Is there any greater pleasure in life than wandering through the aisles at Costco on a Sunday afternoon? Perhaps. But the point here is that people love Costco. We love the free samples, the giant tubs of mayonnaise, the bargain clothing, and the delicious hot dogs. We also love Kirkland brand products. It turns out that there might even be more to love about Kirkland products than meets the eye.
Kirkland has become a trusted name among Costco regulars, but many people might not be aware that there are some pretty big brands behind a lot of the label's "generic" offerings. Keep reading to find out what brands are behind the Kirkland name.
Kirkland Diapers Are Huggies By Kimberly-Clark
If there is any product that's worth buying in bulk diapers would have to be it. Kids go through these things like crazy. Parents out there can definitely attest to the constant need for better, cheaper diapers. Costco's Kirkland diaper line is produced by a well-known company, Kimberly-Clark.
Kimberly-Clark is responsible for such trusted brands as Huggies, Scott, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Kotex, Poise, Depend, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, and many more. You really can't go wrong with Kirkland diapers.
Kirkland Chocolate Is Actually From The Blommer Chocolate Company
I'm sure that you don't need another reason to love Kirkland brand chocolate covered almonds, but we're going to give you one anyway. These treats are actually made by the Blommer Chocolate Company. Originally founded in 1939, Blommer Chocolate Company is now the United States' largest ingredient cocoa processor and chocolate ingredient supplier.
Costco and Blommer worked together to develop sustainable means of cocoa sourcing in West Africa's Ivory Coast, so now you can eat your chocolate and feel good about it too.
Kirkland Water Bottles Are Niagara Brand Bottled Water
Some people think that all brands of bottled water taste the same, and some people will swear to the day they die that certain brands taste better than others. If you are a bottled water aficionado, it might give you comfort to know that Kirkland bottled water is made by Niagara Bottling, LLC. That's why it tastes the same as Niagra brand bottled water.
As the supplier for Safeway and Walmart's private labels, Niagara is the largest supplier of private label bottled water in North America.
Kirkland Albacore Tuna Is Actually Bumble Bee Brand
Some people are very particular about the tuna that they consume. All tuna brands have slightly different flavors. That's why, many years ago, Tim Rose who ran Costco's foods division, forged a partnership with Bumble Bee.
Bumble Bee brand has a great reputation, and it's loved by consumers all over America. You really can't go wrong with the Kirkland brand (which is really just the Bumble Bee brand in disguise). Are you a Bumble Bee tuna fan?
Indulge In Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is a brand that's well known for making quality cranberry products including "craisins" (which are dried cranberries) and cranberry juice. Kirkland brand cranberry juice is actually brought to you by the same makers as Signature Ocean Spray Cranberry Premium 100% Juice.
At Costco it comes in packs of two 96-ounce bottles, making it a great deal for people who drink a lot of cranberry juice. If you're into that sour cranberry taste, it's worth buying cranberry juice in bulk from Costco.
Costco Hearing Aids
Costco sells more than just bargain home appliances and bulk snacks. You can also get some pretty high tech medical equipment from this warehouse store. Most Costco locations have Hearing Aid Centers where they offer free hearing tests and screenings.
Kirkland's Signature (KS9) digital hearing aid is manufactured by Sonova, an industry leader that's known for its universal Bluetooth streaming technology. Customers have been so happy with Costco's dedication to providing hearing aids at a lower cost that the store is now the biggest private provider of hearing devices in America.
Costco Jelly Beans Are Jelly Bellies
We all know that Jelly Bellies are the best jelly beans that money can buy. They come in so many different unique flavors. So naturally, we can all get behind a partnership between Kirkland and Jelly Belly.
Now there are four-pound jars of Jelly Bellies available for purchase under the Kirkland label. With 49 flavors, including Piña Colada, Buttered Popcorn, and Toasted Marshmallow, you know that you're getting all of the best Jelly Belly flavors at the best possible price.
