Has Aldi Raised Their Prices… or is it just me?

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2020

aldi price jump

Way back in 2013, I shared more about why I did NOT shop at our local Aldi grocery store — despite the fact that their prices were significantly cheaper. 

At the time, the only Aldi store close to us was very small, very dirty, very cramped, and their produce was consistently bad (not cool for someone who buys as much produce as I do!)

However, 4 years later (December of 2017) a brand new, extremely nice, super spacious Aldi store opened up less than 10 miles from us!

I immediately started shopping at that store and began enjoying the savings in both time AND money (read more about my Aldi shopping experiment here!) 

Since then, ANOTHER Aldi store popped up even closer to our house… and there’s a rumor a 3rd new Aldi store is in the plans for 2020 (less than 2 miles from our house!)

Craziness!!  

bagging groceries at Aldi

buying produce from the grocery store

produce from Aldi

For the last 2 years, I’ve done the vast majority of my grocery shopping at Aldi; purchasing only a few “extras” at Meijer and Costco each month.

Honestly, I’m a HUGE Aldi fan! 

And that’s big for me to say — considering I refused to shop there for a solid 10 years!

I love their brands, I love that they have limited options, I love how small their store is compared to Meijer, I love how fast I can get in and out, and I love that I save money! 

My grocery spending actually went DOWN in 2018 and 2019 — even though we added another child to our family, our other children ate more, we entertained more, and we’re eating SO MUCH PRODUCE! 

HOWEVER… I feel like I’ve recently noticed a price jump on several Aldi items over the past couple of months.

Anyone else?

groceires from Aldi

buying groceries at Aldi

Over the past month, I’ve purchased the majority of my groceries at Meijer because their prices were actually cheaper than Aldi’s prices for so many of the things I regularly buy. 

  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • peppers
  • beans
  • lettuce/spinach
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • cauliflower rice
  • and more

I mentioned this to a friend (who does not live near me) and she said she noticed the exact same thing by her. 

I took a quick glance at my grocery spending over the past month — and it is, in fact, more than what I spent in previous months (even taking holiday baking/cooking into consideration). 

So… I’m wondering if any of you have noticed a price jump at your local Aldi stores?

I did some digging around on the internet but haven’t found any conclusive evidence that Aldi is in fact raising prices across the board (at least nothing published online yet — but Aldi tends to be very private with this type of information).

aldi grocery store

Honestly, I sill love Aldi and I’ll definitely still shop there, simply because I like their brands and the fact that it’s such an efficient system (I can get in and out in less than 30 minutes with children!) 

However, I’m curious to know if others have noticed an Aldi price jump, or if it’s just me!?

Also, what are your favorite things about shopping at Aldi?

NOTE: here’s a great price comparison between Aldi and Walmart, and here’s a comparison between Aldi, Kroger, and Meijer

aldi price jump

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101 comments

  1. Daniel Reid

    02/25/2020

    YES!!! Last month, the milk at our Aldi in Carrollton, GA was $1.39/gallon. When we visited yesterday, the price had increased to $2.93/gallon. A year ago, the milk was $.99/gallon. Walmart here has its milk priced at $1.49/gallon, up from $1.29/gallon a month ago. It appears the price is increasing everywhere, but Aldi increases by almost 200%!!! Ridiculous!!!!!!!!

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  2. Peggy V

    02/08/2020

    I’ve noticed! I will not be making the extra effort to get to Aldi’s since other stores (Walmart) is more convenient with the price increases.

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    Andrea Reply:

    bummer! Aldi is still really close for us, but if it was further away, I probably wouldn’t be as eager to go.

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  3. Jenni

    01/28/2020

    Yes, prices have gone up on certain items. Lately the sales have been a little better, but a friend and I were talking about the price increase and how if you compare the prices with the generic brand from Walmart, Walmart often beats Aldi now, and if you order $30+ in one order, you can pick it up for free! I will most likely switch to Walmart pickup for all of my basic items and use Aldi only for loss leaders, as Walmart also will give you free substitutions that are often better than the item that they are out of.

