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post #101 of 243
I've never even heard of Aldi
Their store locater says they don't have any in my state or nearby at all. Oh well.
post #102 of 243
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Originally Posted by Nature View Post
I've never even heard of Aldi
Their store locater says they don't have any in my state or nearby at all. Oh well.
I honestly don't think you are missing much. We got a new one by us and I had heard so much about it, I went to check it out. Everything is an off-brand and the few things I tried were AWFUL. :gag: At our store the limited produce section was simply gross. And this was a new store!!

Not to mention the irritation of having to find a quarter to deposit into the shopping cart just to use one.
post #103 of 243
a quarter to use the shopping cart?! Well, I won't be going there anytime soon.
That is just counter-productive. They are limiting how much the customers buy if they are unwilling to spend a quarter on a cart. Heck, I would only buy what I could carry just to prove a point.

We used to have a Winnie Dixie with great produce, but since the super Walmart came it went out of business.
post #104 of 243
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Originally Posted by Potty Diva View Post
a quarter to use the shopping cart?! Well, I won't be going there anytime soon.
That is just counter-productive. They are limiting how much the customers buy if they are unwilling to spend a quarter on a cart. Heck, I would only buy what I could carry just to prove a point.
You get the quarter back when you return it, but it is a PIA. It's to keep people from using the carts to walk all their groceries home or to the bus stop. A lot of city grocery stores have them. Some have wheels that lock if you push them past a certain line in the parking lot.
post #105 of 243
that is so wild, but does make sense.

Now I am thinking, "only a quarter?" That wouldn't buy a new cart fer sure
post #106 of 243
My ds will not touch fruit and it certainly isn't because it isn't available. He will eat three types of veggies also available and offered constantly. We just went strawberry picking and he said "I'll help pick but I will not try one".

My dd will practically eat nothing but fruit and veggies.

They were both fed the same well rounded, healthy diet as babies with very little processed food.

Go figure. Some kids are just naturally very picky. I don't think that he has sensory issues because we don't see it with anything else.

I just keep offering and have seasonal fruits and veggies available. You can't force a kid to eat them.
post #107 of 243
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No I know it's not wasted and I'm glad she eats them! It's the mentality of wanting thins to last and not get ripped through so quickly. I plan out foods big time so if they are gone within two seconds and I meal planned with them things get difficult. I'm sure I'm not the only person to have that mentality. For all we know the parents mentioned in the op could be of the same mind set.

Interesting thread.
Oh yeah, I totally grew up with that. My dad wouldn't buy food the kids liked too much.

Grapes were for holidays like Easter. If kiwis were on sale, we'd each get half a kiwi, maybe twice a year. I'd ask to pick strawberries as a big birthday treat (June birthday). Special food doesn't go far with 7 kids. Things would have to be strictly doled out or it would be gone before everyone had a small amount.

The judgment about what other people feed their kids is SO old! I'd really love it if people would assume others have reasons for doing things the way they do.
post #108 of 243
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Oh yeah, I totally grew up with that. My dad wouldn't buy food the kids liked too much.

Grapes were for holidays like Easter. If kiwis were on sale, we'd each get half a kiwi, maybe twice a year. I'd ask to pick strawberries as a big birthday treat (June birthday). Special food doesn't go far with 7 kids. Things would have to be strictly doled out or it would be gone before everyone had a small amount.

The judgment about what other people feed their kids is SO old! I'd really love it if people would assume others have reasons for doing things the way they do.
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post #109 of 243
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Originally Posted by Potty Diva View Post
that is so wild, but does make sense.

Now I am thinking, "only a quarter?" That wouldn't buy a new cart fer sure
Most people don't want to give up their quarter permanently

And it keeps them from leaving the cart at the far end of the parking lot or kids from pushing them into creeks. It's not like most people want to keep the carts (Some do. I see people using them for collecting scrap metal.)
post #110 of 243
for the OP

You're not making snide comments about people at the next table in a restaurant, these are kids you spend a ton of time with every day, and you care about their well being. Kudos to you for trying to broaden their horizons. It's not easy to take care of little ones that are not your own.
post #111 of 243
And big for the parents of these children, who are working hard to raise their families, and are paying the OP to care for their children while they work. It's hard to trust someone else to care for your children -- also, someone who cares for your children sees into your family life in a way no one else does, so these parents have basically invited the OP into their inner sanctum, as well as making it possible for her to do childcare as a livelihood.
post #112 of 243
You get the quarter back, it's a deposit. I just found it a total PITA because I rarely have cash/change on me!

Then to get inside and find yucky produce, well, let's say I'll never take the time to go there again. I've heard people rave about Aldi, so maybe our store just sucks!

I like to buy my produce from Publix. It can get pricey, esp organic, but the quality is so much better than Winn Dixie (not that we have one close by anymore!) and I try my best not to shop at our local Wal Mart neighborhood market store. But I must admit, their produce was pretty good. :
post #113 of 243
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Most people don't want to give up their quarter permanently

And it keeps them from leaving the cart at the far end of the parking lot or kids from pushing them into creeks. It's not like most people want to keep the carts (Some do. I see people using them for collecting scrap metal.)
When I went to Aldi I was so confused. I thought it cost a quarter to use the cart and I was a little put out. So when I put the cart back and my quarter popped out, I got all excited.

I can see why they do it, but it's one of the many things that make me never want to go back there again!
post #114 of 243
i had to stop reading this thread around post 20 - my mouth is watering like crazy!
post #115 of 243
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I'd really love it if people would assume others have reasons for doing things the way they do.


