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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 7th Nov 05, 11:35 AM
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    Great What/What Not to Buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto Hunt
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    • 7th Nov 05, 11:35 AM
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    Great What/What Not to Buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto Hunt 7th Nov 05 at 11:35 AM
    Update 14 Febuary

    This thread has now been turned into an updated article. Click here to read the What's hot and what's not at Aldi/Lidl/Netto article.

    These three supermarkets are massively cheaper than mainstream supermarkets, yet there's a snobbery about using them. To help others save this hunt is for both 'what' and 'what not to' buy at Lidl, Aldi and Netto.

    Obviously if you're skint then you may need to buy all things there, but this is more about compiling views on what to use them for and what not to.

    Format for answers

    Supermarket: Detail which you're talking about
    My top things to buy are:
    My top things to avoid are:
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  • silkyjanix

    What to buy:
    Own version of mini-magnums - but wait until frozen products are all on offer
    Mini Viennetta in an pink box - ditto
    Fresh mozeralla cheese, heaps cheaper than anywhere else
    Fresh bratwurst sausages, 85% pork and they cook up ginormous!

    Don't buy:
    Tinned pineapple, completely tasteless and woody

    By the way, yes the baked beans are awful BUT the beans you get in the Pork Sausage and Beans are really nice. Just pick out the sausage if you must...
    • goblin
    • By goblin 9th Nov 05, 3:36 PM
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    Don't laugh ... but I like the baked beans. My son, however, is a bb aficionado and hates them.
    I used their liquid wash gel tabs for coloured wash and it took loadsa colour out of my flippin' clothes!

    things that are ok:
    cottage cheese (rich, creamy and cheap)
    cartons of grapefruit juice
    chopped tinned tomatoes
    mushy peas
    free range eggs
    I agree - their free flow frozen minced beef is excellent steak quality

    things to avoid:

    the wash gel tabs as above
    toilet cleaner - thin and useless
  • DVin

    buy - orange juice, wine gums, wine
    dont buy - fruit or spagetti in a tin

    buy - chocolate, bottled water, body spray
    dont buy - fruit and veg, lemonade
  • DaisyDaisy
    Smoked Salmon (lovely and thick and a real bargain)
    fruit juice
    nuts- esp cashew nuts
    wine- most of the £4-£5 bottles are very very good.

    tined tuna salad (my fault i guess- tinned salad!!! it was like cat food)
    fruit and veg- some has mould on it in store
    fresh herb plants- brought flies into my kitchen!
  • Bargain_Annie
    Lidl beans
    Buy baked beans from Netto - better than heinz

    Don't buy baked beans from Lidl - They are the worst thing on this earth!
    by comicmankev
    You can say that again......and again
  • Addicted2Chocolate
    lidle olive oil
    I's 2nd this the olive oil is fantastric and very cheap compared with main supermarkets, i stock up on about 5 bottles at a time...
    Lidle Olive oil is excellent - a friend who runs a restaurant uses it all the time. We also buy the juices, meat, yoghurt and cheese regularly. Kitchen roll and toilet rolls are good value. Look at the wines - some are very good - eg Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon!
    by zaziep
  • 1connect
    what NOT to buy
    What to buy
    Lidl: vegetables & fruit , most products are excellent usually the best of the 3 bargain basement supermarkets,
    Aldi second best, but still good.

    What NOT to buy.
    right this applies to all 3 supermarkets... bear with me ... this requires not buy goods with trans fatty acids added, you can tell by looking for Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil on the label - AVOID LIKE THE PLAUGE

    Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil increases bad cholesterol and decreases good cholesterol it is the favourite cheap "filler" compound for food producers, because its CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP and makes things more creamy and improves shelf life , however there is mounting evidence that this stuff is terrible for you, think of good fats as the consistency of engine oil, think of trans fats as candle wax, trans fats clog and block things up, the body cannot deal with them very well or very quickly, the point I make here is that low quality foods containing TFA are cheaper to produce but not good for you , therefore I make the following recommendation - go to Lidl and buy products without HVO cos they seem to have a much wider selection of foods that are not tainted with this vile cheap goo that the uk food industry is so in love with ... ask yourself the question “do you trust the uk food industry?” nope thought not their interest is in profit first & peoples health second, they don’t represent the consumer they represent the producers and retailers.

    If you doubt what I say just Google Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Trans Fatty Acids, you will find two opinions 1) the food industry saying there is no evidence - please don’t take away our cheap filler and 2) health reports and eminent doctors saying it underlies obesity and heart disease and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

    I would use all 3 supermarkets to buy non HVO products but it seems that LIDL has the most selection and for some reason the lidl's abroad in france etc have virually no products with HVO FTA in –anyway well done LIDL for having the best range of non TFA products in the uk.

