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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 4th Feb 19, 10:57 AM
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    Good and Bad Buying at Lidl and Aldi (***Please don't expire***)
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    • 4th Feb 19, 10:57 AM
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    Good and Bad Buying at Lidl and Aldi (***Please don't expire***) 4th Feb 19 at 10:57 AM
    Hi All,

    This is the new Lidl and Aldi buying thread. Please report any good/bad deals, good/bad offers and good/bad products.

    I've broadened the scope slightly, so that discussion of customer service issues and experiences won't be off-topic. But please remember that the thread works best when it's the sum of our knowledge about Lidl and Aldi, and not other supermarkets.

    Thanks.

    The old thread is here: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5394929
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 10-02-2019 at 8:36 AM.
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    • Zuzel
    • By Zuzel 12th May 19, 3:11 PM
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    Aldi have British strawberries (called "Not Quite Perfect" or something similar) 227g for 98p!
    I didn't buy any because they'd have had to sit in my car for that long they'd have been jam by the time I got home but TBH they didn't look any different to the usual British strawbs.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 12th May 19, 5:18 PM
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    Aldi have British strawberries (called "Not Quite Perfect" or something similar) 227g for 98p!
    I didn't buy any because they'd have had to sit in my car for that long they'd have been jam by the time I got home but TBH they didn't look any different to the usual British strawbs.
    Originally posted by Zuzel
    I noticed that they had wonky raspberries a while ago, but the price was virtually the same as the non-wonky ones, just a tiny bit cheaper.
    Stompa
    • VoucherMan
    • By VoucherMan 13th May 19, 5:23 AM
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    Aldi have British strawberries
    Originally posted by Zuzel

    Probably store specific, but the weekend before last mine had lots of Scottish strawberries with 50% off stickers.


    I think the Scottish ones always taste much nicer.
    • Bill23h
    • By Bill23h 13th May 19, 10:21 AM
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    Probably store specific, but the weekend before last mine had lots of Scottish strawberries with 50% off stickers.


    I think the Scottish ones always taste much nicer.
    Originally posted by VoucherMan
    Scottish strawberries in early May? The climate is weirder than I thought. Must be greenhouse grown, surely?
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 13th May 19, 10:55 AM
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    Lidl do a very good ginger beer (2 litres for around 45p) but it seems to have vanished just in time for the summer!

    Anybody else seen it around, or has it gone for good?

    Too many brands appearing in Lidl (and Aldi) taking up valuable shelf space. They're rarely competitive on price compared with Tesco et al, and if I wanted brands (which I definitely do not) I'd shop there!
    • maman
    • By maman 13th May 19, 11:41 AM
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    Too many brands appearing in Lidl (and Aldi) taking up valuable shelf space. They're rarely competitive on price compared with Tesco et al, and if I wanted brands (which I definitely do not) I'd shop there!
    Originally posted by Doc N

    I find that perplexing too. If they could source a brand and sell it considerably more cheaply than the major SMs I'd understand. Selling brands at the same or even higher prices really doesn't make sense.


    It doesn't always apply though. For a long while, Aldi sold Mornflake Oats at the same price per kg that their own (which had disappeared). Own brand is back now but in plastic instead of a paper bag.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 13th May 19, 5:41 PM
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    Just a warning for anyone looking at the rather nice little milk saucepans at Aldi (Kirkton House 'brand' - £9.99):

    They're described as suitable for induction hobs, but they certainly aren't! They don't work, and ours is going back.

    Several bad reviews, quite a few returns, I'd guess, and comments about the staff not caring.

    Maybe Aldi should listen to their feedback a little more to avoid unsuitable items like this being left on the market to annoy people.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    We have an induction hob and I have a tiny magnet sitting in my handbag. I place this on the bottom of the pan and if sticks there with a “satisfying click” it will work well on an induction hob.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 13th May 19, 7:18 PM
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    We have an induction hob and I have a tiny magnet sitting in my handbag. I place this on the bottom of the pan and if sticks there with a “satisfying click” it will work well on an induction hob.
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    That's the test we've always used - successfully. Based on that, and the assurance on the label, we bought the pan, but it was useless and had to go back for a refund.

    The reviews bear that out - it's useless for induction hobs, probably, I'd guess, because the induction base hasn't been manufactured to the correct specification.
    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 14th May 19, 6:23 AM
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    The magnet trick to test if a pan is induction is fine as indicates the presence of steel (iron) however it doesn't demonstrate how good an induction pan is when you use it. Some can be effective others need the heat higher to cook at the same level, or be ineffective. Induction hobs are a case of "try and see".


    Miele saucepans we have are good, but weren't cheap to buy however we came across "neverstick" pans a while back and they are excellent as have a very good non-stick coating and the pans work well on induction and also the pans are inexpensive.


    https://groceries.asda.com/search/neverstick


    Often these pans go for half price or similar at Asda so you could get a large pan reduced from £18 to £10 if you hang on for them being discounted. Use these pans and you won't go back to normal pans...
    • charlies_mum
    • By charlies_mum 15th Jun 19, 3:19 PM
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    Off topic, but the Daily Mail today has a voucher for £5 off a £20 spend at Lidl. Valid until Close of business on 19 th June.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 15th Jun 19, 4:00 PM
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    Off topic, but the Daily Mail today has a voucher for £5 off a £20 spend at Lidl. Valid until Close of business on 19 th June.
    Originally posted by charlies_mum
    Also in the Mail on Sunday, tomorrow.

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/lidl/
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    • Gamegal
    • By Gamegal 15th Jun 19, 5:00 PM
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    The voucher is in the Metro too
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 18th Jun 19, 2:34 PM
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    Lidl Deluxe profiteroles get my vote

    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 18th Jun 19, 6:23 PM
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    I had some of the Lidl Deluxe Smoked Salmon when it was on offer last week. Delicious.
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Jun 19, 10:21 PM
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    Aldi have British strawberries (called "Not Quite Perfect" or something similar) 227g for 98p!
    I didn't buy any because they'd have had to sit in my car for that long they'd have been jam by the time I got home but TBH they didn't look any different to the usual British strawbs.
    Originally posted by Zuzel
    They are fine , as long as eaten within a couple of days x
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    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 19th Jun 19, 5:15 AM
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    I got a bottle of the Raspberry Coulis last week which is new to our Aldi. It's lovely but would work out quite expensive if not used sparingly!
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    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 19th Jun 19, 6:40 AM
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    Dad says the peaches on offer in Aldi this week are bland/tasteless.
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 19th Jun 19, 6:52 AM
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    Dad says the peaches on offer in Aldi this week are bland/tasteless.
    Originally posted by duncanthedog
    No, they are absolutely delicious.
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    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 19th Jun 19, 7:13 AM
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    No, they are absolutely delicious.
    Originally posted by ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    Must be the ones locally then, he has tried them twice
    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 19th Jun 19, 8:09 AM
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    Dad says the peaches on offer in Aldi this week are bland/tasteless.
    Originally posted by duncanthedog
    I have to agree with your dad unfortunately. I got some last week and, yes, totally bland and tasteless. I was getting their nectarines for a few weeks prior to that and they were lovely.
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