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Why Aldi rocks (but is bad for chocolate lovers)


Let me preface this by saying this is not a sponsored post. Because, you know, the sponsorship offers of my high traffic blog are just flying in.

Today I would like to rave about Aldi. Aldi rocks. In fact I may have dedicated an entire post to Aldi already…or perhaps it was just to online shopping. Anyway. Aldi rocks. Did I mention that? Let me tell you why. They have an organic range of food that is cheaper, that’s right, CHEAPER than the normal equivalent at a regular supermarket.

They have organic milk for $1.99. Organic chocolate. Organic coffee. Even organic baby formula. They have Lindt equivalent chocolate that tastes just as good (if not better!) and it’s HALF THE PRICE!!! (which is actually incredibly dangerous for chocolate lovers like myself). In fact, Aldi is cheap as chips, and most of their stuff is Australian made.

I started shopping Aldi about a year ago now but my husband wasn’t into it. He’s not really into anything that’s not “normal” or “usual” (I have no idea how we get along). It didn’t matter what I said, I couldn’t sway him from the idea that Aldi was just cheap knockoffs. Until his mate introduced him to Aldi chocolate, and a few other items. Well, of course, if it comes out of his mate’s mouth then it must be right, so finally he’s on board with the Aldi shopping. (Though he has complained about the organic milk, that it doesn’t taste right, but I said “yeah, that’s because it’s go no added crap to it.”)

If you’ve never been before it helps to know what you’re getting into before you go, because it can be incredibly intimidating and it’s easy to look like a newbie. First, bring your own shopping bags, because at Aldi they charge you. Next, you have to be super fast in packing your bags because they don’t do it for you. So my tip is not to bother, just put the groceries into your trolley, move your trolley over to the bench and pack from there.

Aldi is fantastic for staple items, but if you’re looking for more specialist stuff then your regular grocery store is the best option. Still, you can buy enough food to feed a small family of 4 (as in a preppy and a toddler) for a week for less than $100.


Op-shop until you drop


Let me just reiterate: I LOVE op-shopping. Adore it. I would much rather have $100 to spend in an op-shop than $500 to spend in “normal” stores. I love to put aside a whole day to slowly and carefully sift through racks and racks of pre-loved, and often shameful, pieces of fashion to find those one or two pieces (yes, I just called them “pieces”) that make the last two hours of crap totally worth it.
Yes, it takes patience, and plenty of optimism. Often enough I will find something I think is brilliant, only to find I might have fit into it…oh…four or five years ago. D’oh!! But that’s where it turns into an art form. If it doesn’t fit me, it might fit someone else. And if I’m willing to pay $4 for it, maybe, just maybe, someone, somewhere (hopefully on Ebay) is willing to pay $8. 
I’ve had some awesome finds at op-shops. It has taken me a good three or so years to refine my op-shopping skills. There are plenty of op-shop finds that I thought were awesome at the time, that I’ve never actually worn. Like that crochet dress (yes, DRESS) that I thought might look good over something. Turns out I don’t own that something that would make that dress look good, and therefore have never worn it. Oh well.
So what are my best finds? By far, the best one is a Dolce and Gabanna satchel (pictured) that I bought for $30 in an op-shop in Pakington Street, Geelong. It looks like it’s from the 80s, and is really worn, but is still in quite good condition, which makes me think that it’s actually real. It has a huge ink stain on the inside (which may or may not be my fault) and one of the handles had to be re-sewn because the stitching came undone (which may or may not be from shoving too many phones/cameras/diaries/books/keys/perfumes/moisturisers/nappies in it), but it’s the one thing that people always comment on when I go out with it.
I’ve also found a huge burgundy Guerlain tote bag from an op-shop in Camberwell. Just recently I found a beautiful grey cotton Country Road t-shirt (pictured) that was in perfect condition, for $5 at an op-shop in Yarraville. And a really nice pair of metallic grey Esprit pants (pictured) that were also in mint condition. And the best thing about these pants was not only was it in my size, but they were also my length! Amazing! No matter how hard I shop at “normal” stores, I can never, EVER find a pair of pants that fit me as well as these ones do. I am a midget, and “normal” stores only cater for “normal sizes”.
So, whether you’re like me, a poor, job-searching student and mother who can’t afford (or detests) shopping in “normal” stores, or just want to find those clothes that no one wears anymore, to make a unique statement, I highly recommend op-shopping. Yes, it’s old news, but it never goes out of fashion.