Sound Off!

My Domestic Church was kind enough to include me as her Works-For-Me Wednesday post as something that works for her. What an honor and delight it was to see our blog listed as a solution for a family.

Overall, I have received great feedback from doing this site, but I do receive some really ugly hate mail too. People feel I should be encouraging others to buy locally and support their farmers market, others feel that organic is the only types of food that I should encourage, and others just plain hate Aldi.

On My Domestic Church, this was one of the comments that appeared. I was pretty surprised. Any feelings on this comment?

Aldi’s is for poor people, God bless them. Eating crap like that will put you in an early grave and make you obese.

If you are buying Aldi, are you too poor to shop the regular supermarket?  Do you shop there because you like a good deal or do you just like their food?

We are a middle class family with two children. We are not rich, but we are not poor. I shop at Aldi because it is the best I can do for my money and I don’t like going to multiple stores for good deals. I usually only shop Aldi or I shop Aldi and pick one loss leader for the week.

Sound off and share your Aldi experience! I am curious why you shop there!

20 Responses to “Sound Off!”

  1. Heather — April 22, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow…I am surprised to hear that people are that anti-Aldi’s. Of course, people seem to like something to hate, so maybe that is their vent in life.

    I could stand to lose a few pounds, but shopping at Aldi’s did nothing to cause that situation. My fiance is very trim and he now eats Aldi food everyday. We are not poor; we are frugal and financial free and intend to stay that way. Before Mike met me he had never eaten food from Aldi’s, now he is a total convert and loves that I can do all the grocery shopping for both of us for $100 a month. He is a ‘quality counts’ person and thinks their food is great!

    I do think that a shopper has to make choices and there is plenty of junk food and processed food at Aldi’s. However, there is an equal (or even greater) amount at any grocery store. It is all about choosing to use the staples, produce and correct meats to make meals as healthy as possible! I’m so grateful that there is another option out there and will be an Aldi shopper as long as there is an Aldi around.

    As a final point, Aldi is doing many things right. They are the only grocery store that encourages people to bring their own bags or recycle the boxes in the store. They do not offer the typical plastic bags that most do, which are horrible for the environment. On Earth Day I think it is important to point out that they are a leader in the grocer sector!


  2. Barb Szyszkiewicz, sfo — April 22, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    I’d probably shop at Aldi’s more if it were closer to my home….as it is, it’s off my beaten path. But I am impressed with the store and what it offers. People can get obese eating food bought at any kind of store if they make bad choices about what they buy, how they cook it and whether they exercise.
    I look for good value for my food dollar. Saving money on the grocery bill (and other household bills) is good for my family.

  3. Misti — April 22, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    My family is middle class. There is my husband and I plus our two children. I don’t feel shopping at Aldi is for ‘poor people’. We shop there to save money. I don’t feel the food is unhealthy. One of the main reasons we go there is for the great prices on fresh fruit and vegtables – in which we eat alot of. You also can’t beat their prices on yogurt. I am also feeding two Type 1 Diabetics (my husband & son).

    I don’t critique people who shop at the more expensive grocery stores and don’t use coupons – they should’t judge others who want to save a few dollars. Anyways you can buy the same type of food that will ‘send you to an earlier grave’ at the expensive stores.

  4. Kara — April 22, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    The person who thinks “Aldi’s” -the added an unneeded apostrophe s to names is one of my grammar pet peeves- has probably never been to Aldi. I will admit that I used to have the opinion that Aldi is for poor people. I was very surprised when I found out that one of my new friends, who is by no means poor, shopped there every week. She encouraged me to try it, and after many years, I did. I was very pleasantly surprised at not only the low prices, but the cleanliness of the store and the quality of the food.

    Yes, Aldi does have lots of pre-packaged and processed foods, but so does every other grocery store. And like everyone should at every grocery store, to avoid “leading oneself to an early grave and being obese”, you should keep the processed food purchases to a minimum, and buy mostly whole foods, of which Aldi has plenty. And now they have the Fit and Active line for just about everything. Admittedly there are a couple of items I wish Aldi would carry, such as natural applesauce without high fructose corn syrup, but I buy 90 to 95% of my groceries there. And my family is not poor- in fact, we have more money in the bank now that I buy most of my groceries at Aldi. Unfortunately, lots of people, including some of my friends, would never shop there. It’s their loss. Let them sob over their high grocery bills. As a proud Aldi shopper, I don’t have high grocery bills, and, my family is very healthy!

  5. ~Kayla~ — April 22, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    I love Aldi’s, personally, so I’ll fit into that hateful comment(though I’d consider us FAR from poor). It’s a shame, the ignorance and stupidty of that particualr person :-( Unfortunately, there’s so much of it. One may get killed tonight by a furnace blowing up, or one may get hit by a semi tomorrow. When it’s one time, it is one’s time, it doesn’t matter what you eat, drink or do sometimes. I’ll be posting this on Elena’s blog as well in response to that horrific and ignorant remark.

