So you've never been to Aldi? There are a few unique elements about the store, but don't let that discourage you from shopping there. Here are my 5 tips for the Aldi beginner:
I was first introduced to Aldi years back by my Grandmother ranting and raving about her favorite place to shop in Pennsylvania. My mom and I took her there for an outing. Like most Americans, I was confused by the store structure, so I didn't fully understand or appreciate the concept. I enjoyed the experience, but admittedly never stepped in one again.
Fast-forward to college, an Aldi location had just been added to our town's portfolio of stores. One afternoon, my best friend took me along for a grocery adventure. I needed to shop as well. With her as my guide, I went around the store and filled my cart.
Then it came time to check out, I anxiously waited in line, already experiencing cognitive dissonance for most of the items in my cart - internally dreading how much money I was about to drop. I distinctly remember thinking, "That's got to be well over $100, maybe even $200." Of course, every time I have this conversation with myself, I rationalize food because we all need to eat. It's a need not a want.
When my total amounted way below $100, I was gobsmacked. What a great feeling! I left the store a changed human. I was bitten by the Aldi bug.
In May, I graduated from college during pandemic and started my career in the same month. I then moved out on my own in July to a new town with a new used car. Immediately, my lifestyle was frantic and budgeted. I struggled to get my feet under me. It's scary being on your own and wondering how you'll be able to afford yourself. I first went the safe way with groceries (if you know what I mean). Needless to say, I didn't enjoy the experience, the prices, or the quality. I decided to broaden my horizon to surrounding stores and discovered an Aldi very close by my neighborhood. Best. Decision. Ever.
Aldi played a huge role in my life those first few months. I had never bought groceries to support my entire existence. I had a food plan at college and then lived with my family before that. Combined with the fact that I am the most indecisive shopper, this was a pretty daunting task. But Aldi provided fewer selections, fresh foods, and fantastic prices. With each new week, I gained confidence and looked forward to my Aldi flyer.
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