Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

    • Rjhsteel
    • By Rjhsteel 12th Jul 10, 5:40 PM
    • 63Posts
    • 8Thanks
    0 WOW
    Cheapest place to buy fresh fruit?
    • #1
    • 12th Jul 10, 5:40 PM
    0 WOW
    Cheapest place to buy fresh fruit? 12th Jul 10 at 5:40 PM
    Where, in your opinion, is the cheapest place to buy your fruit?
Page 1
  • moonrakerz
    • #2
    • 12th Jul 10, 6:00 PM
    • #2
    • 12th Jul 10, 6:00 PM
    Lidl !..............
    • katskorner
    • By katskorner 12th Jul 10, 8:45 PM
    • 2,927 Posts
    • 3,447 Thanks
    • #3
    • 12th Jul 10, 8:45 PM
    • #3
    • 12th Jul 10, 8:45 PM
    Yep I second that - Lidl - that is usually where I go. Sometimes the Aldi offers are good too but they only have 6 things on offer each fortnight.
    3 kids(DS1 6 Nov, DS2 8 Feb, DS3 24 Dec) a hubby and two cats - I love to save every penny I can!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 12th Jul 10, 8:51 PM
    • 4,254 Posts
    • 29,380 Thanks
    tessie bear
    • #4
    • 12th Jul 10, 8:51 PM
    • #4
    • 12th Jul 10, 8:51 PM
    markets can be cheap..but quality isnt wonderful sometimes...i like aldi for the super sometimes have offers
    on the brink...
    • shopndrop
    • By shopndrop 12th Jul 10, 9:01 PM
    • 3,526 Posts
    • 19,400 Thanks
    • #5
    • 12th Jul 10, 9:01 PM
    • #5
    • 12th Jul 10, 9:01 PM
    How about a local greengrocer. I find them to be cheaper than most supermarkets.
  • sellingmysoul666
    • #6
    • 12th Jul 10, 10:23 PM
    • #6
    • 12th Jul 10, 10:23 PM
    the asian supermarket off north road in preston is very good value & lasts longer
    "what lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • alisong
    • #7
    • 12th Jul 10, 11:19 PM
    • #7
    • 12th Jul 10, 11:19 PM
    another Aldi fan here...
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 13th Jul 10, 12:41 AM
    • 12,394 Posts
    • 11,623 Thanks
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 10, 12:41 AM
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 10, 12:41 AM
    Depends what I am after. Frozen normally works out cheaper for me as I tend to buy things like green beans but its not that way for all vegetables.

    Apples, well at the moment I can get a bag from Sainsburys for 98p and it has about 6 apples in. It does rely on getting there at the same time they put them out though as they seem to get chucked about alot and bruised. I'd like to say my Greengrocers but I don't always find as good a quality and then when I do they sell out!- This is if I actually manage to get there when they are open. Same goes with Lidl and Aldi- they are shut so early I never get to visit (I shop after 10pm).

    Berries and special fruit I tend to find I'd rather spend alot on something really sweet and delicious rather then getting more for my money. M&S, Tesco Finest, Sainsburys TTD cost more but IMO its worth the extra cost. I don't buy them very often.

    Depends what your looking for and what your tastes are I think.
    • downshifter
    • By downshifter 13th Jul 10, 8:43 AM
    • 1,060 Posts
    • 1,865 Thanks
    • #9
    • 13th Jul 10, 8:43 AM
    • #9
    • 13th Jul 10, 8:43 AM
    I think Aldi super6 offers have deteriorated over the past year or so, as their other prices have too, I find them just as expensive as other shops, and because there's less choice you can't select a cheaper option. Also they're generally pre-packed so you can't check the quality for for bruises etc. and I find they don't keep well.

    Like others, I can't get to a greengrocer's or market, but do find that Morrison's are good, they have some apples called I think Jonagold, that are always masses cheaper per pound than others, also you can select each individual apple or tomato etc for yourself. They often have fruit and veg as whoopsies too, so good bargains.

    My favourite shop though is Netto, I bought some fantastic whoopsies there last week - 2 huge red peppers for 10p for the 2, a big tray of tomatoes for 10p etc.

    The problem is that there might be a good offer somewhere one week - like the lovely Lancashire celery for 40p in Sainsbury's last week, but then you go back this week and there's nothing much there.

    I grow a lot myself, and at the moment have a total glut of strawberries and other stuff, but at other times need to buy in.