Kirkland Bacon Is From Hormel Foods
Kirkland bacon is priced around 20% less than its competitors without compromising on quality. So who is behind the Kirkland label with this meat? It's Hormel Foods.
Sarah George, a corporate buyer for Costco, visited 10 bacon plants before deciding to select Hormel to partner with. But you won't find the same bacon under the Hormel label. Costco made adjustments to Hormel's precooked bacon to be thicker, making Kirkland's bacon different from the rest.
Costco Honey Is Rice's Honey
It might surprise you to learn that the bulk, bargain honey that you can get at Costco is actually made by Colorado-based Rice's Lucky Clover Honey LLC. This sweet company has been in business since 1924.
Since the store aims to provide local honey to its consumers, Rice's honey is not available at every Costco location. Still, you can be sure that you're getting quality honey from Costco no matter where you live. Who doesn't love honey?
Costco Brie Is Isigny Ste-Mère Brand Brie
If you're hosting a wine and cheese party in the near future, look no further than Costco for an excellent selection of cheeses. You can save a lot of money on a high-quality brand if you purchase Kirkland Signature Isigny French Brie, which will cost you less than $7.
The company behind the tasty product is Isigny Ste-Mère, which makes its Brie "exclusively from the best Normandy milks," according to the company's website. This is definitely quality you can taste.
You Can Get Chinet Cups Under The Kirkland Label
Chinet disposable cups are a staple at so many get-togethers. You certainly don't want to sacrifice quality on a product that's protecting your carpet from a cupful of soda or wine, and fortunately, you don't have to when you buy Kirkland brand disposable red plastic cups. Packages of the cups even feature the Chinet logo.
The company has been manufacturing disposable tableware for nearly a century now and has earned the trust of party hosts everywhere.
Kirkland Dog Food Is Basically Diamond Naturals Dog Food
Also known by the name Schell and Kampeter, Inc., Diamond Pet Foods is a quality brand that many people are proud to give their pooches. Did you know that the company is behind Kirkland Signature Dog Food?
Dog Food Advisor gives Kirkland dry dog food its second-highest rating and calls it an "above-average" product. Consumers like it too, with one customer sharing this review: "The veterinarian studied the ingredients and then asked what brand it was. I told him it was Costco/Kirkland and he said to use this exclusively. No need for anything else!"
Get A Stearns & Foster Mattress From Costco
Although some people associate Costco with food and smaller household items, the retailer also carries some big-ticket items that are worth another look. For example, did you know that Costco sells mattresses?
The Kirkland Signature line of mattress is actually produced in partnership with Stearns & Foster, a Sealy brand known for its quality crafted mattresses. One reviewer on Reddit shared: "this one is 100% premium luxury! You won't be disappointed."
Humboldt Creamery Ice Cream From Your Favorite Warehouse Superstore
California-based Humboldt Creamery was established in 1929 and is favored by many people for its "free-farmed" certification and its well-treated cows. After some financial difficulties, the company was purchased by Crystal Creamery in 2009.
Today, Humboldt Creamery has a partnership with Costco and provides all the store's premium vanilla ice cream under the Kirkland name. As their website says, "It's our firm belief that everyone deserves quality milk and dairy products without having to pay luxury prices for it." Costco shoppers are certainly happy about the savings, too!
Kirkland Wrap Or Reynolds Wrap?
The New Zealand-based packaging company Reynolds is one of those brands that are immediately recognizable for its quality products, especially heavy-duty aluminum foil. They're behind Kirkland Signature Foodservice Foil, which even bears the Reynolds logo.
Some consumers who aren't aware of the company connection have found that they prefer Kirkland to Reynolds. One Amazon reviewer wrote, "In my opinion, Kirkland foil compares favorably to standard Reynolds Wrap." What they don't know can't hurt them, right?
Get Perrigo Formula At Costco
When it comes to parenting, diapers aren't the only expensive thing that mom and dad need to worry about buying. Infant formula is also a big expense in many families’ budgets, which is why it’s so great that Costco and Perrigo have teamed up to make one that’s a bit more affordable.
