to think that Aldi/Lidl are not that much cheaper than Sainsbury's/Tesco's etc?

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ophelia275 Sun 16-Sep-12 10:10:53

I recently went to my nearest Lidl and Aldi on a shopping trip with the hope of picking up some bargains as I had heard they were so much cheaper than the mainstream supermarkets.

I was a bit surprised to see that the stuff they have is quite random and I didn't find it much cheaper than the other supermarkets. Perhaps a few pence but nothing to write home about and some of it was definitely the same price. Sure, things like Lidl's nappies are cheaper but I just waited a few days until Sainsbury's/Tesco's have an offer on and got a load of Huggies nappies cheaper than Lidl's. Perhaps it's just a case of not buying expensive brands (except when they are on offer) and looking for offers/bargains at the big supermarkets?

rainbowinthesky Sun 16-Sep-12 10:13:06

Yabu. I save a fortune by shopping at Aldi.

I am starting to wonder ophelia. I now go to any supermarket and buy stuff on offer, it means we hardly never have the same meal twice and we try different stuff.

Fruit and Veg we get from Morrisons because I like their range and I get meat from Aldi.

I think genuine bargains are a bit few and far between now.

RedBlanket Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:05

YABU. I save £20/30 per week by shopping at Aldi compared to Tesco.

minibmw2010 Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:08

It depends on what you are shipping for. If its staples like mince, chicken, etc then Aldi is great. They only have one choice bit the quality is usually excellent. I don't tend to buy fresh veg from there as the shelf life is often quite short but otherwise it definitely saves us pennies. smile

BumgrapesofWrath Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:12

YANBU - I don't find either of them massively cheaper than Asda, and they have less choice.

thebeesnees79 Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:27

I find some stuff a lot cheaper in Aldi but the fruit and veg is very poor quality & I hate there cereal and bread :/
Things like cheese, ham, crisps and juices are cheap and seem nice quality

larks35 Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:36

Well, our shopping bill has been cut by a third since we started getting most of our stuff at Lidl. Examples of bargains - really good quality Olive Oil £2.25 for 750ml, 500ml balsamic vinigar 99p, 10kg basmati rice £10, nappies are vastly cheaper even taking into account special offers (you also get more nappies in a pack), bread, beans, breakfast cereal, cheese oh, I could go on.

Anyway YABU.

GoldShip Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:43


I shop online at asda, each week they email me with a price comparison. Last week I saved £5 shopping at ASDA. AND because it wasn't ten percent cheaper than all the other supermarkets they gave me £2.80

This happens nearly every week grin

noisytoys Sun 16-Sep-12 10:15:47

I live opposite Lidl so tend to shop there out of convenience. It is about half the price of my local Sainsburys which is the only other supermarket in walking distance

GreenParcel Sun 16-Sep-12 10:16:09


I fill my trolly at aldi and its usually about £30-£35 ... i fill my trolley at tesco its never under £60

Shakirasma Sun 16-Sep-12 10:17:13


I get my weekly shop for about £50 at Aldi, the equivalent at Asda is at least £75. I usually by Asda own brand too rather than big brands.

Most items are cheaper, those that are about the same price are of a better quality at Aldi.

I am curious to know what you bought OP because I really can't understand how it couldn't have been £££'s cheaper.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 16-Sep-12 10:24:01

You must be doing something wrong! I spend under 50 a week in Aldi. Couldn't get it for under 70 in Tesco and shopping in Aldi takes fraction of the time!

I don't like lidl though.

ArthurandGeorge Sun 16-Sep-12 10:24:29

I hae started to do a combination of Aldi and ASDA rather than ASDA and Sainsburys and I definitely spend less though some of this must be down to there being less choice. Their cooked meats/salami/pastrami type stuff is loads cheaper and I have found the fruit and veg just fine for a really good price.

hawaiiWave Sun 16-Sep-12 10:25:08

Yanbu. I went a few thought the same as you.

