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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 17th May 17, 8:38 AM
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    Aldi prices creeping up
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    • 17th May 17, 8:38 AM
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    Aldi prices creeping up 17th May 17 at 8:38 AM
    Has anybody else noticed how Aldi prices are rising compared to the "big" supermarkets?

    We've shopped at Aldi for some while now as on average, we reckoned our weekly shop costed around 2/3rd that of a similar Tesco shop. In the last few weeks however, we've noticed prices rising and I assumed it was down to a mix of a weak pound and inflation but I did a comparison last night.

    I took last week's Aldi receipt and did a sample equivalent online shop at both ASDA & Tesco. The result?

    ALDI - £38.76
    ASDA - £38.43
    Tesco - £40.42

    Now these comparison shops were online orders for home delivery so I would have had to add on £3-£5 but in reality that's what it costs me in fuel to drive to ALDI anyway. Also, some items aren't directly comparable but I did choose those which we would have bought in a typical "basic" shop.
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 27th May 17, 12:35 AM
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    Who are you, the corporate conglomerate's champion??!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    No I'm not. I used to work for a conglomerate once. I could predict with certainly when the barstewards would put up thier prices to make the most out of a period of high demand.

    It's just that I have been shopping more regularly at Aldi in the last 4 years and for awhile prices were going down. But I rarely saw anybody on the Lidl/Aldi thread mention them.

    Agree that Aldi and Lidl have done alot to keep prices low. I do all my basic food shops at both. Then I get the bits and bobs I can't get there, elsewhere.
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    • maman
    • By maman 27th May 17, 7:54 PM
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    No I'm not. I used to work for a conglomerate once. I could predict with certainly when the barstewards would put up thier prices to make the most out of a period of high demand.

    It's just that I have been shopping more regularly at Aldi in the last 4 years and for awhile prices were going down. But I rarely saw anybody on the Lidl/Aldi thread mention them.

    Agree that Aldi and Lidl have done alot to keep prices low. I do all my basic food shops at both. Then I get the bits and bobs I can't get there, elsewhere.
    Originally posted by robin58
    Yes, but it really is just bits and bobs or brands that you really love. I think that's been a very welcome change. It's now quite possible to do a full shop in Aldi.
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 30th May 17, 7:53 AM
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    Gets me when I see this thread. Nobody ever did a 'Aldi prices are going down' thread. Only moan when it goes up.

    I can tell you alot went down over a period until mid June last year.
    Originally posted by robin58
    Damn, I must have missed your thread on that then

    Anyway, in the interest of money saving & fair play, this is this week's comparison from me:

    ALDI £54.97

    Asda £62.81

    Tesco £65.07
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 30th May 17, 8:09 AM
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    I shop in Lidl and Aldi, am lucky enough to have both within 5 minutes walk - they are literally across a junction from each other.

    I buy Lidl own tea and coffee, both are cheap and fine. I changed from PG Tips to Sainsbury, then when Sainsbury's basics went up to 50p for 40 bags I went over to Knightsbridge tea (currently £1.49 for 160) and find it quite nice.

    I am still amazed when I look through some of the reductions in Asda fruit and veg and they are more expensive than the normal prices in Lidl/Aldi, but I vary which one I shop in anyway. The other day I wanted some spring onions, the ones in Aldi were rather skinny and 49p a bunch, the ones in Lidl were 56p a bunch but were nice and plump so went for those. I tend to get my milk in Lidl though, just because the label on the Aldi one makes it difficult to tell what level the milk is at as it goes right round, but I get my squirty cream in Aldi because the squirter on the Lidl one is too big.

    On the whole I very rarely shop in the other supermarkets now, the one thing that gets me there is peanut butter which is considerably cheaper in Tesco/Asda than it is in either Lidl or Aldi (I use the value crunchy).

    On the whole, the things I buy have tended to be fairly steady price-wise or have gone down (tea has at the moment), the chips mentioned previously have always been marked at 57p in my Lidl, have simply gone through at 50p, I have tended towards the crinkle cut ones recently though.

