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    • MrsSippi
    • By MrsSippi 3rd Sep 18, 5:23 PM
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    How much of a shop can be done at Aldi/Lidl?
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    • 3rd Sep 18, 5:23 PM
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    How much of a shop can be done at Aldi/Lidl? 3rd Sep 18 at 5:23 PM
    I currently do 80% of my shopping at either Aldi or Lidl (we are lucky enough to have them both within half an hours drive) and do a toiletries shop in Asda. The reason for the Asda trip has primarily been because my youngest was still in pull ups at night so I would get these from Asda (lidl/aldi pull ups don't seem to last throughout the night) so thought while I'm there I might as well get some other bits that I find aren't great in Lidl or Aldi.

    For example DH tried both aldi and lidl deodorants but didn't find them any good so we reverted back to a branded option he preferred. There were some other products (washing powder being one) that I tried Aldi and Lidl versions but wasn't that impressed with so again, went back to using our preferred branded make. I can get all my cleaning bits from Aldi or Lidl with the sole exception of Stardrops which I love and am lucky enough to be able to get in Asda.

    Anyhow, dd is starting to have dry nights so I'm hoping to be able to stop buying pull ups altogether soon and I am wondering if I decided to go to Asda say once every 2-3 months and stocked up on the above mentioned products and a couple of other toiletries, would it be possible to just stick solely with Aldi and Lidl in the meantime?

    I know there is a thread somewhere listing good and bad products for both shops but I am thinking more in a whats available (i. e. what do they sell) sense and how much of your shopping list do you manage to get at Aldi and/or Lidl?
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    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 12th Sep 18, 7:13 PM
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    We buy 80% from Lidl and most stuff is v great. I used to get more gluten free from Tesco but finally Lidl have woken up and started to sell some bits permanently. I'll definitely get very few Tesco points now...

    Our cat loves the Lidl cat food, we love most things esp the chocolate, veggies, fruit and hubby eats the cheese most days then we get fancier at Christmas. I do not like the cheese much but per kg it's the cheapest and sometimes offers mean you get a better quality one. Like this coming weekend they have an offer...
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    • Novice investor101
    • By Novice investor101 12th Sep 18, 8:05 PM
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    Out of interest, but this is one of my pet hates regarding Aldi price comparrisons. Why didnt you just drop to Tesco own brand initially?
    Like for like (ie own brand v own brand) Aldi arent that much cheaper, and some their non food stuff is quite poor quality. And when you factor in various offers & money of coupons, you can do a shop in the other supermarkets which will be cheaper than Aldi.
    Originally posted by Zero Sum
    Tesco own brands still don't compare on price (or quality, tbh). I did used to buy a lot of Tesco "standard" brand. Some things like tinned tomatoes, tomato puree etc etc are pretty much the same price or quality, but certain items really are a lot cheaper at Aldi. Tescos own brand 400g cheddar cheese is about 2.60, Aldi is about 1.60. Aldi choc hazelnut spread is 1.30 & is just like Nutella. Tescos chocolate spread is that horrid I've never bought it since first trying it. I just find a lot of the Tesco own brands either cheap but much lower quality, or equal quality but more expensive than Aldi. Then, certain things like tin foil - 1.99 for 30mtrs at Aldi, or twice the price at Tesco. Large free range eggs less than 1 Aldi, 1.25 Tesco - & eggs is eggs!

    I just find that Aldi manages to provide better quality at a cheaper price by having an operating model that minimises operating costs & facilitates lower prices while maintaining profit - the old stack it high, sell it cheap. Tesco is bloated & inefficient & can only stock cheap products by using lower quality ingredients, whilst still having to cover the cost of money pit stores, an inflexible operating model & return enough profit to ward of a shareholder revolt.
    I must add, I spent over 10 years working for Tesco management so I know the business & the products pretty well. I still shop at Aldi, it really is just cheaper.
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 12th Sep 18, 10:02 PM
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    Agree with Novice that with Aldi and Lidl you pay less but don't necessarily skimp on quality. There are exceptions but most times it's fine...
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 12th Sep 18, 11:04 PM
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    Agree with Novice that with Aldi and Lidl you pay less but don't necessarily skimp on quality. There are exceptions but most times it's fine...
    Originally posted by EagerLearner
    I also agree with this
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 12th Sep 18, 11:43 PM
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    Our cat loves the Lidl cat food, .
    Originally posted by EagerLearner
    I wish ours did, she used to - then I stocked up and now she refuses to eat it

    Like you I do about 80% of our shop there (and, I can't remember who said they didn't like Lidl Deo but OH has just started using one I picked up from there as a 'try it' for him and now requested I get more horay )

    Besides price, one of the key things is my local Lidl is just outside the town centre which is more convenient for me and has free parking at store.

