Did my first-ever Aldi shop last week and...

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KindleMum Sun 07-Apr-13 19:13:03

I've never lived near an Aldi before but we moved a few months ago and having read about it on here, I decided to try it. So we went last weekend and didn't really like the feel of it. Spent £45, came home, decided to run the same shop through the Sainsbury site and was astonished to find it would have cost me £92 at Sainsburys! Unsurprisingly, that price difference somewhat changed my view of the shopping trip! And all the products we've tried have tasted great.

Went again this week, tried Sunday morning which was much nicer than the Sat morning experience of last week. A bigger shop this week as we needed more things so we spent £62. Ran it though Sainsburys again and although not as good a saving as last week, it would have cost me £97 in Sainsburys.

And I figure I will also save a bit more money as there is less junk to tempt me in Aldi. In Sainsbury etc more things we don't really need will end up in the trolley. It seems much easier to stick to the list in Aldi.

So thanks for the threads - I'm a convert. I will still need the main supermarkets for a few things but I'm hoping to do a monthly top-up of those. It will save me loads.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sun 07-Apr-13 19:37:39

It does and I have tried loads of things I probably won't have changed brands from and liked them. In fact there are a few things I do prefer from aldi

KindleMum Sun 07-Apr-13 19:53:09

Our nearest Aldi is quite small. If we go a mile further, I think the next one would be bigger - does the variety of stuff stocked change much?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:49:09

I didn't like it at first, but after a while you go into a normal supermarket and you really notice the noise, the advertising everywhere, the lighting and how many people are in there.

It feels like an assault on the senses.

RedPencils Sun 07-Apr-13 21:06:16

Fluffy - I hate normal supermarkets now as well. I always used to go to tesco but now I can't cope with it. It's too big and confusing. I like the fact that in Aldi you don't have 8 types of beans to choose from. And the price is the price, don't have to buy three, or spend £30 to get 10p off.

usualsuspect Sun 07-Apr-13 21:08:05

I find the choice very limited in Aldi, it's ok for a few things but I prefer Asda for a 'big' shop.

SEWannabe Sun 07-Apr-13 21:22:17

Hi.
There is an Aldi opening up near me next week, and i am going to see what all the fuss is about.
I already do my weekly shopping in Lidl, but it's quite out the way of my normal drive and any other shops.

Are there any particular products in Aldi that you really recommend?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 07-Apr-13 21:30:07

The toro loco rose wine.

Pretty much all of it really. The ports really nice.

SEWannabe Sun 07-Apr-13 21:32:10

Thanks Fluffy, I will have a good look smile

inchoccyheaven Fri 12-Apr-13 23:53:24

I love the aldi fruit fools and the frozen salmon wellington. Wish Lidl did them too would save me a trip.

FaceLikeAPickledYonion Sat 13-Apr-13 00:02:47

I love the cute little flavoured tins of tuna, sweet Thai chilli, lemon & pepper, tomato & onion. In salads, on jacket potatoes on sandwiches, lush!
Oh and the chilled soup is made by covent garden!
I love aldi

ThingummyBob Sat 13-Apr-13 00:12:42

It would be quicker for me to tell you things I don't prefer now from Aldi!
So, I don't buy (after testing) baked beans, tinned soups or hot chocolate. Oh, and the minced beef wasn't nice.

Everything else I've tried is as good, or better, than my old morrisons equivalent grin

WhitesandsofLuskentyre Thu 18-Apr-13 17:59:35

ThingummyBob We think Aldi's meatballs have more flavour than anyone else's, but other than that we're Morrison meat-lovers - a supermarket that actually packs decent stewing steak/mince in 750g packs, so you can actually feed a family of 4. Or the Co-op for chicken.

dementedma Sat 20-Apr-13 21:08:20

Aldi is fab. Only thing I dont like is the coffee. Cleaning products are excellent,cold meats lovely. Saves us a fortune. Bought padded gel insoles for my trainers today for only £1.99
LAcura moisturiser is excellent too

chickensaladagain Sat 20-Apr-13 21:16:25

if you have a new one opening up near you avoid it for the first few days

a new one opened near my parents and they were mentally busy

hereshecomesnowsayingyoniyoni Sun 21-Apr-13 21:19:31

i have an aldi and lidl near to me which are both great
i've been doing a monthly shop at asda then topping up at aldi or lidl
last month i saved about £100

Mytholmroyd Sun 21-Apr-13 21:26:56

Aldi creme brûlée is wonderful - better than M&S!

