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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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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 18th Oct 16, 7:28 PM
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    Eating out is still a treat for many people: I could understand this in the era of meat-and-two veg, but these days what's available in the supermarket is far more interesting.

    When you've had as many sub-standard meals out as I have, you just don't bother! Veggie food seems a puzzle to many "chefs" and is not that expensive to DIY with good results.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    Eating out for me now is a junk meal treat, a kebab or kfc or maybe a breakfast

    Given up paying good money for a mediocre meal
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 18th Oct 16, 7:41 PM
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    I've just come back from France and almost every type and aspect of food there is more expensive than here. Ironically, it IS the small, independent restaurants there that offer the best VFM compared to here, where so much of that price level is dominated by chains, now.

    But the UK does cheap food much better than France (maybe because the French are not interested cheap food?) As the French have taken more and more to takeaway/fast food, it has not resulted in a price reduction due to economies of scale. As an example, a BigMac meal costs 7.50 Euros, about £6.30, compared to £4.20-30 across most of the UK. Bizarrely, a McFlurry costs over 3 Euros, compared to IIRC £1.09, here.
    "He knows more about the UK TV Licence than anyone I've ever met".
    • meer53
    • By meer53 18th Oct 16, 9:50 PM
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    But why would you go out and spend 4/5x the cost of a meal that you can produce to a higher standard yourself? It's not as if cooking a Sunday roast or steak dinner is arduous.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    I go out to socialise with friends, i love eating out, i was out twice last week but i usually meet some old friends once a month for a get together and we have a meal.

    The places we go are value for money, we've sussed out the rip off merchants ! My local pub does 2 meals for £10.99 during the week, that includes roast dinners and the other usual pub grub. I don't mind pushing the boat out occasionally though, you're not paying just for the food, there are all the other costs to cover in a restaurant. I don't begrudge them that, they're running a business after all.

    I love cooking and i cook from scratch, i can't stand ready made meals but i also love eating out.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 18th Oct 16, 11:02 PM
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    I've just come back from France and almost every type and aspect of food there is more expensive than here. Ironically, it IS the small, independent restaurants there that offer the best VFM compared to here, where so much of that price level is dominated by chains, now.

    But the UK does cheap food much better than France (maybe because the French are not interested cheap food?) .
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    I have relatives that live in France. When they are in the UK, they bring home loads of store cupboard stuff like tinned tomatoes and pulses, stock cubes, fish. Cleaning and washing stuff and paracetamol. As these are cheaper here. Her daughter, who lives here, drives to her parents with similar items. My relatives do cater for 12 plus people most weekends as friends visit.

    Their daughter and SIL will be staying with them over Christmas and bring down things which are unobtainable in France for Christmas.
    Rejoined Slimming World 28/7/16
    Lost 2st 2lb first time Need to lose that again
    Lost 10lb 1st 6lb to go
    • andygb
    • By andygb 18th Oct 16, 11:29 PM
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    Eating out is still a treat for many people: I could understand this in the era of meat-and-two veg, but these days what's available in the supermarket is far more interesting.

    When you've had as many sub-standard meals out as I have, you just don't bother! Veggie food seems a puzzle to many "chefs" and is not that expensive to DIY with good results.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    "Veggie" food needs spice and imagination.
    I am a bit of a carnivore, as you have probably guessed, but if I had to turn "Veggie", then most of the food would be Indian influenced, with subtle spices, onion and garlic, and tasty rice dishes partnered with freshly baked flatbreads and cooling side dishes and pickles.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 22nd Oct 16, 7:56 PM
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    Saturday curry night for us and noticed Aldi had some short date fresh naan breads in the fridges so picked up a pack of garlic and coriander.