GobblersKnob Sun 16-Sep-12 10:25:31

YABU, as they are clearly much cheaper.

usualsuspect3 Sun 16-Sep-12 10:25:59

I find Asda cheaper than Aldi/Lidl TBH

Roundandroundthemulberrybush Sun 16-Sep-12 10:29:00

Morrison's is the cheapest by far for me. I can't find anything I like in lidl and I have tried really hard but a full Morrison's shop for me is about £70 and the same in tesco's is well over £100

emsyj Sun 16-Sep-12 10:29:37

Never shopped in Lidl.. But I do most of the family shop in Aldi, and you do have to be a bit careful as some things are cheaper in Home Bargains (and for branded rather than own brand stuff) and some stuff is the same price in Morrisson's or cheaper in there due to offers. I am a fairly avid bargain-hunter so I go to all 3 places and compare blush. But generally, a full shop in Aldi is always going to be cheaper if you are fixed to a list about what you buy - if you shop elsewhere, you need to be flexible and buy whatever is on offer, in which case you can get a bargain trolley but it might not necessarily be filled with what you wanted...

Misssss Sun 16-Sep-12 10:30:17

They are much cheaper. The pack sizes are often bigger and the quality better than equivalent products in the supermarket too. For example a tin of tuna is 69p in Lidl. The cheapest (non basics) one is £89p in sainsburys but the Lidl version is Tuna steak and the Sainsburys tuna chunks. Much better quality at a lower price.

Their wine is amazing too - no bottle over £4 and tastes fantastic

Shesparkles Sun 16-Sep-12 10:32:58

YABU. I shop m lastly at Aldi now with the odd top up from Sainburys and the amount of items that are £1+ cheaper in Aldi for often a superior product is phenomenal.

BarredfromhavingStella Sun 16-Sep-12 10:35:05

I buy continental meats from Aldi/Lidl as these are loads cheaper than at the mainstream supermarkets.

Kayano Sun 16-Sep-12 10:35:18

ASDA is very cheap. I shop the offers. And if you do online shopping it's very easy to just get the reduced stuff grin

I don't live near an Aldi though and I hate the local lidl

thepeoplesprincess Sun 16-Sep-12 10:36:11

YABU. Also, I find the quality of Aldi food is much better than something in the equivalent price bracket at Tesco or Sainsbury's.

I think 'shop the offers' is the way ahead Kayano. My local supermarket is Morrisons and I don't want to be driving anywhere else really. If I happen to go past Sainsburys/Tesco I will go on and see what's on offer.

Sparkling Cat will only eat Felix cat food and I have to track down where it's on offer. It always is somewhere.

I've shopped at Aldi for the last few weeks and it has definitely been cheaper than my usual Asda shop.
I don't know if that's because the products are cheaper or because there's a limited choice so I don't pick up loads of extras.
Either way, if it means I spend less money, it's all good.

MySpanielHell Sun 16-Sep-12 10:47:41

YANBU. When people first started telling me it was cheaper to shop at Lidl, I went and did a shop there. I then went to Morrisons to get the stuff Lidl didn't have. I walked around Morrisons with my Lidl receipt and found it had cost me more to buy the shopping in Lidl.

But Aldi's square of treasure in the middle is a real distraction just. grin

gazzalw Sun 16-Sep-12 10:50:06

Certainly when we first discovered Lidl it was very cheap for deli quality culinary delights and I still think it is... But still remember how we went there about 9 years ago and spent the princely sum of £10 on loads of it seems that we are very tempted by the overseas speciality foodstuffs and although they are cheaper than elsewhere they still add up quite quickly....

I don't think that any one shop is cheaper per se - you just have to shop around if you have the time, energy and inclination.....

LST Sun 16-Sep-12 10:51:48

YABVVVVVU! Lidl is 100% (literally) cheaper and we shop at either morrisons or asda. Both of which are cheaper than Tesco and sainsburys.

nkf Sun 16-Sep-12 10:51:56

I agree about Lidl. Cheap but then so is Tesco/Sainsburys basics or own brand. The much prasied chorizo/salami stuff is more expensive than going to the deli counter and asking for it to be sliced thnly for you.

