So I finally went to Lidl....

(32 Posts)
sherbetpips Tue 01-Oct-13 13:00:10

Just compared the reciept with Tesco (£90.85) and it came out at £70.22. Now I bought some items non brand at Lidl so you can probably knock a fiver off that but it is still a £15 saving.
Couldn't get Heinz beans and the veg selection was all in big bags so had to go to Tesco for those but I have to admit it was not an awful experience. Whats the deal with giving you no space to pack your bags though? Do they not want you to spend???

SirChenjin Tue 01-Oct-13 13:04:22

Yep, the savings are amazing. I reckon we're saving around £60 a month by shopping at Aldi/Lidl.

I used the hate the fact that you can't pack at the till, but actually it makes sense to put it back in the trolley and go over to the repacking bit - certainly means that the queues move quicker. I do our weekly shopping there (2 adults, 2 huge teens and a 6 year old) and I can get everything through in a oner.

TheHattifattenersBarometer Tue 01-Oct-13 15:28:43

Can you pack at the till if you fill your trolley with those massive re-usable bags? Or can you just wheel it out to your car an pack it into boxes there?

Just curious as I was going to go tomorrow and would rather be organised as I will have at least 1 small DC with me...

3littlefrogs Tue 01-Oct-13 15:32:14

The etiquette at Lidl is that you put everything straight back into your trolley, then move to the packing area and pack, or take the trolley straight to your car and put your shopping into the bags or boxes you have ready in the boot.

It is an excellent system and, for the most part, eliminates faffing at the checkout. It means the queue moves quickly and everyone gets through the checkout efficiently.

SirChenjin Tue 01-Oct-13 15:34:19

Yes, sometimes I put the big reusable bags upright in my trolley and fill them as they are being scanned, or just wheel the stuff out to my car and have the boxes or bags in the boot and decant the groceries into them from the trolley. It means that I can put DS2 back into his car seat and then start dealing with the shopping. Often I have too much stuff in there so don't have room to stand the bags, but if I'm doing a small shop I do.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Oct-13 16:11:19

I liked lidl beans, Heinz had too much sauce, more like bean soup.

Gatekeeper Tue 01-Oct-13 16:14:13

Lidl stock Branston beans; which are far better than Heinz anyway IMO and often on for £1.25 for four tins

nipersvest Tue 01-Oct-13 16:15:08

in lidl i always use the big trolleys rather than the small ones, the big ones give enough space to put 3 re-usable shopping bags in a row and you just have to be really quick at packing the stuff in.

our weekly shop is around £80 in tesco, it's about £50 in lidl.

TheHattifattenersBarometer Tue 01-Oct-13 17:09:30

I'm glad I checked!

I'm using Ocardo atm (they charge £2.25 for four tins of Branston beans!!). I need to get my bills right down so the Ocardo habit has to stop.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 01-Oct-13 19:49:40

The lidl near me often has heinz beans & ketchup etc. stock up when they are in. I too am a convert to branston beans. they are so rich. Others have suggested ikea blue bags to help with packing. I cant keep up with them whatever bags I have!

3littlefrogs Tue 01-Oct-13 20:28:02

I am a real convert to Lidl. It is so much cheaper than anywhere else.

ScrewsFallOutAllTheTime Tue 01-Oct-13 20:31:50

See I find I spend the same because of all the 'stuff' they sell. It's like going to ikea, you never knew you needed padded thermal cycling shorts until you went to Lidl.

bigbuttons Tue 01-Oct-13 20:33:25

lidl and aldi are ace.

LamaDrama Tue 01-Oct-13 20:35:27

The nappies are great - wish I had tried them before all the other big brands & bigger supermarkets.

Spottybra Tue 01-Oct-13 20:40:20

I wasn't impressed at first, and mine is quite far away, but we have started liking a few things and I agree it can be cheaper.

Spottybra Tue 01-Oct-13 20:42:46

Oh, with packing, put the heavier stuff on the conveyor belt first, put it all back in the trolley as the whiz it through, then saunter to the blue shelf near the exit and pack. I usually buy the children a treat each to eat whilst I do this.

uggmum Tue 01-Oct-13 20:43:55

I can recommend the 'deluxe' chocolate cheesecake. We bought it at the weekend and it was lovely

Charlesroi Tue 01-Oct-13 23:20:47

My local Lidl has Heinz beans in at the moment but they are £2.50 for a pack of four (I remember when beans were eaten by poor people grin). I think their own brand are almost as good and only £1.00 for four.

We often buy cheese,ham, mince, coffee, chocolate,olive oil, basic fruit & veg and the cats really like their cat food. Their weekend offers can be really good (but make sure you get there early).

I too am seduced by the non-food offers and thinking "ooh, that's a good price for axle stands/chainsaws/arc welding kits" We don't have a car or any woodland.

sherbetpips Wed 02-Oct-13 13:43:40

oh god just realised that the guy serving was trying to get me to put it back in the trolley rather than in my bags...... totally didnt get the Lidl etiquette!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 04-Oct-13 22:28:47

laughing here at thermal cycling shorts, chainsaws a nd axles. SO TRUE!

Myliferocks Fri 04-Oct-13 22:31:42

Our Lidl's must be a small one as I find that I can't do a whole weekly shop in there.

Gatekeeper Sat 05-Oct-13 07:41:48

ariel bio powder always a good price in there - £8.50 for a 38 wash box and regularly on offer for £5.99

Gatekeeper Sat 05-Oct-13 07:43:29

me and dh are shuffling round the house in matching wool felt slippers I bought last weekend grin. V. comfy with a good , solid sole and only £5.99

NotCitrus Sat 05-Oct-13 08:01:29

Lidls are all about the same size - 4 aisles. If I just need 'to do shopping' it's fine, but if I want specific items then I need to go to Sainsburys - so end up spending equal amounts in both though Lidl twice as often.

Sainsburys for Ecover liquid, low-sugar ketchup, wholegrain bagels and bread, no-sugar peanut butter, aerosol cream, toys for birthday presents, socks, yoghurts, various things like that.

Lidl for most fruit and veg, most ham and cheese, milk, lasagne, pasta, biscuits and cake and chocolate, fish fingers and chips, tortelini, frozen stuff, fruit computer jam, etc.

Hoping Lidl do a fleece in my size again soon - had a fab one but lost it.

sherbetpips Mon 07-Oct-13 13:04:01

Biggest surpirse has been the Q10 face cream - just as good as the Nivea one and fifth of the price at £2!
Couldnt find any non bio washing stuff - is that unusual as they had lots of types just no own brand non bio?

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