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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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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 3rd Apr 19, 4:38 PM
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    I went in at lunchtime - they were just a few left on the two shelves reserved for them so they are going fast. Btw you were right about the pesto, now seems to be permanently at 69p

    My local store has changed its layout so the "imported" baked goods are now quite separate from those baked instore.
    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!
    • maman
    • By maman 3rd Apr 19, 6:10 PM
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    They're really famous in Portugal with a shop in Lisbon entirely devoted to them.
    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189158-d939704-r29667746-Pasteis_de_Belem-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html#photo s;geo=189158&detail=939704&ff=386201118&albumViewM ode=hero&aggregationId=101&albumid=101&baseMediaId =386201118&thumbnailMinWidth=50&cnt=30&offset=-1&filter=7&autoplay=


    Lance should take a trip there.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 3rd Apr 19, 8:35 PM
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    I've tasted the nun's wares and honestly I prefer a genuine Bakewell tart.
    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!
    • pws52
    • By pws52 4th Apr 19, 6:01 AM
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    After Tesco value oats changed in quality I started buying Aldi oats and was impressed on two counts....the quality and the paper packaging.
    However, packaging has been changed to plastic and the quality has deteriorated.

    I have tried to email customer services but the message won’t send.

    Looks like the remainder of the oats will be used for baking!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 4th Apr 19, 7:07 AM
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    I have tried to email customer services but the message won’t send.
    Originally posted by pws52
    Ring then, and persevere for the greater good please. The same happened to me last week when I let them know about excess plastic packaging - reported the email problem then as well but it would appear to be an enduring problem.
    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!
    • sparky0138
    • By sparky0138 4th Apr 19, 12:49 PM
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    After Tesco value oats changed in quality I started buying Aldi oats and was impressed on two counts....the quality and the paper packaging.
    However, packaging has been changed to plastic and the quality has deteriorated.
    Originally posted by pws52
    I completely agree. Have you tried the new oats that come in a box? The quality of those is a lot more like the oats that came in paper. Definitely don't recommend the oats in plastic as a replacement.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 4th Apr 19, 1:17 PM
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    After Tesco value oats changed in quality I started buying Aldi oats and was impressed on two counts....the quality and the paper packaging.
    However, packaging has been changed to plastic and the quality has deteriorated.

    I have tried to email customer services but the message won’t send.

    Looks like the remainder of the oats will be used for baking!
    Originally posted by pws52
    May not be handy, but the Lidl oats are nice & come in paper bags
    • pws52
    • By pws52 4th Apr 19, 2:43 PM
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    Thanks Farway, I have had Lidl oats before and found them to be ok.
    I will be visiting a Lidl tomorrow and will stock up.

    VfM4meplease.
    I have phoned Aldi Customer Services to explain the difficulty in sending an email, disappointment at the change in packaging and in the quality of the product.
    My comments are to be passed on to the relevant people.

    Sparky0138....I will try your recommendation. Thank you.
    • maman
    • By maman 4th Apr 19, 4:05 PM
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    May not be handy, but the Lidl oats are nice & come in paper bags
    Originally posted by Farway

    Thanks for that. I think it was a retrograde step when Aldi stopped doing that, changed to Mornflake Oats and now their own brand has returned but in plastic.


    Just giving a heads up that a voucher for Lidl (£10 off a £40 shop) is to be in The Times on Saturday and the Sunday Times.


    Last time they did this IIRC, you couldn't use the voucher at the weekend but we'll see when it's printed.


    I plan to go there on Saturday to try to get some muesli. Then I'll return midweek with y voucher and stock up on porage and cornichons and lazy garlic and dishwasher stuff and whatever else I like in Lidl.


