Aldi, i just dont get it.

(153 Posts)
feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:02:22

I've heard so much great stuff about Aldi. So a few months ago decided to give it a try. We usually spend between £60-70 a week in Tesco or asda. Went to Aldi and spent....... £63. No saving at all. Decided to give it another try, after reading so many people on here manage to save so much money. So, went along today, found it v stressful as the till assistant practically threw the stuff at us down the conveyor belt. Finally git to pay and ........ £63 again. What am I doing wrong?

rwepi Sat 16-Nov-13 18:05:42

Are you buying their own brand stuff or the things you recognise?

sonlypuppyfat Sat 16-Nov-13 18:07:45

You're on your own aldi is fab

expatinscotland Sat 16-Nov-13 18:09:38

I use Lidl as we have no Aldi near us. Big savings, especially if you go in the evening and get reduced meat (which I freeze).

Artandco Sat 16-Nov-13 18:10:13

Same. I went to aldi spent £47 on nothing to make a meal! Just odd bit of cereal, some interesting looking snacks etc

Spent £92 at Waitrose for x2 weeks worth of meals. Mainly organic/ free range.

So £200 a month for nothing really at Aldi v £200 for everything at waitrose

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:12:42

I think its all own brand, isn't it? I really need to save money, help!!!

LackaDAISYcal Sat 16-Nov-13 18:17:59

ArtandCo, if you spent all that on interesting snacks and nothing for a meal, then surely that's not ALDIs fault? confused

I can do our weekly shop there for two plus three including packed lunch stuff for around £75. I need to go to one of the big four for gluten free stuff for me.

ALDI is limited in that there isn't as much choice as other supermarkets, but they have all the basics (as well as some lovely sweets/snacks/biscuits) and its perfectly possible to shop there exclusively and save money. The secret is in meal planning around what they sell.

Artandco Sat 16-Nov-13 18:18:15

Have you tried ocado? Try an online shop and see what you get it at. They price much tesco and have both ocado and Waitrose own. How many people and what's your budget aim?

rwepi Sat 16-Nov-13 18:19:57

I think if you always buy supermarket basic ranges prices will be broadly similar in Ali/lidl but imo the quality if what you're getting for the money will be much better in Aldi - comparable with the premium brands in other supermarkets

Ruprekt Sat 16-Nov-13 18:20:24

I think you should meal plan and just buy what you need without looking at the booze section or being sidetracked.

Meatless meals like jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw, pizza, frittata etc

TheRobberBride Sat 16-Nov-13 18:20:54

I cut my grocery bills by at leat a third when I started shopping at Lidl/Aldi instead of the big supermarkets.

What sort of things were you buying? Honstly I've never heard of anyone not managing to save money by switching to Aldi

Artandco Sat 16-Nov-13 18:22:14

Lack - sure but if I can spend £90 ish for x2 weeks for 4 people, surely Aldi can't be that cheaper?

Or does it depend on what you buy? We mainly buy fresh fruit/ veg/ meat and fish. Very little in any of the other aisles

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:22:41

two adults, two kids. Budget aim is just to cut down a bit, would love to spend about £50 a week instead of £60-70. Don't really want to meal plan, was just hoping to shop somewhere cheaper. Used to shop at sainsburys now Tesco, occasionally asda, but I find their fruit and veg has v short shelf life.

Good. Aldi is getting far too busy for my liking.

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:28:20

last week I put my Tesco receipt through mysupermarket to check other prices. Asda, Aldi and Tesco came out within pennies of each other. Perhaps its just the things we buy. Not much meat, a couple of frozen meals, lunch box stuff, cereal, fruit and beg, pasta, rice etc

HombreLobo Sat 16-Nov-13 18:28:41

I don't know whether it's just the ones local to me but I find Aldi really frustrating. They're always out of stock of basic sort of things and no other brands/alternatives to buy. Recently I've been and they had no frozen peas/lasagne sheets/onions/potatoes!

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sat 16-Nov-13 18:28:48

Do you have a veg box scheme near you? I use on wand that saves loads, plus it's all local veg. To be honest if you are serious about saving you need to meal plan.

Iris445 Sat 16-Nov-13 18:32:32

Aldi is not much cheaper than buying tesco basics range, the quality is so much better though.

I couldn't feed us for £60 in tesco, well I couldn't feed us well. I buy lots of fruit, veg and basics. I don't buy processed food.

You would Need to list what you bought for us to understand where you went wrong.
I would be amazed if you couldn't save money in aldi, seriously.

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:32:48

DH cooks, no way I can convince him to meal plan. He won't even use a shopping list, hence we currently have 12 tomatoes, two boxes of mushrooms and no bread!

rwepi Sat 16-Nov-13 18:34:09

Agree to only way to make big savings,unless you're buying lots of luxuries, is to buy less. With meal planning its astounding how much less you buy

Bubbles1066 Sat 16-Nov-13 18:35:24

If you already buy supermarket value or own brand stuff you won't notice much difference between Aldi and the other supermarkets in terms of price. Morrisons value beans and Aldi own brand beans etc are the same price. Where you save is if you normally buy brands. I buy value everything but still go to Aldi as well as Morrisons as Aldi things are often nicer than supermarket value. If you can't get a supermarket value or own brand, Aldi will nearly always be cheaper than a brand. There are other savings too; Aldi lentils are 20p cheaper than Morrisons own brand etc.

Rattitude Sat 16-Nov-13 18:36:34

OP, were you led astray by Aldi's middle aisles? wink

Iris445 Sat 16-Nov-13 18:37:22

^^
batch cooking can save you loads.
Home cooking can save you loads over processed.
Switching supermarket.

Meal planning will help but it's not the only way to save money.