Perrigo Company, one of the world's biggest suppliers of health and self-care products, makes Kirkland Pro-Care Infant Formula. This baby formula has received excellent ratings for both value and nutrition by The New York Times. Why spend more when you can get one of the best for less?
Kirkland Batteries Are Made By Duracell
Generic batteries are one of those household staples that people tend not to trust as much as the name brands. It's understandable; after all, no one wants their gadgets or tools dying on them in the middle of a task!
Here's some good news for Costco shoppers: Kirkland Signature Batteries are made by none other than Duracell, one of the most trusted names in the industry! This news was confirmed by Costco CEO Craig Jelinek in 2016.
Many Kirkland Hair Products Are Pureology Moisture Hair Care Products
This one is not proven. However, there's lots of speculation about Costco’s shampoo and conditioner and most of it is based around the fact that the bottles look quite similar to the ones that L’Oréal’s Pureology products come in.
Whether the rumors are true or not, the Kirkland hair care products get such good reviews that they’re worth trying for the money savings alone. Redditor whereis_678 shared, "I only used salon brands and now I prefer Kirkland. The latest shampoo/conditioner I used was [Matrix Biolage] and my hair is even nicer using Kirkland. Highly recommend!"
Get Starbucks Coffee At Costco
If you love Starbucks coffee, it might interest you to know that you can get Starbucks coffee for less under the Kirkland brand name at Costco. Starbucks coffee can be rather expensive when you get it straight from the café, but you can save a lot of money and get the same quality product by getting Kirkland brand coffee instead.
The bags associated with the higher-priced Seattle brand are two-and-a-half pounds and are stamped with a message indicating that they were custom roasted by Starbucks. They include the Espresso Blend Dark Roast, Signature House Blend Medium Roast, and Decaf House Blend Medium Roast.
Get Acetum Brand Balsamic Vinegar At Costco
For more than 20 years now, Costco has had a partnership with Acetum, a century-old Italian company that distributes its specialty vinegars worldwide.
Costco customers can sample a taste of Europe when they purchase Kirkland Signature balsamic vinegar, which has a label stating that it comes from Acetum's production facilities. The company calls its sought-after balsamic vinegar "black gold," and consumers agree that it's really something special.
Warren Motor Oil On The Shelves At Costco
Auto-savvy customers who purchase Kirkland Signature Full Synthetic SAE 5W-30 Motor Oil are actually driving away with a product from Warren Oil Company, the largest independent lubricant supplier of lubricants in North America.
The Kirkland label motor oil gets excellent reviews from Costco customers, including this one from the general manager of a national auto repair company: "Skeptical at first... [however], you just cannot beat the price. Let me say that this is a great product for an incredible price & value."
Kirkland Brand Yogurt Is Ehrmann Yogurt
Chances are that you've heard of the yogurt producer Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, which is known for its innovative and delicious products. And if you're a Costco regular, you might have sampled their wares without even realizing it!
Ehrmann and Costco entered a partnership together in 2014, which saw the dairy providing the retailer with its Kirkland Signature Greek Yogurt. It costs sufficiently less than some of the other brands sold by Costco but is a favorite among yogurt aficionados.
Get Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese From Formaggi Zanetti At Costco
Parmigiano Reggiano is a special hard cheese produced in certain parts of Italy that can be pretty pricey here. Pasta lovers who enjoy sprinkling their favorite dishes with a topping of the delicious cheese are sure to be delighted that they can get the stuff from a renowned Italian company at low Kirkland prices.
Formaggi Zanetti, which exports a variety of cheese worldwide, is the producer of Kirkland's Parmigiano Reggiano. And if you're really a big fan, you can buy a 72-pound wheel of it for $949.99!
The Company Behind Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Liquid
Consumer Reports had this to say about Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Liquid: it "cleaned up nicely in our tests, earning an Excellent rating in removing stains from body oil, one of the chemicals in sweat (think sweaty workout clothes)." That's excellent for a store brand!
