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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 25th Sep 08, 4:42 PM
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    MSE Jenny
    Great 'What's Hot and What's not at Aldi, Lidl & Netto' Hunt revisted
    • #1
    • 25th Sep 08, 4:42 PM
    Great 'What's Hot and What's not at Aldi, Lidl & Netto' Hunt revisted 25th Sep 08 at 4:42 PM
    What's this about?

    Super-cheap supermarkets Lidl, Aldi and Netto smack the bottoms of their big name competitors when it comes to price. The problem is that their products can be hit and miss.

    This is all about rating their best deals

    To beat this, three years ago, we asked MoneySavers to rate the good products from the bad (see the orginal hunt). The results formed the What's Hot and What's Not at Aldi/Lidl/Netto guide.

    Now we want to rate the products again and need your help

    Three years is a long time, and so we need your help to do it again. Please click reply and put in your recommendations.

    The best format is like this
    • Supermarket: Detail which you're talking about
    • My top things to buy are:
    • My top things to avoid are:
    Even if someone else has mentioned a product, please include it, as the number of mentions helps us see what's good and what's not.

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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 30-09-2008 at 6:42 PM.
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  • cher31e
    The hotdog frankfurters in jar of 6 ( i think),no bits,just lovely taste.
    Fruit and veg
    Potatoes ready to cook,in fridges,fry, or in a cheesey sauce(my kids love them) ,you can't go wrong.
    most sweets and choc is great.
    i do a lot of shopping between aldi and lidl,have done for years(use to live in germany!)
    part baked rolls,assorted flavours
    Wet wipes

    Salami ,sliced,large round slices(in fridge,just changed the pkt,but my kids love it)
    Lemon ice tea and multivitamin juice.
    Kitchen towel
    there are a lot more,but def worth the trial and error
    have a nice day
    • jaymmu
    • By jaymmu 1st Oct 08, 9:27 AM
    • 23 Posts
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    Whole Chorizo
    Sliced ham
    Iced coffee
    Sausages (98% meat, a lot better than the supermarket ones)

    Basically I think that if you're are going to buy any continental foods then get them from LIDL because they are actually from the continent, if you want Bratwurst then buy German Bratwurst, same with Spanish Chorizo.
    • Borderline6
    • By Borderline6 1st Oct 08, 9:32 AM
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    If you make your own smoothies then Aldi's bags of frozen fruit are super value and top quality. Three varieties - Black Forest Fruits, Summer Fruits and Tropical Fruits. Chop one banana (Aldi), add handful of frozen fruit and apple juice (Aldi) and liquidise.
  • SuzySF
    We just had a Lidl open on our town woohoooo - saves driving 80 mls round trip for a stock up!!


    their pre made Lasagne @ £2.39 unbeleivable value - good quality mince
    fresh minced beef - 400g on offer at mine for £1.85 (half the price of Morrisons) Their Premium Ham. huge lean slices not plasticy - cut in half for same size as morrisons pack half the price per weight.
    Baked Beans (but make sure its the red n blue cans as they do vary)
    tinned stewd steak - cheap way 2 make a stew - no nasty bits (and I'm fussy lol). Their stir fry noodles are excellent. Lidl butter in a blue/silver wrapper identical to Lurpak (but sadly not on sale at my Lidl so stockup with this item from Shrewsbury).
    Veg spot on - lasts longer than morrisons stuff - and much much cheaper - but anyway - who hangs on to fresh veg ?? their Raspberry Jaffa Cakes, wheatabisks (just as good as weetabix) luxury museli, white german wine (Hock in particular yuummm and cheap ) chicken in white sauce (cans) again great for a quick pie with added ham or mushrooms...their 70% dark chocolate - excellent value and good quality. O/H bought some binoculars recently for £5 (or thereabouts) pocket size. IHO excellent - almost bought same type for £20 at local outdoors shop - just as well i made him come shopping to wield the extremely large carts !!! (i'm 5foot - find them difficult to steer and cant reach anything in the bottom rofl - new store waiting for the smaller ones to arrive - manager suggested i start a petition, as he requests them every week ...thinks customer demand may get action..)

