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XNUMX foods you shouldn't buy at Aldi

Aldi is slowly becoming one of the most respected grocery store chains in America. However, according to experts, Aldi is failing in several areas. 11 Things Not To Buy At Aldi, Informs msn.

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In its latest grocery store ranking Consumer Reports awarded Aldi 84 out of 100 possible points for overall satisfaction. This leaves behind the other most beloved grocers in the country. In comparison, Trader Joe's earned 87 points and Costco 86 points.

Each salesperson has its own strengths and weaknesses. Don't buy a laptop at Walmart, for example, if price matters and Trader Joe's isn't the best option for inexpensive meat and seafood.

Aldi's no-frills, which currently serves the East Coast, Midwest, Arizona and California, earned a 5 out of 5 points at competitive prices. CR also points to the cleanliness of the chain's stores, for which Aldi received a score of 4 out of 5.

Here is a list of things to buy elsewhere.

1. Premium bacon

Aldi Blog, Aldi Reviewer was founded in 2016 by a team of husband and wife Rachel and Joshua Johnston, who are longtime and avid Aldi customers.

The Johnstons love the taste of Aldi's Appleton Farms Premium sliced ​​bacon. But taste is not the only thing to consider.

“Over the years, we've received dozens of comments and emails complaining about poor cuts or disproportionate amounts of fat,” they say. “If in doubt, look elsewhere.”

2. Avocado oil.

Avocado's reputation for health benefits may lead you to consider avocado oil as a new product. It is full of minerals, vitamins, and healthy fats.

But in a recent survey of seven brands by ConsumerLab.com, 100% pure avocado oil from Aldi Simply Nature was the only one not approved by ConsumerLab.com.

The company, which conducts independent quality assurance checks on health and nutrition products, said of the Aldi brand: "The fatty acid profile did not fully match the avocado oil profile, suggesting a blend with another oil."

3. Scrub and cleanser for the face.

Aldi changed its line of facial cleansers in 2020, and when it comes to the Lacura Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub and Lacura Foaming Gel Cleanser, the Johnstons have found the results to be pretty much disappointing.

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“We've received many complaints - including from our own teenage daughter - about how badly they both dry the skin. This is not what you are looking for in a face cleanser, ”say the bloggers.

4. Ready sandwiches.

“Every time I did a unit calculation, Walmart's Great Value pre-made sandwiches were cheaper than Aldi Boulder,” says Carla Bowcher, managing editor of Money Talks News.

5. Other brands.

Store brands usually offer more for your money, and over 90% of Aldi products are proprietary (or proprietary) brands.

“One of the reasons Aldi's prices are so low is that most of the products are sold under a private label,” says Business Insider.

However, prices for other brands are much higher.

At Aldi, “Not only are others usually overpriced, you still can't use coupons on them to save more money,” says blogger MoneySavingMom.

6. Canned tomato soup.

The Johnston family love bargains, but they differentiate between their love of bargaining and quality when needed. Case in point: tomato soup.

Aldi's Chef's Cupboard Condensed Tomato Soup is said to be no match for Campbell's Canned Tomato Soup. All four family members prefer Campbell's; they find it richer, creamier and smoother.

As Joshua Johnston concludes in Aldi Reviewer: “If you want cheap, Aldi is the right place for you. But in this case, if quality is your top priority, we think the brand name is more important. "

7. Cat litter.

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Aldi's Heart to Tail cat litter is inadequate, according to the Johnstons. Not only is it dusty - a household nightmare - it hasn't passed the odor test.

“It doesn't do very well with odor control or clumping. In both cases, we choose well-known brands, ”says the founders of Aldi Reviewer.

And it's not just this family: the overwhelming majority of comments on their review of Aldi cat litter echoes their complaints of bad smell and lack of lumps.

8. Canned sausages.

Aldi's Brookdale Viennese sausage has something of a cult following among the survivalists - the people who stockpile and prepare for disaster. But the Johnstons say these canned sausages taste "salty and weird."

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“I find it hard to see them as more than just emergency food, but even so there are probably better options,” adds Joshua Johnston.

9. Local products.

Buying locally made goods? Try local food co-ops, farm stalls, and farmers markets. A negative point for Aldi in the Consumer Reports rating was - just 1 out of 5 - for its choice of locally sourced products. However, Aldi is earning 4 out of 5 points for their organic prices.

10. Disposable shopping bags.

Unlike many stores, Aldi does not give out free shopping bags to customers at checkout. You bring or buy disposable or reusable shopping bags.

The Aldi FAQ explains that "we not only save our customers money by avoiding adding bag value to our prices, but also valuable resources."

However, don't get hung up on paying for a one-time grocery bag. Plan ahead and bring your own. Or, if you don't have reusable shopping bags, buy multiple reusable shopping bags from Aldi instead of paying for single-use bags that won't last long.

11. Ready meals prepared in the store.

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Aldi gets a very low score from Consumer Reports - only 1 out of 5 possible points - for its in-store ready meals.

This may include, for example, freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and whole store-made fried chicken. The chain says it has increased its fresh food offerings since 2018, but Consumer Reports' 2019 estimate is not impressive.

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