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Back from Aldi - thank you

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suziewoozie Mon 17-Jun-19 14:15:02

So I bought - coffee, cheese, salmon wellington, steak, chocolate, ground almonds, sparkling water and wine ( red, white, champagne). The fruit and veg looked good but I was well stocked up on those so gave them a miss. It was very busy but parked all right . The store was smaller than I expected and I had to concentrate not to miss anything. Will now look forward to tasting everything. Thank you for your help

newnanny Mon 01-Jul-19 12:32:41

I too use Aldi sun cream and it is not expensive. Perfect for keeping in car for grandchildren. When in Brittany I also shop at Aldi and also Casino which is also good VfM and in summer if you spend 50 euros they give you a 6 euro off next shop voucher.

annifrance Mon 01-Jul-19 11:26:16

I will ask the dogs Granless!!

suziewoozie Fri 28-Jun-19 21:39:02

Had the salmon wellington this evening - absolutely delicious. Pastry perfect, sauce excellent and plenty of salmon. Re discussion over its size - we had a piece each with asparagus and potatoes and will have the rest tomorrow for lunch with salad. Still can’t believe only £3.99. Thanks

Granless Mon 24-Jun-19 17:23:54

Mercedes55. Do you live in Stockport? Your mapping of ToysRU and Tesco seem familiar to me.

Rosiebee Mon 24-Jun-19 14:48:35

Saturday tea is often steaks from Aldi. Ribeye for DH and fillet for me. DH marinates them for a couple of hours, with olive oil, garlic and oxo, scrapes marinade off and throws them on the griddle. Sounds a bit cheffy but really delish. Wouldn't buy a steak anywhere else. Just bought a portable single gas ring with gas canister for £9.99 from Aldi so DH can do his sea bass [also from Aldi] with chilli, ginger and garlic, outside. Stinks the house out usually. DH doesn't have many dishes but they usually include garlic in some form. hmm

annodomini Mon 24-Jun-19 09:50:38

Aepgirl, you must be unfortunate in finding long queues in Aldi. In our local Aldi, new checkouts are frequently opened if queues are getting too long. Yesterday, my experience in M&S was awful. The queues for the self-checkouts were enormous as were the queues at checkouts. Perhaps they were short-staffed because it was Sunday, in which case they needed to think again as it seems to be the day when customers by the thousand fill their trolleys to the maximum. I should have gone the Aldi - even Waitrose.

Mercedes55 Mon 24-Jun-19 09:49:56

I rarely shop in either Aldi or Lidl, as despite living in a large town, we don't have either of these shops, so have to drive about 20mins to get to one, which probably means we wouldn't save much money.
However we now have a Lidl store being built about a mile away, also the old ToysRUs has signage saying they are going to reopen as Aldi, so really looking forward to that as they will both be close to each other.
We currently shop at Tesco, which is also within walking distance of where the new Aldi and Lidl are going, so it will be interesting to see if has any impact on Tesco.

aggie Mon 24-Jun-19 08:45:00

Busy shops are usually busy for a reason , empty shops are the same , just different reason

Aepgirl Mon 24-Jun-19 08:41:00

As most people, my time is very precious to me, and I always find the checkouts at both Lidl and Aldi very slow, and so the queues are very long, so really can’t be bothered to shop at either.

Daisyboots Sun 23-Jun-19 22:10:24

oliebeak clothes pegs would be in the aisle of wonderment only if they are having a laundry special week. But don't bother because my husband bought some and they split easily. Now he knows I do know best when I say don't bother about something. ;)

olliebeak Sun 23-Jun-19 20:05:47

I 'pop into' Aldi about once a week - usually on behalf of my daughter - but I find that I'm unable to get 'a full week's/month's shopping in there.

One of my problems is that I'm Coeliac and, although BOTH stores claim to sell Gluten Free Products, neither of them has them reliabily enough for me to find exactly what I want. Lidl is slightly the better of the two, as they have a 'GF Bread/Biscuits/Cereal' section, but neither of them have any 'Ready Meals' or speciality items.

