I know I shouldn’t.
I know I say I’m against cheap plastic crap and have written about the true cost of our cheap manufactured non-degradable goods.
And I know Aldi is a company that apparently doesn’t pay much tax in Australia, sending its profits overseas.
But I do love Aldi. I’ve become an Aldi addict.
Not for their food. But their special buys! Yes, some of the special buys are cheap shit but much is top quality. Sold at cheap due to the high turn-over, small range of stock policy to get people in the door.
Let’s do an Aldi audit.
Ski pants – me two pairs and Mr S, three.
Skis – a pair for each member of our family. (Mr S also owns a pair of super duper skis he bought from the US).
Ski gear – a container load of socks, gloves, beanies, neck warmers, under layers and mid layers, and ski boot bags and ski bags.
Turbo cookers – makes the best ever roast chicken and roast potatoes. We own three. In our defence, we bought one and it was so good (or as Mr S, who very rarely swears says, they are fucking good), when I saw them on special for $20 or $30, I had to get two more. Hey, if/when we have family over we need to use two and the oven to do all the roast meats and veggies. So that gives us one to spare, just in case.
Fridge esky – given to Mr S by my step-father who is also an Aldi addict. It’s an esky. It’s a fridge. It’s amazing.
Torches – numbers innumerable. First one also given to Mr S by my step-father. Mr S loved it so had to buy more torches.
Lamps – two. Loved them. Use them.
Bike gear – tonnes of it. For Mr S. He started with their padded bike undies. Same quality as ones you pay $80 for. It was bike gear that sold Aldi for Mr S. We still await the return of the undies but in mean time Mr S has acquired many other bike items.
Activewear – lots for all of us, including runners for Mr S.
Digital radios – apparently Mr S owns two. (He says I need to stop. I will never finish if I continue this audit. We own too many Aldi things. But let’s try and perservere.)
Wireless speakers – I didn’t know these came from Adi.
Noise reducing headphones – these were a god send on my recent trip to China. Shouty, shouty people! Mr S hasn’t used his pair yet.
Shopping trolley with rotating wheels to go up stairs – Mr S often walks to buy seafood from the fishmonger and groceries from Aldi and another supermarket across the railway tracks and highway. I rarely go to “the other side”. Getting the loaded trolley up the steps was a problem this new trolley has solved.
Heated throw – this was a gift from my sister-in-law. What a wonderful thing! With a timer, I fall asleep snug and warm on the coldest nights. And don’t bake as I find I do with heated blankets that go under the sheets.
Heated clothes rail – we use this as an airer more without the heat.
Elliptical trainer – the purchase of this probably needs its own blog.
Four in one garden hedger, trimmer thing – the purchase of this will definitely get its own post.
Watch – Mr S has an Aldi watch but if I know him he has bought more than one.
London travel book: Top 10 London. This was great for last year’s trip. I’ve lent it to someone.
A moving trolley. This is so good. It folds flat but is sturdy. Used recently by oldest son to move a mini fridge. And used by Mr S to purchase two boxes of bubbles from the bottleshop for me.
And now for some past things which we’ve let go:
Digital camera and memory stick – Dreamer just had to have this for his school trip to Japan. Now outdated with iPhone but probably still in giving in his room.
Bullet blender – this was a dud. Given away.
Steamer for clothes – another dud. Just spat hot water. Tossed the thing.