YES
post #116 of 243
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Originally Posted by mistymama View Post
Not to mention the irritation of having to find a quarter to deposit into the shopping cart just to use one.
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Originally Posted by Potty Diva View Post
a quarter to use the shopping cart?! Well, I won't be going there anytime soon.
This has probably already been addressed, but there are no grocery stores here that don't require a deposit for a cart. The one around the corner from me (fairly cheap store, not upscale) requires $1.00. This has been in place here for a long, long time.
post #117 of 243
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see, to me, i wouldn't consider it a waste at all if my child ate all the blueberries. i'd figure 1) they were good for her and 2) obviously her body needed them, or else she wouldn't have craved them so much to "sneak off" and devour them. to me, the only time fruit is wasted is when you buy it, don't use it for a week, and then throw it out. fresh fruit is fresh. when you buy it, eat it that day or the next. it actually loses its nutritional value the longer it sits uneaten.

you must only have one child. if one of my child snuck the big treat and snarfed it down I would be ticked. I would have not gotten any, the other children would not have gotten any and until i went out and dropped another $10-$15 on 2 more packs of blueberries so that everything was fair for the kids and they each got a full thing of blueberries I would have no peace. of course then the one who snuck the blue berries would be crying because she would want more and her other two sisters were feasting while she got none never mind that she had already selfishly devoured 5-$7 bucks worth of blueberries and I would be dealing with all these tantrums while still having nothing but crappy carbs to snack on because another $5 for a serving of blueberries is just too much no matter how much a anted or needed them. . . not to mention all the gas running back and forth to the store. . .
post #118 of 243
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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post
You get the quarter back when you return it, but it is a PIA. It's to keep people from using the carts to walk all their groceries home or to the bus stop. A lot of city grocery stores have them. Some have wheels that lock if you push them past a certain line in the parking lot.
It also save the store a lot of money by not having to go retrieve carts. The grocery store i worked at had 3 full time guys in the day and 2-4 guys at all times in the evening who did nothing but retrieve carts at $6 - $10 an hour. so lets say the average wage is $8 an hour and the average is 2.5 people running carts from 6AM - 11PM. thats 17 hours. That works out to about $350 a day just to retrieve carts. Not to mention those stolen, broken, abused and rusted by rain ice and salt. (and people wonder why we push drive up. . . .it used to be your only option). I would probably never shop at aldis (especially for produce as I don't trust too cheap produce) but i can certainly understand their cart system, even if it is a pain in the butt.

A new cart cost $200-$300 dollars.

and continuing this totally off topic rant about things that make your groceries more expensive. . . .
other things to think about the raise the price of your food. . . .

letting your kids mess around with stuff. cans are not toys. playing with them, rearranging them ect leads to loss. cans get dented, things down the isle get knocked off and broken. (same goes for letting little kids push carts) also just rearranging price tags and cans cost a lot. I made $10 an hour and spent half my shift straightening up what little kids messed up (it was all knee height. i assume adults have better things to do) and reorganizing shelves. and I was one of the lowest paid people on that shift. this goes for dropping stuff all over the place because you kid snagged it and you don't feel like putting it back where it goes. bags. seriously we spent a fortune on these. if everyone would bring their own bags, or at least ask the sacker to fill the bags (they are strong) not get double bagging, don't sack your milk or things that don't really fit in bags, etc everything a store does cost it money. every friendly employee. oh don't throw crap on the floor. There are no garbage cans in grocery stores because people steal stuff and throw the packaging away. just ask someone to throw it away for you. one guy got paid probably over $10 an hour plus benefits to sweep all day. no kidding. there were also two part time janitors always cleaning.
post #119 of 243
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Originally Posted by ElliesMomma View Post
but here i sit eating my way through two packs of sliced up strawberries (which my 2 year old is also enjoying) and if this is our worst indulgence, to me, i figure: oh well. we save money by taking second hand clothes and second hand toys and never eating out. frankly, i'd rather spend the money eating fresh food, but that's just me!
Since we eat Local, In Season Organic berries they are more of a luxury for us as well.

I would rather go the healthier route of buying the safe fruits.

Do you realize just how many chemicals and other junk you are ingesting when you eat cheap, non organic berries that have been transported over 1,000 miles to get to you??
Not to mention that most of the nutritional value is lost when foods are grown that way.

I promise that there are more things in those berries that are bad for your body than there are good.

This is not a judgment on what you eat. It is just HILARIOUS for me to see people acting like berries from Costco or Aldi's (?)( WTF?) are healthy!!!!!!
And then putting other people down for not eating them as if they are doing a disservice to their bodies by NOT consuming chemical ridden foods.

Everyone has a different opinion on what is healthy. No matter what your family eats there are sure to be people who think that it is not healthy. It is so ridiculous to get all "Holier Than Thou" over fruit!!!!!!

*sigh* I DO Love MDC so much, but I wish people would quit being so FRIGGIN judgmental!!!




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post #120 of 243
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Since we eat Local, In Season Organic berries they are more of a luxury for us as well.

I would rather go the healthier route of buying the safe fruits.

Do you realize just how many chemicals and other junk you are ingesting when you eat cheap, non organic berries that have been transported over 1,000 miles to get to you??
Not to mention that most of the nutritional value is lost when foods are grown that way.

I promise that there are more things in those berries that are bad for your body than there are good.

This is not a judgment on what you eat. It is just HILARIOUS for me to see people acting like berries from Costco or Aldi's (?)( WTF?) are healthy!!!!!!
And then putting other people down for not eating them as if they are doing a disservice to their bodies by NOT consuming chemical ridden foods.

Everyone has a different opinion on what is healthy. No matter what your family eats there are sure to be people who think that it is not healthy. It is so ridiculous to get all "Holier Than Thou" over fruit!!!!!!

*sigh* I DO Love MDC so much, but I wish people would quit being so FRIGGIN judgmental!!!




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Are you joking? Because this is the most judgemental food-related post I've seen on MDC, and that's saying A LOT.
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