An Aldi just opened down the block from my apartment. Aldi is a chain grocery store that carries incredibly cheap products. Though, there is a hidden cost. Fatness to be exact.
According to their philosophy they carry “only 1,400 or so of your most frequently purchased grocery and household items, of which nearly all are ALDI select brands. As a result, we get the lowest prices from our suppliers—and pass the savings on to you.”
It’s interesting to walk through the store and see what the 1,400 or so products actually are according to what’s on the shelf. Upon entering I am bombarded with a whole aisle of different types of chips, good healthy choices. Along another aisle, cereal—all containing large amounts of corn syrup while none upon my searching included whole wheat. There is also the baking aisle with its many different kinds of frying oils, corn syrup in giant containers and multiple cake and cookie mixes. Unlike other grocery stores this is the mecca for bad eating and bad choices.
As a shopper who wants to generally eat as healthy as possible going to Aldi is like walking into the store of gluttony. How can poor, I mean real honest poor people, eat like “everyone else”. Unless we consider that “everyone else” generally chooses to eat this shitty as well?
“ALDI was founded on the belief that people, wherever they live, should have the opportunity to buy everyday groceries of the highest quality at the lowest possible price.”
Great in theory, but it would be nice if more of the 1400 products contained greater nutritional value than they do.
Now to save even more money I have to go to three different grocery stores. The Devon Market to get all my fresh products; Aldi to get canned goods, and Dominic to get cereal and soy milk.
I’m sure in this capitalistic society it would be difficult to have one store that possessed everything a person needs at a valuable price—I suppose that would defeat the purpose of neoliberalism—or we’d all be stuck in the monopoly of a Wal-mart tyranny (as if we’re not close already). Which I am still thankful has been erected anywhere near me, because my wallet would overtake my conscious and I’d end up shopping there again, even though I am aware of their pure evilness.
Maybe I should just quit being such a cheapskate.
I did find a Mega Millions Lottery ticket on the ground while buying a few of the 1400 selected items at Aldi… perhaps I’ll win the jackpot on a free ticket. The irony would be amazingly beautiful and I’d never have to go back to that store again. . . strange.
Readers please send me good vibes my way so that I may actually be in possession of the golden ticket to magical capitalistic happiness. I’m just six numbers away. . .