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Grocery shopping satisfaction

January 2nd, 2017 at 09:41 am

I really need to go to Aldi's more. You know how you go to a wholesale club like Costco or BJs and the final bill is kind of...staggering?

I got a good enough amount of healthy food at Aldi's and the bill came to...$18.

I won't buy 80% of the stuff they sell there that's processed or has various ingredients like preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, to name a few, and I also shy away from canned foods due to BPA lining in most of them and even plastic containers. I look for paper or glass packaging. A little limiting, yes i know.

However, I bought 2 half gallons of organic soymilk for $1.99 each, which is really a great price. I also got a small bag of 6 red onions for $1.99, a fresh pineapple for $1.29, grapefruit for .89 each, a small bag of sweet potatoes for .89, an eggplant for $1.29, organic arugula for .98, a carton of kiwi for $1.99 and both blackberries and raspberries, non-organic, 6 oz containers for .99 each. (Last winter I relied more on frozen organic berries, which can be had for a good price at BJs, but truth be told, I don't like them frozen in my cereal.)

And now they take credit cards.

On a sad note, I only today learned that Sicily Yoder, the Amish fiction writer who liked to post here, passed away 3 years ago from the flu, shortly after asking us here which photos we liked best for her upcoming book.

I'm just shocked. She was only 44. I only learned of it because someone here left a comment on a blog post (causing the entry to show up as a message in my email) where someone in Sicily's family, probably a daughter, told of her passing a few months earlier, after her last post here, in 2014.

10 Responses to “Grocery shopping satisfaction”

  1. Amber Says:

    Happy New Year!
    I have to check out Aldi's, I have a friend who swears by that place.
    It sadden me as well to find out about Sicily. Though we all haven't met, I feel like I know each and every one of you, and that we share a friendship like no other.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, that was sad to learn about Sicily. Wasn't there some connection to her and Ima Saver (Julie)?

  3. fern Says:

    Not that I know of, creditcardfree. Is Ima okay though? She hasn't posted in a while.

  4. Dido Says:

    Yes, Aldi's has improved--I was shopping there during my unemployment--happy that they now take credit cards, and the amount of organics has improved from a decade ago.

    Sad to hear about Sicily Yoder. And definitely worried about Ima Saver (Julie)...her last journal entries mentioned a non-healing foot injury or something like that. Worrisome.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    Oh no about Sicily! From the flu? So young??

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I didn't know about Sicily either. Very sad. I wish I could find the one perfect grocer, but they probably don't exist.

  7. Kiki Says:

    I am sad to say that I remember the passing of Sicily. It was so very sad and sudden.

    I wish Aldi could be here in California. I wonder if they have a sister store?

  8. Dido Says:

    Kiki, Trader Joe's is a sister store! I believe the two companies are owned by brothers, and at least are definitely in the same family. Where I live, we have Aldi's locally but Trader Joe's is a 50-minute drive. Aldi's is cheaper, Trader Joe's is better.

  9. pjmama Says:

    Huge Aldi advocate over here. And it is getting increasingly better in terms of organic and natural options. My favorite part is usually the assortment of imported goods they have - given it's a German company (and Dido is right - they're owned by two brothers. One owns "Aldi North" and the other "Aldi South" in Germany. We know them as Aldi and Trader Joe's here in the states).

    I hadn't realized that Sicility passed away. I remember her posts from years ago. Hope Ima is alright! Though I tend to be sporadic in my posting, it's crazy to think many of these members have been a part of my life for over 10 years...

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    When I was reading the post asking about Ima, it brought to mind Sicily. I really hope she is okay.

    I like Aldi's much more now that they accept credit cards. Big Grin

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