Aldi comparison!

(108 Posts)
mrsm68 Mon 24-Sep-12 08:02:27

I went to Aldi yesterday and I spent £56.81

When I got home I went on Not sure if you are familiar with this site. It's for online shopping at Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys etc. you enter all your items then you can see what it would cost at each shop.

So, I entered every item that I had bought at Aldi and this was the result:

Aldi £56.81
Sainsburys £78.41
Asda. £84.09
Tesco. £86.91
I was very surprised that Asda was so high and that Sainsburys was so low shock

cheekybarsteward Mon 24-Sep-12 11:01:43

Thanks mrs, you have saved me a job. I was going to do that even though have been shopping at Aldi for ages - mainly because I prefer their quality but am always curious as to how I manage to fill my trolley for £60.
I just wish they would stop discontinuing the best products which tend to be their more expensive things like beef wellington and giant king prawns.
Their 39p veg offers though are brill!

mrsm68 Mon 24-Sep-12 11:48:22

yes, the 39p veg is brilliant, I kept showing my husband and saying can you believe this was only 39p. One of the items was a very big bit of broccoli!

cheekybarsteward Mon 24-Sep-12 17:09:25

And the savoy cabbage and carrots!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 24-Sep-12 17:15:03

People keep banging on to me about Sainsburys been cheap but every time I've shopped there I'd say I spend 20% extra on what I normally do.

I usually shop at Morrisons now.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:58:31

I know someone who shops at sainsbos and is astonished every week at how much it is.

When I suggest shopping elsewhere it doesnt go down well, clearly only sainsbos do edible food.

BoerWarKids Tue 25-Sep-12 17:01:02

I hate supermarket snobbery, I mean, get over yourself! angry I'm thinking of certain people I know - smacks of insecurity. I'm happy to go to budget shops and have more money in my pocket.

I buy the majority of food from Lidl and Aldi. I only go to Sainsbury's to get particular items that I like and that are cheap. I wouldn't buy all my groceries there!

nannyl Tue 25-Sep-12 21:04:49

i actually find ocado the cheapest place to shop for us (especially as i have a free delivery pass, (thanks groupon) so dont pay for delivery, and i dont have a half hour drive (petrol) to the "local" supermarkets)

although there are a few products that i try to buy in either sainsburys (basics) or aldi instead.
(i find tomato products / toiletries / cleaning products expensive with ocado so i buy them else where)

mrsm68 Thu 27-Sep-12 15:18:27

I popped into Aldi again today for a few extra bits. When I got home I entered it all into mysupermarket website and here it is:

Aldi £19.63
Sainsburys £27.86
Asda £32.31
Tesco £35.04

It's defo Aldi all the way for me from now on grin

Rattitude Thu 27-Sep-12 15:20:48

You lead an exciting life, mrsm68! grin

mrsm68 Thu 27-Sep-12 17:46:57

Lol, it keeps me away from the drink grin

Lovesoftplay Thu 27-Sep-12 18:03:01

I do my ALDI shop on a friday morning so I gonna compare and report back tomorrow afternoon. I love this idea <sad woman with nothing better to do>

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Sep-12 18:05:09

It's all part of the fun, it's not as fun if you dont know how much your saving over a year.

MisForMumNotMaid Thu 27-Sep-12 18:09:42

Cheeky - some of their stuff is seasonal so the beef Wellington will no doubt be back come November with their luxury Christmas range and again at Easter.

I'm starting to realise you need to stock up on certain things when they're in. DH loves their big jars of boiled sweets (available last three /four years as part of Christmas range). So much so I have a collection of empty jars.

today's mirror has a£5 off voucher in it hopefully still time for people to nip out

Rattitude Thu 27-Sep-12 18:26:04

mrsm68, I know what you mean: I have succumbed to Aldi's Toro Loco many times... wink

FreddieMercuryforQueen Thu 27-Sep-12 18:50:43

Aldi 54.88
Sainsbury's 63.59
Tesco 64.41
Asda 64.53
Ocado 76.39
Waitrose 82.82 shock

GrassIsntGreener Thu 27-Sep-12 19:56:15

Oooh I haven't done this for ages! It's good to do now and again but you have to add the own brand things to the supermarket 'trolly' on mysupermarket for it to really compare.