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:39:16

No rattitude, nothing from those odd middle isles. I'll dig out the receipt later and check exactly what we got. We usually get Tesco own brand perhaps that's why we are not seeing a difference

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 18:56:05

ok, this is the list of what we brought today:
milk, flour, greek yogurt (wouldn't usually get his, but it was sooo much cheaper then anywhere else) coleslaw, lasagne sheets, potato wedges, cheese, cliced chicken breast, meat free burgers, eggs, gammon, tortilla crisps, wine, tissues, raisins, meatballs, lasagne sauce, fisherman's pie, baby sweetcorn, wraps, apricots, houmus, tuna, mushrooms, washing up liquid, fromage frias, potatoes, tins of sweetcorn, apples, cauliflower, cannellini beans, pack of salad, pineapple slices, tomaotes, museli, fish fingers, ciabatta, chocolate coins (for xmas stockings), cold relief capsules, fruit juice, pasta, kidney beans, small juice cartons for lunch boxes, soft cheese, kitchen roll, washing liquid, tomato puree, passaa, baked beans, cat food, mushy peas, grapes, carrots, shreddies, bananas, oliveoil, onions, bagles.

i know its not all fresh produce to cook from scratch, but it is the same as we buy elsewhere. the point was to save money on our shopping, not to change the way we shop/cook/eat.

am i a lost cause?

Artandco Sat 16-Nov-13 19:05:09

That sounds like quiet a lot of food tbh.

Our online shop today, £67. We won't do another big shop for 2 weeks. Except maybe another bottle of milk, odd veg prob £10 max. So round up to £80 over 2 weeks. £40 a week. Below will make breakfast and dinner for 14 ish days, lunch at work, and cupboards have supplies like pasta/ herbs/ Random tin of something we might use ontop

1 Alpro Hazelnut UHT Drink
1 Baby New Potatoes Waitrose
2 Cawston Press Apple & Ginger Juice
1 Dove Care Indulging Cream Bath
1 Fairtrade Small Bananas Waitrose
1 Geeta's Mango & Chilli Chutney
1 Honey Nut Corn Flakes essential Waitrose
1 Hovis British Farmers White Rolls
1 Italian Arborio Risotto Rice Waitrose
1 Kallo Just Bouillon Chicken Stock Cubes
1 Kallo Just Bouillon Vegetable Stock Cubes
1 Kallo Organic Beef Stock Cubes
1 Kallo Organic Chicken Stock Cubes
1 Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1 Lemons 2 Pack Waitrose
1 Natural Sparkling Mineral Water essential Waitrose
1 Ocado Medium Free Range Eggs
1 Sweet & Nutty Raisin, Almond & Honey Oat Clusters Waitrose
1 Twinings English Breakfast Tea Bags
1 Ultra Soft Toilet Tissue White essential Waitrose
1 Cucumber essential Waitrose
1 Jazz Tray Pack Apples Waitrose
1 Mild Baby Spinach Waitrose
1 Ocado 2 British Free Range Chicken Breast Fillets
1 Ocado 4 Sea Bass Fillets
1 Ocado Carrots
1 Ocado Chestnut Mushrooms
1 Ocado Chives
1 Organic Houmous Waitrose
1 Organic Kiwi Fruit Waitrose
1 Perfectly Ripe Avocados Waitrose
1 Rachel's Organic Greek Style Natural Split Pot Raspberry
1 Rachel's Organic Greek Style Split Pot Mango & Passion Fruit
1 Soured Cream essential Waitrose
1 Spinach Mornay Waitrose
1 Super Bright Stir Fry Vegetables Waitrose
1 Tenderleaf Salad Waitrose
1 Yeo Valley Organic Semi-Skimmed Milk
1 Chicago Town Takeaway Limited Edition
1 McCain Crispy French Fries
1 Seriously Fruity Sorbet Raspberry

Thatsinteresting Sat 16-Nov-13 19:37:33

Art Keep track any milk etc you buy and then report back in 2 weeks please. I thought we only spent a few pounds on milk but having kept a close eye it's more like £50 a month! shock I would be grateful to anyone that could show me a £40 a week meal plan. Thank you.

MyMILisfromHELL Sat 16-Nov-13 19:50:30

There's a similar thread currently active on MSE. hmm

Artandco Sat 16-Nov-13 19:56:52

That's - we don't spend much on milk. We have a 4 pint being delivered with this order and we will prob tip last bit away at end of week as gone off. So only another 4 pints max.

Art, how many of you are there, and what do you make for dinners?

In that listIcan see a lot of sauces and stock cubes, but not much in the way of main ingredients fordinner.

New potatoes, rice, eggs, cucumber, spinach, 2 chicken fillets, 4 fish fillets, carrots, mushroom, chives, spinach mornay, stir fry veg, salad, one pizza and some French fries.
That would be 5 meals for us assuming one night is mushroom omelettes - and one pizza would not fill my lot.
the rest is loo rolls,, fruit, yoghurts, juice etc.
I can only see two boxes of cereal. We are 2 adults 2 young boys and we go through half a box cereal a day... and four pints of milk per day... I can't see any milk on your list apart from 1 alpro hazelnut drink (assuming that's a milk substitute thing?)

Don't mean to be funny but if you are not doing another 'big shop' for two weeks then you are either doing a lot of smaller shops in between, OR you have a massive store cupboard and freezer that you aren't filling up this week OR you have Jamie Oliver at your house ignoring the cost of a lot of ingredients grin

chalkythecat Sat 16-Nov-13 20:10:43

How can you fail to save money at ALDI? Pretty much everything is cheaper. Some of the things I bought this week...

4pts milk £1
Cauliflower 59p
Mature cheddar £1.89
Tin of chopped tomatoes 31p
Pack of fresh herbs 49p
1kg bananas 69p
Half a dozen large free range eggs £1
1 litre UHT semi-skimmed milk 55p
Bag of sugar 89p
Garlic baguette 34p
160 tea bags £1.99
Red grapes £1.29
500g onions 35p
16 Ibuprofen 30p

I just don't bother with Tesco any more as I spent the whole time trying to work out which is the best price between the brands/pack sizes. Their 'offers' are usually the normal price at ALDI.

derektheladyhamster Sat 16-Nov-13 20:16:24

try putting your items into my supermarket.co.uk I noticed a huge difference, especially as the quality is much better than the basic ranges

Next week Aldi opens less than 3 minute drive from me.

