Trying New Things

Posted: November 19, 2011 by sneakerporndiaries in Uncategorized

Today I tried two new things (well, three, if you include my resistance to the urge to buy a large Breve Latte’ with an extra expresso shot).

First, I tried a new grocery store (new to me). I wrapped up at the laundry mat and was going to head over to Meijer and stock up on a few items since I was only a couple of miles away. I also had to swing by Staples to pick up ink cartridges for my printer while heading over there. In the Staples shopping center there’s a sign for Aldi. So I figured why not?

The buggies are all chained together and require the buggy pusher to deposit a quarter into the box on the right of the handle to said buggy. I made a face. I was going to have to use that quarter to pay for the parking meter later, I didn’t want to to stick a quarter into the stupid box (not that I had a choice). I sighed and stuffed a quarter in the slot, freed the stupid buggy and went into the store.

Immediately upon entering I noticed as a whole it was smaller than your typical grocery store. Maybe a little bigger than 7-11? The entire place was filled with off-brand foods. From kettle chips to milk. I saw Uncle Ben’s rice stuff, a Lysol cleaner, but nothing else really stood out. So I thought I’d give it a shot and see what the benefit would be. I picked a 1/2 gallon of milk, egg substitute, a few off brand greek yogurts (I think I know where those will end up), cheese (they did have Baby Bel’s, really excited I was!), some crackers to go with my cream cheese, half and half, decaf coffee, couple of frozen food items, kettle chips (they were in front of the door and called my name), lunch meat, blah blah blah. I had  meals at home, this was just a run for fillers and mild munchies (okay..TWO munchies…sue me).

At the checkout I noticed there were only two lanes, customers had to pay for bags (paper or plastic), and the cashiers only put the items back into the buggies after scanning them. Similar to Sams Club. The end of the lanes aren’t user friendly, they get clogged up with recycling buggies (again, like Sams). Also, there’s no display to indicate how much you’re spending, which kind of bugged me because I am watching my wallet.

When the cashier finished with me, I bagged up my stuff and loaded up my car. Then put the buggy away to get my stinking quarter back. Side note: there wasn’t a single solitary buggy in the parking lot.

Then I went to Staples. When did they get so cluttered? It’s like walking into Micro Center, crap everywhere. I won’t be going back there. I like clean, obstacle free shopping. I enjoy displays which get my attention and force me to touch the items in the basket. Cluttering up the entrance and the area in front of the cash registers is, as far as I’m concerned, a marketing nightmare. When I was trying to check out, the guy had me go to another lane. You know, they couldn’t even be bothered to remove the crap off the counter so I could finish my transaction. This duded wanted me to fill out a rewards application. Looking back, what I should have said was, “NO, I don’t want to complete your application. I don’t want two rewards points for recycling my old cartridges. You’re wasting my time and I can’t see where the hell I’m going!”

Finally, I went to the Salvation Army over on 4th Street here in Royal Oak. I just asked my mom, “When did they get so expensive?” I found three t-shirts which cost me $21 bucks, and I also looked for a winter coat. However, I’m not spending 80 bucks on a wool coat with holes in the pockets and tears in the inner lining. I’m struggling with the whole coat thing because whatever I get, I am not going to be able to wear in a couple of months due to the rate I’m losing weight. In other words, spending all that money on something I will not be able to wear in 60 days doesn’t make sense. I might hook up with my cousin and look into hitting the DAV she and her husband go to. Might get lucky there.

Oh, so this picture is from the lot where I parked. Some fool stuffed a nickel into the meter with glue on it. It was wedged in the slot. If you look, you can see the substance on the bottom portion of the coin, on the right. Nice, huh?

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  3. Danielle Fritts says:

    Aldi’s says they have the same products made by the same companies. They are just packaged different. But your correct with if it has more ingredients than you have digits part. Salvation army prices the items for the area. Rochester prices are higher then Romeo. Kinda makes me mad that my donations are being used that way but they are now a corporation so what can we do about it. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for writing.

  4. Thank you so much for your input and encouragement! I didn’t realize the Salvation Army prices their stuff according to the area. That truly is a drag. It’s tough too, thrift stores aren’t in abundance. When I was living in Southern California you could find them all over the place, and if it wasn’t a thrift store in the area you were certain to find a flea market.

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