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  4. Amanda

    01/26/2020

    We recently moved and the prices here are already higher than where we were before. Our stores previously had lots of competition and I think that drove the prices down. Our Aldi, just this week, started having more ‘super savers’ in the ad. This included things like salsa, graham crackers, and cheese blocks. I’m wondering if they’re trying to go to more of a “sale” model like other stores to attract more business.

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  5. Joesette Huffman

    01/25/2020

    I have noticed a price increase in my store here in VA as well. In the last two weeks, I’ve also had to have multiple prices changed at the register and/or get refunds after the fact when they’ve come up extremely higher than what the shelf prices have shown. Example a bag of potatoes had the price of $1.59 on the signage, they came up at $3.98.

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    Christina Galbraith Reply:

    I was in Aldie a few days ago and I drove to one in the nicer area of town and their milk and eggs and dairy products and baking products like flour and sugar we’re all more expensive so I drove about three or four miles over to a little bit of a poor area of town weather in Aldie was there and everything was much cheaper so I think it has to do with the area of town that you’re in

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  6. Katie Morgan

    01/25/2020

    I live in southern IL, and yes I have noticed Aldi’s prices going up. I probably first noticed it about a year ago. The prices are still better than anywhere else I could shop around here. The closest Aldi is about 25 minutes away though, so lately I’ve been using Walmart grocery pickup. I haven’t noticed my overall monthly bill being any higher. I probably save on impulse buys by not going into the store. 🙂

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  7. Heather

    01/25/2020

    We don’t have an Aldi in our town (yet), but as a restaurant owner, I will say that grocery prices across the board increase on a regular basis. I track the price on all our purchases and they do fluctuate regularly. Now, occasionally, they do go down, but they trend upward, as do prices on just about everything you buy, even non-food items.

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  8. Mary Finley

    01/24/2020

    I live near Jasper Al. The Aldi store is huge and carries most items you might need. I have noticed prices are constantly rising. I do not buy meat from Aldi. Local supermarkets such as Winn Dixie have much better meat and prices.

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  9. Maggie

    01/24/2020

    I was so excited when I heard a store was opening near me. I use to shop alot at Aldi but then I relocated and there was no Aldi. I was so dissappointed and shocked on the prices and smaller quantities in the packages. I left without buying anything. I thought I was the only one. Im so glad you posted this. Im going to write to them. Hopefully they get enough complaints and they realize they need to lower their prices.

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    Jen Reply:

    I mean literally, a lot of stores have had to do price changes thanks to recent tariffs. Retailers, grocery stores, clothing stores, etc. You can’t really fault businesses for reacting to political decisions that they had no say in. I know the retail store I’m in had to raise prices due to the tariffs. Complain to politicians.

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  10. Gina

    01/24/2020

    I live in Florida and they definitely raised their prices and for some produce, reduced the size of the package. Yesterday I bought fresh broccoli that it was so small compared to few months ago when I used to get more. And then just to go home and find out it was rotten. Is not the first time. 🙁

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  11. Tara Rainey

    01/23/2020

    I believe Aldi raised the prices here in Charlotte, NC 1st of Jan 2020 guess I will just stick with Foodlion now

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  12. Kat

    01/23/2020

    In Texas I’ve seen produce prices fluctuate since they arrived. Dairy prices almost always beat the pants off all of the other stores. When they do go up, they hover around the local market average. But overall, Aldi’s prices are far below average.

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  13. Shane Vanderfin

    01/23/2020

    That’s how Aldo operates. They have nice low prices when they open a store, but they gradually raise prices as time goes on and they have a solid customer base for the store. I’ve seen prices rise on cheese and dairy, dog food and treats, pizza, and breads. Still, I shop there for weekly sales, dairy, canned goods, and their very good Earth Grown vegetarian products. Produce is acceptable at best, eggs are usually a good deal, and cheap wine! But yes, they do raise their prices once you’re hooked…

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  14. Sagsco

    01/23/2020

    I was in Aldi’s on Sunday. And I noticed. Although still expensive, the prices were higher.