    I do the rest of my shop usually split between Sainsburys (OH drinks Oat milk, i need cat food and often pick up a few other bits that Lidl don't stock). Sometimes I'll venture to Asda, again for things Lidl don't do, but shan't be bothering with that much when APG stops.

    I agree I don't need to be faced with 20 different brands of beans when I'm shopping - I don't mind the choice as i can bypass what i don't want, but it all makes the stores that much larger = longer to get round. I actually like Lidl everyday beans (used to buy Branston until they stopped doing the 4 for 1). They keep their shape and have lots of sauce. Can't stand Heinz which are just like mushy baby food imo. But then I know people who love their beans like that so horses for courses.

    Some frozen bits from Iceland if I'm in there (I love their king prawn alfredo)

    Aside from that, dishwasher tabs (Fairy - because I find they work best where I live with the hard water) and Fairy non bio washing liquid from Savers.

    I would love an Aldi nearer as I do think they have some wider ranges - but we didn't have a Lidl until a few years ago so I'm not complaining.

    btw - I find their 'artisan' gin every bit as good as Hendrick's.
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    • LadyCoupon
    • By LadyCoupon 14th Sep 18, 4:13 AM
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    I have Lidl within 5 min drive away so use it quite a bit and Aldi about a 15 min drive away, don't like the bread in Aldi, it always looks dry to me, they do the brioche burger and hot dog buns though and I buy them. My local Lidl is getting worse for stock mind, quite a bit of empty shelves when you go in. I am lucky in that I have a B&M and Herons within a 5 min drive so get quite a bit in those shops.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th Sep 18, 8:41 AM
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    I have Lidl within 5 min drive away so use it quite a bit
    Originally posted by LadyCoupon
    My nearest is also about a 5 minute drive away, but I prefer to walk, primarily because it gives me some exercise (a round trip is a good 5,000 steps), which is important as I am otherwise very sedentary. As a secondary benefit it means I buy fresh food as and when I need it.

    I appreciate this might not be possible when shopping for a family.
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    • Zero Sum
    • By Zero Sum 14th Sep 18, 10:37 PM
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    Tesco own brands still don't compare on price (or quality, tbh). I did used to buy a lot of Tesco "standard" brand. Some things like tinned tomatoes, tomato puree etc etc are pretty much the same price or quality, but certain items really are a lot cheaper at Aldi. Tescos own brand 400g cheddar cheese is about 2.60, Aldi is about 1.60. Aldi choc hazelnut spread is 1.30 & is just like Nutella. Tescos chocolate spread is that horrid I've never bought it since first trying it. I just find a lot of the Tesco own brands either cheap but much lower quality, or equal quality but more expensive than Aldi. Then, certain things like tin foil - 1.99 for 30mtrs at Aldi, or twice the price at Tesco. Large free range eggs less than 1 Aldi, 1.25 Tesco - & eggs is eggs!

    I just find that Aldi manages to provide better quality at a cheaper price by having an operating model that minimises operating costs & facilitates lower prices while maintaining profit - the old stack it high, sell it cheap. Tesco is bloated & inefficient & can only stock cheap products by using lower quality ingredients, whilst still having to cover the cost of money pit stores, an inflexible operating model & return enough profit to ward of a shareholder revolt.
    I must add, I spent over 10 years working for Tesco management so I know the business & the products pretty well. I still shop at Aldi, it really is just cheaper.
    Originally posted by Novice investor101
    Like a lot of own brand stuff its a bit hit & miss. The tinned stuff ive bought in aldi have been poor (except tuna). Soft fizzy drinks there is no choice beyond orangeade.
    Their 'thick' bleach should be subject to trading standards as its literally money down the toilet its that watery, and at 45p, tesco's 50p version is loads better. (Wilko's own brand at 39p isnt as good as supermarkets but still better than aldi)