I am heavily pregnant and found doing in store big shops too much from about 3 weeks ago so have missed Aldi and gone online - have been using first timer vouchers though!

Lovesoftplay Fri 28-Sep-12 14:04:29

Aldi £51.28

Tesco £78.54
Asda £83.12
Sainsburys £83.62
Ocado £89.76
Waitrose £97.53

I cannot believe how much all my stuff would have cost at Waitrose. Granted,I had to enter some branded products as they were a closer match to the Aldi products I brought, but even so shock

I love Aldi, I also really like their shop assistants, so much friendlier than other supermarkets.

PickledFanjoCat Fri 28-Sep-12 14:07:36

Wait wait, can you get aldi online?

Suprised about sainsburys though.

I bloody love lidls, but I don't have an aldi near me. Their cooked meats are so cheap!

Lovesoftplay Fri 28-Sep-12 14:11:19

No Aldi online I don't think. Would be chuffing marvelous if they did though!!

PickledFanjoCat Fri 28-Sep-12 14:18:28

Ah! sad

We used to live down the road from a Safeway (remember them?). Then Waitrose took over, and our shopping bill doubled. Fortunately, Aldi moved into the town a couple of months later, I heart Aldi (and Lidl while we're at it).

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Fri 28-Sep-12 14:24:37

Love Aldi and Lidl, but I also like to do food shopping using a credit card and they don't accept them. Grrr. I wouldn't mind paying a fee at the till like you have to in Ikea.

Lovesoftplay Fri 28-Sep-12 14:32:52

Aldi have always accepted my credit card. I always buy my shopping with it, then pay it off at the end of the month.

nannyl Fri 28-Sep-12 14:48:22

i think only aldi in wales (or is it scotland) accept credit cards

mine doesnt either.... their policy is on their website, and most aldi's dont take credit cards, only debit. (very annoying!)

whattodo112 Fri 28-Sep-12 15:00:52

Is everything reliably cheaper in Aldi?

I know it's cheaper overall, but I'm never sure if their branded stuff (e.g. 'proper' coke, cadburys choc fingers) is cheaper. This is mainly because my rubbish brain can't seem to hold onto numbers blush, so I can't remember the usual price to compare to. As a result I tend to steer clear of these type of things in Aldi and stick to the own brand things.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 28-Sep-12 17:27:39

Why aren't Morrisons in this price comparison? grin

I'd like to know how they compare. I moved to them from Tesco a couple of years ago and found they were a lot cheaper. But now my bill seems to have shot up so am wondering if the difference isn't there anymore.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Fri 28-Sep-12 17:28:07

Yeah, some areas do, but not mine. I rang just the other week to double check because I really wanted to do a shop there but everything has to go on credit card!

GrassIsntGreener Fri 28-Sep-12 18:33:57

Viva Morrisons don't appear on MySupermarket which is the site people are using to enter the same items in order to compare. sad

Just got back from Aldi so thought I'd play grin

Tesco £59.73
Asda £57.30
Sainsbury's £67.13
Waitrose £73.93

Aldi - £36.37 shock

Do I win? grin

VivaLeBeaver Fri 28-Sep-12 19:06:40

Think I'm going to start shopping in Aldi. Spent £76 in Tesco today, 4 bags of shopping. No meat, but I did buy a bottle of Baileys I suppose and 2 months worth of cheese!

Rattitude Fri 28-Sep-12 19:11:33

Viva, the Ballycastle Irish Cream Liqueur (similar to Baileys) is pretty good... wink

Rattitude Fri 28-Sep-12 19:11:53

and on sale at Aldi

Rattitude Fri 28-Sep-12 19:12:25

for sale even!