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  15. Latay

    01/23/2020

    Sadly, here In Georgia I’ve seen the same thing. Just three weeks ago toilet paper was 5.29. I came in a week later it was almost 7.00. I have bought this toilet paper for years. As mainly I bought eggs, paper plates and toilet paper from there.

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  16. Nakima Santiago

    01/23/2020

    I agree prices have gone up in the Bronx. Milk was originally $ 2.19 it’s now 2.49 in my neighborhood I can get it cheaper. I used to fill a cart for about 100.00 now I spend about 300 on a full cart.

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  17. Donna Broussard

    01/23/2020

    I think products have gone , most just a few cents. Gasoline has gone up, therefore everything has risen. Trucks have to deliver groceries.

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  18. Dean

    01/23/2020

    Yes they have raised their prices and it’s not cool.

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  19. Hope

    01/23/2020

    My daughter and I were talking about this very topic. Yes the prices have gone up. Also our Aldi got a new milk distributor and it has spoiled a week before it’s due date, every time I get it. So we love to shop there but I have stopped due to other stuff we have purchased not being good

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  20. Denise

    01/23/2020

    I stopped shopping there for that reason. I found my bigger grocers had better prices. I hardly go to Aldi anymore..

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  21. Sherry Johnston

    01/23/2020

    I have loved going to Aldi’s and have saved a lot of money by shopping there. I have definitely noticed that they have gone up on their prices. Even today I talked to the cashier about that. I remember getting eggs for $0.48 a dozen and now they’re &1.15. I used to buy milk there too. At one time I used to get a gallon of milk for like $0.98. No more. I can get my milk for a $1.29 at Walmart near where my Son works. My natural creamer was &1.98 now $2.05 within the last 2 weeks. So I didn’t would have to say that the prices have gone up in many areas but when they have deals they are really good deals. It is still the best place to get my water.

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  22. Summer

    01/23/2020

    I was worried this was going to happen when they started remodeling stores everywhere, carrying more name brand products and having more specialty things like vegan and gluten free. I feel like they are trying to be a mini whole foods or compete with Trader Joe’s. I’ve been going to Aldi at least 10 years for their prices and their seasonal products most of which used to be from Europe.

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  23. Kristina

    01/23/2020

    Yes, but there are a few reasons.

    First, most produce found at grocers in the winter months are more costly than those found in summer months. This is due to the source of produce. Most produce in the northern hemisphere comes from the southern hemisphere or close to the equator and has to be imported so we can enjoy fresh produce all year round. The price increase is furthered by increased import costs for companies. For what produce can be sourced locally, there have been increases in production costs as well as inspection and tax increases. All of these costs are passed onto the consumer. I have noticed a sharp rise in produce and dairy, heck, even meat, at all the local markets I frequent, but Aldi still holds weekly sales on products that blow competitors prices out of the water, and that keeps me coming.

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    Kristina Reply:

    I want to add that I am in Southern California. We grow so much food, but most of what is found in the grocery store this time of year is from Mexico.

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    Andrea Reply:

    that’s annoying! Who wants to eat food from Mexico when you live in SoCal! 🙂

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    Jen Reply:

    I mean… You realize that a lot of the foods you eat come from Mexico right? The US can’t produce everything, you have to have certain climates for things and enough land and soil. So avacados, mangoes, papayas, etc. come from Mexico and other countries. It’s just the practical thing to do and if you eat in restaurants it’s what a lot of the food you’ve eaten all your life is. That’s even more popular in socal because we are near Mexico. That’s literally a more socal thing.

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    Marian Reply:

    Did any of you consider the minimum wage has increased? That will be passed on to the consumer

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  24. Ann

    01/23/2020

    Yep! Aldi prices in Florida has gone up. Even though we have locally scorced produce. Also no changes to the store have been made for an increase in price!

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    Jen Reply:

    Prices everywhere have gone up thanks to the tariffs recently. It’s not an Aldi thing, it’s a political thing that has forced a lot of stores to up their prices (I work in retail and we’ve had to do price changes). As much as consumers don’t like it, it isn’t always the store’s choice (i.e. for money) as much as it is a reaction to the economy around it (i.e. tariffs and inflation).

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