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The Fellowship of Aldi-ites

Updated on October 15, 2014

My Confession

I do most of my grocery shopping at Aldi's. Not because I have to. I shop there because I want to. Some people don't like to shop at a grocery store where you have to bag your own items. Some people don't like to shop at what they consider a "poor store". But the Aldi's in my neighborhood isn't like that at all. My Aldi's is trendy. My Aldi's is full of young people who are concerned about the environment. My Aldi's is full of people who know a bargain when they see one. And the Aldi's in my neighborhood is full of bargains on good produce, meats, frozen food and many other items.

Yes, there are people who shop there because their funds are limited and they want to get the most from their dollar. And what is wrong with that? Nothing. But there are also plenty of people who, like me, shop there because they just like the place.


A simple store but there's more

The store is unpretentious, and the parking lot is free of shopping carts because you have to pay a quarter to use one.  The quarter is returned when you return the cart.
The store is unpretentious, and the parking lot is free of shopping carts because you have to pay a quarter to use one. The quarter is returned when you return the cart.

Cost Saving Measures

The store uses generic brands to keep costs low. But lately I have seen brand name items there, like Tide and Charmin. And many of the store brand items are good quality alternatives to the brands that are sold in other stores.

I had a pleasant surprise in buying produce there. I bought some strawberries when they were in season. My spouse, who scoffed at my preference for shopping at Aldi's, bought some strawberries in another store. He paid twice as much as I did for the same size package and mine tasted and looked batter. That made him a little more favorable towards the store.

What really won him over was their Savoritz Cornbread crackers. I brought home a box and he ate the whole thing in one night. He said, "Wow, these things are good!" I bought two boxes...the same thing happened. Right now they are out of them. I think it is a seasonal item. But I keep looking. When I find them, I may have to buy a case!

The store I shop at has vegan items. It has items for people who are lactose intolerant. It has gourmet and specialty items. The variety and selection are not as wide but they are there. And they have seasonal and non-food items as well. I got a good buy on pillows recently.


Fluffy Pillows--A good deal!

The fat blue pillows were purchased at Aldi
The fat blue pillows were purchased at Aldi

Happy People

But I think the thing I like most about the Aldi in my neighborhood is the people. I don't mean the people who work there, although they are nice people, courteous and friendly. But no, I mean the other shoppers. The people who shop there look happy most of the time. They don't try to run you over in the parking lot. They help each other. If you've ever had someone swap your cart for their quarter and save you a trip, you've been to Aldi! And once in a while someone just gives you the shopping cart and says, "Never mind" to the quarter. People smile. They say, "Hi, how are you?" Maybe they are happy because they are saving money. Maybe they are happy because they helping to save the environment. Or maybe they are just happy people. I like this happy community of shoppers. I call it the Fellowship of the Aldi-ites. And I am glad to be part of it.

I know this type of shopping may not be for everyone. That's why they have so many different types of grocery stores, to accommodate different tastes. And I do have to go to other stores, when what I am looking for is not in this store. I have been to other branches that were not as nice as the one near me. But if you have never been to an Aldi store, and you would like to grocery shop frugally, you should give it a try.

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    • bjspivey-rivers profile imageAUTHOR

      bjspivey-rivers 

      3 years ago

      I agree completely! Thanks for your feedback.

    • yasirchohan profile image

      Yasir chohan 

      3 years ago from Reisterstown

      sounds like a wonderful place to shop! If you're getting good quality at low prices in a place with nice people then what else do yo need!

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