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I'm a mom of 11 who shops at Aldi. Here are 11 things I always buy there in the winter.

cart full of aldi products at aldi
I shop for kitchen staples and fun holiday treats at Aldi. Lisa Tanner
  • I'm a mom of 11, and many of my family's winter traditions involve food.

  • I shop at Aldi for festive staples, like oranges, cranberries, and marshmallows.

  • The store's low prices make it possible to pick up a few special treats for friends and family.

Aldi offers great prices on everyday items and has a wide selection of festive foods that are perfect for the holidays.

As a mom of 11, with kids ranging in age from toddlers to young adults, I appreciate how affordable it is.

Here are some things I buy at my local Aldi in the winter.

Navel oranges are a family favorite for snacking and using in seasonal recipes.

bags of navel oranges next to cuties and lemons in the produce section at aldi
Aldi has a fair price on big bags of oranges. Lisa Tanner

I buy oranges year-round, but the ones available in winter are so juicy and flavorful.

Most of them serve as a quick snack for the kids, but a few will get used in fruit salads, orange-cranberry bread, and orange dream bars.

At $3.90 for three pounds, they're also an inexpensive produce option that can add a tangy flavor to any holiday dish.

I always stock up on fresh cranberries in the winter.

bags of cranberries in the produce section at aldi
Cranberries go great with a lot of holiday dishes and bakes. Lisa Tanner

Every time I go to Aldi in the winter, I throw a couple of bags of cranberries in my cart. When I get home, I freeze any I don't need right away.

I think homemade cranberry sauce is far superior to anything you can buy in a can. We like to add oranges and cinnamon sticks for a unique flavor.

My family also enjoys cranberry smoothies, cranberry cheesecake, and pumpkin-cranberry coffee cake.

I pay $1 for a 12-ounce bag, so I can stock up without spending too much of my food budget.

A tin of Danish butter cookies is an easy dessert for a holiday party.

tins of danish butter cookies on the shelves at aldi
My kids love the sugar sprinkled on top of the simple cookies. Lisa Tanner

Between the fun shapes and the bits of sugar on top, Danish butter cookies are a kid-friendly treat. By doling out one or two cookies at a time, we can make each tin last for a few rounds of enjoyment.

They're also a great quick addition to holiday parties if you've got limited time to prepare.

I typically buy at least a few $3.70 tins each winter.

We toast with sparkling juice at holiday meals.

bottles of sparkling cider on the shelves at aldi
Aldi sells red and white sparkling grape juice. Lisa Tanner

Nonalcoholic sparkling juice is another must-have for our holiday gatherings.

The Nature's Nectar variety at Aldi tastes like the name brand we used to buy, but it costs less per bottle. With so many of us toasting our glasses, that's important.

Each bottle is $3 for a little over 25 fluid ounces.

Hot cocoa needs whipped topping, and Aldi's flavor options make it special.

bottles of whipped cream in the fridge aisle at aldi
Aldi has regular whipped cream and some flavored versions. Lisa Tanner

On a chilly morning, there's nothing like a mug of hot cocoa to warm your body and spirit. My large family goes through lots of cocoa, so we also buy plenty of whipped topping throughout the winter.

Some of my kids prefer the regular kind, but others like to try Aldi's seasonal varieties — pumpkin spice is a favorite.

The 13-ounce bottles are less than $3 each.

It's easy to throw together a platter of fudge cookies.

benton's chocolate and mint fudge striped cookies on the shelves at aldi
I can buy multiple flavors of striped fudge cookies at Aldi. Lisa Tanner

We try to make our own goodies to bring to parties, but that doesn't always happen.

I keep several varieties of Benton's cookies in the pantry to combine into a nice tray if we need a quick dessert to share with others. And since they're only $2 a package, I can buy three varieties without spending a fortune.

My daughter makes homemade fudge with sweetened condensed milk each winter.

cans of sweetened condensed milk at aldi
I stock up on cans of sweetened condensed milk for holiday baking. Lisa Tanner

My kids enjoy cooking and baking, especially in the winter when the days are shorter and they can't spend as much time outdoors.

One of my daughters likes to whip up a simple fudge recipe that uses chocolate chips, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk.

Since it comes together so quickly, she makes several batches each year to share with friends and family.

A can of sweetened condensed milk is only $1.40 at Aldi, making it easy to add to my shopping list.

I pretty much only buy coconut flakes for holiday bakes.

bags of coconut flakes on the shelves at aldi
Coconut flakes aren't a regular staple, but they're a key ingredient in some holiday recipes. Lisa Tanner

You won't find coconut flakes in my pantry most of the year. But when winter rolls around, I buy a couple of bags to make snowball cookies and Almond Joy-inspired bars.

Each 14-ounce bag is $2.50 at Aldi.

Ham is a family favorite, especially on Christmas.

fridge of half hams at aldi
Ham is the star of our Christmas meal. Lisa Tanner

In my family, Thanksgiving is for turkey and Christmas is for ham.

We used to raise our own pigs, but that was no longer an option after we moved. Now, I buy ham for $2 a pound at Aldi each winter.

I look for the biggest one I can find. Then we turn the leftovers into all sorts of delicious meals to enjoy between Christmas and New Year's.

Mini marshmallows go into many winter recipes.

bags of mini marshmallows at aldi
My kids like shoving a chocolate chip into a mini marshmallow for a simple treat. Lisa Tanner

Every time I go to Aldi, I add a couple of bags of mini marshmallows to the cart.

In the winter, we use them for hot cocoa, orange-fluff salad, and holiday-shaped crispy treats. But sometimes my kids just pair them with chocolate for a quick and easy treat.

A 10-ounce bag is only $1.

Canned pumpkin is another seasonal favorite.

cans of pumpkin puree on the shelves at aldi
Most people associate pumpkin with fall, but I still like eating it in the winter. Lisa Tanner

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread — no matter how it's prepared, pumpkin is a favorite of mine this time of year.

I can spread out the deliciousness by buying a few cans throughout the winter. Plus, Aldi has smaller 15-ounce cans for $1.20 that work well for most of my recipes.

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