Why I won’t shop at Aldi
So many people recommend to me and others to shop in Aldi. They always say the quality is as good as the big name supermarkets and the price is much better. I have to agree some of the products are truly lovely and the price of a full trolley is always a pleasant surprise at the checkout.
Trouble is I have found Aldi to be one of the worst shops for disability access and accommodations. I have tried to shop in my local Aldi store multiple times and I always find myself having to navigate boxes laying on the floor and full shelf stacking trolleys just left in the aisles.
The worst thing though is the sheer speed at which the checkout staff scan and push through your shopping. I’ve checked out a couple of stores and it is always the same. The staff are in such a rush to get you through the tills. There is no where for your shopping to sit whilst you put it in your trolley so you have to rush to get it in as quick as you possibly can. I understand that one of the ways the store keeps costs down is to have less staff that work faster but I simply cannot keep up!
The last time I shopped in Aldi I left the store in tears I felt stressed, my heart rate was through the roof and I was in pain. It was a traumatic experience for me to be honest.
I need to plan and budget to keep my shopping bill manageable but I don’t have the luxury of shopping at such discounted stores.
The big four
Sometimes you just have to pay more for a better level of service, especially with a disability. It isn’t right it is just the way things seem to be. I find that Tesco is in general pretty relaxed about the checkout process and allow you the time you need. Tesco even offer to pack for you, which when you are feeling really ill is a huge bonus.
Ways to save without having to shop at Aldi etc
Over the next few weeks I plan on investigating other ways to save money on my shopping bill without having to shop at Aldi or the other discounted supermarkets.
What are your best tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments below.