(note to any potential commenters. I am no shrinking violet. Don't think that a few harsh words are going to intimidate me in to reversing my position. All you will do is piss me off and get me all ranty on you, while also lowering my opinion of both Aldi and Aldi shoppers. Way to go! Oh – and next time I publish email and IP addresses)
It seems that this post touched a nerve. What was written almost 2 months ago sat largely unnoticed until the past week. Since then, I have deleted several comments and received more than a few emails from people determined to defend Aldi and tell me what a bad person I am for not worshipping at the Altar of Aldi!
Why the sudden interest? Your guess is as good as mine! Is it National I-Love-Aldi month?
So let's get a few things straight (and address the 2 relatively tame comments that I allowed to stay up):
1. It's not as if I said that Aldi was evil…I mean, it's not like it is Walmart or anything. As a matter of fact, I pointed out that some items were cheaper than my grocery stores, even with a coupon. The price on dried beans blew me away! I also pointed out that if one lives where they don't double coupons (or simply lives closer to an Aldi than I do), Aldi can be a wonderful thing.
2. Perhaps the store near me is not one of the better ones, perhaps it was a bad day…..but rotten fruit is rotten fruit. You couldn't have paid me to eat any of the fruit on display that day.
3. I didn't tell anyone NOT to go to Aldi. I simply gave my opinion of it. I realize that many many people think Aldi is the best thing since sliced Schnitzbrot and if you are among them, go forth and save! You have my blessing (not that you need it anyway!). My husband thinks I am wrong, wrong, wrong for hating ketchup…but he doesn't see the need to chastise me for it (both on this site and off). Why do you?
4. Addressing the comment from Dan: the cost of the newspaper? Most weeks I save a minimum $15 from one $1 newspaper. I'm still up $14. How many additional trips? None. Aldi is not one-stop shopping for most people. Perhaps for some, but not all!
5. And to Sam: thank you for your opinion of my time management skills. As for your comments about the fresh fruits and vegetables? See #2. Oh – and on the off-chance that you are an employee for “Aldi Corporate” (your use of the word “tinned” indicates that you are likely not an American…most Americans say “canned”.), and on a PR mission for Aldi? Let your bosses know that it was your comment that was the final straw and inspired this post. Good job!