Toro loco red and their prosecco are fab. Their savoury crackers are very good and the chocolate. And their caramel wafers are good too - the kids prefer them to tunnocks! They have the slight nutty flavour that a lot if continental chocolate biscuits have.

SinisterSal Sun 21-Apr-13 21:31:04

Love aldi. But then (stealth boast)I only ever buy fresh /frozen veg, plain cuts of meat, unprocessed stuff. A carrots a carrot. Love the super six on fruit and veg.

Mytholmroyd Sun 21-Apr-13 21:31:13

Creme brulee!

PigletJohn Sun 21-Apr-13 21:35:09

Not everything, but Aldo mayo, bread, croissants, other frenchy morning goods, batteries, german sausages (especially the ones in glass jars).

Much better than tescos.

mrspaddy Sun 21-Apr-13 21:38:12

Hi I now am ALDI convert - was Tesco. I now go to Tesco every third week for brands I love- Aerial, Marmalade etc. I have saved so much.

In ALDI the ketchup is great, museli, jams, butter, veg offers are fantastic.
I don't buy any meat in it. Go to the butchers (esp concerned since horsemeat scare).
I find the beans ok. Pasta, rice, gnocchi - perfect.
Love the soups.
Try the lemon curd ice-cream - gorgeous.
All cereals/biscuits are cheap and really good.
Love the decaff coffee - not tea bags.

It's hard to go back to the big stores when you get used to the savings.
Ps I can treat myself to fresh flowers weekly now.

Keep talking...I went to Aldi last week and declared, 'Never again!' We need a lot of free-from ingredients, so I have to go elsewhere too. The card reader wouldn't accept my debit card, till operator assured me it was because I'd input the wrong pin too many times (er...no) so I had to dash across the road to the bank and withdraw cash (with the same card, which worked fine). It was all just such a palaver.

I have to say though, we've really liked all the food I bought there.

SinisterSal Sun 21-Apr-13 21:59:43

The meat in the Irish stores are all bord via approved - same as any other supermarket in Ireland. Can't afford craft butchers at the mo.

HolyFocaccia Sun 21-Apr-13 22:05:50

I love their gingernuts. In fact I have just totally outed myself to anybody reading this. Prefer them to names brand version.

Thats not the only thing I buy...I promise, lol.

I like their veg, yoghurt, meat-if you use reasonably quickly. Crisps are nice too. Also a fan of their lemonade and Southern Comfort-a-like Southern Belle.

God, I sound so healthy grin

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Apr-13 09:21:48

I bought the dark thick cut marmalade, 59p and its really nice.

GiveMumABreak Wed 24-Apr-13 17:20:54

It takes a while to get used to the speedy till checkout system, lack of variety etc. it isn't exactly a pleasant shopping experience - but the savings are fantastic - I am a convert!

I don't buy any meat there though.

So far I have been impressed with: brioches, pasta, pasta sauces, fruit and veg, tinned beans, cheeses,yogurts,fruit juice, pet food, cleaning products, toiletries, pickles, frozen veg, frozen fish, energy drinks, wine, sweets chocolates,biscuits, coffee (DH coffee snob Aldi ground coffee is a winner!)

I have not been impressed with: hot chocolate

PigletJohn Wed 24-Apr-13 20:15:53

sadly they have downgraded their jams and marmalade this year, the last stuff I looked at was only 30% fruit

My local store no longer does the chunky marmalade

AnnaFiveTowns Wed 24-Apr-13 20:28:01

Only thing I found not up to standard were the Quixo gravy granules - gross! Apart from those most other things are as good as the big brands - if not better. My DD will ONLY eat Aldi chocolate now. She turns her nose up at Cadburys!

The fruit and veg will go off quicker than Sainsburys though. Oh, and the milk sometimes goes off before its use-by. So I avoid stocking up on milk for the week there. Coffee granules not great either, but this is all personal preference of course.

Everything else is wonderful. Particularly love the lemon (yellow fin - I think!) frozen fish. It's yummy. DC and DH love it too. The lasagna's nice and the frozen pizzas. I find the meat fine. Very cheap free range chickens.

I used to spend about £120 a week on the food shop at Sainsburys. I now spend about £80.

I also save on clothes, shoes, kids' stuff etc as there is little else to tempt you.

