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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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  • chris01625
    I think both are good on price and use them on alternate weeks. I was originally a Lidl shopper and then became an Aldi one.

    I find Lidl is better for cheese, fresh meat and carton fruit juices. It is particularly good for 'weekend specials'. Often it will have mince, which isn't great but is fine for bolognaise or chilli for around 1.25 per 500gm as a special. I find it poor for fruit and vegetables and do wonder if it is due to poor handling in my local (Wilmslow) store.

    The Aldi store I usually use is Cheadle, Cheshire, but I have used others, they tend to be brighter and better laid out than Lidl. I find the fruit and vegetables to be of very good quality and exceptionally cheap. Both Lidl and Aldi have exceptionally good porridge oat that are a fraction of the cost of Quaker.

    Both are good with milk, tinned fish, pasta, yoghurt etc. Both sell Lemon Curd/Raspberry/Strawberry yoghurts which are brilliant at 49p in a different carton Tesco sell the same thing as Devonshire Yoghurts at 72p - 46% more. Milk is another example until recently 4 pints were 1.25 at Tesco and the last time I bought it there it was 1.18 (and I find it goes off very quickly), whereas in both Lidl and Aldi it is a 1 - how can they justify 18% more expensive on a basic.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 10th Apr 12, 5:40 PM
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    My Aldi has baskets now
    Originally posted by holidaysforme
    They appeared in mine today. It seems to me they haven't thought it through though. I used to use a box which I'd unpack onto the conveyor, then quickly repack at the till, finally packing into bags in the packing area. However, I'm told we're not allowed to take the baskets through the till, so have to pack bags at the till (which will undoubtedly slow things down).

    I think I'm sticking to using a box!
    • rogcal
    • By rogcal 11th Apr 12, 10:26 AM
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    I can't speak of Lidl as I do not use them but Aldi is a place I do shop and do find their fruit and veg to be good value however, I make sure I inspect the items well before buying them as increasingly I have found stock on display that is either damaged or in poor condition.

    I put this down to poor stock control and poor in store handling.

    When I raise the problem with a member of staff I get fobbed off with all sorts of excuses but usually short of staff is the main one.

    I suppose it would help if a use by date were put on all the fresh packaged fruit and veg but sadly some are not marked and like the packs of vine ripened tomatoes, oranges and clementines which are not marked, it's not unusual to find mould developing on the fruits even on the day of purchase.

    I'll still continue shopping at Aldi but take even more care when selecting fresh goods!
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 11th Apr 12, 12:29 PM
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    They pretty much sell the same stuff, there will be items that are only available in 1 and not the other.
    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 11th Apr 12, 12:34 PM
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    recovering spendaholic
    I have both aldi and lidl within easy reach of my house, however the aldi is well laid out, bright and clean whilst the lidl is not well laid out and always seems to be grubby and has a weird smell. I think it does depend, as others have said, on how well the store is managed.

    I buy lidl bread flour and bread mixes, but little else as I prefer the quality and price of aldi.

    ENDIS. Employed, no disposable income or savings!
    • arunadasi
    • By arunadasi 11th Apr 12, 12:35 PM
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    Aldi and Lidl are both German and I live in Germany; we have both stores next door near to my home.
    In Germany, Aldi has by far the more solid reputation, and more people shop there than at Lild. In fact, I don't know a single person here who shops at Lidl. Aldi's products consistently com out as "very good" on Germany's consumer magazine tests (similar to UK's Watch). I remember some years ago that Aldi's Medion computer came up as every bit as good as the top brands, for a much lower price.
    In price they may be similar; I can't tell as I never went to Lidl in Germany. I did in the UK, though, as there was no Aldi in my home town.

    In Germany there's not really the snobbishnes as per supermarkets that you get in the UK. Everyone, rich and poor, shops at Aldi. But I do think Lidl (and another discounter, Penny) does seem to have rather a second-rate feeling to it. I don't know how true it is, since, as I mention, I've never actually tried them.
    Last edited by arunadasi; 11-04-2012 at 12:38 PM.
    • Mrs Arcanum
    • By Mrs Arcanum 22nd Apr 12, 10:36 AM
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    Mrs Arcanum
    We now have an Aldi in the next town so I alternate between Aldi & Lidl.

    IMHO Aldi is best for Bread (proper batch loaves & can find middle loaves).
    Breakfast cereal, range of eggs, soda water, soups, curry mixes, frozen fish & some desserts.

    Like for like Lidl Hawaiian pizza is far better than Aldi (far more topping & thicker crust for the same price), Rye bread whilst cheaper in Aldi doesn't keep as long as Lidl's. Also the vanilla ice cream at Lidl is wonderful, though there is a wider choice at Aldi.

