Day 3014 – Even If you Have The Resources, You Need To Have Access To Them – or – Life Lessons In The Aldi Parking Lot

I absolutely love shopping at Aldi. Especially since the rebrand/remodel. I love being able to get amazing deals on our food. It has helped us eat really healthy affordably. There are “downsides” like waiting in line for a while, things not in stock, and having to have a quarter to get a cart.

I’m not a purse girl, at all. I either have a backpack with the kitchen sink or I only have my “wallet” (a business card holder with my credit cards and ID), clip my keys to my belt loop, and my phone. For the past year or so, I’ve also carried a coin purse with gift cards, cash, and loose change. A few nights back when I went to get groceries, I thought, I don’t need cash or giftcards, so I’ll leave this at home. Famous. Last. Words.

I used to be in the habit of keeping a roll of quarters in my car for parking meters. Now, I just keep some change. I ALWAYS have several quarters in my car for Aldi.

When I arrived at Aldi to shop, I went to grab a quarter. Nothing. A few pennies, no quarters. “Oh crap.” I looked in the console between the seats. Nothing.

Thus began the longest search of my life.

I turned the car inside out, finally deciding I had to look for pennies to get a quarter. I went through the car several times. I had secret hopes that someone would just happen to see me searching and give me a cart. A lady walked up next to me, and I thought of making a joke about digging for change, but I didn’t want to sound desperate. Wouldn’t you know, she gave her cart to other people, and not in exchange for a quarter. DOH!

Onward I forged. I FINALLY found the 25th cent, and upon counting, realized I had 26 cents. I traded in my quarter at the cash register, then washed my hands in the bathroom.

I had never used the bathroom at Aldi. Before the remodel, and for many years, Aldi has had a, well, not very good reputation. Just as a trashy kind of place, not the best quality, etc. But it has saved us so much money, and since they started accepting credit cards, not debit cards, we shop there almost exclusively. So for years, I had this idea that the bathrooms would be trashy. Friends, the bathroom was beautiful! I never would have expected that! I’m not sure if that was part of the remodel or if it was always that nice. That was definitely a good reminder to not judge things without knowing the full story.

It also made me realize that I had more than enough resources (money) to get a cart, but I couldn’t access those resources. I knew I could drive to the apartment to get a quarter, but was that really worth the extra drive? I have to make sure that I have access to the resources I need in life. I have access to countless books at the library, but if I never go, I’ll never get to use those resources for my benefit. Part of the reason I’m rereading my entire blog is to find the diamonds to share with others on Pinterest (ha ha, MUCH harder in the first year or two of posts). I have lots of resources and information here on the blog about a number of topics, but if I don’t get them in front of people, they won’t have the impact I want (more I do’s that last until til death do us part, more people actually taking a road trip instead of wishing they could, etc).

Oh, and I have a whole bunch of quarters in my car now.

Here’s the state of the change I did find!

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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