FoofyShmooffer Sun 16-Sep-12 10:55:04

Yanbu. Asda is cheaper with far more choice.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Sun 16-Sep-12 10:56:02

An Aldi has just opened in our town and I'm in love! I save at least £15 a week shopping there. I don't really buy the meat but I do top up our fruit and veg there and never have a problem with quality. Nappies are a bargain. a pack of 48 for £4.99 and I think they're much better than huggies (which are just terrible IMHO).

And wine, don't get me started on the wine....

And the continental hams and cheeses are some of the best around.

In short, YABU IMO

derekthehamster Sun 16-Sep-12 11:00:10

It depends what is on offer, a few weeks ago aldi were doing packs of 3 peppers for 69p, the same for a pack of 4 leeks, which were much cheaper than asda (£1.50 and £1.99). also large free range eggs for 89p/6.

But last week, asda had peppers and leeks on offer for £1 (aldi peppers were £1 and leeks were £1.17) and eggs had gone up to about £1.39. cereal had also gone up from about 69p-99p. asda always have our cereal 3 for £3 and the family prefer asda own brand rather than aldi.

I'm in asda 3/4 times a weeks due to work, so I can get the offers when I see them, but I still try to do my main shop at aldi.

Love the free range chickens for £4.99 at aldi

LST Sun 16-Sep-12 11:01:56

Asda is not as cheap as lidl at all. We have 10% discount and don't buy brands and still spend more than we would at lidl.

I think the shelf life of the fresh stuff in Aldi depends on where you live. I've heard that they use local wholesalers/suplliers whenever possible (cutting down on transport costs) so it is possible to get better quality in some ares than others.

My aldi(s) blush in Leeds, all seem to have really excellent quality fruit & veg that lasts well over a week, sometimes two, in my house grin

RedBlanket Sun 16-Sep-12 11:17:54

Fruit and veg is a bit hit and miss in our Aldi, so I usually top up at the farm shop

grin at the square of treasure. Its my favourite bit.

Viviennemary Sun 16-Sep-12 11:18:05

I think Morrison's are very reasonable. And their stuff is fresh. (Unlike Tesco's fruit and Veg which is a disgrace). I don't shop much in Aldi as I can't seem to find what I want in there. And I think buying when on offer is a good way to save money. Especially things like dishwasher tablets and washing powder or other cleaning stuff.

Jinsei Sun 16-Sep-12 11:19:11

Following this thread as I haven't yet got into the habit of shopping at Aldi but would like to save some cash if possible. However, we don't eat meat in our house and tend to buy a lot of fruit & veg, so not sure if Morrisons might be a better bet for us? (Currently shop at Tesco).

How about local markets - are they usually cheaper than the supermarkets or not?

exoticfruits Sun 16-Sep-12 11:21:57

I find them a lot cheaper. However I am selective and I don't do a whole shop there. You can make huge savings on some things.

dondon33 Sun 16-Sep-12 11:22:40

I use Lidl quite often and find it cheaper and superior in quality for things like continental meats and cheeses, fruit and veg, olive oil alcohol.

I don't use Asda as it's too far away and my local shop is Sainbury's which I did find quite extortionate for some products, however they do seem to be keeping more of their prices in line with the other supermarkets now.

I buy most of my cleaning products, shampoo/conditioner/toothpaste etc.. from £1 shop's also the cat's food too, he'll only eat Gourmet food twat! and it's 3 sometimes 4 sachets for £1 there.

YABU. We spend between £75-£100 every 10-14 days in Aldi and we eat better now than ever before. There are 5 of us, 4 packed lunches everyday, nearly all meals cooked from scratch and we entertain guests quite a bit too. I have already converted my mum from Sainsburys to Aldi (and she is fussy). We were spending around £100+ a week at Asda. Apart from spending £5 a month at Asda on frozen veggies there is nothing we can't get at Aldi.

Mylittlepuds Sun 16-Sep-12 11:32:59

Aldi is much cheaper than Tesco. In fact I went the other day, bought my usual bits and was shocked when the total came up as half the amount. £15 instead of £30.

colleysmill Sun 16-Sep-12 11:51:09

I am a total lidl convert - I find it cheaper and definately quicker to whizz round than bigger supermarkets.

