"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
15 June 2008
Daisy! You just quit your job of 12 years! It's your first real day of freedom - for - well - ever! What are you going to do?!
I'm going to Aldi!
And that is precisely what I did. Armed with the sales flyer provided by TaiChiInstructorFriend (who is lucky enough to have an Aldi within walking distance of his house - hello!) and my quarter to release the cart (yes, you bring a quarter with you if you expect to use a cart. No. You are NOT paying to use the cart. You will get your quarter back. ) I bravely went into the German Super Store.
I saw bargains everywhere. I bought everything from little gummy fruit candy thingies at $1.69 for a box of 10 little packages to enough frozen tilapia for two meals at $4.99. (I would normally not consider this purchase - but TaiChiInstructorFriend gave a strong recommendation). I had three bags of groceries - including cherries and fruit cocktail (William loves fruit cocktail) and yogurts for $35.
It was quiet in there. Almost spooky - but reminiscent of Target. It was clean. Our Aldi is not in what could be considered a great neighborhood - but WAS clean in there and the cashier was pleasant. They were hiring that day - interviewing on the spot and the front part of the store which is usually reserved for people to pack their own groceries was PACKED with people filling out applications.
I was happy - but suspicious. Wildly suspicious. If it is to good to be true - it probably is, right? That is the cynical American mantra - right? But I have to tell you - so far - everything we have had we have really liked.
I made blueberry muffins this morning for Ron for Father's Day - the box mix with the little can of blueberries was $1.29. He ate them. And then he ate more of them. This is as close to a "hey! These are pretty good." as I am ever going to get - that's the endorsement. Ron ate them and then he ate more. What MORE do I want?? The kids (William and his BFF and her sister) loved the granola bars and the fruit snackie things. I think it is tomorrow that we will be trying the chicken. So far - we are SO loving Aldi! Going back on Wednesday!
Do you have an Aldi near you? Why not try it out and come back to give us a full report!