    As for the price of eggs, the difference between Lidl and, say, Tesco is massive. I get 10 large eggs in Lidl for about 75p, the equivalent in Tesco is twice that price. Their packs of 15 "mixed-size" value eggs for £1.25 tend to be mixed in the smaller range and we use larger eggs in this house, if I get small eggs OH uses two in his omelette!

    On the whole I cant see myself changing back to Tesco in a hurry - and one of the biggest ones in the country is 15 minutes walk from us.
    Last edited by Enterprise 1701C; 30-05-2017 at 8:16 AM.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 30th May 17, 8:41 AM
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    On the whole I cant see myself changing back to Tesco in a hurry - and one of the biggest ones in the country is 15 minutes walk from us.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    Couldn't agree with you more - and size may have a lot to do with it too. We too have a massive new Tesco (one of the last they built before they stopped the building programme) but it takes about an hour to get round it.

    Aldi takes 20 minutes, tops, and I really don't want or need 5 types of ketchup to choose from.

    So not only is Aldi (or Lidl for that matter) 30% cheaper on average, but it's also a big time saver - unless you prefer to shop online of course. The quality's also better - though you'll never convince diehard Tesco shoppers of that!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Jun 17, 4:55 PM
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    I have a Tesco metro three minutes from my house yet my Aldi and Lidl's is 5 miles away and even with the price of diesel its still worth my while to drive there twice a month to get my shopping. Never use Tesco's anymore or Sainsburys and I detest Adsa's . Even if the cheaper supermarkets prices have risen slightly its nothing like the prices of the big ones.a penny or two in aldis and lidls is a cheap price to pay whereas in tesco's, s'burys 'asdas etc it goes up in leaps and bounds.Our local Tecos superstore always looks half empty when I drive past
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    • pakokelso93
    • By pakokelso93 3rd Jun 17, 1:05 AM
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    Through necessity, originally. One of the few happy side effects of the last recession was that we were forced to be far more considered in our purchases. This is something that I doubt anyone under the age of 26 will understand first hand.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I do.

    I quite miss "kwikkys", it was like supermarkets own value brands all the way round the shop !!
    Originally posted by CAZBEAR
    Kwik Save! Ahh as a kid back in the day. Questionable food output in that shop ha!
    Last edited by pakokelso93; 03-06-2017 at 1:08 AM.
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 13th Jun 17, 3:23 PM
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    Aldi were cheaper again this week, but not by much:

    Aldi £39.88

    Asda £44.65

    Tesco £42.95
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 14th Jun 17, 8:43 AM
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    I need online shopping now so I stick to Sainsbugs, but if I ever get taken up to Aldi I buy loads of their tea and decaff tea, their salted crisps, and their washing up liq. If we had one nearer I'd ditch Sainsbugs and just go, because it's a nice wee shop not too tiring to walk around.
    • zaax
    • By zaax 14th Jun 17, 9:50 AM
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    Lidl thick bread now £1.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 14th Jun 17, 10:05 AM
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    The Brexit impact's really starting to bite now, unfortunately, and even Aldi can't hold down prices for ever when the pound's fallen so much.
    • septemberblues
    • By septemberblues 14th Jun 17, 10:27 AM
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    I live 5 walk mins away from a big Sainsbury, but used to drive 15 mins to Tesco or aldi, but I don't bother so much now. I go Aldi once every two weeks but don't buy the fruit and veg as its such bad quality, I don't go Tesco anymore as they've got rid of some of the things I bought and I think they are the same price now as Sainsbury.

    I've got in the habit now of going to sains once our twice a week in the afternoon and buying their reduced stuff......I love it and their fruit and veg is amazing. I figure I save/spend the same as before doing it this way, as spending less on petrol.
    I was always a Tesco shopper but I don't think they offer value for money anymore. Eg: sugar free jelly sachets 99p (up from 75p!)....they are much cheaper in sains.
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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 14th Jun 17, 3:07 PM
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    I remember when Netto first showed up but it was rather a bargain basement store and reminded me very much of the old Fine Fare and Kwiksave stores. Ones to avoid at all cost!
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    Remember the walk in chillers?

    I remember the different flavours of creamed filled biscuits, similar sized to custard creams. My favourites were coconut and coffee.

    The shops were very very scruffy
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 14th Jun 17, 7:44 PM
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    Remember the walk in chillers?