Although neither company has specifically confirmed a partnership, it appears highly likely that Henkel, which produces many different detergents including Persil, also makes the Costco label product.
You Don't Have To Have A Costco Membership
One of the main factors deterring people from shopping at Costco is the pricy membership fee. So what do you do if you want those sweet deals but you're not willing to shell out the annual fee? Easy. Ask somebody who has a Costco membership to get you a Costco gift card.
You don't need a membership to use it and you can still access the full store without any questions. Start adding "Costco gift cards" to your Christmas wishlist!
Shop On Tuesday And Wednesday Mornings
Costco can be a busy place, especially on weekends, in the evenings, and right before holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. If you really want to have the time and the space to scope out the best deals, you're going to want to go to Costco when the store isn't so busy.
The quietest times to shop are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. If you have a morning off work, or if you work evenings, head into Costco to do your weekly shopping.
Walk Further Down The Aisles
It may seem like you're getting the best deal when you pick an item up from the big stack of things being advertised in the front of the store, but the truth is that the best deals are usually placed further down the aisles.
You're going to have to do a bit of searching if you really want to snag that perfect bargain, but we promise, the hunt is worth it. You might even pick up some more free samples along the way.
Study The Store Layout
While every Costco warehouse is a little bit different, there are some rules of thumb that apply to almost every store. First of all, food aisles and household goods are on opposite sides of the store. Also, the bakery, deli, and produce sections all are usually located at the back of the store. In the middle, you can find all the clothing, snacks, books, and gift cards.
If you came into the store for produce, stay on the outside perimeter. Don't go wandering into the middle of the store or you're going to be tempted by all of those clothing items.
Don't Worry About Disappearing Stock
Yes, that's the actual word Costco uses to talk about the fact that you can never find anything in there. They choose to move the stock around so much so that you have to scan a bunch of items just to find the peanut butter.
If you don't want to risk making impulse buys, ask an employee to direct you to where the item is now. They're usually glad to help!
Pay Attention To The Price Tags
If you ever see an asterisk on a price sign while you were wandering the aisles of Costco, you might want to pay attention to it. That asterisk is the store's way of telling you that the item you're looking at won't be getting restocked. Whatever they have in stock is what's available, and when it's gone, it's gone.
The asterisks are usually found on seasonal items that won't be back for a little while.
The Truth About Gift Cards
We already know that Costco gift cards can be a great way to get into the store, but these cards are so much more than they appear to be. You can get anything from gift cards for 2-for-1 movie passes to discounted admissions to local attractions.
Sometimes savings are even built into the Costco gift cards themselves. In the photo above, you can see that Costco was selling four $25 gift cards for just $79.99
Never Ever Steal
It might sound like it'd be hard to steal a 76-pack of dish detergent, but people still try to steal from Costco. Every store employs a couple of secret security officers, which is a pretty common practice in most stores these days.
Costco's security officers walk around in plain clothes "shopping" just like they were a normal member, but in reality, they're keeping an eye out for people stealing merchandise.
Costco employees assure us that you really can take as many samples as you want. You don't have to pretend to be a different person or say that you're getting it for your kid. You can just walk right up to that sample counter and ask for seconds. And thirds.
If you like the product so much, it might be worth the investment, but if you need a few more tastes to make up your mind, that's totally okay.
Check Out The Dry Goods And Frozen Foods
Costco is great for bulking up on fresh produce or meats, but they aren't exactly door-busting deals. The non-perishables and frozen foods are the best deals because, of course, they last the longest!
Hopefully, this makes you feel better about buying that 100-pack of Oreos or 1 kg bag of trail mix. As long as you have room to store it somewhere at home, it's usually a better deal to buy in bulk!
Don't Forget About The Pharmacy
There's no membership required to go in and fill a prescription at the Costco pharmacy. Just walk in and tell the greeter what you're doing, and you'll have no problem heading straight to the pharmacy department.
