Monday, September 25, 2017
Red State Dems Oklahoma

Guilt-free and Cost-effective Progressive Grocery Shopping in Oklahoma at Low Prices

Yes, there IS a grocery chain that offers low prices, hormone-free dairy, and pays their employees fairly. This may seem like an impossible feat, but Aldi makes it happen.

Lucky for me, I ventured into their Yukon, OK Pre-Grand Opening and met Christopher Wille, Director of Operations, who accommodated an impromptu interview. This speaks volumes to me because I feel that we were having an open and honest conversation and not a canned promotional ‘interview speech’.

Maybe Adli didn’t start out as a relatively progressive grocery chain, but they’ve quickly become one by embracing and utilizing progressive ideologies such as fair compensation for workers, offering hormone-free dairy products, pesticide-free produce, streamlining stores to be energy efficient, promoting ‘green’ shopping, plus more and offering all of this at more than competitive prices.

Currently, there are 17 Aldi Stores in Oklahoma with 4 more planned in the next year, offering needed jobs to the Oklahoma economy. And not just any jobs. The starting pay at Aldi is $11.50 per hour with FULL benefits packages for employees working at least 20 hours a week. This is the SAME benefits package that is received by the Director of Operations. It includes medical, dental, vision, vacation days, 401k, and much more.

image Thanks, Lindsey Beck, for the wonderful customer service and the great smile!

How do they do it? Aldi Stores uses a variety of methods to keep costs low for the consumer. One is requiring a quarter to be deposited for a shopping cart which is returned when you return the cart. This effectively prevents loss of shopping carts which keep the cost from being passed onto the consumer. Another method is store hours. Aldi Stores are only open until 9pm to limit energy consumption/operating costs during non-peak hours. The biggest, and in my humble opinion, the greatest method they use to save consumers money is that they sell their products at a fair profit for the company. No overpriced gimmicky garbage at Aldi. No fat-cat corporate moguls, just fair pricing. Fair to the company, fair to the consumer.
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So how do the Aldi brands quality of food rate in comparison to others? I served a cheese tray at a high-end dinner party last Christmas. Everyone raved over the cheese. While I admit there are a few products I don’t prefer to buy at Aldi, I will say that I purchase about 85% of my groceries there. It is a matter of simple preference. They don’t sell my brand of coffee, but my husband loves their coffee. Aldi is pretty confident of their products, thus they are currently handing out free grocery tote bags with a sampling of products that you can try for yourself today at the new Yukon location on 10th & Garth Brooks Blvd. *UPDATE: The free shopping bags with samples is continued for Wednesday!

The produce department is my favorite area with fresh fruits and vegetables at very low prices. Aldi says “NO” to GMO’s so I know I’m getting a quality product.

Will I continue to shop at Aldi? With a $2.85 price tag for hormone-free milk and $1.09 for hormone-free large eggs, you betcha.

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To find an Aldi store near you go to www.aldi.us/en/ or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ALDI.USA

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  • GeorgiaYankee

    So how much commission does she get for the buys – and do the TPartyers know she’s making money from the buys?

    • RedStateDems

      That’s a really good question. I can’t imagine they even understand that party leadership uses their fear to sell them things and make a profit from them. She’s also selling her books on her site.

  • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com/ Robert Madewell

    Just make sure you have a quarter in your pocket. If you don’t you are doomed! DOOMED!

    • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com/ Robert Madewell

      I pay for everything with my debit card, so I don’t always have actual cash. So unless I remember to find a quarter before I leave the house, I may not be able to shop there. All because of a little coin. So, technically there’s days that their quarter shopping carts have cost them about $50 to $70, because I if I don’t have a quarter, I can only buy what I can carry in my arms.

      • grinninglibber

        They give change

        • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com/ Robert Madewell

          I may not have any cash to change. Like I said, before.

          • amy

            buy 1 thing (like 1 can of beans) and then get change back on your debit card (including a dollars worth of quarters). now march right out to the carts, deposit quarter and you’re set to go. [took me nearly a year to figure this out]

          • Rhonda Bryant

            I’ve never seen them refuse to loan a quarter. 🙂

      • Elizabeth Conway Rodgers

        Your loss, not theirs.

  • Lynn Meoli

    I work for Aldi in St. Louis and absolutely love how good they are to me! Also, at least at my store, we are glad to lend a quarter any time.. Just ask and it’s yours! Happy shopping 🙂