I'm dying of excitement as I'm going to save 50 quid a week - currently spend 150 ish on Ocado

I've driven before to the nearest one and saved that much but it was half an hour drive and didn't have the time.

Ruprekt Sat 16-Nov-13 20:41:56

Pasta and tinned tomatoes are as cheap as chips at Aldi.

Make a vat of tomato sauce with onions, garlic and a 49p fresh basil plant.

Serve with pasta and cheese..

Add tuna and turn into tuna pasta bake.

Iris445 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:09:23

Art, I'm struggling to make more than four meals from your list.
A meal for us would be four chicken breasts. ( v active family ) we also consume stupid amounts of milk, half a box of cereal a day.

Op I will look at your list tomo as I'm tired tonight.

feelathome Sat 16-Nov-13 21:25:41

I put the list through mysupermarket, well half of it, I got bored, and it came out £10 more at Tesco. But DH still insists we spend the same at Tesco as we did at Aldi. Think I need more evidence, must start keeping receipts.

souperb Sat 16-Nov-13 22:17:16

When we lived near an Aldi, I didn't find it cheaper to do my main shop there. I did have a few things that I used to swoop in and buy in bulk when needed. Now I live near a Lidl and it is much the same (but different things!)

As others above have said, my biggest savings have come from meal planning, cooking from scratch and reducing food waste. I keep an eye on my base price for 34 key items and stock up when I see a deal that drops below this.

Ruprekt Sat 16-Nov-13 22:41:11

Factor into meals what is in your freezer.

We have random meals sometimes....tis quite fun!

7 cheap meals off the top of my head.

Carrot and coriander soup
Aldi pizzas are fab....99p each.
Jacket potatoes with cheese and 33p Aldi beans
Frittata with lots of veg
Roast chicken with lots of veggies.....fill up on potatoes. The trick here is to plate the chicken up, leaving the rest for tomorrow.
Chicken and mushroom risotto
Pasta with tomato sauce

Cereal is cheap at Aldi.
Milk is cheap.....breakfast sorted.

Sandwiches for lunch with simple fillings.....ham or cheese or marmite and salad.
No fancy fruit....apples, pears, bananas
Frubes are cheap ....Aldi own brand.
Packet Aldi crisps

Biscuits are a good price there too.
Squash or water to drink.

Washing up liquid, cleaning products are all good.

Hth brewbrew

Yes I agree its the planning that saves the most money so if you are a trolley wanderer type of shopper you will spend too much anywhere.
We now plan meals alternating a meatfishprawns type day with a jackmomroerecipe day.
Weekends I make porridge with mornflake oats 59p bagfrom quality save does 5 mornings.
I dont do a full shop at aldi or lidl. Use both when passing combined with market, butcher and places like quality save or b and m bargains.
Tonight we had prawn stir fry n noodles. To.orrow is pizza made from acratch with breadflour and yeast base, all toppungs from lidl. Having to watch the food budget has done me good because I now make time to make much more from scratch.

passedgo Sun 17-Nov-13 00:10:07

I noticed that the price of free range eggs has gone down in Morrisons. Not long ago they were at least 1.30, they are now 99p, as in Aldi and Lidl. Hopefully this trend will catch on and we won't have to have our shopping chucked at us any more.

NoComet Sun 17-Nov-13 00:14:30

Depressing dump

NoComet Sun 17-Nov-13 00:17:12

Sorry I don't get Aldi/Lidil's some Ok stuff, but ours has the car park from hell and isn't anything like big enough to do a proper shop.

custardo Sun 17-Nov-13 00:21:34

i think aldi and lidl are over priced. some of the meat might be cheaper, maybe the beer is cheaper? i dunno

but if you go to a supermarket and get their own brands, i find much cheaper

feelathome Sun 17-Nov-13 07:54:18

Glad some of you agree with me, I was beginning to think I was the only person in the country that didn't find it amazing. Thanks

Artandco Sun 17-Nov-13 09:08:06

I don't know? We just buy what we need and that's what we need. We can afford to spend more so isn't a budget thing either.

There is a 4 pint semi skimmed milk and a hazelnut milk on list. Like I said we will have other ingredients at home as wouldn't use each week so next time we buy we might buy completely different. Ie this week we spent a fair bit on tick cubes and some sauces which will last a few months so won't be on list next time. If I brought a pack 4 Tins of tomatoes/ tuna etc last time half will still be there. Today we still have some pototoes/ cheese/ root veg in fridge and things in cupboard for example as brought enough last time. We eat porridge for breakfast also which we make overnight with water as too rich otherwise. This is brought for about £3 for large bag of waitrose essential which lasts a fair few weeks at a time

Meals probably something like:
- frittata ( use up whatever's floating in fridge)
- broad bean and pea risotto ( frozen veg, parmasan still in fridge)
- fish and creamed spinach
- roasted veg with a tomato sauce ( something like new potatoes/ red onion/ carrot and some parsnip we have)
- pesto pasta ( with whatever veg in fridge)
- soup
- stir fry ( dry noodles in cupboard)
- pizza and chips
- chicken and avocado salad
- mushroom risotto
- baked potato with sour cream
- egg fried rice
- spinach and mushroom Spanish omlette
- baked potato and Tuna

Nothing exotic, will use cupboard supplies like stock/ tins of tuna/ beans/ peaches or whatever we have at the time, and like I said buy the odd new bottle of milk and some fresh veg/ salad in week two. Things like risottos/ omlettes/ pasta bakes will just have whatever is in house in, maybe a few mushrooms and leftover chicken one week, maybe sweet potato another.. There's 2 adults, 2 small children

funnyossity Sun 17-Nov-13 10:01:35

souperb your base price for key items is a good idea. I do a smaller more informal version of this for the likes of butter!

I find Aldi reliably cheap but then you can get sometimes get special offers elsewhere that will be cheaper still. Depends how much you can shop around.

