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    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please*
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    • 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please* 17th Jan 16 at 10:59 AM
    The old thread can be found here.

    Please use this new thread to report any good finds in the Discount stores Aldi & Lidl.
    You can also report any not so good deals as a warning to others.


    The Stollen bites and other xmas food was being given away FREE in my local Lidl this morning, plenty left and they want it shifted by next week.
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    • maman
    • By maman 4th Nov 17, 12:24 PM
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    I think my local is 8 checkouts. Generally between 1-3 are open at any one time. I donít think Iíve ever seen more than 6 lanes open at Christmas.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    I think mine's an 8 too but generally almost all of them are open and I try to pick a quietish time to go. I went once on a Sunday and there were queues down the aisles with all the checkouts open. Aldi is very popular round here although we only have one branch for a city of about 300, 000 within the boundary.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 4th Nov 17, 3:32 PM
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    On the positive, the Lidl version of chocolate hobnobs is just the ticket with a mug of tea as the nights draw in...
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Yes, the Lidl Chocolate Oaties (HobNobs) are absolutely lush. I honestly can't tell the difference between them and the McVities ones. And about half the price. Yum!
    Originally posted by Scritti
    Aldi has come up with its own version too, I note. 55p vs 59p (Lidl) vs 60p (Tesco).

    I havenít done a head to head taste test but I seem to remember not being able to stop eating the Lidl ones. I stopped eating the Aldi ones after the fifth biscuit in a row . The Tesco ones remain untasted, itís for emergencies only
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    • pakokelso93
    • By pakokelso93 4th Nov 17, 11:30 PM
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    Are the bigger Aldi's stores actually any better (not near one)? When I went to a new bigger Lidl's when opened in neighbouring town it was classy looking but literally no new products same old of everything doubled basically - seemed a bit pointless.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 5th Nov 17, 11:13 AM
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    What seems to happen at Aldi is some food specials seem to become regular stock, i.e. Coffee capsules. So better might be products that you bought elsewhere being stocked at Aldi or Lidl.
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 5th Nov 17, 11:45 AM
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    I got a gorg Feta, spinach n pine nut pie from Aldi yesterday. It was lush
    Originally posted by candygirl
    I bought one of these after seeing your comment....agree, totally delish! However, I'm a bit confused as to if they are supposed to serve one or two people? I scoffed a whole one myself but as they are really rich i felt a bit icky afterwards. They seem a bit small to be enough for two tho???!!

    Does anyone else get really annoyed with the way Aldi have mixed trays of produce containing several varieties of a product meaning you frequently have to rifle through several boxes to find the one you require? The only f, s & p pie was right at the back of the bottom box of a stack of four! The flavoured water stacks are another PITB for me as I struggle to get the only visible elderflower flavoured water out from all the peach (yuk) ones.
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    • glensmen
    • By glensmen 5th Nov 17, 12:04 PM
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    Have both Aldi & Lidl stopped selling the 65p packs of gnocchi / tortelloni?
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 5th Nov 17, 12:29 PM
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    I bought one of these after seeing your comment....agree, totally delish! However, I'm a bit confused as to if they are supposed to serve one or two people? I scoffed a whole one myself but as they are really rich i felt a bit icky afterwards. They seem a bit small to be enough for two tho???!!

    Does anyone else get really annoyed with the way Aldi have mixed trays of produce containing several varieties of a product meaning you frequently have to rifle through several boxes to find the one you require? The only f, s & p pie was right at the back of the bottom box of a stack of four! The flavoured water stacks are another PITB for me as I struggle to get the only visible elderflower flavoured water out from all the peach (yuk) ones.
    Originally posted by Mir!
    I ate one to myself, as agree they are waaay too small for two people Looked at the cals on the box after n nearly died
    Tried the lavender, plug in air freshener this week, and am pleasantly surprised at the subtle smell. I usually hate plug ins, as they're too strong for me 😁
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    • Mirů
    • By Mirů 5th Nov 17, 3:22 PM
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    I ate one to myself, as agree they are waaay too small for two people Looked at the cals on the box after n nearly died
    Tried the lavender, plug in air freshener this week, and am pleasantly surprised at the subtle smell. I usually hate plug ins, as they're too strong for me 😁
    Originally posted by candygirl

    Cor blimey.....787 kcal per pie It'll deffo be half a pie from now on - with a shedload of salad!
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    • maman
    • By maman 5th Nov 17, 4:07 PM
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    Does anyone else get really annoyed with the way Aldi have mixed trays of produce containing several varieties of a product meaning you frequently have to rifle through several boxes to find the one you require?
    Originally posted by Mir!

    Definitely. I think it's something to do with it being easier/cheaper for them to do it that way. I frequently end up tidying the trays of cottage cheese while I'm searching through for the natural flavour. What's not just irritating but positively dangerous is the way the mixers are ...mixed! The slimline tonic goes long before the full fat or the soda water so people are straining themselves to lift the top layer up and making the fixture unstable by prising them out from underneath. I always call an assistant to help me. They do it willingly and invariably tell me that it keeps happening!