    • soba
    • By soba 9th Nov 05, 4:20 PM
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    Thanks, 1connect for that information. We've been avoiding hydrogenated oils for the past year or so since we found out about the health inplications. I must say that it makes your shopping trip a bit longer though having to thoroughly read the ingredients, but we think that is time well spent. Slightly OT, we've been trying to source frozen (or fresh) puff pastry without HVO but it's not been easy. However, managed to get some at Farmfoods yesterday. I've tried making my own, but it wasn't a great success!
    Last edited by soba; 09-11-2005 at 5:41 PM.

  • Tunchie
    My all time favourite at Lidl is their totally brilliant lemon bathroom cleaner. Best cleaner I've tried and leaves lovely smell behind too.
  • Sunnydays
    Lidl Apple Juice
    Lidl pure apple juice - not from concentrate and no additives is absolutely delicious, and at 69p for a litre - wow, you just can't beat it.
    Also their litre of Tomato Juice is the tastiest around also.
  • gobbo
    Netto , Lidl , Aldi
    all 3 are good . own brands usually same price as tesco value range but better packaging - not designed to put you off and taste nicer -

    in particular


    belgian chocolate seashells cost £1.75 onstead of £4 a box in big supermarkets , I believe only one company makes these so they must be the same ones.

    All chocolate - it complies with the german chocolate rules which have a higher minimum cocao content

    the xmas chocolate / gingerbread products are excellent

    wine quite good

    hatherwood tinned bitter beer is one of the best in tins you can get and is only £1.99 for 4 large cans

    graffenwalder lager 65p a tin is excelent lager brewed under the german purity laws

    frozen turkey steaks in marinade is lovely

    chocolate moose desert (4 pack)

    feta cheese

    checkout staff also much quicker than the big 4 so you don't have to wait so long.


    greek yoghurt

    99p cheese



    wine offers can be very good - have had a temperillo for 6 bottles for £12 for a while and its very nice

    prunes and apricots in a packet

    cottage cheese

    danish apple/ blackcurrent rounds


    don't go there much but generally quite good

    I can get nearly everything I want from a comination of Netto and Lidl with the occasional visit to morrisions for other items - usually bottled beer or grapefruits as these seem to be seasonal at lidl
  • janmack
    - Booze!
    Especially badger's Creek red wine ( the white's pretty good too if they're still doing it at £2.99)

    Continental cheeses - all the German ones plus Parmesan - fantastic price of £1.99, about half what you'd pay elsewhere. Try the Devine Feta in jars in oil and chillies etc or packets of Finest Antipasti feta in oil,herbs etc.

    The part baked bread is excellent and cheap too and some of their wholemealy type bread is fab.

    Don't forget the German and Italian vacuum packed hams, yummy and great value.

    Bon appetit!
  • laney365

    Try the wine and spirits, a good range at reasonable prices. For everyday glug - try Baron St Jean at £2.49, a young wine (so I'm told) but a good all rounder and our friends regularly drink it (without knowing) and still visit!
  • Mickyswad
    All a matter of personal taste as they say, but,

    Love the baked beans,tinned tomatoes,baby wipes, washing powder,dishwasher tablets,stollen cake,light bulbs,bottled beer,some of the wines,tinned fruit,mushy peas,fresh soup in the fridge dept.

    Hate the tinned soups,bread.

    Also bought a lap top approx year ago.Good value and still in perfect working order.

    value for money store
  • FionaMcG
    A lot of the stuff sold in seasonal lines in Aldi and Lidl is the quality stuff from Germany; I assume they sell it cheap here because it's not well known.
    I always go in at Christmas and look at the biscuits and cakes. I got a gorgoeus decorated tin of Oblaten Lebkuchen from Nurnberg once, which is the real stuff and expensive to buy over there. Give as presents and look like you went to a Christmas market!
    My friends in Germany use Aldi a lot as it's the only shop in their village, and they swear by their red wine and sparkling wine (might be called Sekt).
    And I bought my mum and dad a meat slicing machine which they have used regularly for several years.
  • bfuk
    Lidl is bangin innit?!
    Great for....

    Golden Sun Bourbon (just like Jack Daniels)
    Mini Jaffa Cakes.
    Tuna in olive oil

    Not Great For..

    Veg (unless you eat it swiftly)
  • Bravo800
    Lidl BUY: Vanilla Ice Cream (has bits of vanilla in it and tastes great!)
  • Gooney Scuba
    Lidl Whisky
    Surprised no one has mentioned the malt whiskey at Lidl's - It's in a green box (usually empty so you need to ask for the actual bottle) 12yr old single malt. A bit peaty but not overly so. Great on it's own or also as a "Jock and Ginger" with some ginger beer or with coke. £12.
  • Gooney Scuba
    Also I'm ashamed to say I have no idea what the deal is with the trolleys - do you have to pay or is it just a deposit?
  • sixtyish
    ciabatta from Aldi is good, also they have ham in a piece cooked it is excellent. Chocolate good. Shower cleaner is good as well
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