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    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
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    4 WOW
    Good and Bad Buys from Aldi & Lidl *Do NOT Expire Please*
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    • 17th Jan 16, 10:59 AM
    4 WOW
    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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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 9th Oct 16, 9:21 AM
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    I'm with treboeth on that. Nicky Elite 3-ply certainly aren't nasty - check out the Amazon reviews:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicky-Elite-Luxury-Toilet-Rolls/dp/B00FBEBWP2

    They are cheap, though - less than £4 for 18 in a couple of places.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    I think she was probably referring to the cheap Nicky toilet rolls as sold by discounter stores which certainly are cheap and nasty. The rolls are thin and loosely packed and the paper disintegrates as soon as it gets wet.

    What you ever posted appears to be a more "luxury" type. The problem with buying them online means you don't get to inspect them first and have to rely on others' opinion which can vary enormous.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 9th Oct 16, 10:16 AM
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    I think she was probably referring to the cheap Nicky toilet rolls as sold by discounter stores which certainly are cheap and nasty. The rolls are thin and loosely packed and the paper disintegrates as soon as it gets wet.

    What you ever posted appears to be a more "luxury" type. The problem with buying them online means you don't get to inspect them first and have to rely on others' opinion which can vary enormous.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    I'm sure you're right. The one referred to was Nicky Elite (it's 3-ply) and the basic Nicky won't be as strong.

    Nicky Elite is pretty widely available in discount stores such as Farmfoods though at £3.99 for 18, and it's vastly superior to the Aldi equivalent. I say that as a longstanding supporter of Aldi (and Lidl) too.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 9th Oct 16, 10:29 AM
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    I'm sure you're right. The one referred to was Nicky Elite (it's 3-ply) and the basic Nicky won't be as strong.

    Nicky Elite is pretty widely available in discount stores such as Farmfoods though at £3.99 for 18, and it's vastly superior to the Aldi equivalent. I say that as a longstanding supporter of Aldi (and Lidl) too.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    I've never been in a Farmfoods store and a quick Google tells me the nearest one is over 30 miles away which is double the distance of my nearest Aldi
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 9th Oct 16, 10:46 AM
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    I've never been in a Farmfoods store and a quick Google tells me the nearest one is over 30 miles away which is double the distance of my nearest Aldi
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    You've not lived!
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    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 9th Oct 16, 1:23 PM
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    There are a few different types of Nicky rolls, the Farmfood ones have Aloe Vera and smell lovely (and I am a bloke and we don`t care about these things )

    Feral get to Farmfoods and buy some now (ok 30 miles is a bit far )
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 10th Oct 16, 1:14 AM
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    You've not lived!
    Originally posted by ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    I have absolutely no desire to buy cheap sub standard frozen food, thank you
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 10th Oct 16, 6:40 AM
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    I have absolutely no desire to buy cheap sub standard frozen food, thank you
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    A little unfair, I think, from someone who admits to never having been inside one of their stores!

    It isn't just frozen food, and it certainly isn't sub-standard.


    In addition to frozen food we sell groceries, chilled foods, bread, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables along with a range of household items. Across our ranges you will find the brands you know and trust at prices you will love.

    This is the sort of allegation that used to be made against Aldi and Lidl back in the early days!
    • VeGGie-STyLe
    • By VeGGie-STyLe 10th Oct 16, 5:29 PM
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    No, but the croissants are delicious. I ate the best part of one before I even reached the till yesterday, I really should have paid first and eaten later
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    Oh nooo...the carbs!!! THE CARBS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 10th Oct 16, 7:32 PM
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    Green and red grapes in Aldi @ £1.19 for 400g.
    Not sure if it national or local as the shop I was in had just re-opened after a refit.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    Lidl have price match the grapes, £1.19/400g punnet
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 11th Oct 16, 1:02 AM
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    A little unfair, I think, from someone who admits to never having been inside one of their stores!

    It isn't just frozen food, and it certainly isn't sub-standard.


    In addition to frozen food we sell groceries, chilled foods, bread, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables along with a range of household items. Across our ranges you will find the brands you know and trust at prices you will love.

    This is the sort of allegation that used to be made against Aldi and Lidl back in the early days!
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Well I have been in their shopping for over 13 years plus.

    Their food quality has gone down over the years. As a company they need taking over.

    And people knock Iceland!
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    • maman
    • By maman 11th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
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    A little unfair, I think, from someone who admits to never having been inside one of their stores!

    It isn't just frozen food, and it certainly isn't sub-standard.


    In addition to frozen food we sell groceries, chilled foods, bread, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables along with a range of household items. Across our ranges you will find the brands you know and trust at prices you will love.

    This is the sort of allegation that used to be made against Aldi and Lidl back in the early days!
    Originally posted by Doc N

    I go into Farmfoods most weeks but I'm very selective in what I buy.