  6. ~Kayla~ — April 22, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    After I hit submit, a thought struck me. Eating ANYTHING these days will put you in an early grave. In this I mean the recalls darn near DAILY!

  7. Elena — April 22, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    I’m guessing that commenter was a drive by having a bad day. If she had actually READ THE MENU and seen all the ground turkey I think she would have to agree it was pretty healthy.

    Don’t let it bother you. It takes all kinds…

  8. Mary — April 22, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

    I love Aldi. My family consist of my husband, 2 teenage children and myself. We are not rich, but we are not poor. The Lord has blessed us very much. However, as a christian, it is my duty to watch and make good decisions regarding our finances which was given to us by the Lord. My decision to shop at Aldi is my personally decision. I or no one else should be judge on where we shop. This world would be a lot better off if we wouldn’t judge people. Just open our hearts to them.
    Regarding healthy. No matter what you eat if you eat to much of it you will get fat.

  9. Tammy — April 22, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    Wow, I never thought of Aldis as a place for “poor people”. I used to shop there quite often, but the store in my area is in the opposite direction as the Meijer I go to. I have found that Aldi doesn’t have all my grocery needs, and because I work full time, I don’t have time to shop at Aldi and then Meijer.

    Aldi has plenty of healthy food options:
    ground turkey
    chicken breasts
    canned vegetables
    etc., etc.

    It is all in how you shop!

  10. Erica C — April 23, 2007 @ 4:47 am

    Obviously, I’m in the pro-Aldi camp or I wouldn’t be following your blog! But I know there’s a stigma to shopping there.

    We are right in the middle of the middle class (in the $40,000′s last year). I like being free of credit card debt. I like being able to save for our next car, instead of being forced into a car loan. I like being able to pay ahead on our mortgage a little. And I don’t have time to run around buying loss leaders at 5 stores a week. Shopping at Aldi is a big help.

    I know some very upper middle class folks who shop there for certain items. I’ve seen a Corvette in the parking lot. There are some products we actually like better than the name brands. Their seeded rye bread has more caraway seeds than I’ve even seen! They do have Fit and Active items, and it’s easier to afford fruits and veggies there, whether they be fresh, canned or frozen. There’s low-fat dairy, soy milk, whole grain breads and cereals, plenty of fish, chicken and turkey, olives and olive oil, nuts. You could easily follow a healthy Mediterranean diet, or Weight Watchers, shopping mostly at Aldi.

    I think the anti-Aldians are showing their snobbishnes, ignorance, and/or maybe even anti-German bias.

  11. stephanie — April 23, 2007 @ 6:37 am

    I debated whether or not to respond to your post since I agree with pretty much everything here. :) We love Aldi’s and I do almost all of my grocery shopping there. I have a few things that I like to pick up at Sam’s in bulk because we go through them so fast and in those instances the bulk prices beat the Aldi’s price. However, I have found that as I make more of an effort to make things from scratch and buy less processed things, we eat very healthy from Aldi’s. And, because of their great prices, I’m able to put more (and better) meat on our table more often because I can fit it into our grocery budget for our family of (almost) 5, which pleases my husband. :)

  12. Monika — April 23, 2007 @ 6:44 am

    I agree with most of the above posts, especially about the healthy foods found at ALdi, it all depends on what you choose to buy. I can see how people would get the impression that Aldi is for “poor people” On some days, there are long lines and you see people paying with their Link Cards (modern food stamps)
    I also, however, never fail to see nice cars like Lexus and BMW parked in the parking lot.

    Aldi is not my only grocery stop, but I refuse to pay 2x as much for staples, when I know I can get them at Aldi for much less.

  13. ~Kayla~ — April 23, 2007 @ 7:03 am

    Oh, dagnab, I am one of those that adds the “‘s” to Aldi, but then I never say it the same way each time, LOL…. Sometimes I say “ahhh-l-dee” sometimes it’s “a-(short a)l-dee…..” I think though, in my defense, I’d heard about it SOOOOO much from so many people, that by the time I was close enough to one to start shopping there, I didn’t have a clue as to what exactly it was called. My kids just look for the “orange and blue sign.”

    Now on that note, I totally agree. A couple of my peeves are those that say “KrogerS,” “EckerdS” and “SwifTer.” So I am making a mental note to drop the ‘s’ from Aldi, and hope that being a European name, it is pronunced Ahh-l-dee.

    Please don’t make me rethink my typos, though. I can’t get past them *rofl*

    PS- this is written in humour, Kara. I hope you take it that way! I actually blushed when I read your comment, knowing that I am guilty of said crime. I just never paid attention to the proper pronunciation & spelling. So can the real pronunciation please stand up?