OP did you not yourself say that the Greek yoghurt was cheaper in Aldi. So you upgraded so on that item and I guess you didn't save money. I buy ham in Aldi that I wouldn't buy at the normal high price charged in Tesco: I still spend the same on ham iyswim.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:02:47

I find Asda cheaper than Aldi.

Asda have loads of offers.

funnyossity Sun 17-Nov-13 10:05:32

I can believe that usual, I only manage to get to an Asda once in a while, my main options are Aldi and Tesco.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:07:09

Asda always have loads of things on offer for 50p or a quid.

I think your problem is you don't really want to meal plan.

The way to cut your spending on groceries is to plan so you only buy what you need and you waste nothing. Tbh you can do that just as easily in Tesco.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:10:55

I find meal planning a bit boring tbh.

I don't know what I might fancy to eat next Tuesday.

spanky2 Sun 17-Nov-13 10:12:17

I have been going to aldi for nine years . So much cheaper on fruit and veg . The wine is too. It is better quality than value ranges.

I spend the same in Aldi as I would in Tesco because I buy more stuff. Because virtually everything is cheaper I get to buy extra things, which is great smile

You've already said that money supermarket priced the same shop more cheaply, so I'm struggling to understand why your dh is insisting it isn't confused

MyMotherHadMeTested Sun 17-Nov-13 10:25:41

Apologies if I missed it but the "shopping chucked at me" thing bugs me - the whole point is that you quickly put all the shopping back in your trolley, then move to the side to pack it. This means the queues move faster and they can serve more people with less staff. Drives me potty when someone in front of me slowly packs each item into a bag while giving the shop assistant evils!

I find that for the majority of things I buy regularly (e.g soy milk, oats) the price for a Tesco/Asda value range is the same as Aldi.

But for more expensive items (e.g cheeses such as halloumi/parmesan) Aldi tends to be cheaper.

Meal planning would make your shop cheaper.

As would making more things from scratch (e.g buying potatoes and making your own wedges rather than buying ready made).

If you really want to get the cost down you could also drop the wine (shock)

The thing to remember is that to cut the cost you have to sacrifice time for things like meal planning and cooking from scratch. The extra money that you're spending is for the convenience of buying pre-made and picking shopping at random.

You have to decide which is really more important to you.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 17-Nov-13 10:47:22

You need to meal plan, that's the issue.

Do you throw food out?

feelathome Sun 17-Nov-13 10:53:52

mother, I really didn't realise how you were supposed to pack your shopping until i read it on here this morning. I don't remember seeing any obvious places to move it from trolley to bag, perhaps I missed them. The assistant certainly didn't point it out to me.

I definately do not want to meal plan, wouldn't work for us, we often eat at different times and we like different foods. I know it works for some, just not us.

LEMisafucker Sun 17-Nov-13 10:59:42

Im not getting aldi either - hated it when we went, i manage 50 a week in tesco, but remember as xmas comes the bill always creeps up

DreamlessSleep Sun 17-Nov-13 11:09:46

I find tesco cheaper tbh. Plus I can never get all that I want in lidl or aldi so then I have to go somewhere else which is a pain in my arse.

MyMotherHadMeTested Sun 17-Nov-13 11:15:54

feel although it might not help with the pricing, once you understand the packing system it is a revelation, and much less stressful!
Be interested to hear whether you find the food better quality - we often buy same price things in Tesco and Aldi but it Aldi its noticeably better (e.g. the ham and other fresh stuff).

RIZZ0 Sun 17-Nov-13 11:34:31

ArtandCo - loving the McCain crispy French fries nestling in amongst all your healthier stuff! Just like my Ocado list grin

I go to Aldi to get a few "bits" to supplement the Ocado shop with different stuff I can't get from them, or that I've worked out is cheaper than Ocado: Pouch yoghurts, free range roast chicken (whole normal chicken is £3.99 and free range either £4.99 or £5.99 I think), little lunchbox snacks, smoked salmon, apple juice, lined leather gloves for £6 was good last week and really warm! Flowers are great, bought a bunch that had one of those usually expensive cabbage thingies with chrysanthemum and gerberas in last week for £3 and they've outlasted some M&S roses given to me by a friend.

Generally though, I couldn't make it my weekly shop as the customer service is so nonchalant (I asked the manager there last week if she had any more large chickens as none on the shelf, to which she replied "well obviously not then" before turning away shock) so it would piss me off to me giving them all my business.

Really had to fight to get them to put out baskets too, which they now have, so that's much better, but might explain the step up in business at our store...

RIZZ0 Sun 17-Nov-13 11:38:20
Confitdecanard Sun 17-Nov-13 15:34:53

Having read the threads on here this morning, we went to Aldi for our weekly shop. We planned out meals in advance and spent £38 for a week, including nappies. We couldn't get fresh ginger, apart from that we are pretty impressed. I am going to look on line at price comparisons but I reckon we saved about £20. I loved the speedy checkout. grin

Really hoping they are cheaper, they open up here this week (I think) and are almost on my doorstep, so if they were cheaper and closer I'd be so happy. <definitely getting old>

Iris445 Sun 17-Nov-13 16:39:35

I agree with the comments up thread about it depending on what you buy, as to the amount that you save.
I like good ingredients so regularly buy Parmesan, Parma ham, chorizo, steak, fr chicken, fillet of pork, gammon joint etc. therefore my savings are huge! Also the wine, lots of award winning wine and fizz.

Op looking at your shopping list I would also buy less processed food if you want to save. Really you need to check like for like with a tesco shop for the true savings. I appreciate you not wanting to meal plan, batch cooking would be preferable maybe or working out ten fav recipes and always having those ingredients in the freezer / store cub.

Re the check out, take ikea bags line your trolley and there is no need to repack.

I do a meal plan and take a list, ticking off as I go. It really does cut my food bills, just keep to the list.

I don't like Aldi.

I hate the limited choice and, imo, poor quality of most of their stuff.

I had no choice but to shop there for 6 months when DP was between jobs and it made me miserable.

I want to be able to walk into a supermarket and get everything I want and need. I like brands. And lots of treats.