The Costco pharmacy also boasts lower dispensing fees than most other drugstores, so you'll be saving money in the long run. If you DO have a Costco membership, it's a real timesaver to get your shopping done while your prescriptions are filled.
How To Use Those Price Tags
Just like may other retailers, there's a rhyme and reason behind the pricing system used at Costco. For example, if a price ends in .97, then it means the item is on clearance.
If the price tag ends in .00 or .88, then it means the manager cut the price for a special reason, like it could be the last one in stock, doesn't have a box, or has pieces missing.
Don't Ignore The Roadshow Sellers
Roadshows will go in and out of Costco, and they all stay for different amounts of time. Lindt, Krispy Kreme, and even vendors who sell items like specialty bedsheets will set up roadshow displays that rarely last more than a few weeks.
Either stock up now, or ask how long they'll be in store so you don't miss the deals. Once they're gone, there's a chance they could be gone for good!
Costco Gas Is The Best Gas
One thing Costco does right is gas prices. It seems like gas is getting more expensive every day, but you can generally count on Costco to get you the best price on gas in your area. Those long lines are daunting, but the price is worth it. Those Costco gas bars will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Make sure you fill up before you shop, though, so all of your ice cream and frozen goods don't melt in the back of your car.
There's Always A Sale
Costco has a lot of great sales all throughout the year, but if you miss a sale, it's not the end of the world. You can still get the best price on that item you had your eye on. Costco may not price match like some other retailers, but you can get a price cut within 30 days if an item you bought goes on sale later.
All you have to do is put in a simple request online. Costco has some pretty great customer service.
Those Cheap And Delicious Hotdogs
Half the point of making a trip to Costco is to get the super cheap jumbo hot dog and soda combo for only $1.50. Costco doesn't exactly make a huge profit off the deal, but they know it gets customers in the doors.
For many people, having such a cheap meal on hand (especially if shopping with kids) helps justify the annual membership fees. Plus, eating while you're at the store means you'll be full and less likely to load up on impulse purchases.
Why They Check Your Receipt
You might think that the Costco employee that you show your receipt to on the way out is making sure you didn't steal anything, but there's actually a much more wholesome reason. In reality, the number one reason is to make sure you didn't get overcharged for anything. The employee checking your receipt is aware of the sales and wants to make sure any coupons were applied.
The other reason is inventory control. They want to make sure the cashier scanned everything properly.
You Can Shop Online
Costco is known for stocking just about everything imaginable, and you can find even more weird things online. Go to Costco.com and take a look at some of the unexpected things you can get, such as a funeral casket, a $1,000 doomsday emergency-food kit, or even coupons for local car dealerships.
The best part? They'll ship these strange things to most of their locations in states across America. How's that for service?
You Don't Need A Membership To Buy Alcohol
There are a few things you can buy at Costco without a membership. In a handful of states, Costco's Kirkland-branded alcohol is one of those. Costco hasn't provided an official list, but there are several internet message boards about the topic.
The states mentioned in these forums include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Vermont. However, you'll definitely want to contact your local Costco before making the trip.
The Truth About Produce Quality
Many Aldi fans are dedicated to the store because of its produce, and specifically because of the bargain prices on tropical fruits such as kiwi, pineapple, and mango. However, the bananas for sale are frequently past their prime, and other produce has been found to be of inconsistent quality, according to a Consumer Reports survey.
Another common complaint is that the store uses a ton of unnecessary plastic packaging on produce. Today's eco-conscious consumers notice things like this!
Cheaper Breakfast Cereals
As a rule, Aldi only stocks name brands when they're not able to make their own product that's of equal quality or better. Name-brand breakfast cereals are hard to beat, so the store doesn't offer many of its own private label versions.
The problem is that name brands are almost always more expensive at Aldi since the store doesn't accept manufacturers' coupons. As a result, you'll be wise to purchase your favorite breakfast cereals at the grocery or big-box store.
