Berryhill Sweet Orange Marmalade, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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You never have to wait in pained anticipation for Girl Scout Cookies ever again — Aldi has you covered with, what can only be described as, Samoas' more affordable sister.

Benton's Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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I just lost an entire hour of my day to dreaming about French toast made from this sliced brioche loaf.

Specially Selected Vanilla Cream Sliced Brioche Loaf, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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If only we could start every morning with tropical passion — oh wait, now we can.

Simply Nature Tropical Mango Granola, $3.49, available at Aldi.
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These decadent squares look very similar to one of our TJ's faves — minus $1, plus a flaky sea salt topping.

Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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For when you're feeling like an adult on a budget — but also feeling like having a damn fudgsicle.

Fit & Active Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars, $2.59, available at Aldi.
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Plain cashews don't stand a chance next to this affordable seasoned pack.

Southern Grove Salt & Pepper Cashews, $4.69, available at Aldi.
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These gluten-free cheddar crackers look like the love child of Flavor-Blasted Goldfish and Doritos.

liveGfree Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Crackers, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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Could it rival Ben & Jerry's cult-classic flavor? With this price, we don't even care.

Belmont Thank You Cherry Much Ice Cream, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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Aldi here to provide some budget relief for the coffee-crazed.

Barissimo Fair Trade Ground Coffee, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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Is salt and vinegar also YOUR favorite chip flavor?

Clancy's Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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Blue cheese-stuffed Queen olives?! Sign us up.

Specially Selected Blue Cheese-Stuffed Olives, $3.29, available at Aldi.
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Happy Farms is a real place, a real place that infuses sweet honey into creamy goat cheese for under $2.

Happy Farms Preferred Honey Goat Cheese Log, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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Pepperoni pizza stuffed sandwiches exist. That is all.

LiveGfree Gluten Free Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Sandwiches, $2.69, available at Aldi.
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Peanut butter is so kindergarten — this creamy almond spread is now (and crazy cheap).

SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter, $4.99, available at Aldi.
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Hawaiian sweet rolls always reign supreme in bun land — even more so when clocking in at under $2.

L'oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, $1.79, available at Aldi.
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This roasted pine nut hummus would go perfectly with...

Little Salad Bar Pine Nut Hummus, $1.99 , available at Aldi.
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...These parmesan, garlic, and herb pita chips! A savory app duo, all for under $5.

Specially Selected Parmesan Pita Chips, Garlic & Herb, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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You don't need major funds to be a gourmet globetrotter — just crack open a box of these specially selected continental cookies.

Specially Selected Continental Cookie Assortment, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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If you're worried about missing out on your fave brands, Aldi's got plenty of alternatives, like this take on Pirate's Booty.

SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs, $1.99, available at Aldi.
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Trendy hydration on a budget.

Nature's Nectar Coconut Water, $2.89, available at Aldi.
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We'll be stocking our desk drawers with these sweet strips.

SimplyNature Fruit Strips Strawberry, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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Happy Farms, at it again with the white string cheese.

Happy Farms String Cheese, $2.79, available at Aldi.
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Now we can crunch and dunk specially selected biscotti over a cup of our Barissimo coffee anytime.

Specially Selected Classic Almond Biscotti, $2.89, available at Aldi.
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For once in our lives, the guac will not be extra!

Little Salad Bar Spicy Tomatillo Guacamole, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Granola bars, all grown up.

Fit & Active Protein Meal Bars, $3.99, available at Aldi.
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Fun fact of the day: Vegetables can be exotic, and they can also be chips.

SimplyNature Exotic Vegetable Chips, $2.79, available at Aldi.
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Experience a creamy brie without blowing your weekly grocery budget.

Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round, $2.99, available at Aldi.
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Coconut is about to have an even more major moment — and so we'll be heavily stocking up on these bargain jars, a.s.a.p.

SimplyNature Organic Coconut Oil, $4.99, available at Aldi.
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You actually don't have to leggo my Eggo.

LiveGfree Gluten Free Waffles, $1.89, available at Aldi.
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