    Who knows I might even introduce DH to a Portuguese tart.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 4th Apr 19, 4:10 PM
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    I've tasted the nun's wares and honestly I prefer a genuine Bakewell tart.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    They are Bakewell Puddings for the genuine thing.
    • lucky77
    • By lucky77 6th Apr 19, 10:08 AM
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    Thanks to maman for heads up on Lidl voucher - £10 off £40 spend. It is valid from today so you can use it for muesli offer etc as I did. I think it was valid until 11th April.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 6th Apr 19, 1:04 PM
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    Random special buy & price reductions at Lidl:-

    - Sondey Organic Mini Oat Cookies - 150g 34p (special purchase section) Cherry or Dark Chocolate. A little bit dry, but curiously moreish.

    - "Proper" Roast Ham (like Aldi Torchon Ham) - 150g £1.19

    - Strawberries are starting again. 400g £1.19


    When I was in Aldi the other day, the Cashier asked me what the 29p Piccolo Breadsticks were like (I had a couple of packs in anticipation of them finishing soon). She told me that they "keep being sent more", so hopefully they will be around for a bit longer.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 06-04-2019 at 1:08 PM.
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    • maman
    • By maman 6th Apr 19, 4:38 PM
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    Thanks to maman for heads up on Lidl voucher - £10 off £40 spend. It is valid from today so you can use it for muesli offer etc as I did. I think it was valid until 11th April.
    Originally posted by lucky77


    Glad to be of assistance. Good that you can use it for the weekend offers.


    We take the papers anyway so it didn't cost anything extra. There's another in there tomorrow too if you buy the Sunday Times. Not sure what the dates will be on that.


    Like you, I stocked up on muesli and did most of my shop there instead of my usual Aldi. People were complaining that there was no Sauvignon Blanc (mid morning).
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 8th Apr 19, 9:39 PM
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    I wonder why it is that the Lidl 'Cravendale-style' filtered milk always has an extra week on the Use By date, compared with the Aldi equivalent?

    Pretty much the only thing (apart from the Pasteis de Nata) we still feel the need to go to Lidl for, instead of Aldi. A depressingly dull range of breads compared with Aldi - despite being a much bigger store, and less refrigeration of fruit such as grapes too.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 8th Apr 19, 9:55 PM
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    A depressingly dull range of breads compared with Aldi - despite being a much bigger store, and less refrigeration of fruit such as grapes too.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    I think Lidl favour the in-store bakery bread - two problems with that (a) not all stores have one, and (b) some ISB bread/roll types are more expensive than other Supermarkets, and no slicing machine, either.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 08-04-2019 at 9:57 PM.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th Apr 19, 6:08 AM
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    I think Lidl favour the in-store bakery bread - two problems with that (a) not all stores have one, and (b) some ISB bread/roll types are more expensive than other Supermarkets, and no slicing machine, either.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    But if you get there early, then you can take your pick. Which is always a nice start to the day
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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

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    • Dee 1303
    • By Dee 1303 9th Apr 19, 7:58 AM
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    Easter Wine Offers on now
    Aldi have an Easter 6 wine offer on now with some good prices, for example: Prosecco Frizante £3-99 75cl 10.5% abv.
    https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/wines/easter-offers
    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 11th Apr 19, 7:56 AM
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    Dad says the 65p frozen cheesecakes in both Lidl and Aldi are good value.
    Would serve 4 easily but he is a guts and scoffs the lot himself
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 11th Apr 19, 8:49 AM
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    The Aldi Salted Caramel & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns (as seen on TV) are deliciously different - quite subtle spice that complements the chocolate really well. The only thing is that they are extremely messy (the melted chocolate gets everywhere). 4 for 89p.

    Blueberry HC Buns are also available.


    Price reduction at Aldi: French Brie 200g now 79p - seems like there is some price competition on this from other supermarkets matching the long-term Lidl/Aldi price of 85p.

    Aldi Soyummy Soya Yogurt (that was discussed a while back) is now discontinued (at my store, anyway).
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Apr 19, 9:39 AM
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    Easter week offer is veg, carrots and the like 29p kg, just in case you were thinking of getting some in could be wise to hold off for a day or so until offers appear
    Last edited by Farway; 13-04-2019 at 1:26 PM.
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