Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Milk consumption is dropping as more Americans shy away from the white stuff — even at a time when sales of cheese and yogurt are up.
What do people have against traditional milk? Well, the alternative medical community has painted milk in a bad light, for starters.
But at my home, we now buy organic milk. It may cost more, but it’s cheaper in the long run because of its extended shelf life. Organic milk is subject to ultra-high temperature pasteurization, unlike regular milk.
Other people I know prefer almond milk because it’s lower in calories and doesn’t need refrigeration when it’s unopened.
On a larger scale, discount grocers are on the march around the country, but some get a warmer reception than others.
After opening a new Trader Joe’s in Naples, Fla., people are now circulating petitions to get Trader Joe’s to come to other cities in Florida. The company just has that kind of mojo.
At the same time, Aldi plans to open in a suburban Houston location, but according to The Houston Chronicle, the locals were trying to keep Aldi out, claiming the store will lower property values, increase traffic and put their safety at risk.
The funny thing is, both Trader Joe’s and Aldi have common ownership and a similar business model. There’s an emphasis on private labels and a limited selection. But Trader Joe’s is fresh and hip with a focus on organic and natural, while Aldi is just about inexpensive groceries.
In reality, if those people visited an Aldi, they’d see a clean, well-lit store and parking lots. Aldi appeals to both rich and the poor, typically leaving out the vast middle. That’s nothing to hate on Aldi about, though.
– Clark Howard — Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs — for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog