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    Muzikmaster
    Good and bad buys from Aldi and Lidl
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    • 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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    • sharon.boreham
    • By sharon.boreham 12th Jan 16, 11:59 PM
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    sharon.boreham
    I love Aldi's Granola.
    It is very good value for money as you get 1kg instead of part of a kilo & it is cheaper.
    It is also healthier than a lot of other Granola's.
    I did a taste test of the brand that I was buying, Tesco's own, Sainsbury's own and Aldi's. Aldi's granola was far and away the tastiest.
    So it's a win win win from 3 points of view.
    • Garethgrew
    • By Garethgrew 13th Jan 16, 10:20 AM
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    Garethgrew
    I love Aldi tinned sardines in tomato pur!e, it's 35p

    We buy them buy the box load.
    • Garethgrew
    • By Garethgrew 13th Jan 16, 10:21 AM
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    Garethgrew
    What does everybody think of fruit from aldi,lidle?

    Is there any cheaper options?
    • meer53
    • By meer53 13th Jan 16, 6:07 PM
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    meer53
    What does everybody think of fruit from aldi,lidle?

    Is there any cheaper options?
    Originally posted by Garethgrew
    I do my weekly shop at Aldi. Every week i buy Oranges, Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwis and Apples. I never have to throw fruit from Aldi away, the Blueberries i keep in the fridge and buy Strawberries from them in the summer. I don't buy them in the winter because i prefer English strawberries.

    I could probably save pennies by buying them elsewhere but when i factor in petrol, it's not worth it. I don't buy fruit from any of the big supermarkets, unless it's on offer, cheaper than Aldi and on my doorstep !
    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 13th Jan 16, 9:13 PM
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    meritaten
    in my 'local' Aldi the fruit and veg is very fresh. hardly ever had to discard any. in the other Aldi a few minutes further away - its dire! its almost rotting on the shelves. This is definitely down to stock management instore.
    I noticed this when I worked in a Somerfield store - the fruit and veg manager was very inexperienced and didn't have a clue! the produce was often kept in storage for days and definitely wasn't a patch on the local market which was just outside the store.
    • Happygreen
    • By Happygreen 14th Jan 16, 7:47 AM
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    Happygreen
    What does everybody think of fruit from aldi,lidle?

    Is there any cheaper options?
    Originally posted by Garethgrew
    Hit and miss on quality, here it depends how well staffed they are to sort through their veg. No reductions on fruit and veg in either but regular prices are mostly much better than the big 4. Special offers are great value but tend not to keep very long. I wish there was more organic veg in both.
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    • Happygreen
    • By Happygreen 15th Jan 16, 8:04 PM
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    Happygreen
    Why is this thread "Expired" ? Someone pressed the button by mistake?

    During Aldi's recent Christmas foodstuff sale I bought a box of Noccolia, 16 pieces of hazelnut chocolate balls for 99p. They taste absolutely identical to Ferrero Roches to me, the only difference is that they are not individually wrapped in gold foil! Even at full price of 1.99 really good value.
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 15th Jan 16, 9:03 PM
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    A. Badger
    What does everybody think of fruit from aldi,lidle?

    Is there any cheaper options?
    Originally posted by Garethgrew
    I'm an Aldi shopper for most things but I avoid their fruit and veg. I have tried side by side comparisons and I find the quality often quite poor. Onions (and I'm not the only poster on this forum to have said this) seem to be a weak spot but I also dislike their potatoes and their grapes rot too quickly.

    The cheapest sources of fruit and veg I have found are in street markets but sadly not everyone has those today. The best sources for quality (though not price) are specialist fruiterers and greengrocers but they are also a vanishing breed.

    Some people on here seem to find Aldi's quality satisfactory and I'm at a loss to explain why there could be such different experiences.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 15th Jan 16, 9:35 PM
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    Feral Moon
    Never had a problem with either fruit or veg from Aldi. In fact I'm still using up onions (both red & white) from the bottom of my fridge that I bought over a month ago and they're still fresh and crisp.