    They were far better than the long date products in the ambient aisle.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 23rd Oct 16, 9:03 AM
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    Picked up one the new lamb joints in Aldi last week. It's only £2.79 I think and is absolutely delicious! Plenty meat for 2-3 people if you're on a budget or a substantial meal for one for the carnivores out there
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Oct 16, 12:10 PM
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    Picked up one the new lamb joints in Aldi last week. It's only £2.79 I think and is absolutely delicious! Plenty meat for 2-3 people if you're on a budget or a substantial meal for one for the carnivores out there
    Originally posted by Feral Moon

    Are those frozen? Sounds like a bargain, could you say what the packaging says?
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 24th Oct 16, 2:01 AM
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    Are those frozen? Sounds like a bargain, could you say what the packaging says?
    Originally posted by maman
    No, they're fresh. I've binned the packaging now but you can find them in the fresh meat dept. I do recall they were 300g joints if that helps.
    • williacg
    • By williacg 25th Oct 16, 11:35 AM
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    The freshness and quality of the asparagus, chestnut mushrooms and curly kale in my local Aldi today was exceptional.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 25th Oct 16, 12:31 PM
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    Has anyone found the lemon premium washing up liquid has been filled with the original green formula? Its been going on for weeks at the Aldi store i go to.
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 25th Oct 16, 4:54 PM
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    In an attempt to prime myself for Brexit-style trading down, I tried the Aldi value breakfast wheat biscuits. They are small, compact and harder than most and I would imagine would not take to cold milk kindly. Not the best with hot milk either, but okay if you're not fussed about what you eat.

    On the plus side, it could put me off Weetabix and its generic versions forever! Worth it if I beat my carbohydrate cravings
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • robrymond
    • By robrymond 26th Oct 16, 5:22 AM
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    Has anyone found the lemon premium washing up liquid has been filled with the original green formula? Its been going on for weeks at the Aldi store i go to.
    Originally posted by Judi
    Yes it is bright blue, but smells of lemon.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 26th Oct 16, 9:47 AM
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    New product: Lidl Skyr - Thick, zero-fat yogurt with fruit flavours. I had the Blueberry, which was a little light on fruit, but had an intensely purple colour. Very tasty - slightly reminiscent of zero fat Fromage Frais.
    "He knows more about the UK TV Licence than anyone I've ever met".
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 26th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
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    And syn free on slimming world!

    But only the Lidl one, not the Arla Skyr.

    Although I have just come back from our local Lidl and there was an Arla lorry arriving.....

    New product: Lidl Skyr - Thick, zero-fat yogurt with fruit flavours. I had the Blueberry, which was a little light on fruit, but had an intensely purple colour. Very tasty - slightly reminiscent of zero fat Fromage Frais.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia


    SW 46lb/10 lb
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 26th Oct 16, 11:02 AM
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    Although I have just come back from our local Lidl and there was an Arla lorry arriving.....
    Originally posted by fozziebeartoo
    It's one of the inconvenient facts about Lidl & Aldi that their detractors overlook - many of their products are made by mainstream food manufacturers in the same factories in which they make branded products.

    The most obvious example is Warburtons Bread, but there are plenty of others.
    "He knows more about the UK TV Licence than anyone I've ever met".
    • Judi
    • By Judi 26th Oct 16, 11:37 AM
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    Yes it is bright blue, but smells of lemon.
    Originally posted by robrymond
    hadnt noticed the smell... or the colour obviously but had noticed it wasnt yellow .
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 27th Oct 16, 11:49 AM
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    .... breakfast wheat biscuits....
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I like the L*dl ones - they have two boxes - Bixies are the nicer ones, Simply are smaller/hard. Eat Bixies, avoid Simply.
    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 27th Oct 16, 7:47 PM
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    Just tried Lidl's W5 washing up liquid for the first time (don't have a store nearby, so this was an irregular visit).

    Works really well, need to use about half as much as the previous branf I was using (from Home Bargains).

    Can't really figure out what it smells of, but it is very pleasant.

    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 28th Oct 16, 12:05 PM
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    New Product:-

    Aldi Wholemeal Wraps - 8 large wraps for 69p

    It's not clear whether these replace the "Best of Both" wraps, or are an addition to the range.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 28-10-2016 at 12:20 PM.
    "He knows more about the UK TV Licence than anyone I've ever met".
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