According to MN this makes me a snob but that's just fine with me grin

RIZZ0 Sun 17-Nov-13 17:55:06

I would say go easy on the prosecco from Aldi, seems great at the time, tasty and cheap, but burns like buggery the next day! Heartburn city.

SparklyFucker Sun 17-Nov-13 18:29:05

Aldi and Lidl are okay, but they're not the be all and end all that some seem to think. When you compare true like with like and price per kilogram rather than per unit, etc. you rapidly realise that they are much of a muchness with the own brand prices in the big three stores. Yes there are a handful of items that they are much better value on, but honestly? It's not enough to make me want to shop there - and I say that as someone on a very strict shopping budget.

souperb Sun 17-Nov-13 19:18:51

funnyossity It was the increasingly ridiculous price of butter that started me off.

With Aldi/Lidl I think its the savings on a few things that makes the whole shop feel cheaper. The price of basic ingredients is roughly on par with the "normal" supermarkets, but the normals tend to have more offers. I also use a butchers, greengrocers, ethnic shop, poundland and amazon for good deals. If you shop in one place your spend will "even out". If you can shop around and pick up loss leaders from various places, then it will be cheaper. It's a habit now - I dash into places en route to somewhere else and check for my main items and any other outstanding deals. I do one large online supermarket shop a month and the rest is from a well-stocked staples cupboard and a weekly run to grocers/supermarket for veg/eggs/milk.

AngiBolen Sun 17-Nov-13 19:44:23

I love Aldi. I've cut my shopping bill by about 50% - seriously.

I still pop into Saisburys for my organic stuff,and Comfort fabric conditioner, but I'm about £300 a month better off than I used to be.

AngiBolen Sun 17-Nov-13 19:44:59

On the other hand, I'm no fan of Lidle.

Angi - Lidl is worse than Aldi?!

How is that even possible? confused

AngiBolen Sun 17-Nov-13 21:16:43

I find Lidle a bit dirty and messy, and I'm not convinced about the quality of the food, and it didn't seem that cheap, but maybe that was becuase we were on holiday.

I think Aldi comes as a pleasant surprise to people who usually buy branded products in the main supermarkets. They wouldn't dream of down-branding usually, but going to Aldi and not recognising anything sort of pushes them out of their comfort zone into trying the cheaper brands. So their shop is cheaper than usual and they are surprised that the food is comparable with their usual shop.

However, for families who are already down-branding, looking out for reductions and offers, the savings aren't as big and the food is much the same as usual. So these families don't "get" why Aldi is any different from any other tightly budgeted shop.

passedgo Sun 17-Nov-13 22:03:40

I agree with you there about the branded goods brigade.

But NEVER buy their worcestershire sauce, their tartare sauce and their ketchup.

Tins of tomatoes, store cupboard stuff, biscuits and bread, meat, drinks are all fine but they really fall down where they TRY to copy branded goods. Never works.

funnyossity Sun 17-Nov-13 22:48:38

It is also good for dayglo sports gear and thermals! I find a lot of good stuff for us in the middle aisles.

souperb Sun 17-Nov-13 22:57:21

The stilton is good (I buy it for soup). Sundried tomatoes in olive oil are good. Nothing else I'd make a special trip for.

funnyossity Sun 17-Nov-13 23:01:33

I pass it and so can just nip in but I agree I wouldn't go if I only went for one big shop per week.

rwepi Mon 18-Nov-13 10:18:55

The main reason I love Lidl is that I can be in and out, having done a full shop in under 15 mins. The staff are way more helpful and always find time to chat with the little old lady. Last week the checkout operator was telling one lady all about his tattoos, she was loving it.

Also if I've picked up something that looked like a good deal but there was actually a better one to be had (eg multi-buy) the cashier will always point it out, you can't tell me that would happen in Tesco or Waitrose.

I know it's not a glossy shop but IMO it's a far better shopping experience.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 18-Nov-13 12:34:14

My husband works for one of the supermarkets in their head office, and regularly does comparative shops to ensure their products are comparable quality/price etc with others. Aldi regularly beat the big four hands down in blind testing, and on price as well. To the point that we mostly forego our 10% staff discount in "his" supermarket and go to Aldi instead, and many of their products have Which Best Buy awards into the bargain. I really do think Aldi nay-sayers are just giving voice to their inner snobs. As I used to do until DH convinced me to try shopping there.

Jjou Mon 18-Nov-13 12:43:11

Big supermarkets have more offers, but I hate doing my weekly shop in there as I resent paying more for basics than I know it costs in Aldi - e.g. 6 free range eggs are 99p in Aldi, and over £1.40 in the local Tesco. £1 for nice bread vs £1.60 etc. It all adds up.
Their stuff like pancetta, chorizo, cheese, yogurt etc. is miles better than Tesco etc. too. I usually do my main shop in Aldi and then pop into Tesco on the way home to pick up stuff that I couldn't get. I feed 2 adults and 2 DC for about 60 quid a week (meal planning and cooking from scratch). I couldn't do that by shopping in Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury's. So yeah, I love Aldi smile

I love lidl though I get fozen veg at farmfoods for there 3 bags for 2 pounds crate of beer for dp at asda when I fill up the car

TarkaTheOtter Mon 18-Nov-13 12:59:03

It must depend on what you buy. We spend about £65 a week on groceries when we shop in tesco but only about £40 when we shop in lidl. I never buy branded in either so that's a saving just on own brand.
I do prefer shopping in tesco though as it's an extra and I like browsing the nonfood stuff.
The only danger is if I shop at lidl and then need to go to tesco for something obscure because then I'll buy a few extra bits in both shops and end up with no savings.

So anyone who doesn't like Aldi is automatically wrong and a snob Lacka?

Or maybe people just have different tastes and standards.

I lived off Aldi food and home stuff for 6 months. I genuinely found nearly all of it to be of inferior quality to that of the supermarkets I usually use and use now. I really wanted to like it and was giddy about saving loads of ££.

But I didn't. And my local one was always dirty and the staff totally unhelpful.