    Shopping is such a pain isn't it!! good luck, I'll be watching this thread to see what others think.
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 13th Jul 10, 9:42 AM
    • 4,254 Posts
    • 29,380 Thanks
    tessie bear
    i have grown my own salad leaves this year and they have been great...and tomatoes but they arent ripe yet soim still buying those
    on the brink...
    • gocat
    • By gocat 13th Jul 10, 9:45 AM
    • 5,098 Posts
    • 59,571 Thanks
    Jonagolds are usually very cheap in most supermarkets. Sometimes they are named "basic" "smartprice" and other similar names.
    • raphanius
    • By raphanius 13th Jul 10, 12:24 PM
    • 1,263 Posts
    • 6,573 Thanks
    i'm another lidl fan but they do run out of stock quickly at this time of year especially strawberries.

    i also buy fruit at my local market, they are cheapest on cherries, strawberries and rasperries when they glut. they had tangerines last week, havent seen those in years!
    Wins: 2008: 606.10 2009: 806.24 2010: 713.47 2011: 328.32

    • weegie.geek
    • By weegie.geek 13th Jul 10, 1:55 PM
    • 3,148 Posts
    • 2,981 Thanks
    Aldi's stuff doesn't keep well at all, in my experience. Hell, I've found mouldy stuff on the shelves.

    My local Somerfield/Co-Op has a terrible selection (but 500 types of wine, it seems) and it's never too fresh. There's a market stall type thing in the shopping centre and its stuff is never fresh. There's a fruit and veg shop on the main street and it's not got much of a selection, it's expensive and the stuff's not too fresh.

    Tesco/Asda are the only places nearby that I'm sure to find half-decent quality fruit and veg, that won't go off in a couple of days. They're much more expensive than most independent places, but the independent places nearby are awful.

    I keep hearing anti-supermarket types whinge about supporting local businesses but the local businesses here are cheap and nasty as opposed to the low prices and high quality people keep going on about. There's a local greengrocer I've yet to try, because he seems to shut at 2pm or something ludicrous like that.

    I could go over to the Asian area of town but it's a pain in the bum to get there, and adds another few pounds onto the cost of whatever I buy. It seems like there's just no demand for quality produce here.
    They say it's genetic, they say he can't help it, they say you can catch it - but sometimes you're born with it
  • Eeyore2009
    I have to agree with Lidl
    • csnann
    • By csnann 13th Jul 10, 2:42 PM
    • 447 Posts
    • 412 Thanks
    My local farm shop is cheaper than the supermarket. The local greengrocer is much more expensive than either the supermarket or the farm shop.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 13th Jul 10, 2:59 PM
    • 13,078 Posts
    • 41,304 Thanks
    It all depends on what you buy?

    This is what I grow so therefore cheap:
    Blackberries, I have picked and frozen 5 kilo so far
    Strawberries, I pick every other day
    Apples, tree full of them
    Pears, tree full of them
    Oranges, my hardy tree has got 6 naval oranges on at the moment
    Lemons, my hardy tree has got 4 lemons on so far
    Goosberry bush looking healthy so should get a good crop
    Cranberry bush looking good so should get a good crop
    Cherries, I have picked 8 kilo so far.
    I'm a Board Guide on all of the Shopping & Freebies Boards
    I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to (its not part of my role to deal with reportable posts). Any views are mine and not the official line of
    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 13th Jul 10, 8:33 PM
    • 7,302 Posts
    • 10,721 Thanks
    garden or market definitely- if you go to the market towards the end of the day you can get a huge bag of bannanas (27 best quantity so far!) for a quid! Also aldi or lidl next best.
    • Bronnie
    • By Bronnie 15th Jul 10, 12:20 AM
    • 4,089 Posts
    • 11,491 Thanks
    The man in the veg van that parks up on a local estate on Tuesday and Saturday mornings rain or shine and sets up a couple of trestle tables next to his van . Very good fresh quality, decent selection, cheery service and low low prices. He does a great job and deserves the custom.
  • Vaila
    lidl and aldi have a great, cheap selection
    • weegie.geek
    • By weegie.geek 22nd Jul 10, 6:37 PM
    • 3,148 Posts
    • 2,981 Thanks
    Finally managed to catch the small independent place that shuts early. Bad selection, decent prices and ok quality. I've still to find one of these places I hear about that sell totally fresh stuff for less than supermarkets.
    They say it's genetic, they say he can't help it, they say you can catch it - but sometimes you're born with it
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

820Posts Today

6,015Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • It's the start of mini MSE's half term. In order to be the best daddy possible, Im stopping work and going off line?

  • RT @shellsince1982: @MartinSLewis thanx to your email I have just saved myself £222 by taking a SIM only deal for £7.50 a month and keeping?

  • Today's Friday twitter poll: An important question, building on yesterday's important discussions: Which is the best bit of the pizza...

  • Follow Martin