So, did my first Aldi shop yesterday...

(38 Posts)
Mum2Fergus Mon 26-Nov-12 18:27:45

Maybe its my local store (though Id have thought stock was pretty generic) but felt quite limited in what I could get. I had a shopping list but had to swap a couple of meals as couldnt get everything I needed.

I then went for a wander round Tesco with a calculator today (sad, I know l) and if Id bought their Everyday Value range instead of Aldi, the shop would have come to £2.76 cheaper!

I do a shop in aldi for 50 quid and thats for five people. Thats is my budget for the week as I literally cant afford anything else. I have to buy everything with this money and yes its doable but its not ideal. The problem is by sunday we are out of everything and then I skip dinners so I can feed the kids my portion.

No I am not happy to eat the same meals over again but unfortunately I don't have a choice!

KeatsiePie Sun 02-Dec-12 03:12:22

No problem Ponders! It did take me a while to find them back when I first signed up actually ...

Ponders Fri 30-Nov-12 10:38:24

oops, sorry, misread your post blush

Ponders Fri 30-Nov-12 10:36:39

sign up here, Keatsie

there are 2 regular ones & also occasional extras. lots of Christmas ones at the moment - frozen duck breasts were in on Wednesday this week (most unusual)

ATourchOfInsanity Thu 29-Nov-12 23:33:32

We just had a new one open near us and so far have been very happy with:
Cherry brandy - sold out now as I went back for more
Musical biscuit tins - great for presents for families with kids
Brioche
Pittas in sealed packs so stay fresh
Wiltshire cheddar - dd loves it
Own brand fromage frais - as above
Ham selection - veeeer naice
and the lack of confusion over lightbulbs. They do old style 100watt ones, with no faffing to check if size is too small or screw rather than bayonet. Admit if you need another specialist kind it may be a tad annoying, but for someone who has a cupboard of odd bulbs with no use and a hatred of expensive halogen easy break bulbs - it made my day grin

KeatsiePie Thu 29-Nov-12 23:12:21

Yep, I buy most basics (e.g., cereal, milk, pasta) at Aldi, get as much produce there as I can as quality and stock vary, and then get the rest elsewhere. It does save us a ton and a lot of what they have is quite good. We don't buy the meat at ours.

Do you get the weekly sales ads from Aldi? I think that can help with meal planning. I like to bulk cook and freeze so I like the sales ads a lot for planning.

PropositionJoe Wed 28-Nov-12 19:25:21

Arse grin

PropositionJoe Wed 28-Nov-12 19:24:50

I get my fruit and veg at Aldi, along with a few other bits, then the rest at Waitrose -- and look like a twat at Aldi reusing my Waitrose bags--

Ponders Wed 28-Nov-12 19:20:55

ooh, thanks, Jen smile

I did a £115 shop today (5 packs of boneless duck breasts, 2 packs of free-range chicken breasts & 6 bottles of wine accounted for £55 of that) but I can always go again!

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 28-Nov-12 19:18:31

Mines getting a bit crowded with newbs who slow the que down at the till and dawdle in the aisles.

Therefore, Aldi is shit and you should boycott it in favour of the big four.

Ta. smile

jenduck Wed 28-Nov-12 13:17:01

If you buy the Daily Mirror tomorrow, there is a voucher for £5 off a £35 spend at Aldi!

Their nappies and wipes are brilliant. The only reason I no longer use their pull ups is that they only go to a size 5 and my 2 year old is in 4 - 5 clothes. We shop 1 week Aldi and 1 week Sainsbury's then I top up on fruit and veg at Aldi mid week. I find DD eats far more fruit when we buy there simply because we can afford her favorites (she has expensive tastes!)

We tend to buy things like biscuits, cereal, crisps, biscuits, cold meat, fruit and veg, yogurt, cleaning products and toiletries. They also do a great washing machine cleaner for those who do a maintainance wash!

FivesAndNorks Wed 28-Nov-12 06:30:47

I used to hate the packing arrangements, now I love them (assuming same as lidl). I just chuck everything back in trolley then go to the end and sort it all out. Packing without holding up the person behind you, and with all the stuff in front of you, instead of holding a bag open while you wait for them to scan your potatoes or whatever

Chunkychicken Wed 28-Nov-12 06:09:26

Certain items are a false economy when you buy value ranges - you end up using twice as much. As it happens, Aldi washing up liquid won the Which? recommendation, over Fairy, & the laundry liquid always gets the Good Housekeeping award. And anecdotally, I know people that rate their nappies.