Buy Baby Food Somewhere Else
Many baby essentials, like formula and diapers, are almost always a better deal at Aldi than at other stores. Items like baby snacks are also a good deal and well worth stocking up on while you make an Aldi run.
However, when it comes to baby food, you're better off going to big-box stores or traditional grocers because the selection at Aldi is just not a bargain. And you can use name-brand baby food coupons in conjunction with the sale prices at other stores.
Snacks Aren't Always Worth The Savings
Snack items are a great food to stock up on while at Aldi. That is, some of them. People have said that the taste of Aldi-brand potato chips are nowhere near as good as name-brand varieties.
Some other types of Aldi chips score high with the store's fans, though. The person behind the blog Thrifty Frugal Mom said that Aldi brand tortilla, corn, and kettle-cooked chips are consistently "just as good as any name brand."
Quality Issues With Zip-Top Bags
Aldi's zip-top storage bags are another product that knowledgeable customers tend to steer clear of. While they're a great price, the quality leaves much to be desired.
Many people say that they have noticed a dip in quality over time and recommend that people get the name-brand versions of zipping bags instead. After all, a bag that tears and spills its contents isn't really helping out in the long run, even if it costs a little less!
Where To Buy Soda
If you drink a lot of soda, you can save quite a bit by buying Aldi's store brand beverages. But unfortunately, the trade-off isn't worth it to many people. The taste and quality just aren't there, which means that "savings" were actually wasted money.
Don't be tempted to buy the name-brand versions there, either! You'll pay top price at Aldi. Save the Coke and Sprite purchases for your trips to the grocery store, and use those coupons.
Meat Prices Vary Daily
While Aldi does occasionally offer some good deals on meat, their regular prices aren't all that great. Smart Aldi shoppers know to go on Wednesdays for the best discounts because the store tends to offer some pretty fantastic sales on select meat items those days, but it's generally a better idea to buy staples like chicken and turkey at your regular grocery store.
Additionally, Consumer Reports has found the quality of Aldi's meat to be questionable at times.
Is The Yogurt To Your Liking?
Yogurt is another of those foods that people develop pretty strong preferences for. However, quite a few Aldi fans have reported that they don't like the store's private-label brand. Charice M. of St. Louis, Missouri, told Reader's Digest that she won't buy her yogurt at Aldi, saying that it tastes "a little off" to her.
Name-brand yogurt products are nearly always going to be cheaper at regular retailers, so if Aldi's brand doesn't suit your tastes, get yours at the grocery instead.
Aldi Sells Clothing Too
Some Aldi locations sell clothing these days, in the non-food "Aldi Finds" department. Unfortunately, quite a few consumer experts who have given the store's fashionable offerings a try say they're not a good buy.
A contributor on Aldi Reviewer shared that she bought some pajamas at the store. They weren't even machine dryable and lost a button in the wash right away. She also tried a pair of slippers and a golf polo with equally disappointing results. Our verdict: save the clothes shopping for another store.
The Deal With Dishwasher Detergent
Dishwasher detergent is dishwasher detergent, right? Not according to many customers who have tried Aldi's brand. In general, the retailer's powder packs receive decent reviews but the gel version is nearly universally disliked.
The dishwashing gel "leaves cloudy marks all over my glasses and plates and spots on my silverware," shared one consumer on Aldi Reviewer, while Redditors called the product "garbage" among some other choice words.
Butter Isn't Better
Aldi shoppers seem to have a love/hate relationship with the chain store's butter. On the one hand, it's a great value and many people cite it as a "must-buy" item when they're stocking up.
However, it seems that how you use the butter seems to make a difference. For everyday use it's fine, but people who cook and bake a lot say the butter quality is not up to par.
Skip Aldi's Bargain Coffee
Everyone who enjoys a cup of java in the morning seems to have some pretty strong opinions about coffee, especially when it comes to purchasing it at Aldi's. People who have refined taste are probably better off getting their beans elsewhere.