The booze is great - cider for 2 pounds and Baileys equivalent for 4. My friend is a real Baileysvfan so she did a blind tasting session with the real stuff and couldn't tell the difference.

KurriKurri Sun 16-Sep-12 11:57:29

I tend to find that normally expensive things are cheaper, (like fish, cheese, fruit and veg) in Lidl and Aldi, - but cheap stuff like baked beans is about he same or sometimes slightly more than tesco or Sainsbo's basics range.

I just like Lidl more than Sains and Tesco, because its so much quicker to do your shopping there, and I spend less because I don't buy any extras (I steer away from the central bargain area!) And I think a lot of the food is better quality and more interesting. And they will open up more tills if the queue gets big, rather than ignore you and have one till operating in rush hour (I'm looking at you Tesco hmm)

valiumredhead Sun 16-Sep-12 12:03:29

Even if the price is not that much different the quality is far superior imo.

Asda is cheaper for me as I don't drive and live a 45 min bus then 20 min walk from lidl/aldi. Asda deliver for £4 which isa hell of a lot less than the bus plus the taxi it would take to let me get more than a couple days shopping. Not worth the savings on food and you aren't guaranteed they will actually have what you ate looking for.

halcyondays Sun 16-Sep-12 12:21:01

Yanbu, although I can't comment on Aldi as we don't have one here. I go to Idl occasionally, there are a few good bargains but for most things I don't find it that much cheaper than anywhere else. I tend to mainly buy supermarket own brands.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 16-Sep-12 12:27:31

i find aldi probably 10-20% cheaper
however there's lots of things that we eat regularly that I can't get there, so we only tend to go for top-ups.

higgle Sun 16-Sep-12 12:27:56

I go to Lidl for some stuff and finish off at Tesco. The jams amd marmalade at Lidl are lovely and much cheaper, the celery is a different type and nicer and cheaper too. Lidl chocolate digestives are half the price of Tescos. I normaly reduce the cost of the shop by £5-10 pw by using both stores.

mumtomoley Sun 16-Sep-12 12:29:35

YANBU I have tried Lidl and Aldi and I don't think they are significantly cheaper than Asda. Especially because you can't get everything there so I end up having to go to Asda or the rest anywhere.

Tesco is definitely the most expensive of the 'normal' supermarkets (i.e. not waitrose!) Their meat is extortionate.

Morrisons is good too, but in our Morrisons 90% of the shelf space is cake/crisps etc and not proper food.

Our Asda is ginormous and brilliant though.

Yabu, yes you could shop cheaply at other supermarkets but it would be bottom of the range and nowhere near as nice.

These threads are getting boring, aldi shops differ to areas so some are great some not so much.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:37:14

i'm curious, what can you not get in lidl or aldi? i don't buy meat there, apart from free-range roasting chickens when they have them, and i have to get rose-petal harissa from sainsburys [ponce], but aside from that i can get more or less everything in lidl.

what is it you are all eating that i'm not? grin

GoldShip Sun 16-Sep-12 12:38:03

There's loads of stuff you can't get in my local aldi. And it's no cheaper than asda.

I went once and they didn't have any lettuce. Bloody lettuce.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:39:34

hmm. well apart from that one occasion when you went to a shop and it hadn't had its lettuce delivery, what can't you get?

My Aldi sounds like yours Goldship. sad

jellybeans Sun 16-Sep-12 12:41:39

YABU. The veg and fruit is way cheaper. face cream/nappies are great. We usually save 20 quid on average there (7 of us-over 130 quid usually tesco)

GoldShip Sun 16-Sep-12 12:43:33

aitch that may be but with something as simple as lettuce you expect it to be there. Its no good to me shopping somewhere unreliable. there's loads I prefer not to go through a shopping list though. It's understandable theyre not going to be able to have as much. Especially when I'm used to shopping at a massive Asda Walmart.

What I do like about aldi though is they tend to have stuff id never try before. Cheese with chilli bits in. Among other things. But they don't stock things regularly. One time it will be there and the next not.