  14. Kara — April 23, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to upset anyone who adds an unneeded apostrophe s to things. I was just being petty about the anti-Aldi woman.
    We have a large medical research lab near us, called “Abbott Laboratory,” and lots of people call it Abbott’s. It bugs the people who work there and it rubbed off on me. Now I see that unneeded apostrophe s everywhere. On the other hand, I know lots of people who insist on calling Kinko’s, “Kinko.” And yes, you are so right about the SwifTer.
    I do believe the official store name is Aldi. On their web site, they capitalize it: ALDI. I think Amy wrote a history about it and it is short for the original company name, ALbright DIstribution or something like that. But whatever we call it, it still rocks! I love that store.

  15. Diana — April 23, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    I shop monthly at Aldi and where my MIL hates it, I personally love it.
    I make all my meals from the ground up.
    Adli is the only place that I have found so far that I can spend a set amount and still walk out with what I need.
    With a husband that eats for three and two children that can clean out any decently stocked pantry I am grateful for the Aldi in my area.
    Where my mother in law will spend $200+ for a week, I spend the same at Aldi for the month.
    You know she’s just jealous. :P

  16. wabash — April 24, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    I love Aldi! I shop there regularly. Their fresh produce is much cheaper than anywhere else in town. The Fit and Active line of products are very healthy. And they sell organic food too!
    I read that the guy who owns Aldi is brothers with the guy that owns Trader Joes (which only sells organic products).

    I think that the anti-Aldi person has probably never set foot in the store so she should just keep her snobby thoughts to herself.

  17. Gena — April 24, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    Yes, Wabash is correct. Aldi and Trader Joe’s are owned by the same company. So I wonder how the woman that hates Aldi feels about that?

    I LOVE Aldi. I shop there about every two weeks. There are only a couple of things I still have to get at Walmart or Publix and that is only because Aldi doesn’t carry them (black-eyed peas and low-fat sour cream). We eat very healthy meals and I feed 6 people (7 until this past August) every day. I use a lot of ground turkey and tons of the boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Also, you can’t beat the price of their beans and tomato products. I make fresh salsa each week, as well.

    I have friends who say they will never shop at Aldi because they also think it is for “poor” people. Funny thing is, I have more money in the bank than those friends and I don’t ever worry about having enough food for my family and friends.

    P.S. It is also the cleanest grocery store I have ever been in.

  18. Vicky — April 24, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    I feel sad for whoever made this comment. :( I feel blessed to have the opportunity to shop at Aldi! Growing up as one of 9 children, my mom worked hard to make their food budget REALLY stretch. When Aldi arrived on the scene in Milwaukee (which was almost an hour drive for us), she happily shopped there at least once per month and got great deals (this was back when the checkers rang up everything by hand – thank goodness for scanners!). :) I would often go with her, half of the grocery list in my hand and my own cart loaded with purchases. It was an excellent opportunity for her to show me not only fiscal responsibility, but frugality – items purchased at Aldi (especially the basics like milk, eggs, flour, sugar, etc.) are just like those purchased at the regular grocery store, only with a lot less mark-up. It showed me how to be an informed and picky consumer.
    Once I married, I was thrilled to know there would be an Aldi within 20 miles of me. And believe me, I’ve seen every kind of vehicle in the parking lot – from a Jaguar, Hummer and Land Rover, to the most rusted out Toyota you can imagine. But all the shoppers have one thing in common – they enjoy good quality food at good prices, and they are not too prideful to shop at Aldi (which does have a bad reputation, I agree with another poster). My husband grew up in a much more affluent family and although his mom thought nothing of shopping at Aldi, he dislikes it there. He loves the food, but if I sent him to grocery shop, he wouldn’t go there.
    As far as the original comment, it makes me sad that people can be so narrow-minded when it comes to food. People could say the same for Wal-Mart.

  19. Rebekah — April 30, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

    I have a family of 5 and we love Aldi. I love that the store is small enough that I can make my grocery list at home and know how much I am going to spend because I have memorized all the prices.
    I do have extended family members that still refuse to try Aldi and I keep trying to convince them. When they like the food that I bring to family gatherings I make it a point that they know it comes from Aldi.
    I am so glad that I can get recipe ideas from this website. All of my cook books call for way more then I need, but this website helps me still shop wisely. As said in other comments, we each choose for ourselves what we eat and we can not blame anyone else for our health, good or bad.

  20. Almost a Millionaire — February 12, 2008 @ 9:21 am

    We take our Holland America cruise bags to Aldi to put our groceries in to take home. I love the place and I love to save money. I also like the fact that the only choice you have to make about peanut butter is creamy or chunky. I don’t want to spend my time deciding which brand of 100 to choose from. Anything to save my time and my money is all for me.

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