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    Good and bad buys from Aldi and Lidl
    • #1
    • 19th Jan 12, 8:32 PM
    Good and bad buys from Aldi and Lidl 19th Jan 12 at 8:32 PM
    Ok not been using this forum very much, but I do look most days to see what's going on. Think I need to stop being shy, start a thread and join in the banter on here.

    Lately I've revamped my shopping thanks to everybody on this board. I still wanna continue to save and make my shopping go further.

    Rather than me experimenting with lots of unknown brands from Aldi and Lidi I thought it would be a good idea if we could list stuff we all have tried, but most importantly 'liked'

    So I would recommend you all have a try of:

    (Lidl) Freshvale Cooked Ham - @2.59 for 400g
    Great value for money and it's very tasty and has no added water.

    Anymore suggestions?
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    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 7th Mar 12, 3:04 PM
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    I always look out for the 30% off on cooked chicken (microwave straightaway) and frickelburgers and scotch eggs and also reduced bread for the freezer. Combined with the half price canna go wrong. Great store. Clean and same staff for years.
    Grow my own fruit and veg but what I see looks fresh, though a farmer pal was saying the 5kg bags of onions were brought out of the cooler too soon.
    • Louise.H
    • By Louise.H 8th Mar 12, 9:26 AM
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    The LIDL fairtrade range is very good value and tastes nice too:

    Dark/Milk chocolate bars (I stocked up on 10 last time)
    Instant coffee
    Cane Sugar

    I also really like the olives from there and the vegetable selection is always good.
    • winnalot
    • By winnalot 8th Mar 12, 12:06 PM
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    Hubby does all the shopping at Aldi as I can't be trusted not to overspend!

    We love these. Sorry, I don't know the prices but I know he has a weekly budget of 60 for 3 of us and never goes near it.

    Fresh Lasagne and garlic bread
    Fresh Pizza
    Instant 'Gold' coffee
    fruit corner yoghurts
    pasta/korma/tikka massala sauces

    they used to do fresh crayfish tails which were delicious (and very healthy) and at 1.99 a pack was easily half of the price that i saw them go for in waitrose recently. the pack was bigger too. they are out of season now but look out for them in the summer.
  • franskies
    Aldi fruity porridge, I think it's cranberry and apple is also very very nice. I'm not a big porridge fan but I found this to be quite scrummy.

    Aldi red grape juice is lovely too, not tried the lidl version so.

    Aldi choc mousse is also one to try, sooo delicious and it's a bargain. 4 pots for 49p or 45p, can't remember but well worth a try.

    Aldi do fruit fromage frais as well, they come in single pots but they're quite big with a fruit layer at the bottom. So yummy but they're not exactly healthy.

    I prefer the banana crunch yoghurts from Aldi to the muller ones so they're well worth a try.

    Aldi baked beans are the only ones I'll buy, not tried their basics version yet but they're only a couple of pence cheaper so don't really see the point.

    Aldi premium chopped tomatoes are brilliant, as are their cheaper ones. The frozen petit pois are about a quid for 800g which lasts me and the fella ages.

    The custard is great too, half the price of ambrosia and I think it's nicer!

    They also do choco squares which are like 60p? But they do a coconut version which is to die for.

    The specially selected curry sauces are really really nice and I find that they're quite rich so you can add some tinned tomatoes without losing the flavour so it stretched the sauce a bit further. I always get the dopiaza one.

    Their pasta sauce which is about 65p is well worth a try too, I really like it.

    The egg noodles are half the price of what you usually pay and do a few meals. Their basmati rice is also very good!

    Erm, I've gone on quite a bit here!
  • Splashy
    I don't use Aldi much and tbh as a very fussy eater I am a bit nervous to try things - though I do experiment on the rest of the family
    The tinned fruit from Aldi goes down well with dh - it is a tropical fruit one and it seems to quite like it
    Their versions of Cheerios - dd doesn't like anything but the branded ones but ds does like them - though he seems to have gone off cheerios at the mo
    My Mum likes their herbal teabags - and 40bags for 99p it is a steal
    I really should try different things though and just be brave
    • kiwi07
    • By kiwi07 9th Mar 12, 5:52 PM
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    Lidl has very tasty soup Chicken pasta soup, big can 800 gr, used to be 0. 89 p few days ago but now 0.99. I still can not believe - 10p increase in one week!!! I remember a year ago this soup was 69 p. Lidl is getting more expensive!!!
  • Edwardia
    Aldi has good tinned wild mushroom soup and OH liked their OJ
  • lmp0507
    Also can recommend snackrite's take on pringles, full of flavour, more so than the real thing in fact.
    Also - Apple & Raspberry juice (del rivo) & Apple juice, (rivo doro)
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 10th Mar 12, 10:14 PM
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    If you like Pimms then the Aldi Austins is a good substitute. It's just gone up 1 a bottle but even at 5.99 for 70cl still a good buy.
  • elly-spendaholic
    We've just started shopping at Aldi with a bid to cut costs, and find their version of cheerios much nicer than the original! Also the low fat muller style yogurts and better than the proper version too. We like the frozen pizzas, cumberland sausages and extra large frozen battered fish..yummy! The meats are good too, as are breads/ muffins. The only things we don't really buy are the tinned foods xx
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  • renegade
    Can recommend the tinned Corned Beef, Soups are nice too.
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    • cashewy
    • By cashewy 12th Mar 12, 8:49 AM
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    We like Aldi's peeled plum tomatoes (Harvest? in a nice thick sauce not watery), Corale baked beans and spaghetti both ok, Pantry nuts (whole almonds are good value and really nice at 1.49 for 200g), Belmont Ginger Nuts biscuits, DairyFine Mint Creme chocolate and Moser Roth orange or mint chocolate (five individually wrapped bars handy), Abbott & Broome hand wash, and their lovely fruit and veg.

