Y’all what is up with haul videos on Youtube? My kids turned me onto these. Apparently, it’s a thing to buy a bunch of crapola and then show it off on camera for Youtube. To me, these videos are the ultimate in showy, pretentious, wasteful mass consumerism and yet I can’t help myself. I now follow a lady who regularly does grocery haul videos for her very large family. Most of her hauls are from Aldi, Costco, Win-Co and Trader Joes. Thanks to her, I now shop at Aldi and Win-Co more than I do at my beloved Kroger.
Since I don’t do Youtube videos, today’s post will be pictures and descriptions of some new favorite products and we can pretend this is a haul video. You know the minimalist Christmas trick of gifting something to wear, something to read and something to play with? Today’s selection of goods is something to drink, something bad for you and something practical. But, before I start showing off my goods let me say I don’t get any kickbacks or free merch from these companies. But, I would be happy to accept some free merch, coupons, cold, hard cash, etc. if those companies were so inclined. Now, without further ado, my first item.
Provisions. I just like that name. It’s so wonderfully basic and yet perfectly describes a need and who doesn’t need wine. It comes in white and red but I have only tried the white and I adore it. It’s light, not too dry, not sweet, refreshing and crisp. It comes in this cute little resealable container you keep in your fridge so it’s easy to grab a glass or deglaze a pan or grab a glass. And, y’all, it’s cheap. I love a bargain. One of these little boxes costs about 4.99. You can’t beat it.
Adli cookies. Move over Girl Scouts cause you have some stiff competition. I discovered these little gems right around the time the Girl Scouts were wrapping up their cookie sales. I legit did a blind taste test of Aldi’s version of the thin mints and the Girl Scout version. Some of my family reported not being able to tell the difference while others proclaimed the Aldi version better. Truly you owe it to yourself to find an Aldi and try them. And, guess what? They are dirt cheap! (Do you see a pattern here?) Seriously, y’all they are only like 2.99 (maybe cheaper) for a big ole package. They have a knock-off thin mint and a knock-off caramel delight/samoas/coconut thingies. They also have other cookies but I wasn’t looking at those. You’ll have to check those out yourself.
Finally, something practical. Mardi Gras napkins. (Insert needle scratch sound effect here.) Yes, I realize napkins are not at all life-changing and not very fun. I understand. But, get this, these Mardi Gras brand napkins have little conversation starters on them. These napkins have saved dinnertime at my house. When I say saved I don’t mean they cleaned up a mess. I mean everyone was
grumpy and silent, no one was talking and I was just waiting for someone to lose their temper. I bust out with a conversation starter from these napkins and boom we having a lovely dinner without horrible attitudes. And, they still clean up a mess or wipe off a dirty face. Y’all, it’s a total win. And, guess what, say it with me, they are super cheap! I want to say a package is about 2.99 or 3.99 which is totally cheaper than the Bounty napkins or those other fancy napkins with the red packing my grandmother used to only buy at the holidays. I’m sorry I can’t remember the name. I want to say Chinet but that’s wrong. Someone, please remind me what brand those fancy napkins are. It’s driving me crazy not being about to remember. I will probably lay awake tonight racking my brain for the name and thinking to myself, ‘Yep, this is the beginning of Alzheimer’s.’
So, there you have it, my take on a grocery haul. If you are interested in checking out the lady I mentioned earlier, her Youtube (linked) is called The Family Fudge. I want to say she has a blog too but I can’t remember. I really like her lunch box ideas, Disney stuff and her healthy food hauls. Y’all, I’m really thinking I need to get me a Youtube and make vlogs but I always look somewhat homeless. It would just be a trainwreck. You can write while sporting bedhead and yoga pants but I wouldn’t vlog in it.