    I remember the different flavours of creamed filled biscuits, similar sized to custard creams. My favourites were coconut and coffee.

    The shops were very very scruffy
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Yes, very! Boxes of stock sitting around half opened etc.

    I do remember those biscuits, they did a strawberry cream one too. The only one I liked were the coconut ones.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 14th Jun 17, 10:19 PM
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    I live 5 walk mins away from a big Sainsbury, but used to drive 15 mins to Tesco or aldi, but I don't bother so much now. I go Aldi once every two weeks but don't buy the fruit and veg as its such bad quality, I don't go Tesco anymore as they've got rid of some of the things I bought and I think they are the same price now as Sainsbury.
    Originally posted by septemberblues
    Well I certainly don't! A recent survey put Sainsbury's near the top of the list for price and I certainly found that this week when, for the first time in months, I shopped in a different town and did so at a Tesco branch.

    Sainsbury's are considerably more expensive than Aldi for my weekly shop, and Tesco is somewhere in the middle. In fact I occasionally shop in Waitrose too and Sainsbury works out more expensive even than Waitrose!

    That said, I agree about Aldi's fruit and veg, which is substandard far too often.
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 14th Jun 17, 11:32 PM
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    Netto were the reason I avoided Aldi and Lidl for so long. I remember going in one once years ago and it was like a tip and the shop stank. I vowed never to go in one again and had assumed that Aldi and Lidl would be similar.
    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 21st Jun 17, 12:11 PM
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    Well I use Aldi and am amazed how much i get for my money despite prices rising on the items I buy.

    If I go to Sainsbobs and put 6 items in my basket its £20 gone whereas Aldi a weekly shop is about £20 - £30 depending on what I have run out of.

    3 Examples - individual choc mouse desert thing 39p Sains 99p

    Loaf of farmhouse wholemeal 99p in Aldi but £170 in Sainsbob

    Lump of cheese in Aldi !.59 but circa £3 in sains

    Fruit / veg super 6 is unbeatable imo
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 21st Jun 17, 1:27 PM
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    The Brexit impact's really starting to bite now, unfortunately, and even Aldi can't hold down prices for ever when the pound's fallen so much.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    For clarification - its not Brexit that has caused the price increase. We havent left the EU yet.

    Its the money gamblers in the stock exchanges who gamble on currency have suddenly found they cant so easily predict money movements so they've lost confidence in buying sterling.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 21st Jun 17, 7:39 PM
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    For clarification - its not Brexit that has caused the price increase. We havent left the EU yet.

    Its the money gamblers in the stock exchanges who gamble on currency have suddenly found they cant so easily predict money movements so they've lost confidence in buying sterling.
    Originally posted by motorguy
    That's utter nonsense, though the Brexit lobby are doubtless still peddling all the lies they pushed out pre-referendum.

    The fall in the pound was a direct and immediate result of the referendum outcome, simply because currency markets always look to the future. The markets just reflect a world view of the value of the pound, and the referendum outcome damaged that value irrevocably. Hardly surprising, given that this small, relatively unimportant, country now has to fight for a trade deal to keep us afloat against 27 other countries, all keen to defend the EU. If we get a deal it will be inferior to what we have now, and if we don't we're sunk.

    Madness - and the rising price of food and everything else is just an inevitable consequence. You may not like being told that, but the dire predictions are now being fulfilled, and that's one of the reasons Theresa May's just proved herself to be the second incompetent Prime Minister in a row.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 21st Jun 17, 8:15 PM
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    Well I use Aldi and am amazed how much i get for my money despite prices rising on the items I buy.

    If I go to Sainsbobs and put 6 items in my basket its £20 gone whereas Aldi a weekly shop is about £20 - £30 depending on what I have run out of.

    3 Examples - individual choc mouse desert thing 39p Sains 99p

    Loaf of farmhouse wholemeal 99p in Aldi but £170 in Sainsbob

    Lump of cheese in Aldi !.59 but circa £3 in sains

    Fruit / veg super 6 is unbeatable imo
    Originally posted by BBH123
    I think most honest shoppers would agree that Aldi still offers much better value than Sainsbury's. The question is, is the gap between Aldi and some of the other supermarkets narrowing?
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