Castlelough Fri 26-Apr-13 20:16:20

I'm a recent Aldi convert in my quest to become debtfree, and have found myself really saving on my grocery bill.
I've always been quite fussy with my brands, but week by week I have moved to buying more and more of Aldi's products. I'm in Ireland, and as an earlier poster already said, all of the meat is Bord Bia approved and reared in Ireland. Everything has been delicious so far.
Our washing powder, shampoo etc is all Aldi branded now.
I don't buy ready meals from ANYWHERE so I can't comment on the Aldi ones.
I DO find their fruit and veg doesn't stay fresh for quite as long as those bought from Tesco etc, but as DH says, really it SHOULDN'T stay fresh for any longer.
He is now converted too and brought a shop from Lidl home this evening - delicious steak!
Groceries is an area where you can cut back big time with your finances! Good luck Kindlemum !

I bought some MSC fish in the chiller section that dh and ds said were nice.

Their red sauce has milk powder in though (for some strange reason), and the last 3 times I went in they didn't have any bread flourhmm

Can't think of anything we haven't liked apart from the 'posh' quiche which tasted nice, but there was too much pastry and hardly any filling.

They also do short runs of items in baskets in the middle of the store, so it's worth buying a few if you like them, as the chances of the item being in stock when you next go, are slim.

I alternate between lidl and aldi (plus a few bits and bobs from Waitrose that always cost as much as the aldi shop anywayangry)

KirstyJC Fri 26-Apr-13 21:06:53

All their own brand cereals are lovely - the only fake Frosties that actually taste like real Frosties!

And they do lovely cheap croissants, and their ground coffee is £1.79 a pack (compared to £3.50 per pack at Tesco).

And their biscuits are good too.

They do fake Twix for 79p for 6 and fake Bounty for 99p for a fun-size pack too.

Their fruit and veg is tasty and a good price but usually only sold in packs, so if you want a single item then not always the best value.

KirstyJC Fri 26-Apr-13 21:08:55

Oh yes and they do Free Range whole chickens for £4.99 in our local - the cheapest equivalent in Tesco is usually £7.99.

All Aldi meat is British and Red Tractor approved. They use their own farms and can track the provenance of all their fresh meat because of that. There are no middle men. Tesco can't say that!

Until recently we lived in Germany - home of Aldi. Over there it's not a budget shop, it's one of the major supermarkets. On the whole I found German own brand standards far superior to UK own brand, and many of the products they stock here are the German ones with English on the label being the only difference.

Aldi isn't cheap food - it's good food that happens to be cheaper. But then groceries in general are cheaper in Germany, so the prices we see as cheap here would be the prices you would pay in a major supermarket equivalent such as Sainsbury, Tesco et al in Germany.

gaelicsheep Wed 08-May-13 01:23:54

It's definitely not all British and red tractor. Ham for example, mostly.imported. Ditto pork loin and lots of the chicken. But Asda is worse. I tend not to buy meat from Aldi - the CoOp I find best for sourcing British meat, along with the butchers of course - but for most other things Aldi is great.

Rockinhippy Wed 08-May-13 01:48:05

I've missed creme brûlée shock how did I not spot that - thank you, I love creme brûlée

Bally Castle Irish cream IMHO & several friend too, is nicer than Baileys & only £3.99 smile

Love all the Cuccini stuff, pasta, Passata etc

Love the 30p big bars of chocolate which I use for cooking & cake decorating, that's if DH doesn't find my stash

Love the own brand mayonnaise, frozen fish, frozen mash

Non bio washing powder & softener s are good too & don't aggravate DDs eczema

I could go on & on smile

Gaelic - just read what I put and I was clear as mud lol! I meant raw meat, I know the ham etc isn't, I buy it mainly because it's German, German cured meats tend to be fabulous (I have never seen so many varieties of cold meat as I did in German supermarkets). Not to mention the laws on food production and use of chemicals are far tighter in Germany.

There was an advertising campaign very recently (after horse meat gate) where I'm sure they stated all their fresh meat is now British. Maybe I got it wrong, but the meat I've bought there recently is.

gaelicsheep Thu 09-May-13 11:07:28

I worry about animal welfare standards for EU meat. For example I would never buy Danish bacon. What are the standards like on Germany, do you know?

BiddyPop Thu 09-May-13 11:27:21

We buy a lot in Lidl regularly. We also buy in Aldi when we are near one, but there isn't one near the house (but 2 near MIL). So I tend to stock up in the Farmer's market on treats and then Aldi for super 6 F&V and other bits to make up for FM splurges, when we visit her for the weekend.

dufflefluffle Thu 09-May-13 11:44:37

Aldi's Weetabix is made by Weetabix, their non-bio washing powder is excellent as are their rubber gloves. Their Caesar Salad, their frozen fish, eggs, cheese, parma ham, fresh herbs, napkins, tin foil, brioches, small bread rolls, chocolate....cheerios, porridge, seeds, honey. I'm trying to think of all the things I would only really buy in Aldi. Lidl is good for veg and bread and chocolate and ice cream too. So is Aldi though and Aldi yoghurts are too amazing! Their Lemon Curd one...OMG!