    sorry just realised i havent listed it neatly....
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
    • kitler
    • By kitler 1st Oct 08, 9:39 AM
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    What's hot at LIDL

    Hi-juice blackcurrant drink (BETTER than Ribena, we think!, and much cheaper)
    Turkey breast joint (not cheap, but all lean meat and very tasty - cook in a roasting bag with a little stock to keep it moist)
    Chocolate, especially the strawberry and yogurt, and the chocolate raisins!
    Mini Brie with yogurt
    Frozen chicken nuggets (real breast meat, not minced)
    Mixed fruit/vitamin juice in small cartons, ideal for picnics etc
    Ginger nuts
    Mini ice cream cones (like little Cornettos)
    Chicken and bacon pasta salad (rather rich, I bulk it out with chopped salad veg and add a bit more cold chicken or turkey)
    • BillyBarker
    • By BillyBarker 1st Oct 08, 9:40 AM
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    Autumn/winter collection men's socks . . .
    and another vote for Schöfferhofer hefeweizen
  • SuzySF
    p.s forgot ...Lidl Luxury christmas pudding with pecan, cherries etc available now - last year it was 2nd in Blind tasting at Pru Leiths cookery school - done by either The Times or Telegraph - whatever it was in a sunday's fab, and cheap at less than £5 (think its about 4 actually) also forgot to mention their Ice Cream in 1 ltr tubs - pure luxury proper icecream (hard not soft scoop) and their mini "magnums" in assorted types - 2 diffents boxes are less than £3. again superb

    also Lidl now does small jars of olives of various flavours - herbs, chilli etc for 99p - previously these were the domain of Aldi.......
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
  • Krasnoludek

    Their frozen margarita pizzas 2 in a box - awesome
    Fresh minced beef is as good as any regular supermarket
    Cheddar and yoghurt drinks are popular in our house
    Brioche covering in icing sugar - husband eats the entire thing
    Frozen spicy chicken wings - great
    Heinz branded baby cereals and other baby foods
    Deli mayonnaise in squeezy bottle - omg 1000% better than Hellmans, probably way more calories but very very lovely
    Toffee liquer in the red and blue bottle - gorgeous !
    Any of the ice creams in the round tubs
    Frozen chips
    Scourers and dishclothes are good
    Feminine hygiene products (panty pads) are good and v cheap
    Pool shower creams are divine in all the fragrances
    Korma chicken sauce is far better than any premium range in any other shop and its under £1


    Their Siana (sp?) day cream and night cream is brilliant - I have been using both for about a month now and can see the difference. At under 4 quid for two pots its cheaper than some of the Cr*p on offer at high street chemists

    Nappies (I am a pampers mum/snob but these are great)
    Choc chip brioche which again my husband eats all of it
    They do an imitation, Mars, Snickers and Bounty - all of which taste the same as the originals yet cost about a £1 for a pack of about 10
    Cat food - well priced sachets
    Still and sparkling waters are good priced
    High juice 50% fruit at 99p a bottle which is good for my toddler and her older sibling in nice flavours like cherry, apple, florida orange
    All their own brand chocolate is lovely
    Prawn crackers and coriander crackers
    Their houmous range with or without toppings is fab
    Breakfast drinks are popular husband has one on the way to work each day, not that cheap but he reckons they are quite filling and he eats a lot (see above)
  • Kay Peel
    Aldi - recommended:

    Own brand cat food

    Aldi - avoid:

    Ground coffee - it's disgusting
    • rpb
    • By rpb 1st Oct 08, 10:41 AM
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    Dark chocolate at Lidl is good
    Very reasonable prices for yummy continental dark (and milk, Swiss, etc.) chocolate.
  • saver6

