When I was growing up, grocery shopping was usually a family event. We all got in the van and rode to County Market or Walmart for a fun time of walking the aisles and filling the grocery cart. I always enjoyed grocery shopping with my family – unless we ended up at Aldi. Horrors. Everyone knew that Aldi was the poor people store – you had to scrounge for empty boxes (this was long before reusable shopping bags were a thing) and they didn’t even bag the groceries for you. Sometimes my parents let me stay in the car. I was much happier in a cold van listening to my Walkman than schlepping around the chaotic aisles of Aldi with all the other poor people. #teenagerlife
Fast forward 14 years…and guess what folks? I still hate the Aldi experience. My reasons are different now…there’s no embarrassment factor, but the aisles are still crowded and chaotic. Someone always abandons their cart, making it impossible to get around them without pushing it out of the way. My groceries get thrown across the counter and haphazardly into my cart, where I then have to bag them next to someone with eight hundred crazy children. So yeah, it’s a pain. But I’ve reached the stage where low prices supersede my need for convenience and calm. I hate the experience…love the prices. Anyone else feel this way?
I braved another Aldi’s trip – and lived to tell about it!
On The Menu (*indicates a new-to-me recipe)
- Cheerios with Peaches
- Eggs and Bacon
- Pasta Salad with Chicken and Veggies
- Turkey Sausage
- Turkey Meatballs with Mushrooms & Creamy Gravy/Rice/Green Beans
- Spaghetti/Salad/Garlic Toast
- World’s Best Chicken/Roasted Fingerling Potatoes*/Lemon Garlic Broccoli
- Chicken Enchilada Bake*/Tossed Salad
- Crock Pot BBQ Rotisserie Chicken*/Garlic Green Beans/Mac & Cheese
- Date Night! 🙂