GoldShip Sun 16-Sep-12 12:44:13

Online shopping is brilliant for saving money too

My weekly shop at asda was 70 odd quid.

Online shopping has brought it down to 50

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:44:48

but what IS that stuff, sparkling, can you identify it? they don't stock particular stuff, certainly, like i do prefer a wanky soy sauce i get at the chinese supermarket to their own brand... but i prefer lidl own brand to sharwoods, which is what i would get in a supermarket.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:46:28

well, yesterday i went to lidl hoping to buy aubergines and there weren't any. however, i then went to the gigantic tesco and they didn't have any either. i conclude that there is a big freezer container full of dutch aubs stuck in a docks somewhere. not that lidl is crap.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 16-Sep-12 12:47:47

aitch, of the top of my head our aldi doesn't stock arborio rice, brown basmati, puy lentils, cannelini beans - indeed any beans that aren't kidney - , proper-sized red peppers (the only ever have some sort of exotic little ones), boneless tinned mackerel fillets or boneless sardines, and lamb mince. i know that lot probably sounds a little wanky niche, but we do have a lot of soups and casserole things with pulses and the like.

susiedaisy Sun 16-Sep-12 12:49:18

YANBU op I find random things cheaper such as washing powder but I struggle to get a full shop from our local small lidil and end up going back to tesco to get the other bits!

GoldShip Sun 16-Sep-12 12:50:10

Charlotte I'm sure ours is the same aldi, I can never find peppers in ours either

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:51:49

you should try lidl... wink seriously, the only things i can't get there are puy lentils, brown basmati and tinned mackerel (but you can get vacuum-sealed stuff and very delicious it is too).

it does borlotti beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas, mixed beans, butter beans and the dreaded kidney. am so totally with you on the pulses front. funnily enough our giant tesco is frustrating on cannellini.

and puy lentils and brown rice are more of a staple, surely, than a weekly shop thing. one pack must last a while...

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 16-Sep-12 12:53:42

we do go through a lot of rice/pulses etc, and our kitchen is tiny, so we've no room to to bulk buy and store them. I might have a rummage at Lidl though.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 12:55:12

(i should say that i am more of a lidl shopper than aldi, i do think aldi's a bit randomly-stocked unless i go to one of the big ones. but lidl is sensational).

I lke Aldi and Asda, but not keen on Lidl, I usually do most of my shop at Aldi and get all my fruit, veg, tins, pasta and stuff but then go to Asda for stuff like turkey rashers that they don't stock at aldi- fwiw they don't stock them at the Tesco in our village either. I find Aldi own brand stuff to be as good quality as top branded stuff- better sauce to bean ratio that Asda basic beans for example- at the same price as basics in other super markets. I never do brands anywhere so that saves us loads of money. And those Aldi free range chickens are a bargain.
I like lLdl chocolate at Christmas though and their Stollen cake is lush.

BackforGood Sun 16-Sep-12 13:19:53

I too spend about £40+ on an Aldi shop, but generally £70+ on a Sainsburys shop. I do concede there are a few things I can't get in Aldi that I need to top up elsewhere, but even if that were £5, or even £10 (which it doesn't tend to be), it still means a big saving.

FoofyShmooffer Sun 16-Sep-12 13:23:08

Oh I agree with Charlotte. I went to our Aldi on Monday and could only find mixed herbs and basil. I wanted Oregano and Turmeric. I also wanted frozen onions, peppers and mushrooms (batch cooking) but the frozen veg selection was pitiful. The fresh veg is frequently questionable in age and quality and in the past I have had fresh mince that was green at the bottom, chicken that was off and stank and pork steaks that were also off.

Now it could be just my Aldi. Not sure.

StuntGirl Sun 16-Sep-12 13:28:08

Someone please tell me what we're doing wrong, because we can't get it cheaper at Aldi/Lidl either. We meal plan a fortnight in advance, write a shopping list and we don't eat a lot of meat or drink alcohol.