Caerlaverock Fri 28-Sep-12 19:13:30

I shopped almost exclusively in aldi and lidl this month and it has made a hug difference

VivaLeBeaver Fri 28-Sep-12 19:15:45

Ah, but it was Orange Truffle Baileys. smile

BerthaTheBogBurglar Fri 28-Sep-12 19:18:47

We have aldi and sainsbos next to each other, so I get everything I can in aldi and then go next door for the last 3 or 4 things. This week I filled my trolley in Aldi for £50 and then bought 4 more things in Sainsbos for £14.

But the atmosphere in Sainsbos is a bit rarefied after Aldi. There are people outside to smile at you and help you get your trolley. It's warm inside, with nice bread smells wafting around, and staff hovering to help you find things. The checkout staff smile and offer to pack. None of which is worth paying for if you don't have to, but it is always funny to go in there straight after aldi!

Rattitude Fri 28-Sep-12 19:28:21

aaaaaah... Viva, I don't think I can help you with the Orange Truffle Baileys then. Is it nice by the way?

PatTheHammer Fri 28-Sep-12 19:37:43

I am loving Aldi at the moment. Been 5 times so far and no matter what i have chucked in my trolley I can't seem to spend over £60.

My Sainsbury's equivalent shop would easily be £90.

I did an Ocado shop this week as we had a voucher and I needed to stock up on beans, pulses and things that my Aldi doesn't do. I spent £72 and feel like I have NO food in the house unlike when I go to Aldi and it feels like there is loads.

ProphetOfDoom Fri 28-Sep-12 19:40:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

derekthehamster Fri 28-Sep-12 19:41:00

Aldi £33.90

Sainsburys £50.39
Asda £47.12
Waitrose £49.77
Tesco £50.29
Ocado £52.11

My tesco shop came out over £20 more than ocado, so I checked what was in the basket, and they'd put 12 of one expensive item instead of 3!

In fact I checked all the baskets and lots were wrong!

A lot of the basic items, milk, sugar, broccoli, passata were the same price or cheaper in Asda. It's the more luxury items (part baked rolls, and pink lady apples in my case) which were cheaper in Aldi. Smoked mackerel was 50p cheaper in asda.

Shesparkles Fri 28-Sep-12 19:42:30

Thanks for doing the comparison mrsm!
I'm usually about £50-£60 in Aldi and reckoned I'd be about £75 in Sainsburys, so this pretty much confirms what I thought!

GrassIsntGreener Fri 28-Sep-12 19:50:57

I prefer Aldi to the big supermarkets. They don't deliver so right now I'm not using them but once i can traipse around a shop again it'll be Aldi a lot of the time.

I prefer the straight-forwardness. No deals to work out, no annoying pop music pumping out (Asda I'm looking at you...), less crazy in the aisles because it's a lot quieter, less faff at the tills...

Just simpler!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Sep-12 12:14:30

I've not tried the Baileys yet, will have some tonight and let you know what its like.

What's the deal with packing at Aldi? You shove everything straight back into the trolley and then after you've paid put it into bags - is that right?

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 12:28:43

The trick is to have a big bag and use a deep trolley. Order your stuff before you put it through the till (heaviest stuff first) and throw items directly in the bag. Walk away whistling after you have paid!

Blending Sat 29-Sep-12 12:34:39

Good idea Rattititude!

I have large crates folding crates which I keep in the car, and I chuck everything in there direct from the trolley, then I can carry everything in the house in 2 trips as they are easier to manage.

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 12:39:20

Blending, can you tell I have spent ages optimising my Aldi check-out process?wink

GrassIsntGreener Sat 29-Sep-12 19:37:54

I do the same as Rattitude - place things in logical order on the belt for quick 'throw in without squashing the bread' packing directly into big open bags that sit inside the trolly ready to go!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Sep-12 19:42:51

Orange Baileys is ok, but tastes the same as Asda Sidekick stuff which is £6 a bottle.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Sep-12 19:43:30

I'll give Aldi a go next week with big bags in the trolley.

fossil97 Sat 29-Sep-12 19:50:13

I think Mysupermarket favours the supermarket you first fill the basket from - you tend to favour the special offers you are presented with and they don't always match the other supermarkets. Asda is always cheapest for me but that's where I start from.

