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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 4th Feb 19, 11:57 AM
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    Good and Bad Buying at Lidl and Aldi (***Please don't expire***)
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    • 4th Feb 19, 11:57 AM
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    Good and Bad Buying at Lidl and Aldi (***Please don't expire***) 4th Feb 19 at 11:57 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 9:36 AM.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Feb 19, 6:19 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 6:19 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 6:19 AM
    Neither food nor grocery, I can highly recommend the Aldi Kirkton House throw blankets. They are super-soft and very warm, so much so that I bought the blanket-with-arms version to keep me nice and toasty working at my desk.

    I think the worst of the winter weather is over for 2018/19 but it will get plenty of use in years to come. For c£15 and very low running costs (ie to launder) it's a v good buy.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • nerox
    • By nerox 10th Feb 19, 9:33 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 9:33 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 9:33 AM
    Lidl & Aldi cornflakes are both disgusting
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 10th Feb 19, 9:42 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 9:42 AM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 9:42 AM
    I stopped by Lidl yesterday to pick up three of the weekend deals that I already know are excellent:

    - Deluxe Granola (I draw the line at the chocolate variety, but the Nutty and Berries varieties are very nice).

    - Soft Dried Apricots.

    - Italian Antipasto Platter.

    I tried one of the new Lidl ready meals (the ones like Slimming World) and it was very good. Mine was the Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower Rice. One slightly odd thing (that I hope Lidl might change in due course) is that the main vegetable in the curry is cauliflower. So, overall, a lot of cauliflower in the whole dish, though I suppose you could swap out the cauliflower rice in its separate container for something else and have it later.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 10-02-2019 at 10:09 AM.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 10th Feb 19, 1:04 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 1:04 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 1:04 PM
    New product at Lidl:

    - Alpro Soya Yogurt (500g) - £1.25. I have a feeling that despite being a branded product, this is quite a good price even for the plain variety.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 10-02-2019 at 1:22 PM.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Feb 19, 5:07 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 5:07 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 5:07 PM
    I agree that Aldi cornflakes are not tasty, Lidls are ok but no great shakes.
    I stopped by Lidl yesterday to pick up three of the weekend deals that I already know are excellent:

    - Deluxe Granola (I draw the line at the chocolate variety, but the Nutty and Berries varieties are very nice).

    - Soft Dried Apricots.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Agreed - but my line is drawn after the nut variety. I inspected the content of the pink pack, and its nearly 50% sugar

    I'm sure it tastes lovely though, no good for me as I could eat cereal to the exclusion of every other food (and frequently did, as a student).
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • PLRFD
    • By PLRFD 10th Feb 19, 8:42 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 8:42 PM
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    • 10th Feb 19, 8:42 PM
    I got some nutty granola yesterday and some ouzo from the Greek week section it’s only 50cl but it is nice.
    • CAZBEAR
    • By CAZBEAR 11th Feb 19, 7:53 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 7:53 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 7:53 AM
    New product at Lidl:

    - Alpro Soya Yogurt (500g) - £1.25. I have a feeling that despite being a branded product, this is quite a good price even for the plain variety.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia

    Yes, it is...... I think I paid £1.60ish in Tesco last week
    Best headline ever on local paper??

    "Weight loss group doubles in size"
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 11th Feb 19, 8:33 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 8:33 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 8:33 AM
    New product at Lidl:

    - Alpro Soya Yogurt (500g) - £1.25. I have a feeling that despite being a branded product, this is quite a good price even for the plain variety.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    I don't know how it compares, but Aldi have Soyummy soya yogurt (500ml) for 95p.

    https://dairyfreekids.ie/product-watch-june-and-july/

    Having never had soya yogurt before, I gave it a try last week. It didn't seem very yummy to me, but perhaps I just don't like soya yogurt.
    Stompa
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 11th Feb 19, 9:15 AM
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    ...I inspected the content of the pink pack, and its nearly 50% sugar
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I don't want to put you off, but according to the packs, there's not a huge difference between the two varieties: Nutty is 8.9g of Sugar, and Berries is 9.7g (both per 45g portion, which is quite a meagre serving from my POV).

    Unrelated: it seems like there's now some distance between L & A on dried fruit (the snacking packs, not the baking packs). It's slightly difficult to tell because these shelves are very untidy in my local Lidl, but it looks like L has reduced pack sizes to 150g-175g, whilst Aldi still has 300g for around the same price. (Who knows how long that will remain the case, though).
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 11-02-2019 at 9:22 AM.
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    • sweetcarer
    • By sweetcarer 11th Feb 19, 12:19 PM
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    Is it just mine or is all Lidl shops - has the Sondey(sp?) Breakfast Biscuits been discontinued?
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Feb 19, 2:44 PM
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    Any comments on the cottage cheese in either? I bought some the other day from Morrison's, and can't remember it ever being as mild. Many have a bit of a tang to them that they could do without.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 11th Feb 19, 3:49 PM
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    Has anyone used the Aldi Ocean Rise tinned pink salmon?
    My mother enjoys John West pink salmon but the price is continuing to rise to the point where she begrudges buying it
    • thedogsmum
    • By thedogsmum 12th Feb 19, 6:27 AM
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    Any comments on the cottage cheese in either? I bought some the other day from Morrison's, and can't remember it ever being as mild. Many have a bit of a tang to them that they could do without.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I tried the Lidl, when it was 30% off, and wis I hadnít! Very tangy, which I donít like. Mind you, my favourite is Longley Farm, which isnít tangy at all.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Feb 19, 7:25 AM
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    I tried the Lidl, when it was 30% off, and wis I hadnít! Very tangy, which I donít like. Mind you, my favourite is Longley Farm, which isnít tangy at all.
    Originally posted by thedogsmum
    That's exactly what prompted my post (the pineapple version)!
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • thedogsmum
    • By thedogsmum 12th Feb 19, 8:16 AM
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    That's exactly what prompted my post (the pineapple version)!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I fully expected there to be some sweetness in the pineapple one, but was more than somewhat disappointed....
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Feb 19, 8:30 AM
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    I fully expected there to be some sweetness in the pineapple one, but was more than somewhat disappointed....
    Originally posted by thedogsmum
    That's what I liked about it: it didn't feel like I was eating a dessert, nor a pickle
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • 2childmum
    • By 2childmum 12th Feb 19, 9:25 AM
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    I don't want to put you off, but according to the packs, there's not a huge difference between the two varieties: Nutty is 8.9g of Sugar, and Berries is 9.7g (both per 45g portion, which is quite a meagre serving from my POV).

    .
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Some of the extra sugar (or maybe all of it) in the pink packet will be from the dried fruit, so it isn't necessarily less healthy
    May spend - £291.40/£320.00
    June spend - £106.40/£320.00
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 14th Feb 19, 2:35 PM
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    Some new products at Aldi, today...

    - Tuna Chunks in Spring Water (3 x 80g) £1.39

    - Vegan Sausages (chilled). Two varieties, 6 sausages. £1.49

    - Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. £1.99

    I can confirm the "SoYummy" Soya Yogurt mentioned above. 3 varieties (Plain, Vanilla and Blueberry). 95p for 500ml.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th Feb 19, 7:13 PM
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    I don't want to put you off, but according to the packs, there's not a huge difference between the two varieties: Nutty is 8.9g of Sugar, and Berries is 9.7g (both per 45g portion, which is quite a meagre serving from my POV).
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    I think I was looking at the ingredient list on the revese, and by quick calculation at the checkout deduced that the sugar content could only be 16% max. The ingredient list on the reverse of the pink packet looked scarier - can't find an image online to verify this though!
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
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