Just did my first Lidl shop

(40 Posts)
pizzaqueen Fri 10-May-13 20:33:41

Our weekly shopping bill is alimony as much as our mortgage and its getting higher so trying to save money where we can without being completely miserly. Today I decided to try out lidl for the weekly shop (I know a similar thread has been started about Aldi but we don't have one here). Any other money saving supermarket tips shop tips appreciated.

I couldn't get my whole list at Lidl do I'll have to go to tesco tomorrow to finish off but I was pleasantly surprised at what I got for cheaper than what I've been paying at tesco:

Kiwi fruit 5 for £1 (4 for £1 at tesco)
Large bag of potatoes £2.35 (£2.74 at tesco)
Mushrooms 89p (£1 at tesco for smaller pack)
Blueberries £1.25 (£2)
Red onions 63p (£1)
Carrots 79p (£1)
Milk £1 (not sure what it usually is but more than £1)
Premium pork sausages £1.49 (tesco £2.89)
Sliced crumbed ham £1.29 (2 packs £3)
Salad 89p (£1)
Babybel £1.74 (can't remener what I pay at tesco)
Fruit museli £1.49
Fresh Orange juice £1.08 (much bigger carton than tesco equivalent)
Whole meal pitta 39p (89p)
Part baked baguettes 39p (£1)
Tortillas 39p (£1)
Chicken thighs £2.65 (stopped buying at tesco as went up to £5! been buying whole chickens on 3 for £10 instead)
2 fillets Scottish salmon £2.69 (wouldn't buy at tesco too expensive)
3 large chicken breasts £3.99 (same price at tesco for 2 small breasts)

Obviously I can't comment on how quality compares yet but I will report back.

Forgetfulmog Fri 10-May-13 20:36:59

What you mean you left without buying a pressure washer shock

Did you notice the avocado sanitary towels?

annabelcaramel Fri 10-May-13 20:39:30

Sanitary towels for avocados???
Or avocado coloured???

Either way, I'm intrigued

pizzaqueen Fri 10-May-13 20:41:35

I can't say I did, although I didn't look at the toiletries or cleaning products. Why avocado?

If DP was with me we would probably have left with a pressure washer.

Forgetfulmog Fri 10-May-13 20:46:05

Avocado scented sanitary towels <mind boggling>

annabelcaramel Fri 10-May-13 20:51:00

Scented???!!! Of avocado of all things???? Now just confused!

Forgetfulmog Fri 10-May-13 20:56:52

How do you think I felt when I saw them! I thought it was a typo!

annabelcaramel Fri 10-May-13 21:03:50

My wine is clearly far stronger than I thought - I'm going to wake up tomorrow thinking this is all a bizarre dream. Whatever next - asparagus tampax???

SizzleSazz Fri 10-May-13 21:07:44

You need to try the chorizo sausage, shortbread biscuits, ice cream in blue tubs, bread flour, fizzy water, rump steak, parmesan cheese, fruit yoghurts, creme fraiche, cider and vine tomatoes

Then you will have discovered all the true bargains...

Chocotrekkie Fri 10-May-13 21:10:07

Don't forget the bakery's diamond cheese topped rolls 4 for £1

lirael Fri 10-May-13 21:11:56

And the red peppers, smoked salmon and chocolate!!!

Forgetfulmog Fri 10-May-13 21:20:27

How about asparagus as tampons?!

<Passes round brain bleach, leaves thread>

chanie44 Sat 11-May-13 11:51:21

Stuff I buy from lidl:

Biscuits - custard creams are nicer than the premium brands
Powder stain remover - just as good as vanish.
Tinned tomatoes/Passata
Bolognaise sauce in jars
Super noodles - 18p
Cereals - Rice Krispies and bran flakes
Tinned spaghetti

Stuff I don't like:
Weetabiz - funny consistency
Cornflakes - something not right about them
Crisps - older children don't like them

fledtoscotland Sat 11-May-13 14:04:43

I buy from lidl:

Cereal (apart from bran flakes)
Fizzy water
Cartons of fruit juice for lunches
Wipes for bathroom
Washing liquid
Cat food (dry biscuit & tins)

Aldi is better for dog food, brioche, meat & chicken, sausages, baking products, eggs, wine, fruit juice (1l cartons)

showtunesgirl Sat 11-May-13 14:34:47

Their washing liquid 2 in 1: Formil is great. Way cheaper than Bold and has not once irritated our 17 m/o DD's skin and gets thing nice and clean.