Having said that there is no doubt Aldi is the cheapest. I just pack back into the trolley and then sort at the packing bench, takes 2 minutes. What's the big deal about packing at the till when you've already had a far cheaper and quicker shop than a big supermarket.

GrassIsntGreener Sat 29-Sep-12 20:02:45

fossil it's just how I do it, I load the belt the same way at other supermarkets anyway it's second nature. So it's easy to pop them into ready and waiting bags.

PatTheHammer Sat 29-Sep-12 20:06:27

God, I feel really stupid that I had not thought about putting big bags in the trolley before blush.
The packing bench isn't mega-annoying but it is a bit of a faff and takes longer than 2 minutes if you have acompletely full trolley. I don't mind it, cos I am saving money, but putting the bags or crates in the trolley is genius!

Ok Aldi veterans..........fill me in on what else I should and should not be buying along with the Houmous!

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:25:02

I am quite partial to some of their wines. I can recommend the Toro Loco Tempranillo, and the Sauvignon Blanc. If you can still find it, the Minarete Ribera del Duero is very very nice and only £5.49. It was a special buy in May but it can still be found in some stores.

The orange juice (not concentrate) is good and similar to Tropicana but only £1.29/litre.

The West Country butter with salt crystals is very good (similar to Normandy/Brittany butter that you find in Tesco/Morrisons).

Vegetables and fruit are cheap but I have occasionally found that the vegetables don't quite as long as I would expect them to.

The chocolate brioche comes highly recommended but I have never tried it.

Other stuff I buy: tinned sardines, tinned tomatoes, passata, gnocchi, pasta, olive oil, washing powder (have not tested it yet!), conditioner, Greek or natural yoghurt, Parma ham, free range eggs.

I buy just about everything there apart from meat (I get it from the local butcher's), fresh fish (Morrisons instead) and croissants as they are not all-butter ones

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:25:41

vegetables don't last quite as

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:30:32

Viva, come back and report on your Aldi experience once you have been!

You may find that you need to complement your shopping with a mini-trip to your usual supermarket. Time-wise, you might not be worse off as going round Aldi is pretty quick as it is so compact and there is so little choice, unless you get sucked in by the Special Buys in the middle aisles... smile

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Sep-12 21:34:22

I did a half shop a couple of years ago and the not been able to get half the stuff I wanted annoyed me. I could go to tesco as well, it's next door to aldi so easily done.

Will try it again.

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:36:40

I have got my eye on one of those. I would put it to good use wink.

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:37:25

That's the spirit, Viva!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Sep-12 21:38:45

I don't need a stud detector, a stud magnet would be more useful. grin

Rattitude Sat 29-Sep-12 21:39:13

I could do with both!

PigletJohn Sat 29-Sep-12 22:38:28

Bread, croissants, brioche, free range eggs, Bratwurst (chiller) and Bockwurst (in a jar), marmalades and french-style jams. Mayo is better than M&S or Hellmans. Clotted cream. Chutneys. Ground coffee.

Ritter chocolate when they have it.

Rattitude Sun 30-Sep-12 00:07:14

Avoid the Saxon toilet paper though... unless you want to get in touch with your inner self! grin

cheekybarsteward Sun 30-Sep-12 09:30:56

I have won best wine at two wine evenings with their pinot noir. Their dishwasher tablets are approved by which. They have started doing fillet steak for £5 a piece, which is around £2-3 cheaper than anywhere else. The yoghurt drinks are nice. They used to sell beef Wellington, lamb wellington and huge prawns but have not seen them for a while...they were the reason I went there.

cheekybarsteward Sun 30-Sep-12 09:31:35

Oooo and if you like clover butter they have started doing one called love

Kaloobear Sun 30-Sep-12 16:25:57

Just done a full week's shop at Aldi for the frankly astonishing price of...


Mysupermarket tells me the same shop would have been...

£61.79 at Tesco (saving of £21.96)
£63.92 at Asda (saving of £24.09)
£68.76 at Sainsbury's (saving of £28.93)
£74.89 at Waitrose (saving of £35.06)

I am officially and forever an Aldi convert!

manicmum66 Wed 03-Oct-12 13:59:47

My Aldi is a 30 min drive away (I'm hoping they'll open a local one soon!) so when I go I tend to stock up on lots, especially washing powder, washing up liquid (the 59p one with GHI stamp), cling film, and other household stuff. I reckon it's about 1/3 cheaper than the own-brand version (not value ranges) of local supermarkets but often of better quality.