German animal welfare standards are very good and continuously assessed and improved.

gaelicsheep Thu 09-May-13 23:42:13

That's good to know actually because we do like the German meats in Aldi, I've just felt a bit guilty so don't buy them very often. DH will be delighted!

guineapiglet Tue 21-May-13 19:41:51

A new ALDI has just been opened here, right next to Waitrose, so we are hoping it will encourage Waitrose to become more competitive!! We are all ALDI devotees in our family, I don't really have any brand loyalty to anything, so am not really bothered about 'labels' or brands really - but definitely recommend: Fruit and Veg is always cheap and good quality - ideal if you have small furry pets, they too can be fed on a budget! - ALDI passata, olive oil, cheese, pizzas are all fabulous - 99p pizzas tasted better than the 5x more expensive ones from Waitrose. ( Teenagers did blind tasting!) Alcohol is much cheaper generally, and basics like flour, butter, eggs (FR of course) much better value. Also medicine cabinet drugs like paracetamol etc much cheaper. They have now got all the gardening stuff like compost, garden plants and herbs - brilliant quality.

foofooyeah Wed 22-May-13 16:09:53

I am a recent convert. Shopping bill much reduced. I buy general staples of fruit / veg / meat and a few frozen items. Their frozen pizzas great for teenagers - esp the big oblong ones for 1.99

My cat likes their cat food

guineapiglet Thu 23-May-13 11:45:15

... and don't forget their brilliant face creams, lacura, fabulous moisturiser for £1.49 and facial serums ( about £3.00 - last forever ) - also toothbrushes and loo roll - and of course their legendary noodles!

Messandmayhem Thu 23-May-13 13:01:40

I have a lidl close-ish and have bought the odd few things but don't think I could do a full shop there, but I went to aldi yesterday for a look and think I will try to do a shop there, it seemed to be set out better than our lidl.

How does it compare pricewise if you buy mainly basics/ value stuff from the larger stores?

ratbagcatbag Fri 24-May-13 09:57:46

Ok you guys converted me and I did an aldi shop last week, I was well Imprssed, some items I couldn't get In there and had to go to tescos, but generally it was fab and cheap too smile

equinox Sun 16-Jun-13 16:23:37

There are certain food items I would avoid like the plague in Aldi however there are so many really really fantastically priced foods that it is well worth the hassle of going.

I know their stores do look quite chavvy when you walk round them but the price saving can really impact on your outgoings and is a godsend.

I have also noticed that more and more middle class looking types have ended up shopping in them too these days which just goes to show many out there are really feeling the squeeze.

Happy shopping one and all!

emma16 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:55:22

I think I must be missing out on something here because ive been into aldi a few times now, thinking I've gone wrong somewhere, and each time whenever I've looked at a product & then the price its been not much different to Asda. And in some cases, more expensive. In fact there was nothing there that made me think it's worth swapping my entire big shop from Asda to there & hoping we like the food?!
I've no doubt its cheaper than Tesco, I hate that place it's so expensive! But Asda I've always found hard to beat, I buy a mixture of smart price & asda brand products, never top branded products unless they are on special offer. Always always look at the price per ml/kg part rather than the actual ticket price etc.
Oh & always go with a list! I can do a big shop there for anywhere between £90-£110 & come home with the cupboards/fridge/freezer packed, then just do top up's for milk, veg,fruit locally etc. Where am I going wrong??

LippyDiDooDah Tue 18-Jun-13 23:11:27

The Pimms equivalent Austins is just like the real McCoy inho.

We love the crisps, cereals, free range chickens, frozen homestyle oven chips.

Don't like their pack of 6 yoghurts - long life and artificial tasting. Don't like their spread either.

everydayaschoolday Fri 28-Jun-13 21:37:52

OK- I did my first Aldi shop today after reading rave reviews on mn. I'm an utter convert. I did a direct price compare Aldi/tesco and EVERYTHING was cheaper in Aldi with the exception of a match on the 19p own brand paracetamol. Aldi shop was £61.45 tesco equivalent was £90.22. The Aldi choc tastes lovely, all fruit and veg looks nice and fresh and lovely selection of continental meats and cheeses. Thanks Aldi. smile

MERLYPUSS Fri 28-Jun-13 22:55:47

Aldi prices are somewhere between sm brand and basics brand price I think. They are much tastier than basics. The squirty mayo and ketchup is massively cheaper than hellmans or heinz and although it doeant taste the same it tastes as good IMHO. I do 80% of my shop there and top up with basics at Asda.

