Buy Australian?

21 Apr

I love Aldi. I have shopped at Aldi since it first opened. I first found Aldi when I was searching for authentic Italian nogart ahead of Christmas. Someone told me that Aldi is German-owned and stocks heaps of European brands. I was amazed at the brands they had and went crazy stocking up for family and friends.

I became a monthly Aldi shopper. Everything was so affordable. I’d stock up on cleaning products, passata, nappies and wipes and there was always brilliant specials. It wasn’t pretty. Service took a while and you had to pack the groceries in bags yourself but I didn’t care. I could fill up a trolley and struggle to reach $200. Do the same at any other supermarket and you might pay double or triple the price.

Aldi has its critics. It isn’t Australian. The money you spend there is going overseas. But I don’t care. They employ Australians, they rent from Australian landlords, Australian trucks transport their products. There’s plenty of reasons to feel happy to shop there. In fact after the Global Financial Crisis resulted in my husband losing his business I had no choice but to shop there. If it weren’t for Aldi I don’t think I could have afforded to feed my family of five so well. They never noticed anything was amiss. Like all kids, as long as there is plenty of food in the cupboards they’re happy.

If two German brothers come up with an affordable way for me to feed my family they can have my money. I’ll transfer it to Germany myself. Every week grocery shopping is a stressful event. I shop at Aldi fortnightly now and I still go to other supermarkets for products were are attached to like Butter Soft and Sole Mare tuna. But the bulk comes from Aldi now and I can relax and know I’ll get plenty of bang for my buck.

I also use Aussie Farmers. It’s a delivery service straight from farmers to your door. Twice a week I get bread and milk and once a week I get a seasonal box of fruit and vegetables. It’s the perfect balance.

It’s so hard to balance the family budget. My friends and I joke about how much we spend on groceries and how we blow our budgets on Tim Tams and chicken breast but really, it’s so sad that we are all working so many hours and still having to watch our grocery budget so carefully. But that’s the reality of our country. Everything is expensive.

My friends are I try and grow some fruit and veg in our backyards to supplement our weekly spend. I managed to grow tomatoes this year and I have a basil plant and a parsley plant. But fruit is hard. It requires constant care. I have to make more time to grow more food. Apparently zucchini’s are easy, and cucumbers.

Yesterday a friend and I were talking about what we serve for dinner when we run out of groceries. I do bruschetta and she sometimes does beans on toast. We have financial goals we are trying to reach (she is saving for a holiday and I am saving for a house). Every dollar counts and sticking to our budget makes a huge difference each month.

I had a meltdown a few months ago. I’d run out of tuna (I eat it every day), I was almost out of olive oil and there was no fresh fruit. I waited until my husband and children went to bed and I drove to my local supermarket (Aldi was sadly closed) and spent $500 on everything I wanted…tuna, olive oil, fruit and veg, fancy biscuits…I went crazy. I sneaked them into the house and loaded up the freezer, fridge and cupboards. It looked so great and I felt calm and secure, and then panicked at how badly I had blown our budget. I sat down and worked out that I would spend a little less each week until I made up the money but then I picked up an extra shift at work and paid it back in. Our budget was in balance again.

We are a middle income household but to achieve any financial goals we have to be careful. Takeaway is a spurge (last time we ordered Chinese for five it cost $70). But it’s all good. There’s always bruschetta and we can always invite ourselves over to my mum’s for dinner (it hasn’t been that bad yet). And I hardly have to resort to fast food. Well done.

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

3 Responses to “Buy Australian?”

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