Right - last week I went in with my vouchers from The Mirror. I needed to spend £35 to save £5.

When I'd done my shop I was disappointed to have only spent £32 so (as I had been so quick at packing) the lady told me to go and grab some wine or something to make up the difference. I grabbed a random bottle, went back, used my token and only spent £31 grin

I now have some absolutely random shit that I'm scared to drink. It's called Cromwell Cream or something here

Anyone wanna tell me what it's like? I'm thinking about putting it in an XMas hamper for someone else wink

Oh crap - I think it's like Harvey's Bristol cream. EUGH.

PigletJohn Fri 05-Oct-12 19:33:57

oh dear.

It's a "British Wine"

put it in a trifle

Or take it back and change it for a nice Fino.

Aldi are very good about refunds and exchanges, and their wines and spririts are usually good buys (don't know about their sherries). Their Shiraz and Merlot are very nice, in a New World way.

2712 Fri 05-Oct-12 20:02:58

I nipped into Lidl yesterday for some milk. Had a quick look in the freezer at the meat and was amazed at how cheap it is. am planning to swap from Tesc to Lidi now.
Question though....which is better aldi or Lidl?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 05-Oct-12 20:20:42

Try both. I like aldi but others prefer lidl.

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:16:08

Use it in cooking - sherry trifle anyone?

Rattitude Fri 05-Oct-12 21:27:56

I prefer Aldi to Lidl too. I think the Lidl yellow and blue colour scheme puts me off... grin

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:30:41

no local lidl so aldi is a necessity but far for every week shop. Only eat their meat if its british though which cuts out most of their freezer stuff. But what I do buy is awesome - chocolate, parmesan, free range chicken, soup, passata, juice, cleaning stuff, some fruit and veg

Oh dear heavens - trifle?

<clutches pearls>

I've already put it in my 'gift place' for exMIL

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 21:37:15

Aldi girl here (except tea and catfood - bastard cats are snobs grin). What I have noticed is their prices are shooting up creeping up too sad. A £30 basic family food, bog roll etc is now nearer £50 (no booze, impulse buys etc)

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:42:05

Call it tiramisu if it makes your pearls feel better grin

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:42:29

my cat loves aldi too - I have a low rent cat.

tiredemma Fri 05-Oct-12 21:44:26

Aldi sparkling fruit cider is to die for.


going to get some for tomorrow night.

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 21:51:00

Will trade cats Dame housetrained but batty and snobbish grin

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:54:49

oh no thanks - we are quite low rent oo so he kinda suits us...

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 21:57:11

Tried their fillet steak yet anyone?

AppleCrumbleAndFish Fri 05-Oct-12 22:02:12

I agree with fossil that my supermarket favours the Supermarket you first fill your basket from, so I don't think the comparisons are necessarily that accurate. I do like Aldi though and I think they are generally cheaper. The only thing I've bought from Aldi which I have thought was truly horrible is the houmous. yeuch!

mercibucket Fri 05-Oct-12 22:26:11

Yup, fillet is yum. Not so keen on the rib eye tho

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 22:30:11

DDs are sniffy about the "cheesestrings" and "cheeses in small packets" and Aldi "Choobs" - they have been told to lump it grin , <tougher with kids than cats [hmm[>

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 22:36:29

Their chocolate is really nice quality smile

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 22:37:13

Oooo and their lights (low fat crisps)

bossboggle Mon 08-Oct-12 20:30:35

Ocado - are you kidding!! Couldn't afford to shop there even if I wanted to!! I got a family to feed and they know how to eat!! Aldi all the way for me and then a little shop at Lidl and then I hit Asda or Tesco's for the rest!!

Kewcumber Mon 08-Oct-12 20:32:52

I'm told by DS today that the fake Aldi Magnums are not as good as the fake Sainsburys ones. Mind you its the first thing that he hasn't prefered the aldi version. I spent £85 today blush mind you that did include Xmas and birthday presents...