I wouldn't set foot in one now.

And with the entire population of MN descending on Aldis across the country, at least the nice supermarkets will be quiet for me to do my shopping smile

tobiasfunke Mon 18-Nov-13 13:18:37

I love Aldi and have started doing my main weekly shop in there instead of Sainsburys and it's not just to save money.
There are things I prefer from Aldi rather than brands from Sainsburys and they are all at least a third cheaper
Passatta
Hi-juice
Cola
Free range chicken
Yorkshire puddings
Goose fat roast potatoes (frozen)
Biscuits
Kids chocolate
Sliced cheese
All veg and fruit - so much better quality
The Scottish beer than DH likes is £1.39 a bottle instead of £1.99.
Even my mother who likes to shop at M & S insists we got to Aldi to get her a few things that she likes.

However there is stuff I still need to buy from Sainsburys or Asda so I go and do a smaller shop there.

I think if you want to save money you have to shop around. I buy most of my toiletries from Home Bargains as it's beside Sainsburys and half the price.

HanShotFirst Mon 18-Nov-13 13:37:53

I have found that I can buy a lot more fruit and veg from Aldi for the same money that I'd spend at Tesco. Actually, I can buy nearly everything from Aldi including nuts, free range eggs and meat and save around £30 a week over Tesco.

I do pop over to Tesco and buy their own brand baked beans as the children prefer them, as well as Birdseye peas, fromage frais (everyday value), kidney beans, tinned tomatoes and purée and butter and milk just because it's around the same price as Aldi, I can wander around the non food and I can get a few points otherwise I'd not bother.

ShriekingGnawer Mon 18-Nov-13 13:40:07

Mostly I go because it is quicker - in and out in 20 minutes. all the basic ingredients are the same price as Tesco value and then the veg is cheaper and lasts longer. I also don't end up buying loads of extra stuff because I see it and feel I need it. And they don't bugger about moving it all round every 5 minutes.

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 18-Nov-13 13:53:06

I think our shop is cheaper there I prefer shopping their because:
- the shop takes less time
- I get nicer "treat" foods in my treat budget
- I don't feel like I'm bring ripped off or that the shop is trying to trick me

poorbuthappy Mon 18-Nov-13 14:02:42

We would usually spend £150 per fortnight - all in, 2 adults, 3 kids,1 dog.
Now we spend £80 to £100 depending on circumstances at Aldi.

Trolley full yesterday, including Quality street for xmas for £3.99 (£1.01 cheaper than Asda), a few bottles of wine and some xmas treats, £83

Was well chuffed.

poorbuthappy Mon 18-Nov-13 14:03:15

We would usually spend £150 per fortnight - all in, 2 adults, 3 kids,1 dog.
Now we spend £80 to £100 depending on circumstances at Aldi.

Trolley full yesterday, including Quality street for xmas for £3.99 (£1.01 cheaper than Asda), a few bottles of wine and some xmas treats, £83

Was well chuffed.

poorbuthappy Mon 18-Nov-13 14:03:29

Ooooo twice! Sorry.

feelathome Mon 18-Nov-13 14:16:13

I am NOT being a snob, I really wanted to try Aldi to save money. Honest truth is we spent the same as we always do at Tesco. That may be cos we brought more, or were not comparing like with like, I don't know, all i know is we spent the same amount of money. That doesn't make me a snob.

bronya Mon 18-Nov-13 14:32:36

We use Lidl. I like it because it is a little cheaper than ASDA (and a LOT cheaper than Tesco!), yet the quality of the products is better than the basics stuff at either ASDA or Tesco. There are less additives in a lot of things if you do a direct comparison. I also like it because it is small and there is less choice!

Rikalaily Mon 18-Nov-13 16:49:42

I went last Sunday and did a shop to last myself and four kids (dp was working away), it was £43, went to Iceland and stocked the freezer too for another £40 (Only stock it every few months).

Went to Aldi again today and got the majority of what we will go through in a week (added to what we already have in) for the 6 of us for £62. We usually spend between £120 & £160 a week in Asda. I didn't need to get much house stuff today but think it will still come in at under £100 if I went mad and bought all kinds of rubbish on top of any shampoo/washing powder/dishwasher tabs/loo roll etc. When I get used to the shop and the products I think our shopping will come to about £80, I should have got more for the fridge today and did forget a few bits like cereal bars and I would usually get a few more bits of meat but still had some left in the freezer from last weeks shop. I got some stuff today that I wouldn't usually buy like the pasta bake sauces and tins of beans and sausage just to try them out as quick meals for when I'm knackered, lol.

Out of that and what we have in already we are having these meals for dinners (we eat alot of pasta!):

Meatballs and pasta
Pork roast
Leek & cheese pie with mash
Pasta bake with chorizo and peppers
Spag bol
Veg soup
Cottage pie or mince & onions

Also covers packed lunches for 2 dd's

Here's what I got, total was £62.61.

x2 Pasta bake sauce
x1 Chunky soup
x2 Tomato soup
x2 Pasta sauce
x1 Chopped tomatoes
x2 Beans and Sausage
x2 4pt semi skimmed milk
x1 Butter
x1 4 pack of baked beans
x2 High juice
x1 Conditioner
x1 Honey
x1 Big block med cheddar
x1 Passata
x1 Large swede
x1 Malt vinegar
x1 8pk pork sausages
x1 Lean ham
x1 Spanish chorizo
x1 500g lean steak mince
x1 Pork leg joint (it's easily big enough for 6 of us and only cost £5.05!)
x2 Leeks
x1 Bag of onions
x1 1.5kg carrots
x1 3pk mixed peppers
x2 Apples
x1 Pears
x1 Potatoes
x1 500g pasta
x2 pizza
x1 Book for dd3
x1 30pk Christmas cards
x1 Baby wipes
x2 Stock cubes
x1 Antibac household wipes
x1 6pk yogurts
x3 Seeds for garden
x1 Dishwasher freshener
x1 Vanilla yog (for meeee)
x1 Large box tampons
x3 Cereal (inc large box of their brand ready brek)
x1 Dark choc digestives
x2 Assorted flavour custard creams
x1 6pk crumpets
x2 Wholemeal bread
x1 6pk Free range eggs
x1 24 pk crisps

VestaCurry Tue 19-Nov-13 04:13:53

Until Aldi and Lidl do home delivery they're no use to me.