    Fruit & Veg
    Half-bake bread rolls. Delicious, will only keep for a couple of days, but excellent otherwise, and of course you can freeze them too
    General tinned goods like chopped tomatoes etc.
    Pasta sauces (especially the tomato & marscapone)
    Tinned sauces eg. indian, chinese etc.
    Chiller ham/salami (and lasts for aaaages)
    Chiller pizzas - really good value and not too doughy
    Chiller lasagne
    Chiller pasties
    Chiller potato au gratin (REALLY nice! great to keep in fridge for months until you might want it)
    Freezer meat although I haven't tried much of it, I bought the cheapest of cheap lamb and made an excellent stew with it
    Vanilla ice cream
    Cordials - brilliant value
    All the random things you find in the middle of the store!
    Frozen veggies and chips
    Frozen ready meals are good, especially the tagliatelli one.
    Frozen snacks are also good, eg. cheesy poppers, satay sticks etc
    Dried noodles and rice
    Great range of snacks
    I support my local butcher for meat (which is no more expensive and much better quality/service than anything you'll find in tesco's btw), but I hear Aldi is very good with their fresh meat

    They never seem to have milk in....
    Bread will only last a day
    I haven't found anything that's utterly dire apart from the bread.
    Last edited by saver6; 01-10-2008 at 10:45 AM. Reason: addition
    • Bella56
    • By Bella56 1st Oct 08, 11:03 AM
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    To Buy:
    Cottage Cheese
    Orange Juice
    Strong white flour
    Plain flour
    Bin bags
    Chicken tikka sauce
    Recycled toilet paper 10 rolls £1.19

    To Avoid:
    "fresh" chicken
    Minced frozen beef
    Debts 2004: £6000............................................. .Aug 2007: £0!!!!
    • nelllygreen
    • By nelllygreen 1st Oct 08, 11:11 AM
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    Goody Special Muesli - the nicest muesli you can buy!
    Chow mein stir fry noodles
    Fruit pastilles - yummy!
    Orange jaffa cakes - less cake and more orange than normal ones.
    Feta cheese - not as crumbly as some feta, but in really convenient smaller packs.
    Passata and tomato puree
    Croissants and Pain au Chocolat
    Luxury coleslaw
  • runciblespoon
    Aldi - good stuff
    Soya milk - tastes like creamy real milk, better than all the others at up to 4x the price.
    Olive oil - extra virgin 750ml for £2.50ish (it's blended extra virgin so even though the brand may look Italian it may be a mix of oil from anywhere - eg Spain, Tunisia, Israel)
    Feta cheese - 99p for 100g
    Other cheeses generally good too

    Aldi - bad stuff
    Fresh veg - they get a delivery on Monday, and then most isn't chilled for the rest of the week. It doesn't last very long when you've got it home.
    2litre plastic bottles of cider (Strongbow clone) - it's mostly sweeteners
    Tinned veg - nothing particularly wrong with it, just the value ranges elsewhere are usually much cheaper
    Vitamins - concentrations are very low. The vitamin D+calcium is just lumps of chalk

    Lidl - good stuff
    The big salamis (about 680g for £3.50)
    Packet just-add-water rice/pasta - a meal for 35p
    Lentils - 49p for 500g
    Greek yoghurt - 1kg for £1.50ish
    Dried fruit and nut mix with chocolate crunchies
    Fairglobe chocolate - (Fairglobe is their Fairtrade brand)
    Shower gel - 11p!

    (all prices approximate from memory)
    Last edited by runciblespoon; 01-10-2008 at 11:26 AM.
  • kermie101
    Supermarket: Aldi
    • My top things to buy are: Parmesan cheese - smoother and creamier than other supermarkets
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - used to be only place doing 750ml for £2.49 or less and it's perfectly useable stuff
    • Running gear - when the specials are on, this stuff performs as well as the mega-brands, saw me through training for 2007 London marathon and have been using it since then with no problems.
    • My top things to avoid are: buying too many "bargains"!
    Supermarket: Netto
    • My top things to buy are: cheap loo roll - every so often they have massive packs of Nouvelle on offer (soft and recycled so we both approve!)
    • Luxury cookies - seem like good value and workmen love them, always stock up when having work done on the house.
    • Art supplies - some good value and decent items from time to time.
    • My top things to avoid are: Place frequently full of tat, fruit & veg in local store always looks rather manky
    Top tip all round - check websites or leaflets for upcoming special offers if you are looking out for a spcific item; take lots of stout carrier bags.

