This Is What $25 Buys You at Aldi in the US Vs UK: Photos


Basics that many people rely on such as milk, eggs, and chicken have been hit particularly hard.

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We visited Aldi store in the US and the UK to see how many basic groceries we could purchase for $25 in each country.

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Aldi has more than 2,000 US stores in 36 states, and is known for being a budget grocer with affordable private label brands.

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I set out to get as much from my list as I could, though I knew I’d probably have to make some cuts.

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Strawberries were appealing, but they didn’t end up fitting the budget so I left them on the shelf.

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It would have been cheaper to buy a gallon of milk, but I live in a two person household and know it would go to waste, so I went with a half gallon instead, which was still well priced compared to other stores in my area.

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I don’t usually buy organic greens, but that’s all Aldi had when I shopped, so I spent a bit more here than I’d anticipated.

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Aldi meat is generally cheaper than other grocery stores in my area, but the large quantities of chicken breasts and thighs would still have blown my budget.

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I was able to get two bags of groceries and a case of Aldi private label brand seltzer for just under $25.

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It was certainly not a massive haul, but it aligned with most of the basics I’d typically buy.

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I ended up with ground turkey, because I couldn’t find ground beef and chicken came in quantities too large for my budget.

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I was able to get a box of pasta and a jar of pasta sauce for just under $3 all up.

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I think the ground turkey, plus pasta and sauce could make a few hearty meals with a meat sauce or meatballs.

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It wasn’t an absolute necessity, but I love to have cans of seltzer to drink when I’m working. They were $3.79 compared with almost $5 for La Croix.

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I spent $1.99 on pretzels for something to snack on.

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All together, this is what $25 can buy at Aldi in the Rochester, New York area.

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It’s definitely enough food to make multiple meals, but that’s only possible because I already have spices, cooking oils, cheese and other basics at home.

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We went to an Aldi Local near Insider’s London office at Old Street, not too far from Kings Cross.

Front of an Aldi store located in Old Street, London.



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Aldi has close to 1,000 UK stores. As a student, I used to shop at a much bigger store than this one, which is the company’s smaller convenience-focused store format.

Logo of Aldi Local.



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As I knew I had $25 (£20.60) to spend, I had to be smart about what I would pick.

Self check outs.



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I wanted some fresh produce. There wasn’t much left when I visited at about 5pm, so I bought some tomatoes, mushrooms, and mixed peppers.

Peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms.



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I normally opt for frozen chicken breasts they are cheaper, but this store only carried fresh options.

Packs of fresh chicken breasts.



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They were on special, albeit only 16 pence cheaper than normal, so into my basket they went.

A price tag showing a price reduction of British Chicken Breast.



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I searched for an alternative to milk as I’m intolerant to dairy products, but it didn’t have any plant-based options.

The Milk section where there was no alternative apart from lactose-free.



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I am not a big fan of mince, but I thought I could make a nice bolognese, so I bought a 250 gram pack that only had 5% fat and cost £1.89 ($2.30).

A collage of some products bought from the store including pasta, pasta sauce, butter and fresh meat.



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I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I decided to get some plain salted potato chips. A pack of six small bags cost 79 pence, or about $1.

A bag containing 6 small pack of crisps.



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The lack of plant-based milk alternative meant I had enough for a “treat” in the form of a frozen Margherita pizza. However, this was £1.09 ($1.30) and I had previously found pizza costing as little as 49 pence (60 cents) in other Aldi stores.

A frozen stonebaked Margherita pizza.



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I grabbed a 2-liter bottle of Aldi lemonade, which cost 43 pence, or about 50 cents. I then headed to the checkout.

The full basket with a lemonade, pizza, and frozen pizza on top.



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I had kept track of the cost on my phone to avoid going over my budget. The bill £20.30, so I had a few pence to spare.

Self checkout.



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This is what $25 (£20.60) buys at Aldi in Old Street, London.

A $25 basket in Aldi at Old Street, London.



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Overall, I don’t think this was near enough and certainly not what I would normally spend. I usually allow myself £100 (£120) a month for groceries excluding ad-hoc trips for cravings.

The full basket worth $25 in the UK.



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In both countries, Aldi remains a good choice for budget essentials, even if they’re more expensive now than a few months ago.

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