OK, so I know in a previous post I quite clearly stated that I was never going to set foot in a supermarket again, but I will make one exception for my beloved Aldi who unfortunately do not yet offer an online service.
The sad fact is I actually get excited about a visit to the discount supermarket chain and have been known to organise childcare so I can browse the aisles unabated by my offspring. Shopping in such supermarkets has seemingly only become socially acceptable in recent years, I think this is down to that hideous recession that started in 2008 which saw many people either out of work or on frozen wages but meant we all recognised the true value of money again and seeked more bangers for our buck. The likes of Aldi and Lidl came to save the day for the middle classes who might have had less £’s in their banks but still wanted to keep stocked up on Parma ham and Prosecco. Nowadays you’ll find more Range Rovers and Mercedes outside an Aldi’s than you would David Lloyds!
My mum discovered Aldi’s many years ago when I was a teenager, we’d pull up in the carpark where I’d insist she park in the furthest darkest corner so no passing friends might recognise our reg plates, then I’d pull up my hood like a sultry rap star and leg it faster than Usain Bolt through the electric doors. My brother and I would dread bin day when our wheely bin would be there at the bottom of the drive overflowing with exposed Aldi bags blowing around in the wind for all our school friends to see and judge… mortifying. My mum to this day swears she managed to build a house with the savings she made switching from Sainsbury’s to Aldi’s.
Now that I’m an adult and I quite frankly couldn’t give two buggers what the neighbours might think about my bin accessories our mother/daughter outings to Aldi’s have become something we get excited about, mostly because we never know what we might come out with! Yes the cheese is excellent and you can’t buy walnuts cheaper anywhere else but it’s the middle aisles that are the main attraction for us. We spend ages eyeballing all of the random weekly deals, in no other supermarket would you do your big shop and completely unexpectedly pick up a pair of inline skates, a car mini fridge and a hedge strimmer.
If you’re yet to step foot in an Aldi’s or a Lidl (they’re both pretty much the same) then stop being snooty and have a look. I recommend giving the chocolate, granola, steak and wine a go. Oh and the nappies are better than Pampers -they don’t leak and lets face it, they’re basically there to catch poo and pee and then you throw them away!
The only thing I draw the line at is bra’s and toothpaste…