I shopped at ALDI once after we first got married. I’d never been there before and didn’t know any of the rules. Dexter and I walked around, picked out a few things (because where were the carts?!–on the side of the building I didn’t see from where I parked) and then the lady at the checkout was rude to us when I touched the cart she’d put our stuff into. It was a really uncomfortable experience, and I was more than willing to sacrifice the few pennies I’d save by shopping there to show them that I wouldn’t put up with that attitude.
Today, I decided to conquer my pride and try again. I came, armed with a quarter, figured out how to get my cart, and got inside. Just inside the door, I found a great deal on V8 Splash, then on spices, and was looking forward to buying some beautiful yellow bananas for $.45/lb. I was a little disappointed by the rest of the selection because it seemed like about everything I picked up was PHO-filled. And the bananas were neither beautiful nor yellow, but I put them in my cart because I assumed that the inside was still banana-y. I headed for the registers and got in line behind 9 other people at the one register they had open. Finally, someone else came out to help the poor lone woman at the open register. My items were rung up and I was just about to celebrate a triumphant trip. I swiped my Discover card, and was dismayed when it asked for my PIN. The cashier (who was at least polite this time) cancelled my order and I went over to the side to dig through my purse for my debit card, a little flustered and irritated. I couldn’t find it and realized that I hadn’t put it back in my purse after getting cash (which I did not have with me either) earlier in the day. I walked out of the store, frustrated and disappointed that my maturity in overcoming my ALDIsdain was not more rewarded.
So, I feel like being done with ALDI for another couple of years–or just telling myself that I don’t have to try again even then. Are you a faithful ALDI shopper? Were your first attempts their as irritating as mine? And, most importantly, do you think you find great enough deals to make the trip to ALDI worthwhile?