    Lidl is better for cold meats (bigger range & better prices), fresh coffee, lemonade, chocolate spread and veg (yes Aldi super 6 is OK but not being able to get loose veg causes problems with choosing the best).

    Lidl do a good version of Iron Brew & Aldi does Dandelion & Burdock.

    May come up with more as I find them. All just my opinion though.
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  • Septictoe
    Lidl does it for me
    Sweetdaisy's comments rings true with me. I was spending about 80 a week at Tesco and ended up going right off them. I felt the costs were going up week on week and did not represent the great value that they claimed. I also got really bored with the range that Tesco offered. Unfortunately I don't live that close to Lidl but I am now in a routine of once a week driving to lidl on my way home from work and picking up the things that we use the most. We tend to go for fruit and veg, tinned tomatoes (passata, puree etc), cleaning/laundry, household, rice and pasta. The chocolate is also fantastic! Once I have these I then do an online shop at sainsburys and literally only buy the things that are left on the list. We have found that we are saving in the region of 30-50 a month. We will save more when we try other lidl items. I want to start trying their cereals as the prices look great. Perhaps someone has some experience that they would share?

    Best wishes and happy moneysaving!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 22nd Apr 12, 1:57 PM
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    Aldi and Lidl are both German and I live in Germany; we have both stores next door near to my home.
    In Germany, Aldi has by far the more solid reputation, and more people shop there than at Lild.
    Originally posted by arunadasi
    Aldi inGermany is just amazing. I really wish we could get the long-life soya milk they sell, it is absolutely delcious!

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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 22nd Apr 12, 9:10 PM
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    Only tried the muesli (sp) which I bought yesterday and it's really good.
    I have been shopping at Aldi on and off for a while but have discovered Lidl and I like it. Their fruit is lovely and will try more things as I get used to it.
    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 22nd Apr 12, 9:47 PM
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    Aldi inGermany is just amazing. I really wish we could get the long-life soya milk they sell, it is absolutely delcious!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I noticed that amongst the 'new' products in my local store last thursday! ask your store manager or deputy manager about it! the more people who request a product the more likely they are to stock it!
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 26th Apr 12, 12:40 AM
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    **** Aldi/Lidl - must buys/don't buys thread ****
    Saw a similar thread to this on another forum, where people were either recommending or warning about products from either Aldi or Lidl. In other words, this thread should serve to let people know of must buys and/or don't buys.

    With MSE forums being about saving money, I thought why not make a thread which has a list of products from Aldi/Lidl that people should either avoid or buy - for example: The product is good/poor value for money; The product is of good/bad quality; You can buy the similar/same product at another supermarket. Basically telling people why to buy or avoid a product.

    To start the ball rolling, I will recommend a good product, then a bad product.

    I would recommend Aldi's Almat biological soap powder. It lathers up very quickly on a quick wash, with quarter of the recommended dose (please note this wash had about 8 tea towels). It seems to remove stains with half the recommended dose on a normal day's wash of clothes, but I would recommend a full dose for when doing a full load with large capacity washers (7kg+).

    I would avoid Aldi's Thai Sweet Chicken crisps. For me they lacked flavour, and tasted too greasy.

    Now for the experts recommendations below...
    • russ331
    • By russ331 26th Apr 12, 6:48 AM
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    I don't think we need yet another Aldi -vs- Lidl thread.
    Last edited by russ331; 26-04-2012 at 6:56 AM.
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 26th Apr 12, 9:03 AM
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    Sorry about that, I didn't see those after searching.
  • m_curiousity
    Recommend the pastrami from aldi (think 1.50) and the chocolate orange truffle... Omg yummmm!!
    • jackie_w
    • By jackie_w 30th Apr 12, 10:30 AM
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    I've just recently started shopping at lidl and aldi and find aldi to be much better.

    My kids eat fruit like there is no tomorrow especially grapes, and my local lidl are selling grapes for 1.99, my local asda sell them for 2.00, but my local aldi sell them for 1.15.

    I still go to asda for cold meat for sandwiches, I would like to try aldi or lidl version but not sure which one would be best. Any recommendations?

  • peterpan567
    lidl has a great sliced ham - 400g pack for 2.79 or something like that, with no water/flour addded. the greatest ever.
  • Edwardia
    My husband likes any of Lidl's range of hams eg Parma, Black Forest plus salami with fennel, chorizo, Kabanossi and Krakowska sausage. He's rather buy deli meats in Lidl than anywhere else.
    • sb44
    • By sb44 11th May 12, 2:18 PM
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    Gourmet Jelly Beans, 200g 79p. Very good, on a par with well know brands of jelly beans.

    Titan chocolate bars, 6 small bars for 69p. Taste very much like Mars bars.

    • carlyh69
    • By carlyh69 11th May 12, 3:25 PM
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    Lidl- Formil washing liquid I find very good, smells clean and is really cheap!
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