One other thing regarding Aldi - I noticed that my dil needed some more pegs when I was staying with her .................... the young assistant looked at me as if I had two heads! They just don't sell them - had to make a trip to Home Bargains instead ;-).

Granless Sun 23-Jun-19 20:03:07

annifrance. You say that you like Aldi dog bix - what do they taste like - I might get some smile

KatyK Sun 23-Jun-19 18:32:45

I find Aldi has more choice but most Lidls have in store bakeries with lots of lovely freshly baked cakes, rolls and bread. Lidl has more loose fruit and veg whereas Aldi's is (mostly) packaged).

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Jun-19 18:27:34

I’m giving it a go this week. Not sure whether to go to Lidl or Aldi

annifrance Sun 23-Jun-19 18:26:10

My first port of call is the Friday market, then Lidl (just got a super new one) or Aldi, now 4yrs old. I like Aldi dog bix because a packet lasts a week and their tonic is less sweet than any others. Also their cereal bread is yummy.

I recently went to the huge new Aldi inTonbidge. Couldn't believe how much we bought for so little cost.

I get whatever is left in places like Leclerc, Carrefour, Inter marched or SuperU. All good, the last a bit pricier and Carrefour do own brand Ryvita!

KatyK Sun 23-Jun-19 18:14:13

Pillowcases £1.99 not £2.99

KatyK Sun 23-Jun-19 18:12:25

I buy fitted sheets from Aldi. They are £5.99 I think and a pair of lovely cotton pillowcases for £2.99.

PennyWhistle Sun 23-Jun-19 18:02:12

I am also an Aldi convert - saving iro £20 per week on our main shop. The main things I miss are breaded mushrooms and freshly baked bread. But those things are not enough for me to return to the major supermarkets.

And yes, I must confess that this week I purchased a new floor runner from the magic middle aisle - a real bargain smile

Sarah60 Sun 23-Jun-19 17:11:40

Aldi wine is excellent. Lidl not so good.

KatyK Sun 23-Jun-19 17:04:54

Mind you, I visited Farm Foods recently and was surprised how cheap everything was.

Tooyoungytobeagrandma Sun 23-Jun-19 17:01:41

We have sainsburys close to where we live and aldi a tad further away. Always shop at Aldi as it is so much cheaper than sainsbury and we love most of their stuff. I love the aisle of wonderment and have many balls of wool and other craft necessities (well thats my story and I'm sticking ti it) & I've taken a liking to their fruit cider and their clotted cream rice pudding, not together though. My animals also like their dried foods (kibble) so saves a lot on pet food as well. Enjoyed tempura cod with mushroom stirfry from Aldi for tea yesterday, delicious smile

KatyK Sun 23-Jun-19 16:37:57

I find Morrisons very expensive. I find almost everything in Aldi cheaper. We buy ground coffee. Morrisons own is £2.50, Aldi's about £1.19 and it's lovely. Wine is cheaper. Just a couple of examples that come to mind.

Chucky Sun 23-Jun-19 16:19:39

Cabbie21 “I usually spend about a third of what I would spend elsewhere for the same items.”

Occasionally shop in Aldi and some items are definitely cheaper (though not all) than the leading supermarkets!
However I am struggling to see how anyone can do a shopping that costs just a third of what it would be elsewhere? I find a lot of their prices much the same as those in Morrisons! What type of items do you buy, as I would really love to cut the cost of my shopping to this extent?

Bijou Sun 23-Jun-19 15:20:54

I can only get to Lidl because Aldi doesn’t have a branch accessible to me and do the bulk of my shopping there but the packs of veg are too large for me and they don’t sell my favourite tipple, Guiness, in bottles so I have to top up in Sainsburys.

grandtanteJE65 Sun 23-Jun-19 15:14:38

I do nearly all my shopping in Lidl, Aldi and Netto, after all why pay twice as much for the same things?