Mandy21 Fri 28-Jun-13 23:29:38

I agree - its not necessarily cheaper than Asda's smart price stuff (although we don't have an Asda locally so its a while since I've been) but its much better quality than lowest value / budget ranges. So you might pay a few pence more but its much better.

carolthesecretary Sat 29-Jun-13 09:50:44

I love both ALDI and LIDL.

Took a little while to get into but I am a total convert now. Much better quality and not a gazillion and one BOGOF offers vying for your attention just decent prices.

Beatrixpotty Sat 29-Jun-13 10:01:16

I love Aldi and do a weekly shop there topping up with extras from the market or Waitrose.
Buy a lot of baby products,cleaning & laundry stuff and they are all brilliant.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 29-Jun-13 10:22:10

Right - this thread is starting to convert me. I've been in our local Aldi and it all looks such a mess. Bizarrely that makes me worry that the food in the fridge isn't stored properly and is on the verge of going off! Howrver, I know that is really silly

I'd have to take my 7 month old DS. Currently shop at a mix of sainsburys and waitrose and they are always lovely and helpful with packing etc. however, is it right that I won't get bags etc? Also I'm not able to pack at the till? Worried I'll be having food chucked at me whilst trying to deal with the pram etc!

everydayaschoolday Sat 29-Jun-13 22:35:19

Hi Gobbolino Our Aldi is clean and tidy, but did have the products stacked in their boxes for customers to lift out themselves.

The check out lady waited for me to finish loading all my shopping onto the conveyer belt before stating to scan things through; was very nice and chatty at checkout; I did have to pack the groceries right back into the trolly, she went at an efficient pace but my stuff wasn't thrown at me. After paying, I took my groceries over to the side (3 steps away from the till) to pack them into my bags - seems 'purpose-built' area with deep window ledge for sitting bags on to pack them. I took my own bags, I don't know if they sell bags there but definitely no free plastic bags. And you'll need a refundable £1 coin for the trolly (if you need a trolly instead of a basket).

My only complaint with aldi is their shopping trolley is infact a tiny basket on wheels

everydayaschoolday Sat 29-Jun-13 22:50:52

oh I had a proper full size trolley, like you'd find in tesco. Perhaps it varies between stores.

BackforGood Sat 29-Jun-13 22:59:20

Yes, proper full size trollies here too.
Gobbolin - it's a FAR better system for packing, in that you can pack in your own time, to your own system, with feeling harrassed or pressured by people in the queue behind you. They don't start putting things through until you are ready, as they go straight into your trolley, they don't have the space for it to start building up before you are ready. The conveyor belts are longer too so you've actually got room for a full trolley to be loaded onto conveyor belt, unlike in some of the bigger supermarkets.
Take own bags (or can buy them there)
In mine, they take debit cards but not credit, although, in previous threads on here, a couple of people have said they do take credit cards in their Aldis.

stickysausages Mon 28-Oct-13 13:15:36

Did our first aldi shop at the weekend & we are also converted!

Searched & found this thread, as I was hoping for some tips & tricks ;)

Found the packing a bit manic but will know better next time!

Meat looks great, and was amazed I got all the veg & fruit I wanted, including Savoy cabbage, lemons etc & slightly unusual items for recipes I want to try such as mango chutney.

Best of all, was the lack of choice! I dither so much when shopping, weighing up offers etc... to have little or no choice was actually really liberating!!

Bio washing powder working well too!

OurMrsReynolds Sat 02-Nov-13 10:40:12

We do morrisons once a month and Aldi the other 3wks. DDs don't like the cereal and the cats don't eat the wet food but apart from that we love it

trickydickie Sat 02-Nov-13 22:36:45

I asked the lady at the till for change of £10 to get a £1 coin for the trolley. She gave me the £1 and said it is Aldi's policy just to give you the £1 coin if you don't have change. Fantastic.

elizabethsmum Sat 02-Nov-13 23:06:40

Hi-am a total convert to aldi having regularly done main shop for about a year now. Can pretty much get everything we need for a family of 5 for a week for around £80 max. Rarely go to tescos anymore-it seems so expensive now!

