I just went on an adventure with Greta to our local Aldi. For those of you that don't know, Aldi is a discount grocery store. They have fresh produce, canned goods, an entire wall of refrigerated foods, and lots of other goodies. I go to Aldi when I need to get groceries for cheap and, I'm feeling brave. Our local Aldi is located right on Penn ave.
Now, let me preface this whole story by telling you that I love living in North Minneapolis. The times that I am afraid of my neighborhood are few and far between. We live on an excellent street with great neighbors who look out for each other. We are smart about when we go out and where we go. And to be honest, I'm truly more afraid of the wildlife (read: squirrels) in our neighborhood than I am any "bad guys".
All that to say- when I brave a trip to Aldi, alone with Greta, I am doing just that, braving a trip. This store creeps me out to no end. There are always people lurking by the carts. Which by the way, you have to deposit a quarter into just to use. But don't worry, you get it back at the end of the shopping trip. That is, if you're not harrased by one of the previously mentioned lurkers who would like your quarter!
So, G and I show up this morning, ready to do some damage. We walked right up to the cart carole, which I had planned ahead for by bring a quarter with me, and got our cart. Only- there was a quarter already in there! Some kind soul left a quarter in their cart for the next person to use. (In hindsight I wish I would have done the same thing but instead I took the quarter when it was my turn to leave!)
We walked in and were amazed, immediately, at the ammount of deals the store had to offer. Here's what we got:
almonds: 12 oz
english muffins: 2, 6 packs
kleenex (not the actual brand kleenex but facial tissues mind you): 3 boxes
frozen pie shells:2
jalapeno peppers: 16 oz container
gum: 4 pack
sparkling cider: 2 bottles of our upcoming camp wine tasting
fruit snacks (no sugar added): 12 pack
raspberry fruit stips: 8 pack
sack of flour
jar of garlic: 8 oz
hersheys choc. bars: 12 oz bag
can of beans
dark choc. cookies for Dan
Any guesses as to how much all of this cost me? Any?
Well, I walked out of there spending a whopping $37.36
That's right, less than $40 and I now have tons of fruit to freeze for Greta, fresh fruit for now, snacks for our trip, cooking essentials for our home and lots of other fun items!
And- I didn't get accosted. We left the store, with two lurkers eye-balling my cart- walked straight to our car, unloaded our groceries, put the cart back (took the quarter which I'll leave for next time) and got back into our car.
All in alll it was a great trip and we are happy campers!