    Are the bigger Aldi's stores actually any better (not near one)? When I went to a new bigger Lidl's when opened in neighbouring town it was classy looking but literally no new products same old of everything doubled basically - seemed a bit pointless.
    Originally posted by pakokelso93

    I think that's the point. They want classy looking shops to keep attracting new customers from different social groupings. They've already increased the product range and, no doubt, that will continue.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 5th Nov 17, 4:10 PM
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    Have both Aldi & Lidl stopped selling the 65p packs of gnocchi / tortelloni?
    Originally posted by glensmen
    No, I bought gnocchi recently.
    • devils_vixen
    • By devils_vixen 6th Nov 17, 11:41 AM
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    Used to love Aldi's version of cheesy pasta as it tasted exactly like the kraft one. Was in the other week and I noticed the box was a different colour - ok I thought they've maybe just changed the packaging. Nope. The cheese sauce powder was white not orange and the finish item was disgusting. So won't be buying it again.
    On another note their honey clusters however are better than the leading brand.
    Big thumbs up for Lidls multipack crisps £1.92 for 24 (looks like walkers bag) they're bursting with flavour.
    I've also been buying Aldi's diluting juice as it's lovely even their summer fruits.
    My eldest seems to like their yoghurt chocolate bars - better than the nesquik ones apparently!
    I'm so happy with the majority from these two stores I've managed to reduce my weekly food shop for a family of 4 from around £80 to £35

    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 6th Nov 17, 8:05 PM
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    Definitely. I think it's something to do with it being easier/cheaper for them to do it that way. I frequently end up tidying the trays of cottage cheese while I'm searching through for the natural flavour. What's not just irritating but positively dangerous is the way the mixers are ...mixed! The slimline tonic goes long before the full fat or the soda water so people are straining themselves to lift the top layer up and making the fixture unstable by prising them out from underneath. I always call an assistant to help me. They do it willingly and invariably tell me that it keeps happening!






    I think that's the point. They want classy looking shops to keep attracting new customers from different social groupings. They've already increased the product range and, no doubt, that will continue.
    Originally posted by maman

    The mixers should not be mixed! One of these days, a customer is going to get injured with this stupid mixed case set up.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 6th Nov 17, 8:15 PM
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    I noticed the other day in Lidl, they have mixed cases of branded washing liquid (maybe Ariel, Bold and Daz?). A row of each brand, side by side in similar sized bottles. That's a powerful indication of the sway that L&A now have with manufacturers.

    Three times the price of own brand, of course.
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    • zugzwang
    • By zugzwang 7th Nov 17, 1:03 AM
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    Lidl's sour dough fresh pizzas are very good. Only 3 quid.

    They come in a big box so I guess you'll always find them on bottom shelf of chilled section. I liked the vegetable one best, even though Im not vegetarian.
    • robrymond
    • By robrymond 8th Nov 17, 6:27 AM
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    Our Aldi has 8 checkouts but generally only runs all 8 on Saturday and Sunday when getting through checkouts is quite quick. In the week though only 1-3 operate which is a pain as it can be as busy in the week as weekends now especially as the next store nearby is closed for a year for a rebuild.

    I always feel obliged to let people past when I have a fully trolley even though I don't need too.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 8th Nov 17, 11:30 AM
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    There's a new 10 check-out large Aldi that's recently opened, it's a different layout with fruit and veg by the main entrance, seems to have a bigger range....
    Originally posted by richardw
    BTW I went in yesterday, it does have a bigger range.
    The most significant thing is the frozen food section with freezers at eye level with doors that open like a wall kitchen cabinet above the lower chest freezers.
    A large range with things such as specially selected Argentinian large prawns, other useful items such as sliced mixed peppers and sweet potato wedges.
    Condiment items that are often above chest freezers are on shelves elsewhere.
    The ready meal range seems vast.
    There's a 'world food' section near the tinned kidney beans, with 'mushroom quinoa' kind of things.
    Generally it's a big store which will take longer to get round, but I like the new shop fittings and the generally better feel, and the frozen food big range. They are stocking more items that I used to get elsewhere, so that'll make things easier.
    Last edited by richardw; 08-11-2017 at 11:36 AM.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 11th Nov 17, 12:02 PM
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    If you like smoked streaky bacon the Aldi Specially selected is great, not too thick, not too thin, has a Grocer sticky on it. https://www.thegrocerownlabel.co.uk/2017-winners/
    Last edited by richardw; 11-11-2017 at 12:26 PM.
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 11th Nov 17, 5:31 PM
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    The mixers should not be mixed! One of these days, a customer is going to get injured with this stupid mixed case set up.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Too true.

    I was once in Aldi and there was a guy whizzing about with disregard, a fully loaded newly delivered trayed stack of 2 ltr Cola.

    I told him he should be careful because if it fell over on him, he would be dead. He looked at me in disbelief until I calculated on the spot how heavy what he was moving was. Turned out to be 2 Metric tonnes!
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    • Scritti
    • By Scritti 12th Nov 17, 9:24 PM
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    Aldi has come up with its own version too, I note. 55p vs 59p (Lidl) vs 60p (Tesco).

    I havenít done a head to head taste test but I seem to remember not being able to stop eating the Lidl ones. I stopped eating the Aldi ones after the fifth biscuit in a row . The Tesco ones remain untasted, itís for emergencies only
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    The Aldi ones are nice but sadly not quite as nice as the Lidl ones. Seemed a bit more bland to me but I'll need to get another pack just to make sure. Still worth it for the price though. I thought the Tesco ones were nice too, certainly well worth it for the price in comparison to a pack of the real thing.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 12th Nov 17, 9:40 PM
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    Too true.

    I was once in Aldi and there was a guy whizzing about with disregard, a fully loaded newly delivered trayed stack of 2 ltr Cola.

    I told him he should be careful because if it fell over on him, he would be dead. He looked at me in disbelief until I calculated on the spot how heavy what he was moving was. Turned out to be 2 Metric tonnes!
    Originally posted by robin58
    Omg, I bet he thought you were Victor Meldrew was dangerous though I admit 😁
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