    Can't speak for Lidl as I don't have a store close enough to visit regularly.
    • robin58
    • By robin58 16th Jan 16, 12:57 AM
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    robin58
    I love Aldi's Granola.
    It is very good value for money as you get 1kg instead of part of a kilo & it is cheaper.
    It is also healthier than a lot of other Granola's.
    I did a taste test of the brand that I was buying, Tesco's own, Sainsbury's own and Aldi's. Aldi's granola was far and away the tastiest.
    So it's a win win win from 3 points of view.
    Originally posted by sharon.boreham
    Aldi's Granola is like crack to me. Will sit down with the pack and just nibble straight from the bag.

    Restricted myself to one bag a month now.

    Did try Lidi's version and did not like it.
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    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 16th Jan 16, 6:49 AM
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    TravellingAbuela
    I'm an Aldi shopper for most things but I avoid their fruit and veg. I have tried side by side comparisons and I find the quality often quite poor.

    Some people on here seem to find Aldi's quality satisfactory and I'm at a loss to explain why there could be such different experiences.
    Originally posted by A. Badger
    I can only assume that it varies from store to store and comes down, maybe, to their storage and stock management.

    I have been buying most of my fruit and veg from Aldi for donkey's years, without cause for complaint. I love their Sable grapes and can keep those in the fridge for up to three weeks. (Unlike others I have never had a problem with their onions either). In recent years I can only recall having to chuck one item away and that was some apricots which I found really unpalatable. The only veg I buy elsewhere are potatoes as I have never found a better spud than Sainsbury's TTD Vivaldi variety! And I am happy to pay a bit more for them!
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    One of the Aldis near me, which is the one I use 90% of my Aldi shopping is closed for four weeks for refurbishment. What normally happens in these refurbishment? It was closed for 3-4 days 2 years ago.

    I hate the nearest one as idiots block other cars in. Parking Eye should fine these drivers, not the innocent drivers parking In bays.
    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 16th Jan 16, 1:14 PM
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    treboeth
    In a refurb one of the main things is the fruit&veg area is redone.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Jan 16, 1:38 PM
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    VfM4meplse
    In a refurb one of the main things is the fruit&veg area is redone.
    Originally posted by treboeth
    Might they be getting in store bakeries? Just an observation, as they seem to have done so well at Lidl. It could just be wishful thinking, as I never buy baked goods from Aldi.

    Popped into a Lidl branch in Essex today. They had a refurb about 3 months ago and I have to say the shop was buzzing! Nice staff, nice customers, nice stock. The bakery on a Saturday morning is a great draw - do your shopping and reward yourself with some warm pastries for Saturday brunch
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    • sharond101
    • By sharond101 16th Jan 16, 9:21 PM
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    sharond101
    I love Aldi's Granola.
    It is very good value for money as you get 1kg instead of part of a kilo & it is cheaper.
    It is also healthier than a lot of other Granola's.
    I did a taste test of the brand that I was buying, Tesco's own, Sainsbury's own and Aldi's. Aldi's granola was far and away the tastiest.
    So it's a win win win from 3 points of view.
    Originally posted by sharon.boreham
    Are there different varieties of this and if so which do you recommend?
    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 17th Jan 16, 10:12 AM
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    torbrex
    The Stollen bites and other xmas food was being given away FREE in my local Lidl this morning, plenty left and they want it shifted by next week.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 17th Jan 16, 10:19 AM
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    candygirl
    The Stollen bites and other xmas food was being given away FREE in my local Lidl this morning, plenty left and they want it shifted by next week.
    Originally posted by torbrex
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    • redfox
    • By redfox 17th Jan 16, 11:02 AM
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    redfox
    Thanks to torbrex for starting a new thread which can be found here.

    This old thread will now be closed and moved to the Gone off board. There is a link to it in the first post of the new thread so it can be looked up for reference.
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