Have browsed both and bought stuff but miss the range available in other supermarkets although not sure if its Aldi/Lidl or both that win hands down with the range of continental meats available. Hugely tempting.

lucyfluff Tue 19-Nov-13 19:34:15

Oooo interesting thread!!! We have spent the past five weeks shopping at Aldi to save for xmas. 2 x adults and 3 x dc's and compared to Tesco we have gone from 110 a week to 70!!!!

All meals from scratch and planned with several treats thrown in. The best find this week was their NAPPIES...I couldnt believe how nice they are and no leakage at nighttime yippeee grin

The only thing I dislike is saturday stressy shoppers and the way the staff are super quick at checking ur stuff into the trolley lol!!!

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 19-Nov-13 19:40:37

That's a £2000 a year saving lucy

lucyfluff Tue 19-Nov-13 19:57:30

wowsers!!!!!!!! aldi rock wink

PuppyMonkey Tue 19-Nov-13 20:00:27

Hope there are a few more of these Aldi hater threads now so it's not so flipping busy in there wink

%23aldirocks

Theas18 Tue 19-Nov-13 20:03:21

OP I'm glad you didn't like it. ........

I need to be able to get a trolley lol!

Seriously meal plan- either formally or in your head as you go round ( I look at the super 6 and take it from there).

I usually end up with something from the "aisle of wonders" as well and come in at under £75 for 5 of us - including meat and some wine.

There's a new one opening 5 minutes from my house on Thursday!
Will it affect the property prices? wink

MrsOsbourne Tue 19-Nov-13 20:20:55

I do my shopping at a local market and butcher and then top up at Aldi.
Im not sure Id want to shop there for everything but wine ,cheese, ham, chocolate grin and yoghurts are fabulous.
DH loves the central aisles hmm

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 19-Nov-13 20:58:14

I spentthe shockingly large amount of £70 there last week. I think that this was because as well as normal food, cleaning stuff etc. I got scallops, not-Baileys, red wine, a wooden marble run and 2 chocolate reindeer.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 19-Nov-13 21:01:52

£5 off voucher in the mirror this Thursday.

Rattitude Tue 19-Nov-13 22:29:59

Sauvignon, I think you are confusing Waitrose and Aldi re. the effect on property prices. Easy mistake to make though! grin

I was worried they might go down Rattitude.

Rattitude Wed 20-Nov-13 18:05:36

No, no, no, Sauvignon, it is highly desirable to have an Aldi nearby these days. I feel I am truly blessed as I have three in a radius of less 2.5 m, and the houseprices have not gone down.... probably because they were super low to start with. wink

How very reassuring, thank you!
We're getting a large Waitrose within walking distance next year so I should be quids in. wink

TheRaniOfYawn Wed 20-Nov-13 18:41:35

I have an Aldi 15 minutes walk in one direction and a Waitrose 15 minutes walk in the other direction. My Aldi is pretty middle-class though as when I go it is mostly full of friends facing in to buy triathlon suits and skiing gear and patents from the Steiner school in the next street dashing in to buy healthy fruit snacks and German baked goods.

Rattitude Wed 20-Nov-13 19:16:18

I have just checked and my nearest Waitrose is 16 miles away. I have 20 (yes, 20!) Aldi stores within an 11 mile radius.

I think that Waitrose may be missing a trick in my area...

feelathome Fri 22-Nov-13 22:24:14

tried again today. Managed to spend £40. I was so happy. Later realised I forgot bananas and orange juice, so sent dh to local Asda to get them. He ended up getting £26 of stuff we didn't need, taking the total shop to £66 again. Really not happy and disappointed.

tintingirl Sat 23-Nov-13 23:54:35

I've started Aldi shopping. Spent £47 today for a week for 3 of us, including 2 bottles of wine. Put through mysupermarket.com and Tesco (my usual supermarket) came in at £68. Waitrose was £85!!!

Lesshastemorespeed Sun 24-Nov-13 00:12:56

Thank you op! No way can I shop in aldi. Always come out with loads of sweet stuff, some strange meat that no one will eat and a skiing jacket!

I have really changed the way I shop now. as menu planning does not work for us either. Now I get a large fruit n veg box and make sure I use it all. I have 1 small food cupboard and small fridge-freezer and never stock pile, batch cook, or bulk buy. I plan the meals for the day quickly every morning (or night before) based on the days leftovers and what needs using up. I never buy biscuits or crisps, but might make cakes occasionally if the veg box dictates.
As I usually only need 1 or two things, I pick them up during the day from wherever is convenient and this also includes household stuff like washing powder, toothpaste etc.

I only do a supermarket splurge now when we have visitors, or its a special occasion.

It seems to be working in that I am spending and wasting less than I ever did.

Belize Sun 24-Nov-13 00:36:46

How do you know what to buy though if none of it is branded? I mean obviously a carrot is a carrot but presumably their baked beans are different etc. Don't you end up making huge costly mistakes?

I'm a Waitrose gal through and through but I do spend an appalling amount of money on food every month and could do with cutting back.

Is it true they don't take credit cards and just read that you don't pack at the till, any other tips?

Rattitude Sun 24-Nov-13 00:52:40

Belize, no, they do not take credit cards in the UK. I pack at the till... but I put a huge bag in the trolley and just throw things into it as I would in the trolley.

Most of their tinned produce is good. Even if you don't like some of the produce, you will find that it won't have been a costly mistake as their goods are cheap.

Just ease yourself into it and don't buy 5 tins of something until you are sure you are ok with it.