Apart from all the products already mentioned would also recommend aldi nappies and pull ups- didn't even particularly like tesco own brand and used to bulk buy Huggins when on offer- but aldi ones are fab. Also the baby wipes.

Another recommended product would be their 'miracle oil' copy of Moroccan oil for hair- bargain at £3.99 and in identical packaging.

I cannot fault many of the products at all.

Our store does not take credit cards either but I either pay with cash or debit card.

Once you get used to where all the products are it is actually much quicker to shop there than in some of the larger supermarkets.

Lonelybunny Mon 04-Nov-13 11:46:39

Aldis economy tomato soup is lovely! 23p a tin ! That's my lunch sorted for a few days

seb1 Mon 04-Nov-13 22:39:54

Our Aldi takes credit cards and as I have a tesco credit card I get Tesco points too grin

comingintomyown Wed 06-Nov-13 07:27:17

I do find I need to get stuff at another supermarket as they dont do everything eg coffee filter papers but with savings I make I am fine with that.

I like their crisps, chocolate, rice,noodles,pasta, all cleaning/household products especially the clingfilm, pizzas, cheese and the super 6 s brilliant

Not so keen on their cereals,mascara,yoghurts and fresh coffee but I am an Illy girl !

I dont mind the speedy packing but sometimes virtually climbing over pallets or rollers in the aisles is annoying.

I am curious about the way so much floor space is given over to random tat though and how there is no attempt to merchandise it ! I think its the same in Lidl

teaselweasel Wed 06-Nov-13 07:51:18

I recommend the Norwegian smoked salmon from Lidl, the Aldi one is not as nice imo. I like Aldi luxury fruit and nut muesli, and all the chocolate confectionery as I prefer continental choc to Cadbury or mars.

Aldi London gin and their own brand amaretto are every bit as good as the big brands. I have 3 bottles of the gin - £9.65/700 cl, in a container on my windowsill with sloes steeping in it....

teaselweasel Wed 06-Nov-13 07:57:34

Don't knock the random tat. Yep it's random but where else can you leave a shop with you groceries, plus a nice socket set you didn't't expect to buy! Their tools are pretty good. Brother spends a fortune on their random tat. He got a good loft ladder from Lidl, much cheaper than the DIY stores. I bought a fleece zip jacket for £7.99 and it's perfect for wearing this time of year when cleaning my chickens.

Mummyhop Sun 17-Nov-13 07:35:59

My top tip for shopping there with kids in tow is to put everything in the trolley fast (as you have to) then take the trolley out to your car, strap the kids in to their seats and then unload it into your bags in the boot. I am a recent convert to Aldi, my equivalent shop would be £30 more in Tesco. That's over £1000 in a year.

DziezkoDisco Sun 17-Nov-13 07:53:29

Gobbolino- i love the tills, I treat it as a shopping challenge. I usually have two ro three kids with me so have to be really organised.

I put all the large items that dont need to be in a bag like cornflakes just be loose in the trolley/car on the conveyor belt first. Then have two bags open in e trolley ready, one strong largish bag and one huge blue ikea one.

I then load up all the tins and heavy stuff for first bag
Then all the light things in big bag
Then have another strong medium bag for all the freezer/fridge stuff which I put on top of the tins bag.
Then loos rolls/poppdums/eggs on the top.

I shop for six of us so a massive shop and always manage to keep up with the till.

Does involve some scooping.
Sometimes I even get my cash card out before they ask for it.

Such a sense of achievement grin

plum100 Sun 17-Nov-13 07:57:13

I LOVE aldi , i started gping when we moved at the nearest asda was too massive and it used to take me ages. I would find my trolley would be full before i had eveb got to the food part!
All the family love aldi- when i went bck to asda one week for a change they all complained! Normally do a hood shop there for 5 on 80/90 pounds. We can have nicer things at aldi as its cheaper.

On friday we had their quick fry steak - i dont like steak at all but it was 3 in a pack so i had one while dh has the other 2 and actually i really enjoyed it.

We do have 3 aldis in our town and they all vary in tidyness etc.

To be honest I think the reason people save at Aldi is because it's a small supermarket and can't be tempted to go down the clothing aisles or the dvd or electrical section and bung the odd candle in the trolley on the way to get the washing up liquid. I know Aldi have the middle aisles but lets face it its like a bloody jumble sale,all stacked up in the baskets.

There is far less choice there and the prices arent all that different to store own brands. You can't have a good wander in Aldi and buy loads of crap and I get the feeling the staff want you out of their shop as quick as poss

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