First month switched from Sainsburys to Lidl/Aldi

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Gone Off!
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  • imhoimho Forumite
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    Sorry Ian but i disagree with you.Tesco value range is awful compared to Aldi food.I dont even look to see what brand it is i just buy it cause i need it and so far everything i bought from Aldi especially from the chilled cabinet is much better tasting than Tesco range and cheaper .
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    nwc389 said "I could cry when I think I could have switched ages ago and saved all that money."

    I could kick myself for not knowing about the special buys: there are some real treasures among the cheap tat.
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  • clayton16749clayton16749 Forumite
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    ianlawn wrote: »
    thats you opinion but it isnt backed up by fact. Look at the horsemeat scandal it proved aldi meat was just as dodgy as value brands.

    How can you say choice is bad. Its great and you can find the perfect item for you.

    My main issue is i think if aldi products were called aldi value rather than kingswood best then people would have different views on the taste. Its proven that people get swayed by brands and then they try to compare their brands with proper ones and people buy into it



    That's a good point and there's probably some truth in it.


    However, Aldi is just great.


    In my opinion the quality of the vast majority of Aldi products is at least as good as, if not better than, many branded ranges in the big supermarkets. And it's cheaper!


    It's a no brainer.


    And on top of that, I find that when I used to shop at Tesco or Sainsbury's I was always tempted to buy something that caught my eye because it was conveniently placed - meaning I spent even more. That doesn't happen at Aldi.
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    And on top of that, I find that when I used to shop at Tesco or Sainsbury's I was always tempted to buy something that caught my eye because it was conveniently placed - meaning I spent even more. That doesn't happen at Aldi.

    I'm with the poster whose mind was boggled by this sentiment - and it's not the first time I've seen an Aldiphile or Lidlite express it.

    Why not go the whole way and adopt Polish or East German style 'supermarkets' of the 1960s and '70s? Why have any choice at all?

    How can lack of choice be a good thing? Or is the truth that some people have such low reserves of self control that they're unable to stop themselves buying things they don't want?

    In any case, in Tesco you might have three brands of tinned salmon instead of one, but in Aldi there's also the bewildering array of 'bargain' junk to tempt money out of your purse. They are all businesses and they all have their ways of getting you to spend more than you intended.

    Aldi is fine, has its place and can save a canny shopper a lot of money. But a lack of choice is only a good thing if people leave self control at home.
  • A._Badger wrote: »
    How can lack of choice be a good thing?
    The trouble is there is no choice in Tesco or Sainsbury anymore. Most of the lines I would buy are no longer available at the one honest price. I like their produce. But they refuse to sell them at one price per packet.
  • nwc389nwc389 Forumite
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    Nada666 wrote: »
    The trouble is there is no choice in Tesco or Sainsbury anymore. Most of the lines I would buy are no longer available at the one honest price. I like their produce. But they refuse to sell them at one price per packet.

    This ! I don't always want to buy 2 or 3 of something just to get the lower price , I just want to buy what I need for that week .
  • A._BadgerA._Badger Forumite
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    nwc389 wrote: »
    This ! I don't always want to buy 2 or 3 of something just to get the lower price , I just want to buy what I need for that week .

    Completely agreed about BOGOFFs but 'save me from having to make a choice'? That's pretty lame.
  • We used to shop at Asda and would spent £140 a week for 5 of us. We now shop at Aldi and have for a year. We spent around £80 a week.

    My only peev with Aldi is that they don't do any wholegrain items, such as rice, wraps, bagels etc.... Also no half fat soured cream ;-)

    It would just make life easier if they did those wholegrain options as we eat alot of them.

    I only to go Asda now or sometimes a pound shop for toiletries as I like my branded shampoos, shower gels, toothpaste....
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    Reading this thread it becomes very clear why Tesco is in such trouble. It can no longer boast being the cheapest. And it certainly can't boast about quality either. For example, I bought some mature cheddar cheese from them yesterday. It certainly isn't mature (tasteless) and is going back for a refund (am not paying for a mature cheddar cheese when I'm getting a, medium cheddar instead - which is always lower in price).

    Put these two things together (higher prices and lower quality) and I think Tesco is doomed.
  • duchyduchy Forumite
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    I do think the superstores have got complacent over the years with shoppers thinking bigger was better and you either shop huge store or niche shops and little in between.

    I've realised time comes as high on my list as quality and price and my own choices are Aldi ...walkable to and open til 10pm, nice staff, excellent prices and sometimes limited range (not huge for me we have few must have products and enjoy variety) very quick to shop , Co OP large like the shop yourself and they deliver option but got very expensive or Tesco...need to drive, always crowded, higher prices and more impulse buying and always takes ages. We tend only to shop there now for food if we are looking for electricals and kill two birds with one stone. I resent the time it takes out of my weekend .

    I can see if you like certain brands and have limited time then one stop at a superstore can save more time than asay Tesco and Aldi visits one to each though.
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