We do a top up shop at Aldi to get a lot of bits that are either better there than Asda, are cheaper or you can't get anywhere else. I think we may end up switching to Aldi & doing the top up elsewhere, though, as I'm on maternity leave now & money is tighter.

nagynolonger Wed 28-Nov-12 05:43:36

Most Aldis are quite small compared to the massive Asda/Tescos around here so they will never compete on choice. We shop at Aldi most weeks now and just top up at Asda/Morrisons/Tesco once a month. I'm not bothered which one I go to because we usually fit a shop in with another necessary trip to save on fuel costs.
I quite like the checkouts at Aldi but I don't shop with DC anymore. I have got it sorted with bags ready in the trolly and stuff coming off in the correct order. Sometimes DH cocks it all up by buying something for the shed.
Their chocs and sweet range is fantastic.......I rush by that bit most weeks but I have bought a few bits to put away for Christmas. I won't be bothering with any of the round plastic 'tins'.

Loveweekends10 Wed 28-Nov-12 04:32:20

I did my first shop in a long time in Aldi last week. The food seemed fine. Have had to just pick up an odd extra from tesco but it was the chaos and chucking my food back at me at the checkout that did my head in.
I doubt DH will tolerate that so I will have to be the Aldi shopper I feel!
It was cheaper though.

manicmum66 Tue 27-Nov-12 12:07:42

I tend to go to Aldi first, then get the rest at Sainsbury's. Do definitely think that Aldi is better quality than the value ranges at mainstream supermarkets. I'm a big fan of Aldi's Magnum washing up liquid. I reckon the prices are about 30% off the supermarkets' normal own-brand ranges.

upinthehills Mon 26-Nov-12 20:50:57

I just wander round and buy what I fancy. I use Asda and Sainbo as my main shops and top up with Aldi which I go to one or twice a month. I buy the things are that are better there like cheap fruit and veg, chocolate, breakfast cereals (outstanding at Aldi), cheese, low fat greek yogurt (amazingly good), frozen berries, frozen sole goujons, laundry stuff, nuts, baking stuff, bread flour and ham.

Ponders Mon 26-Nov-12 20:50:25

oh, and, yes, the quality is way better than Tesco Value (but it can't be a coincidence that Tesco Value have pitched their prices to match Aldi/Lidl more or less exactly)

another wonderful thing is that they don't do BOGOFs. Want just one? Buy just one! Same price!

Ponders Mon 26-Nov-12 20:48:21

I find I can do pretty much a full shop at Aldi, including meat. If we want a particular pork or lamb joint we have to go elsewhere, but generally I will get some mince (the best, lowest-fat one), free-range chicken breasts, pork shoulder steaks, sausages & a small beef joint.

Their Maris Pipers are fantastic - I've mentioned them several times on Aldi/potato threads grin - excellent quality & really cheap (but IME they sell out quite early). Maris Peers also good. Most of the veg is great & good value.

It's worth looking out for the "specially selected" products (black & silver label) eg Aberdeen Angus steaks, the butter with sea salt, thick & creamy yogurt (lush), & lots more.

Lots of excellent wine too...just sayin'

Fozzleyplum Mon 26-Nov-12 20:38:06

You can do a list for the basics, but you have to be flexible in relation to fruit and veg, meat and other things. I buy things like dishwasher cleaner in bulk when they have it in, because they stock it only every few weeks. If you're a regular Aldi shopper, you learn to stock up on things like that so that you don't run out until they are available again.

I prefer the relative lack of choice. It's probably no coincidence that our local Tesco, which has just doubled in size, has lost a lot of regulars as a result. I just can't be bothered to make a decision each time I want to buy something. Whilst I haven't done a proper price comparison, I reckon we save about £20 - £30 per week by shopping there for the four of us.

Strawhatpirate Mon 26-Nov-12 20:32:12

The biscuits and chocolate from Aldi are very good. There's been an influx of really good german christmas food at my local one.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 26-Nov-12 20:19:31

Personally, I find that not having too much choice or products is a good thing so I don't end up buying loads of added extras that I didn't need!

Mum2Fergus Mon 26-Nov-12 20:13:44

I think I'll take some advice from above posts and start 2 shopping lists, one Aldi one Tesco/Asda and keep a track of what is best bought where. Toileteries/cleaning etc can be Aldi, and will nip there for midweek bread/milk top-ups. The fresh stuff I'll decide on as I use it. Also try not to be so driven by my mealplan shopping list smile

Strawhatpirate Mon 26-Nov-12 20:13:40

You can't really shop to a list in Aldi IMO. The ones near me have a good range of meat and fish but it rotates IFYSWIM so you don't always have the same things every week. The veg is really good quality.
I tend to go first thing on a sunday see what meat looks nice, get a shit load of veg and then work out what to put with what later. DH loves pissing about around that aisle full of miscellaneous crap that's always slap bang in the middle of the shop.

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