    I posted this on the Farmfoods/Heron thread back in August.


    I thought I'd post in case Farmfoods keep a check on the thread.


    When I was in there today a customer came over to the checkout and asked for the price of various fruit and veg. The cashier apologised explained that they hadn't had time to label them up properly.


    I asked him why and he said that they were very sort staffed because people had left because they were disillusioned. He said that Farmfoods keep cutting their hours but at the same time expecting them to do more.


    That doesn't sound like a good employer.
    Originally posted by maman

    It definitely sounds like a company ripe for take over. So many of their prices aren't competitive (with Aldi and Lidl) any more and what they have which is cheap is often junk. I'm pleased today to be getting to the bottom of a bag of chicken breasts that I definitely wont be replacing (full of salt water). I need some fish but the bags in Iceland (also 3 for £10) look much more appetising with decent fillets rather than scraps. So when I've room in the freezer I'll be off to Iceland.


    My list for Farmfoods gets shorter and shorter: toilet rolls, kitchen roll, milk, bread (2 for £1 Allinsons 400g), frozen leeks and peas, occasional crisps and biscuits and sometimes fruit/veg if there's any left and the price is obvious!
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 11th Oct 16, 5:57 PM
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    Iceland has actually improved a great deal. I hadn't been in a store for years but recently discovered they stock my favourite exotic meats (Kezie Foods) so I've been in a couple of times since and been pleasantly surprised each time.

    I don't usually buy ready meals but tried some of their Chinese meals and they're really very good and cost much less than a takeaway. I think the half crispy duck was around £3/£4 and great value!
    • robin58
    • By robin58 12th Oct 16, 12:28 AM
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    I go into Farmfoods most weeks but I'm very selective in what I buy.


    I posted this on the Farmfoods/Heron thread back in August.





    It definitely sounds like a company ripe for take over. So many of their prices aren't competitive (with Aldi and Lidl) any more and what they have which is cheap is often junk. I'm pleased today to be getting to the bottom of a bag of chicken breasts that I definitely wont be replacing (full of salt water). I need some fish but the bags in Iceland (also 3 for £10) look much more appetising with decent fillets rather than scraps. So when I've room in the freezer I'll be off to Iceland.


    My list for Farmfoods gets shorter and shorter: toilet rolls, kitchen roll, milk, bread (2 for £1 Allinsons 400g), frozen leeks and peas, occasional crisps and biscuits and sometimes fruit/veg if there's any left and the price is obvious!
    Originally posted by maman
    Well I have Poundstrecher, Farmfoods, Lidl and Iceland all in a line on a shopping complex. Guess which is nearly always empty, The second one. And you can all guess which is the busiest.
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    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 12th Oct 16, 3:50 AM
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    Well I have Poundstrecher, Farmfoods, Lidl and Iceland all in a line on a shopping complex. Guess which is nearly always empty, The second one. And you can all guess which is the busiest.
    Originally posted by robin58
    Is it Tesco
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 12th Oct 16, 3:12 PM
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    Green and red grapes in Aldi @ £1.19 for 400g.
    Not sure if it national or local as the shop I was in had just re-opened after a refit.
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    Lidl have price match the grapes, £1.19/400g punnet
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    The Lidl I was in today had 500g punnets of grapes for that price. Red & mixed, can't be certain on the green
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Oct 16, 3:49 PM
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    Well I have Poundstrecher, Farmfoods, Lidl and Iceland all in a line on a shopping complex. Guess which is nearly always empty, The second one. And you can all guess which is the busiest.
    Originally posted by robin58
    I know where you live

    Still you can always pop into the Matalan afterwards, or go to the bingo place before you have a KFC supper.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Oct 16, 10:19 PM
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    I see that Aldi has its advent beauty calendar out for £19.99, better value than many of the big brands if you like that sort of thing.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
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    I bought some Brussels sprouts from Aldi from the Super 6 and half of them were mouldy when I took off the bit that was attached to the 'tree'. Black inside.

    Another produce item added to the won't buy from Aldi again list.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Oct 16, 11:10 PM
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    There is a FF down the same road as my work. Only buy loo rolls from there. Plus I have bought breakfast cereal from them past 4 months - I'm the only one in the shop. Sometimes there is no member of staff about either. So anyone can walk out nicking shopping.
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 12th Oct 16, 11:17 PM
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    I bought some Brussels sprouts from Aldi from the Super 6 and half of them were mouldy when I took off the bit that was attached to the 'tree'. Black inside.

    Another produce item added to the won't buy from Aldi again list.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Your store seems to have more than it's fair share of bad fruit & veg. Have you considered speaking to management to find out why?

    I bought some myself the other day and they were crisp, firm and absolutely delicious!
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