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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 7th Nov 05, 11:35 AM
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    Great What/What Not to Buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto Hunt
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    • 7th Nov 05, 11:35 AM
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    Great What/What Not to Buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto Hunt 7th Nov 05 at 11:35 AM
    Update 14 Febuary

    This thread has now been turned into an updated article. Click here to read the What's hot and what's not at Aldi/Lidl/Netto article.


    These three supermarkets are massively cheaper than mainstream supermarkets, yet there's a snobbery about using them. To help others save this hunt is for both 'what' and 'what not to' buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto.

    Obviously if you're skint then you may need to buy all things there, but this is more about compiling views on what to use them for and what not to.

    Format for answers

    Supermarket: Detail which you're talking about
    My top things to buy are:
    My top things to avoid are:
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 30-10-2007 at 11:02 AM.
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    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 2nd May 08, 9:48 PM
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    Stompa
    Don't buy 'Aldi Summerlite, Low Fat Sunflower Spread'. It has a major design fault - it doesn't melt when you spread it on hot toast.
    Stompa
    • Violetta
    • By Violetta 2nd May 08, 10:28 PM
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    Violetta
    Don't buy 'Aldi Summerlite, Low Fat Sunflower Spread'. It has a major design fault - it doesn't melt when you spread it on hot toast.
    Originally posted by Stompa
    I think a lot of low fat spreads are a bit like that, they don't melt in the same way as full fat does, that's why they usually say not suitable for cooking with (not that spreading marg on toast classifies as cooking,well not for most of us). Can be a bit unappetising I use the St Ivel one sometimes and it's almost jellylike when you put it on toast YUK
    Last edited by Violetta; 03-05-2008 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Terrible spelling mistakes!!
    Booo!!!
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 3rd May 08, 9:02 AM
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    Stompa
    I think a lot of low fat spreads are a bit like that, they don't melt in the same way as full fat does, that's why they usually say not suitable for ccoking with (not that spreading marg on toast classifies as cooking,well not for moast of us).
    Originally posted by Violetta
    Thanks, that's interesting. I don't recall ever seeing this with other similar products, but perhaps I wasn't taking sufficient notice!
    Stompa
  • stamford
    Top lager at Aldi
    A must buy for all Beer Hunters at Aldi 6 x 500ml cans 4.7% Oettinger Pils in a cardboard pack in the chiller next to the milk.

    A steal at £4.29.

    Full spec brewed to the German Reinhietsgebot Purity Law by Oettinger Brauerei of Gotha.
  • competitionscafe
    Some more tips, tastings and discussion here - those mushrooms sound good, so does the macadamia nut chocolate.............
    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/food/2008/05/the_price_is_completely_right.html
    "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the
    best of everything; they just make the best
    of everything that comes along their way."
    -- Author Unknown --
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 18th May 08, 10:52 AM
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    EssexHebridean
    Thanks to all for this thread - we're going to have a wander around our local Lidl later on and do some price-matching against our last Tesco receipt! Some good ideas for stuff worth having in here!
    • icecubequeen
    • By icecubequeen 18th May 08, 11:06 AM
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    icecubequeen
    Aldi:

    root vegetable crisps (sweet potato, carrot, beetroot & parsnip) £1.29
    frozen mozarella dippers with sweet chilli sauce 10 pack £1.49 (I'm in love with these at mo lol)
    frozen jaleopeno pepper cheese bites with sweet chilli sauce 10 pack £1.49 (again I loveeeeeeeeee these lol)
    Part baked baguettes 2 pack 39p (ideal for making garlic bread)


  • Schamansky
    A must buy for all Beer Hunters at Aldi 6 x 500ml cans 4.7% Oettinger Pils in a cardboard pack in the chiller next to the milk.

    A steal at £4.29.

    Full spec brewed to the German Reinhietsgebot Purity Law by Oettinger Brauerei of Gotha.
    Originally posted by stamford
    It's allright if you like it. Oettinger is actually Germany's cheapest beer, going at € 6.99 for a 20*500ml bottles crate and extremely popular in the motherland because of this price, although quite a mediocre brew, to put it in a friendly way. It's drinkable, but definitely at the lower end of the scale. Still, at that price, they're shifting lakes of it in Germany, since other brands cost up to twice as much. The brewery is expanding and expanding, buying up capacities left, right and centre.

    Here they are:
    http://www.oettinger-beer.com/english/index.htm

    For the UK, £4.29 for 6*500ml cans is quite a rip-off, even with UK taxes on booze taken out of the picture.

    All in all, Oettinger is ok where value for money is the main motive, but there's definitely better stuff out there. Get the Wernesgrüner.
    Last edited by Schamansky; 18-05-2008 at 12:31 PM.
  • Schamansky
    Small thumbs up to Aldi for - Klassiek Dutch Lager £2.49 for 6 x 330ml bottles. Not a patch on their German brews but a cheap thirst quenching 5% neck juice
    Originally posted by stamford
    That's the Bavaria brewery, Lieshout, the Netherlands behind it.

    www.bavaria.com

    Bavaria NL make the best non-alcoholic malt available in Britain (maybe apart from German Clausthaler), both sold at Morrisons for a reasonable price.