Last time we went to Lidl out of 7 or 8 items of veg on the list they only had cherry tomatoes, which were the same price as the Morrisons ones anyway. Tins of beans were more expensive and they didn't even have any kidney beans. We did get a nice big box of couscous for half the price of Morrisons, but that was it. Ended up going to Morrisons for most of the list because Lidl didn't even have it in stock. I am baffled how people make such humongous savings.

SuperSaint Sun 16-Sep-12 13:30:29

Aldi fruit and veg in my local store is always really poor quality and only lasts about 1 day before going mouldy. I have tried buying it from there a few times and it is always the case. As I haven't got the time or inclination to shop daily, I do my regular weekly shop at Tesco and go to Aldi about once a month to buy apple juice cartons etc that are much cheaper there.

If you shop sensibly at Tesco and buy seasonal fruit and veg plus stock up on non-perishables when they are on offer I don't think there is much difference in the prices.

I haven't tried Lidl though as there isn't one for miles.

BackforGood Sun 16-Sep-12 13:32:13

What I do is start from what they've got. Aldi always have veg on offer - buy their offers for that week and then cook your meals with what you've got. It's great, means we sometimes have things we've not had in ages, rather than getting into a rut. Never had any fruit or veg (nor meat nor fish come to that) from Aldi go off except where my dcs decide they don't like a particular fruit one month but I can hardly blame the shop for that.

Theas18 Sun 16-Sep-12 13:36:35

YABU I haven't done a " like for like" comparison, but as I said on the thread I started re DT, I shop at aldi for 5 for about £50-70 a week . OK more if I buy lots of meat or cleaning stuff but thats no every week (I spend about £5 on meat a week- maybe a chicken that will make a chicken dinner, some meat to go into a rice dish and the bones/left overs for soup. or £5 mince that will make enough pasta sauce for 2 meals for 5 people ).

I asked DD1 to do a direct price comparison on line with my receipt. Maybe I'll do it after todays shop. It would be interesting.

happyscouse Sun 16-Sep-12 13:53:02

As I said in a previous thread we did a massive shop in our local aldi for £109. a couple of weeks ago, out of interest I came home and did an online "shop" with sainsburys using my shopping list doing like for like eg aldi beans = sainsbury own brand beans not heinz ,and Sainsburys came in at £171.00. Now that I consider a great saving.We are recent converts and we still get odd bits elsewhere but really food is the only bill we can cut and we have done easily with NO compromise on quality.

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Sun 16-Sep-12 13:59:36

I prefer to shop for certain items at ASDA, then use the Asda Price Guarantee to get nearly all my money back in the form of a voucher via the massive glitch in the APG system shock grin

oops did I say that out loud

lozster Sun 16-Sep-12 14:41:11

I don't 'get' aldi either. As a tee-total veggie who goes to a market for all fruit & veg, i think I would starve if that was the only place to shop. Either that or go on to a dairy overload. I have never seen brown rice or pasta or brown flour or just a normal pack of Cous-Cous. There's no tofu, no quorn, no soya, no lentils, few beans not of the baked variety.

The products there that I do eat seem to be either the same price as asda or they are dairy delicacies that I wouldn't normally eat anyway.

Their adverts make me titter too. 'I like this (points at brand) and I like this too (points at aldi)'. Claim Is that x% who liked a brand also liked aldi's version. Not, note, that they liked it more. Not exactly setting the bar high there..... Mind you come cycling week and walking week I am in there!!

invicta Sun 16-Sep-12 15:24:21

We have a new Aldi near us and I had my first proper look round last week. I agree that if you are a careful shopper in The Big Four supermarkets ( ie. bulk buying special offers) etc, then it's not that much cheaper. I intend to try and shop there every other week to try and save money, but I couldn't't use it ecxlusively.

Regarding what Lidl doesn't stock? French bread!

PowerDresser Sun 16-Sep-12 15:35:14

I shop at Asda mostly because it's in a precinct with a chemist, lots of a couple of charity shops, takeaways and a 'sell everything' shop.

I have an Aldi closer to home so I will try there to see their prices what they have because it would save on petrol if nothing else.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 16-Sep-12 19:15:31

aaaah, our lidl has baking ovens and has french bread on constant rotation...

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