"If you're even a little bit of a coffee snob, you'll want to leave it on the shelf," shared Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less. "If you’ve already given up your Starbucks trips to save money and you’re brewing your cuppa at home, do yourself a favor and spend an extra buck or two on a decent bag of coffee." At least don't buy the very cheapest bag that Aldi has in stock.
Make Your Own Cookies
Ready-to-bake items like cookies and cinnamon rolls are enticing to people who want the experience of baking at home without all the time that making treats from scratch entails. Sadly, the pre-made doughs and ready-to-bake cookies offered by Aldi fail to meet expectations of deliciousness for many customers.
Additionally, you could end up paying more for one of these products at Aldi than for a higher-quality name-brand such as Pillsbury, since Aldi doesn't accept manufacturer coupons. This is another item to add to your regular grocery list.
Don't Skimp On Kitty Litter
Pet lovers enjoy treating their furry (and scaly!) companions to the best in life. When it comes to staples like kitty litter, however, many of us prefer to save as much money as possible. Aldi has a store-brand cat litter but according to those in the know, it's not worth the price.
Aldi Reviewer reported that Heart to Tail Scoopable Cat Litter doesn't work as well as name brands. The product is dusty and smells weird, and they wrote that any "liquid waste doesn't always clump well." It's probably worth a few extra bucks to get the good stuff, and your cat will thank you for it.
Don't Buy Frozen Sushi
Although a lot of people wouldn't even consider eating sushi that came from a grocery store, this is a judgment-free zone. We're here to share that there are actually a few people who have reported excellent experiences with the frozen sushi that Aldi offers.
However, the majority of folks who have tried Aldi's frozen sushi don't have anything positive to write. In fact, Aldi Nerd reports that the store's Thaw-and-Serve Fusia Shrimp and Avocado Roll is a product to steer clear of. "While it's only $4.99, you probably just want to skip this," says one consumer. We'll take their word for it.
Coupons For Paper Goods
Paper goods like toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels are easy to score deals on when using coupons. Unfortunately, this means that Aldi isn't the best place to get these products if you're looking for big discounts.
Although the store's everyday prices on paper goods are reasonable, people interested in buying name brand products and/or using coupons should shop elsewhere for the absolute best prices when they're stocking the pantry.
Go To The Drugstore For Toiletries
If your only stop for the day is Aldi, you'll certainly be able to find many of the toiletries you need, such as deodorant, shampoo, and soap. But you're not going to get a stellar deal on them. The folks at Cheapism found that Aldi's store-brand toiletries were more expensive than other retailers' private labels.
Considering that other stores have better selections and take manufacturers' coupons, you're nearly always going to be better off skipping the personal care aisle at Aldi if you can.
Steer Clear Of Frozen Shrimp
Ruth Soukup, author of the popular blog Living Well Spending Less, has shared that Aldi's frozen shrimp is not usually a terrific deal. One exception, however, is the chain's jumbo frozen shrimp.
Soukup explains, "Don't bother with the other sizes of shrimp. They aren't worth the price compared to their weight." Frozen fish like salmon and tilapia are usually a good buy at Aldi though, said Soukup.
Aldi's Kitchen Appliances
We're learning that Aldi sells a lot of non-food products in its stores, including Ambiano brand kitchen supplies and small appliances. So what's the verdict with buying something like a hand mixer or pressure cooker at Aldi versus a larger retailer?
While reviews of Aldi's appliances are pretty mixed, the consensus among many consumers, including the team at Cheapism, is that spending a little more on a name brand item will probably save you more in the long run.
Avoid "Special Buys"
Now, here's a category of Aldi offerings that made the list for a different reason than a lot of the others. Many Aldi regulars warn people against buying the store's "special buys" or "Aldi Finds."
It's not because there's anything wrong with the specialty items. No, it's just that you're probably going to fall in love with these delicious products and when you go back to restock, they'll already be gone from the store's shelves! Aldi labels its products as special buys as a way to let customers know that they won't stick around for long.