Babyroobs Sat 11-May-13 23:21:31

I love the Lidl bakery - cheesey topped rolls and pannini. Also buy the juice cartons for lunchboxes, mini magnum type icecreams ( 12 for £1.99) and milk and orange juice are good and cheaper. I seem to be buying more and more from Lidl each week and seeing good savings.Staff are fast , efficient and really friendly.

chanie44 Sun 12-May-13 19:54:44

Don't forget the lidl own brand mini magnum ice cream lollies. £2 for 12.

ubik Sun 12-May-13 20:02:06

The ham/ salami/chorizo is excellent - also free range chicken fur around £5.
We get a 'big shop' from Lidl and then I supplement it with some naice' from Waitrose.

Increasingly we are buying all our fruit/veg from Lidl as it us excellent quality and far cheaper than the other supermarkets.

Tesco is eye wateringly expensive these days, might as well shop at Waitrose.

Cheese topped batches, maple and pecan twists, croissants, chocolate croissants - I go at quarter to 4 because they finish baking at 4 and I can swoop in and buy them all hot and fresh ...I have to physically restrain myself from jumping into the baskets

mummycooper Fri 17-May-13 22:19:46

I buy the nappies theyre brilliant and such good value

Bumbolina Fri 17-May-13 22:30:40

I've done two lidl shops now - and love it! The bargains are great! Plus, with a bit of creativity I've managed to find everything on the list... I'm feeling left out though, our lidl doesn't have a bakery!
Only thing is the check-out... it's intense, I've not worked out how to keep up with them when there is only a 1 ft square of space that they sling your shopping into at break neck speed?! I get all my bags opened in the trolley first... so I am prepared... just not prepared enough grin

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:43:10

Diet coke substitute is great at abt 40p per 2l bottle
Pickled onions jars in general
Wash powder and fabric conditioner
Bisciits are lovely
Danpak butter like lurpak bjt much cheaper

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:43:27

Thejr cheese is brilliant

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:45:25

Tissues 45p for huge box. Dh complains he nwwds two tk clow his nose but they literally are cheap at twice the price
Tinned toms
Tinned sweetcorn

Nkt to mention the shop itself. In and out I 20 mins without that heartsink you get in tesco when you realkse yohve forgotten somethjng at the other end of the shop

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:46:24

Ooh soap
Cleaning stuff jif j cloths dettol (the real stuff is so e pensive) their toilet cleaner is great

3littlefrogs Fri 17-May-13 22:51:39

Lidl face cream, liquid soap, wet wipes, soap, washing powder, chocolate, passata and grated italian cheese are all excellent value. I wish there was a Lidl near me. I only get the chance to go there occasionally sad

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:52:40

Oob hes baby wipes

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 17-May-13 22:53:39


3littlefrogs Fri 17-May-13 22:55:22

You just put everything straight back into the trolley from the conveyer belt. Then take your trolley over to the packing shelf and bag everything up in peace. The etiquette is to get through the check out as fast as possible and not hold up the line by packing at the checkout.

Bumbolina Sat 18-May-13 08:13:49

Ah! That explains it - I do tend to just throw everything in and sort the bags out afterwards... but I was throwing it in the hope the bags would catch stuff...grin

BeCool Sat 18-May-13 14:06:59

The tinned sweet corn is one thing NOT to buy - its yuk.

I'm staying at a friends and off to do my first lidl shop of the year- excitedsmile

notcitrus Sat 18-May-13 14:15:07

Don't get the tinned macaroni cheese, and read the 'juice' and yogurt packs carefully for loads of sugar and crap - there is good stuff too.
Do get dishwasher tabs, nappies, ham, chocolate and biscuits.

I got a memory foam pillow yesterday - only 7 quid and I was about to pay 30 at John Lewis. Got a great fleece there once too.

I am at the shop at 7:59 am every Sat. I love the bakery. Plus the 30% redudeced stuff got a load of meat today for the next 2 weeks. The shower gel is great.

Theas18 Sat 18-May-13 14:51:03

cien 2 in 1 shampoo is great for the kids as they get through loads of what ever brand1

BeCool Sat 18-May-13 18:34:27

Wow the Peckham Lidl has a bakery!!!!

Foosty666 Mon 22-Jul-13 11:43:06

I buy always buy the cheeses,fresh bakery items,twin pack of Kiev chicken breast fillet £2.79,twin pack salami £0.69 (peperami style) SPF 50 sunblock for my newborn £3.99 I think(similar in tesco £12)the rump steak is excellent,olive spread £0.99 that is only a short list of items but there all excellent products at great prices,would any tesco or asda shoppers say the same for them

DublinDoll Mon 22-Jul-13 12:57:18

I find the Cien shampoo/conditioner brilliant.

feelthis Mon 22-Jul-13 13:03:36

Gherkins - no one as mentioned the gherkins! I make a special trip for them ~ 80p a jar

The almond biscotti are very good too - think they are a special though as not in the normal biscuit bit.

Jinty64 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:38:59

The natural yogurt in the big tubs is to die for!

moggiek Tue 23-Jul-13 22:11:14

Oh, yes. The yoghurt is wonderful!

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