Kewcumber Mon 08-Oct-12 21:10:46

I just did the my supermarket comparison basket at Aldi was £32 all the otehr supermarkets were £42-57 shock

Am off to twiddle with sainsburys offers to see if I can make it cheaper because I'm surprised Sainsubrys was £52

gazzalw Thu 01-Nov-12 18:30:03

It's fine and dandy if you have an Aldi anywhere near you...our closest one is Elephant and Castle so the money to pay for travel and the general extra couple of hours of travel etc....would offset any financial gain....

DW recently swapped from shopping online at Tesco's to doing an Asda order and didn't really think it was any cheaper.....of course their price guarantee thingy begged to differ but she wasn't convinced and neither was I...

I personally think that unless you have an Aldi nearby you need to shop at different supermarkets for different things to ensure you take advantage of offers.....DW thinks that Morrisons is overall cheaper on fruit and veg but not for other store cupboard staples....

Dawny1 Thu 01-Nov-12 21:50:07

I go to aldi to but my cleaning products. I think their w5 cleaning r much better than the top of the range brands and so much cheaper. Like their bleach much cheaper.

Suzyq11 Fri 02-Nov-12 06:10:09


Geranium3 Sat 03-Nov-12 21:54:50

my fussy puss cats won't touch any of aldi's "wet"cat food but adore the £1.99 packets of dry cat biscuits, i have previously tried every other biscuits and they would only eat the very expensive "james wellbeloved", i even wonder if james w.b manufacture them for aldi as they are idendtical!
Love from aldi
magnum wash up liquid
all washing powders
jams and peanut butter
greek yog and butter
their new aberdeen angus steaks and mince are fab
free range chickens
all in one shampoo,conditioner and shower gel
vanilla brioche is to die for!!!

loubielou31 Sun 04-Nov-12 16:03:37

Well I've just compared my first ever Aldi shop with Sainsbury's which is where I'd usually shop. Everything I bought in Aldi was cheaper than in Sainsbury's (apart from nice cherry tomatoes) and this is comparing with their basics range which is what I usually buy. I can say already that Aldi iced Doughnuts are not up to scratch and are only 1p cheaper than Sainsbury's but their seeded bread is delicious and about 25p cheaper.
Overall the Aldi shop was £79.06 and Sainsbury's £102.10
An overall saving of around 20% can't be bad when continued over the year. My average bill at the moment is at least £100 a week and probably more like £120 a 20% saving would be around £1000 (which was our summer holiday bill last year) a year just for shopping in a different store most of the time.
I hope the quality is up to it because whilst I'm happy to buy budget it has to be tasty enough.

CrunchyCowPat Sun 04-Nov-12 17:10:29

I was told by a reliable source that Aldi cereals are made by Nstle, crisps by Walkers and their probiotic yoghurts by Activia so I decided to test it out and indeed, all these products tasted exactly the same as the dearer brands. I am now a convert.
Would recommend their eggs, free range British chicken breasts, parma ham, cereal bars (just like yoghurt coated Go Ahead), chutney and the 100% breast chicken dippers (tasted like Birdseye, with no complaints from DC or their friends). Have also heard great things about the washing powder and dishwashers tablets too.

bacon Sun 04-Nov-12 22:27:51

I still think its difficult to compare like for like. It would depend on the ingredients, its provenance, quality, size etc. Compare sausage rolls for instance you want to read the ingredients and % meat first. Again apples in aldi are horrendous so I have to buy better apples from main supermarkets as everyone complains and they dont get eaten.

I do on the occassion shop at aldi - say olive oil, some veg, squash odd bits but when I shop I go for quality and my bill can be fairly similar to a small shop at Sainsbos.

I agree the cereals are good but the box sizes are tiny and no good for us for the price per 100g is it comparable to a family size of say weetabix which is pretty cheap in Sainbos? Again 1kg own brand sainsbo cornflakes again cheap.

