Is there any point a £20 a week Tesco shopper going to the discounters
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I'm an 80 year old pensioner, I live alone and my food bill is around £20 a week on average inc household. I'm not wealthy but I'm ok for now. I buy Tesco brand bread milk cereal bacon eggs, frozen veg potatoes Heinz's beans, some sandwich fillers. The Tesco extra it's a nice shop round the corner and I know where everything is so it's no hassle, incidentally Aldi is a touch closer but a lot smaller. I'm not interested in saving a couple of pounds to take on any tress but would like to know the thought of discount shoppers in my situation.
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I don’t like the physical environment of an Aldi store. It feels crowded and there’s too many people and in mine no basket tills so if you’re only doing a small shop (I don’t do a big main shop) you’re stuck behind a trolley loads of people.
I just end up getting trolley rage and running out at speed. I find Lidl little slightly better and less crowded.
With your size spend there is probably so little in it it’s not going to make a huge amount of difference on the savings front.
But a well stocked large Tesco is hard to beat in general - if you want to save money they do a basic range and their customer service is generally quite good. The staff at our local one (mid sized, not an extra) are incredibly friendly and actually treat one as an individual rather than just giving zombie service.
I think it's important to see and be seen particularly if you live alone (I assume you do) as people do start to notice your routine and start being even friendlier. I moved a few years back and so had stopped going to a different Tesco where previously I might have been there once or twice a week. I happened to be passing it one day and popped in and was surprised that the woman at the till asked why I hadn't been in for such a long time. I obviously had made an impression!!!
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