    Someone recommended their Diplomat Gold Label tea, 80 bags for 1.39, and we tried this for the first time this week - love a nice strong cuppa and drink loads - so pleased with it, can't tell it from the Tetley Strong bags we were just finishing.

    Lidl we used to love the Linessa low sugar jams but can't get them any more, and Goody luxury muesli is delish too.
    • katskorner
    • By katskorner 12th Mar 12, 11:31 AM
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    Aldi - our kids really like the tinned ravoli - it is packed to the top and not too much sauce and really meaty too. Great value at only 35p a tin. I buy them 12 at a time.

    I also think the fresh mushrooms family pack is great value as are the bags of seasonal salad. Plus of course the super six deals!

    Lidl - well I buy loads from there all the time. Not found much I don't like apart from the caramel chocolate cake biscuit things - yuk!
    3 kids(DS1 6 Nov, DS2 8 Feb, DS3 24 Dec) a hubby and two cats - I love to save every penny I can!
    • caeler
    • By caeler 12th Mar 12, 7:45 PM
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    I love lidl's Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza (2 for 1.99) and their milk chocolate (blue packet 100g) 35p is delicious. Their chocolate seashells seriously rival Guylian. Also try the French Brie at 94p, really good. Finally their Chillean Merlot is fab at 3.89, one of my favourite wines now.
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    • carrie2402
    • By carrie2402 13th Mar 12, 8:27 AM
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    Bought Lasagne from Aldi yesterday and must say I like the Lidl one but Aldi one was far better, the cheese sauce was lovely and no grissly bits in the mince. Will defo be doing more shopping in Aldi
  • abwsco
    If you like really "hot with chillis" pizza try Lidl's Inferno one. It really does live up to it's name.
  • franskies
    Bought Lasagne from Aldi yesterday and must say I like the Lidl one but Aldi one was far better, the cheese sauce was lovely and no grissly bits in the mince. Will defo be doing more shopping in Aldi
    Originally posted by carrie2402
    I can second that, my nan bought it & it was quite yummy!

    I can also recommend Aldi Chilli Con Carne sauce. I'm quite a big chilli fan but the boyfriend isn't, he doesn't like too many beans & doesn't like it spicy so after trying several sauces and him not liking it, I thought that's chilli gone for a meal choice Anyway... yesterday, I decided to try the Aldi one for 65p and yummmmm!
    It had fewer beans than I would prefer but I can always add some to mine and not the fellas and for once, he liked it! He said it wasn't too spicy, a mild kick but really tasty! Woohoo, chilli is on the menu!

    Aldi Blackcurrant High Juice is lovely too, really nice and it's NAS which is a bonus! I think it's 1.10 so can't moan.

    Aldi juicy water cartons are lovely, not strong and not weak. I've had both flavours & really liked them. My sister, who doesn't drink juice as she finds it too strong, agrees and buys this regularly. They do orange & pineapple and apple & blackcurrant.

    Aldi sparkling flavoured water is nice, no different to any brands or supermarkets and it's a snip at about 30p. Low calorie too!

    I DON'T like their hot chocolate in the jar though, it's not nice at all. Might be okay if you added cocoa but it's too sweet and lacking in the chocolate.

    Aldi Fig rolls are a steal at 35p, regularly buy these as me and the bf love them.

    Aldi Tomato pur!e is about 33p and always comes in handy.

    Aldi Fairtrade tea is about 1.29 for 80 bags at the moment and I really like it, I like a strong brew and this delivers!

    I'll have a raid through my cupboards later and see what other Aldi treasures I can find. Can you tell I love Aldi?
  • zzybee
    love the aldi tiramisu. after the costco tiramisu, this was the next one we love! must also say that the lidl crisps (crusti croc) tasted much better than the normal brands. seemed fresher.
  • Paganmoon
    I have a major sweet tooth so I've found out that alot of Aldi's chocolate bars are really nice. There is one which is milk chocolate with almonds and thats my all time fave choccie bar now and its a brilliant price at 99p (quite a big size aswell so extra yummie). Their sweets are a major bargin 23p for a bag of toffees !! hehe and so much better than the white label ones from other supermarkets.
    Cheese and milk is good value too also their frozen pizzas are great for a quick meal for the family, especially the box of 3 pizzas for 2.69 (very yum yum).
    All my kids love aldi's bake beans, taste and look great.
    I know its not food but thought I'd mention it, that aldis hair and beauty products are quite fab too. The aldi version of frizz ease is great and the make-up is good too and great on price
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 14th Mar 12, 7:53 AM
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    Ours doesnt seem to have make up and it doesn't have bread flour either - I keep reading on MSE that its the cheapest place to get bread flour - but I asked the manager and he says might just be in England cos he hasnt seen it up here
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