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    Last edited by MSE Deborah; 07-10-2008 at 6:15 PM.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 1st Oct 08, 12:05 PM
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    One thing I can definitely recommend from Aldi is the wonder that is

    "Austin’s - grain liquor with fruit extracts", which costs about £5.99 for a 70cl bottle.

    Which is their version of *cough* Pimms, but you'd hardly notice the difference once you've added the lemonade and ice etc!! Another tip is also buy a carton or two of pomegranate juice from Aldi and make yourself some cheapo versions of Pim Pom
    Originally posted by armybike
    austins is in imo a good cheap alternative to pimms,
  • JF77

    Red Grapes - 69p (500g)

    I buy about 4kg per week costing £5.52 a saving of up to £6.00 a week for me.

    **Edit** Now back up to anything between £0.99 - £1.49 but still good value especially as ASDA have decided to shrink there grapes from 500g - 400g and keep the price the same (cheeky!) they do a value range but not always available and sometimes the grapes are seeded which I hate!
    Last edited by JF77; 23-11-2008 at 9:42 AM.
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    • cowbutt
    • By cowbutt 1st Oct 08, 12:59 PM
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    Parmesan cheese
    J.D. Gross chocolate
    Bourbon Vanilla Ice-cream
    Parma ham/Prosciutto
    Bagged rocket
    Fresh mozzarella
    Choc-chip 'luxury' cookies
    Red ("Rosso") Balsamic Vinegar
    Jars of Amarena cherries
    Lemon and Lime marmalade (indistinguishable from Rose's)

    Wernesgrüner pilsner
    Cooker hood filters
    Self-bake croissants
    Jars of black olives

    From either:
    Apricot jam
    Most electronic goods, though recent PCs at Aldi haven't been as good deals as a couple of years ago.
    Last edited by cowbutt; 01-10-2008 at 3:35 PM.
  • giada
    Top things to buy for us are:
    Feta Cheese
    Frozen Lean Steak Mince
    Bramley Apple Pies
    Tinned tomatoes
    Baked Beans
    Fruit Juice
    Frozen Frying Steak
    Frozen Whole Green Beans & Peas & Steak Cut Chips
    Imitation Snickers Bars
    All Pizzas except the Seafood one - that, we think, is disgusting
    Dog Food Chubs
    Bathroom Products generally
    Scotch Eggs
    Dry White Wine
    Muesli bars

    We do a stock-up once a month and, of course, you can't be sure that you'll always find the same thing - but that's all part of life's rich pageant!

    What we avoid - those Seafood pizzas!
  • BunnyGirl33
    Supermarket: Lidl
    • My top things to buy are:
    • Kanpur Garden curry cooking sauces - especially the Green one, they are delicious!
    • Layered fromage frais deserts - cheap and very creamy
    • Cien shampoo - REALLY good, and smells lovely!
    • Galpamol - children's paracetamol suspension sachets - 99p and just as good as the real thing!
    • Cold meats - their hams are great quality
    • Potato salad - it comes in a big square tub and is very creamy
    • Pasta salad - a big tub from the chiller - very tangy!
    • Mini battenburgs - mmmmm, covered in a yellow & brown icing
    • multi-vitamin drink - either big cartons or them individual ones are yummy
    • Frikaddelen - GORGEOUS!! We eat em cold as a snack - also do some savoury bites filled with chilli which are great to nibble on!
    • Mini stollen bites - these are usually in around Xmas and are so moreish
    • Weekly bargains - love trawling in here
    • My top things to avoid are: beware of their fresh meat - we have bought a couple of packs of dodgy chicken in the summer
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