    Aldi have it with their weekly specials at the end of the year (for the poor guy who has to do the driving at New Year's Eve celebrations). Aldi brand it "Hollandia", but it's the same stuff. 99p for 4*330ml cans.

    I mix it with 1:1 orange lemonade, that's what Germans call "Alsterwasser". Very refreshing.
  • stamford
    It's allright if you like it. Oettinger is actually Germany's cheapest beer, going at € 6.99 for a 20*500ml bottles crate and extremely popular in the motherland because of this price, although quite a mediocre brew, to put it in a friendly way. It's drinkable, but definitely at the lower end of the scale. Still, at that price, they're shifting lakes of it in Germany, since other brands cost up to twice as much. The brewery is expanding and expanding, buying up capacities left, right and centre.

    Here they are:
    http://www.oettinger-beer.com/english/index.htm

    For the UK, £4.29 for 6*500ml cans is quite a rip-off, even with UK taxes on booze taken out of the picture.

    All in all, Oettinger is ok where value for money is the main motive, but there's definitely better stuff out there. Get the Wernesgrüner.
    Originally posted by Schamansky
    Thanks for the info S - I think you are being a bit harsh on Aldi calling it a rip off ! - £1.43/litre for 5% lager isn't bad in my book think what the rest of the supermarkets charge for chemical swill like Stella or Kronenbourg
  • Schamansky
    Thanks for the info S - I think you are being a bit harsh on Aldi calling it a rip off ! - £1.43/litre for 5% lager isn't bad in my book think what the rest of the supermarkets charge for chemical swill like Stella or Kronenbourg
    Originally posted by stamford
    I'm just spoilt.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 18th May 08, 4:33 PM
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    EssexHebridean
    Some of our finds today at Lidl.....

    Mozarella cheese - 49p
    Carton of Passata (Italian made so decent) 29p
    Trays of "posh" cat food (single serve type) 20p each (Madam loves these!)
    Rice noodles - 49p
    Big lump of Permesan cheese - £2.78 (I reckoned this would have been somewhere close to £4 in Tesco)
    Packets of seeds for the garden @ 29p each

    I'll be heading back there for certain next time I need parmesan - there were lots of other cheeses there to try that looked rather interesting too, as well as some gorgeous looking salami's and smoked sausages.
  • BexTech
    Thanks for the info S - I think you are being a bit harsh on Aldi calling it a rip off ! - £1.43/litre for 5% lager isn't bad in my book think what the rest of the supermarkets charge for chemical swill like Stella or Kronenbourg
    Originally posted by stamford
    Carling has to be the worst tasting lager that's sold in the UK.
    It's PAC not PAC Code, it's MAC not MAC Code, it's PIN not PIN Number, it's ATM not ATM Machine, it's LCD not LCD Display, it's DVD not DVD disc... It's no one not noone, It's a lot not alot, It's got not gotten... Panini is the plural of panino - there is no S!!
    (OK my English isn't great, the sciences, maths & IT are my strong points!)
    • Horace
    • By Horace 20th May 08, 8:27 AM
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    Horace
    I like Lidl's breakfast flakes with dried strawberries, raspberries and cherries - they taste just like Special K Summer Fruits but at half the price.
    Semper in faeces profundum variat

    Make £5 a day challenge Oct 2014 £126.00/£155
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    Make £10 a day challenge Dec 2014 £392.90/£310
  • stamford
    Aldi Charcoal Briquettes £2.29 / 5kg - bargain
    • mrs_scrooge
    • By mrs_scrooge 20th May 08, 9:34 PM
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    mrs_scrooge
    There was a selection of food from Italy at my Lidl today. Very attractive bottles of extra virgin olive oil containing pink peppercorns, rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, chillies etc £2.99. Gift for foodies or display and use? Also risotto rice with dried porcini mushrooms, veg or asparagus £1.29 and jars of cherries £2.99.

    Half price veg today included lovely large aubergines for 44p each.
  • neelix16
    Aldi Ombra Suntan lotion
    Has anyone tried Aldi's range of suntan lotions? It's in the store this week and very competitively priced compared to the big brands - £2.99 for 250ml.
  • B33fy
    Lidl - Knights Sweet Chilli crisps, far nicer and a lot cheaper than Walkers Sensations 99p 175g

    Aldi - Moser Roth Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa superb 99p for 5x25g bars and Moser Roth Milk Chocolate Caramel, the caramel is in tiny crispy pieces within the chocolate delicious
    • sukysue
    • By sukysue 29th May 08, 11:26 AM
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    sukysue
    Lidl -Knights bombay mix gorgeous.
    xXx-Sukysue-xXx
  • barginunter
    Has anyone tried Aldi's range of suntan lotions? It's in the store this week and very competitively priced compared to the big brands - £2.99 for 250ml.
    Originally posted by neelix16
    Yes I have - it's fine.
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