There was a time when I was afraid of stepping into my local Aldi store. I didn’t quite understand what happened at the checkouts and felt I was being judged as I neatly packed all of my purchased goods neatly into my paid for carrier bags (why is she beeping it through so fast and throwing it at me?).
I’ve shopped at Tesco ever since I fled the comfort of my parent’s nest and fully-stocked fridge. I tell a lie, Tesco have delivered to me for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved the convenience of online shopping and didn’t trust myself in the aisles with a trolley – into which I tend to throw whatever takes my fancy, which is pretty much every item. Especially if I’m shopping hungry…
But since we moved into our current house 18 months ago, I’ve been having secret rendezvous with the Aldi store down the road. It started off with those little ‘top up shops’ when I’d realise we’d run out of milk or I was short of an onion for that casserole I’d planned.
And then, on one visit, I went too far and took a closer look at the wine. How much??? I quickly stashed four bottles of Pinot Noir into my trolley before someone realised they’d priced it wrong. Not to mention the eclectic cereal aisle with all of my favourite ‘brands but not really brands’ at half the price (there’s a reason for those ads they do on tele).
Without even realising it, I’m now a fully fledged Aldi shopper. The defining moment came when I discovered the Aldi baby products and thought ‘why not?’ I’ve used Pampers nappies ever since Taylor was born and I have to say that they’ve been good to me so far. But again, I couldn’t resist the temptation of a pack of Mamia nappies at half the price – and those little award emblems printed on the side got me – if other people think they’re worthy of an award, then perhaps they are. And they are. Really.
The baby wipes are also so much better than the huggies ones I’ve previously used – at 59p they even have a proper plastic seal (none of those flimsy stickers which Taylor always ends up eating). I also love their Mamia friut puree pots – perfect for adding to that Ready Brek but not really – which are identical to the Cow & Gate ones I’ve always bought but cost just 89p for 4 (as opposed to £1.75). Seriously, if you haven’t tried out the Aldi baby products, you really need to.
So there you have it. I’m such a convert I even bought myself one of their ‘buy and keep’ bags on my last visit. And who doesn’t know that you don’t pack your bags at the checkout? Tesco loser.
Have you tried the Aldi baby products yet? Would you convert?