    Bread never seems to have shelf life beyond 1day. The fruit & veg are often rotten (has been featured on BBC watchdog)

    I find on average aldi is about 10% cheaper, but just have too many greviences with the place for it to be worth while.
    Last edited by Zero Sum; 14-09-2018 at 10:40 PM.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 14th Sep 18, 10:45 PM
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    Soft fizzy drinks there is no choice beyond orangeade.
    Originally posted by Zero Sum
    I like the Fizzy Elderflower (Aldi). 1L bottle, and currently at the bargain price of 32p.

    Their 'thick' bleach should be subject to trading standards as its literally money down the toilet its that watery...
    I very much suspect that all of the "thicker the better" stuff is marketing fluff, anyway.

    In terms of the original question, in my experience, IF you have easy access to both Lidl and Aldi, you can easy achieve 90%+ of a typical household shop. Added to which, you'll have access to the mystery middle aisles and Lidl's weekly national food events. I would expect that average savings of 25-30% compared to branded products, Tesco & Sainsbury's are achievable.

    However, nothing is ever free, and there's a level of experimentation and trial and error with Lidl and Aldi that may not be required elsewhere. I quite like that, but I can see that some people may find it annoying.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 14-09-2018 at 10:52 PM.
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    • Zero Sum
    • By Zero Sum 14th Sep 18, 10:51 PM
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    I like the Fizzy Elderflower (Aldi). 1L bottle, and currently at the bargain price of 32p.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Have never seen it in my local one. I do pop in now & then for sandwich meat & cheese, and a few bits & bobs., as its only a 5 min walk round the corner for me. Just couldnt do a proper shop there.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 14th Sep 18, 10:57 PM
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    Have never seen it in my local one.
    Originally posted by Zero Sum
    It's one of the drinks ranges sold off the pallet stacks. There are 3 or 4 varieties on that single pallet with clear, blue tinted plastic bottles. Elderflower is the one with the blue cap. I think 2 of the other flavours are Peach and Lemon & Lime.

    In my store, these "water" drinks are in a different aisle to the Juices, Squashes and soft drinks like Cola and Lemonade.

    edit: As if by magic...



    I think the new bottles are curvier than that pic.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 14-09-2018 at 11:16 PM.
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    • Zero Sum
    • By Zero Sum 14th Sep 18, 11:00 PM
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    It's one of the drinks ranges sold off the pallet stacks. There are 3 or 4 varieties on that single pallet with clear, blue tinted plastic bottles. Elderflower is the one with the blue cap. I think 2 of the other flavours are Peach and Lemon & Lime.

    There should be another pallet nearby with one litre bottles of mixers. Not sure where the Cola/Lemonade is because I never buy it.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Ive seen the soft drinks palletts & only have cola / lemonade / orange at mine
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 14th Sep 18, 11:25 PM
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    The fruit & veg are often rotten (has been featured on BBC watchdog)

    .
    Originally posted by Zero Sum
    I generally don't find any issue with lidl fruit and veg, in fact it usually lasts very well. Cherries I've found poor but then they put a whacking great metal scoop to bag them up so no wonder they get damaged, bruised then go mouldy.

    I find more often than not that poor quality fruit and veg are due to poor growing conditions for period, like the great iceberg lettuce shortage last year.
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    • meer53
    • By meer53 15th Sep 18, 7:48 PM
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    I never have a problem with Aldi fruit and veg. I buy lots every week, as long as you keep it in the fridge (exceptions are potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes, i keep these in a bag in the dark) they last at least a week, most times longer. In my fridge i currently have aubergines, peppers, carrots, rocket, spinach, sweetcorn and sugar snap peas that i bought last week in Aldi, they're all still perfectly fine. The aubergines were from the week before ! They did have an issue with onions a while ago but that seems to be resolved now although the onions this week are quite small.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 15th Sep 18, 9:34 PM
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    Ive got a butternut squash in my cupboard from lidl which has to be two months old now and its as good as the day I bought it
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    • annandale
    • By annandale 16th Sep 18, 12:26 AM
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    People think those who resort to using foodbanks are doing so because they’ve shopped in more expensive supermarkets when they should be shopping in Aldi or Lidl?