You do spend more at major supermarkets as thats how they work, magazines, endless fruit and veg, homewear, clothing, isles of utter sh"t food etc.

I once bought a frozen pack of salmon portions in Aldi, they were cheap but the portion size was so small and needed the whole packet to feed 3! so not good value. Other disappointing items include bin bags (thin and hopeless), some veg isnt dated so you dont know how long they've been hanging around, baby tomatoes, jam (too thin for us), instant coffee (revolting), chocolate (some good for cooking but far from pleasant).

Good - cereals, oilve oil & quality balsamic, main veg, some salads, cheese, milk, yogurts, tinned fish, washing powder, dishwasher, squash, apple juice, some wines, baking bags of nuts, face creams & hygiene stuff.

You still have to shop at the major supermarkets anyway so you cant really say you will say 20% over the year. The shop is very limited ie you cant get tinned pulses, gravy browning, baking ingredients, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, herbs & spices, decent tea & coffee, certain cereals, quality stock cubes, specialist tinned and deli products.

Got to say I hate Asda, for the experience and quality of some produce.

loubielou31 Sun 04-Nov-12 22:42:52

bacon you're right, there was a number of things that I couldn't get that are staples in our house, beans and pulses were one, root ginger was another. I would still have to shop in more than one place, being able to go to just one shop is a joy that I shall have to forgo for a while. It's surprising how quickly you get used to what the store you use does stock and sort of plan your meals around it though. (Recently moved back from overseas and shopped in different stores to get everything needed it just becomes a habit)

I can however also say that Aldi corner yogurts are not as nice as muller ones. (they are a treat for us and we only buy them when on bogof and that will continue to be the case.)

I also never liked Lidl ham (but that could have been the German pigs) or their ice cream, but bog standard Sainsbos is fine.

Theas18 Sun 04-Nov-12 22:46:26

Bit sad they are starting to do ready meals and other crap in aldi. I'm sure this will push prices up overall .

On the upside Xmas stuff us in. Black forest stollen is Fabulous.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 05-Nov-12 21:20:27

Has anyone tried the Aldi chocolate bombe? They've got them in the Xmas stuff and I really fancy one instead of Xmas pudding which I'm not keen on but font want to get it if they're horrible. Have also seen a chocolate pudding in Tesco which is slightly more expensive at £2 but the Aldi one looks more luxurious. Might have to get one to try in advance grin. Was thinking of serving with double cream. <drool>

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 05-Nov-12 21:21:28

Don't, not font hmm

loubielou31 Mon 05-Nov-12 21:32:24

softkittyBuy one now to try before Christmas.
Aldi crisps are fine I had them in our packed lunch today as is the fake Lurpak spreadable, it's called Norpak which made me grin.
The chopped tomatoes in a carton with herbs worked a treat as pasta sauce straight from the carton but on reading the ingredients it contains quite a lot of salt. I thought it was just tomatoes and herbs.
I'm going to update about everything I bought as it gets eaten until someone tells me to stop.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 05-Nov-12 22:47:37

I think I'll do that Lou. Any excuse for a chocolate bombe grin. I also love the word bombe with an e on the end, so will have to give it a try. They also do a salted caramel chocolate version. Decisions, decisions.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 08:32:42

The only things I can't get in Aldi I buy smart price or in tescos world food aisle.

If I'm passing anyway it doesn't take too long to nip in.

Check out amazon for catering sized tea, coffee etc.

I found goose fat for half the cost of the supermarkets on there. Free delivery too.

Chopsypie Tue 06-Nov-12 08:57:09

My problem with Aldi is because its so much cheaper I end up buying (and eating) a lot of crap.
Like Disco biscuits. and Apple Studel mmmmmm

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 10:53:58

Ok, I finally did mine;

Aldi £40.61
Asda £55.16
Sainsburys £62.66
Tescos £61.02
Waitrose £67.03
Ocado £61.09.

When I used to shop in ordinary supermarkets though I used to buy the cat food from pets at home and that was an extra £10 a week on top of our food.

I was spending £65ish a week 2 years ago in Sainsburys so I cant imagine how much I would be spending if I hadnt started meal planning and having packed lunches.

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