    Seriously? I am living well below the poverty line just now. I don’t smoke. I don’t buy scratch cards. Ive worked full and part time for almost 30 years. I’ve worked zero hours jobs lately. Do you think someone on 317-350 a month can afford fags and scratch cards
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    • By annandale 16th Sep 18, 12:48 AM
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    I’ve always used Aldi and Lidl. When I had far more money than I have right now. If people think a Foodbank is somewhere people go when they’ve spent all their money on fags. Try it sometime.

    Most foodbanks allow 3 referrals a year. There’s a town near me that has a tenth of the population using foodbanks.

    Mainly because of issues with uc. I had to wait six weeks for my first uc payment. My advance didn’t cover half of my bills.

    It almost covered what I had to pay my landlord in rent and nothing else. As on uc you now get given the money to pay rent and it goes to your landlord.

    That’s six weeks with zero income apart from half your first months payment as it was then which has to be repaid.

    Poverty is what drives most people to foodbanks. Not spending money on fags. Or scratch cards. Or iPhones.

    Because when you have no income. Or are living on your overdraft or being helped by family or foodbanks. The last thing you are thinking of is fags or scratch cards.

    I know someone who got five pounds from the dwp to live on for a month. They messed up his payment. His bus fare to the job centre was 7. He got a 28 day sanction for failing to make an appointment

    Poverty isn’t funny and neither is stereotypical comments.

    People automatically smoke and buy scratch cards because they are poor. News to me.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Sep 18, 3:48 AM
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    People think those who resort to using foodbanks are doing so because they’ve shopped in more expensive supermarkets when they should be shopping in Aldi or Lidl?
    Originally posted by annandale
    My suggestion was that some people might in the past have been buying foods that I would consider a luxury may now have to rely on foodbanks. I didn't realise there was a referral process. It's fair enough to ensure the needy benefit, but there is also a degree of stigmatisation that I am sure puts some off.
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 16th Sep 18, 3:42 PM
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    Judging from the experience I have just suffered in my nearest Aldi, the answer to how much of a shop you can buy is 'very little'!

    Circumstances meant I had to shop on a Sunday, which I wouldn't ordinarily do, but even accounting for Sunday being a busy day, the stock situation was ludicrous. Almost all the fruit and veg specials were sold out, the selection of fruit was very limited, the meat section looked like I'd missed a marauding wolf pack by minutes (not a single fresh chicken on the shelves!) - all in all, it was a waste of time. I'd have been better off going to Morrisons.

    It's not just a Sunday phenomenon either. Another Aldi branch I occasionally visit was similarly devoid of chickens a week or so back and that was on a Wednesday.

    I like Aldi and I like its products but if it doesn't get a grip on its stock control and supply issues it is going to start losing customers.
    • Zero Sum
    • By Zero Sum 16th Sep 18, 10:50 PM
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    I like the Fizzy Elderflower (Aldi). 1L bottle, and currently at the bargain price of 32p.


    I very much suspect that all of the "thicker the better" stuff is marketing fluff, anyway.

    In terms of the original question, in my experience, IF you have easy access to both Lidl and Aldi, you can easy achieve 90%+ of a typical household shop. Added to which, you'll have access to the mystery middle aisles and Lidl's weekly national food events. I would expect that average savings of 25-30% compared to branded products, Tesco & Sainsbury's are achievable.

    However, nothing is ever free, and there's a level of experimentation and trial and error with Lidl and Aldi that may not be required elsewhere. I quite like that, but I can see that some people may find it annoying.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia

    Watery bleach just dont work for cleaning the toilet. It needs to flow down slowly.

    And your quote of savings on branded products is again marketing fluff.
    You could save 20-30% on a Tesco shop buy shopping in Tesco by not buying branded goods. Like for like the savings in the discounters is no more than 10%.

    And like the post above, as i work the only time i can visit is evenings & weekends when the shelves are frequently empty for fresh stuff.
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