There are plenty of Aldi threads outlining what is good/great and what should be avoided.

feelathome Sun 24-Nov-13 08:54:03

The baked beans do annoy me though. I usually buy the low salt and sugar version from whichever supermarket I am at, but aldi don't offer that, and I usually spend ages looking at labels to choose the healthiest versions, but the lack of choice at aldi means I can't do that anymore.

Rikalaily Mon 25-Nov-13 13:55:11

Went again today and was just throwing whatever into the trolley on top of what I needed for the rough meal plan I was putting together while going around, came in at just under £83 so we have saved around £100 in two weeks! My cupboards and fridge are bursting. I can add what I bought if anyone wants to see it.

Can highly recommend the Roasted veg pizza I got in there last week, it is amazing and I bought two this week! Everything we have tried up to now has been lovely inc the beans and beans & sausage (used to get the Asda own brand and Aldi's are just as nice), the lean mince and meatballs are really nice (and much better than Asda's) and the butchers choice sausages, we didn't use the pork joint last week (forgot that the older three weren't here so didn't bother making a roast) but looking forward to it this Sunday. The pasta sauce was quite tangy but I think that was only because I usually make my own and put butternut squash in it which sweetens it and takes the tang out of the tomatoes. It tasted closer to homemade than others I've tried though and everyone enjoyed it.

I could easily cut the shopping bill down a lot further because both weeks I did buy a lot more treats than usual (the kids love the different flavour custard creams!) but I'm very happy with the massive savings and food quality and will be sticking to shopping there smile

sugar4eva Tue 26-Nov-13 20:48:11

I can't work out why it wasn't cheaper tho you can buy sustainable tuna sainburgs own cheaper than aldi but other stuff you listed should be cheaper. They say I so it is buy my aldi stuff which I know is cheaper such as eggs , flour, beans, super six and free range chicken then top up at other places for treats so we get treats too and our basics from aldi are cheap thus allowing room for manoeuvre to afford a goodie or too such as nice bread or snacks from m and s E c t

Fuzzyduck21 Wed 04-Dec-13 17:38:57

I swear by Aldi. I can't do my whole shop there though as they don't have everything I need so I do about 75% Aldi and 25% tesco but I started doing this around 6 months ago and believe I save around £20-30 per week. We do meal plan though and buy a lot of fresh produce as DH cooks from scratch - I think the fresh produce and meat is where you can really make a saving.

romina Thu 05-Dec-13 21:28:39

I don't see that you can be disappointed with Aldi because your DH then spent £26 on things in Asda?!

I lived in Germany for a while and was converted so now go there fairly often - cooked meats, cheeses, yogurts, biscuits, cereals. Still do most in Sainsburys/Waitrose especially for fruit & veg. My favourite part at Aldi is the "new this week" - awesomely cheap but good household bits, DIY stuff, fine wines, food themes - you can get a bi-weekly email telling you what's in store next. You can save a fortune on that stuff...

And I'm not joking but I've had some amazing frozen lobsters from there in the past for 4.99 each - livened up a meal or two!

passedgo Sat 07-Dec-13 19:08:10

Just had the best pandoro - cost £3.99, largest size - at Sainsbury's it £6.50.
No additives either.
Merry Christmas!

passedgo Sat 07-Dec-13 19:09:56

Belize yes they don't take credit cards and you have to be very quick at the checkout or it all goes in the trolley and you have to pack it later.

JadedAngel Sat 07-Dec-13 19:22:48

I've tried both Aldi and Lidl and have tried to persevere with them because we are trying to save money but I have been disappointed with everything we have bought there.

Nappies: don't last DS through the night.
Tinned tomatoes: Poor quality and flavour. Ditto baked beans, chick peas, kidney beans and coconut milk
Toilet paper: like tracing paper. Seriously spiky on the arse.
Olive oil/vegetable oil: poor quality
Veg: not local, no cheaper than the grocers, not as fresh as our local suppliers
Washing powder: has a horrid cheap smell to it
Wine: just awful.

I've looked around and there really isn't anything else I'd consider buying there. Everything looks mildly suspect and/or poor quality.

I've gone back to our original shopping plan of buying local veg, meat and dairy produce either direct from the farms or from local shops. Non-british fruit/veg from Waitrose, ditto tinned tomatoes/baked beans etc.

Nappies, loo roll, washing powder are all now on a repeat order from Amazon.

I can't think of a single reason why I'd go back into an Aldi or a Lidl, which is somewhat of a relief, because the shopping experience is dire.

SpeckleDust Sat 07-Dec-13 19:30:30

Jaded - you are very, very wrong.

Aldi is amazing.

JadedAngel Sat 07-Dec-13 19:39:41

Well, I've tried to like it and I just don't. The produce is poor and the shopping experience very depressing.

I don't usually shop in supermarkets, so perhaps that's why I don't like it. I visit the local butchers, fruiterers etc and get deliveries to the house, occasionally pop into Waitrose for emergencies but I haven't been in any other kind of supermarket for years. The Aldi/Lidl experience was a shock. I went back four or five times but I wouldn't choose to repeat the experience.

Most of the 'food' seemed to be in packets or tins which I found quite unappealing.

Totally agree with you Jaded.

It's horrible.

passedgo Sat 07-Dec-13 19:48:07

I agree with you in that I would much prefer to sashay around Waitrose than clunk around in the cold-war style Aldi but the truth is most people can't afford to. Or have the time to. Big supermarkets can eat up hours of your life and with Aldi you are in and out in an hour with a weekly shop for £50 quid.

The trick is to buy the things you are particular about, elsewhere. I never buy their baked beans and don't get too much of their veg either.

ShriekingGnawer Sat 07-Dec-13 19:49:18

Yes it is very depressing. No choice though.

tinkertaylor1 Sat 07-Dec-13 19:55:39

Agree with passé

The larger stores do my head in and Dh gets giddy chucking shit in. I do a shop for three adults and dd2 and it comes around £50. That's snacks, biscuits included.

Meal planning is dull but it works if your serious about saving money. DH will chuck any thing in then I have to go out through the week and get extras - so I do it all now.

JadedAngel Sat 07-Dec-13 19:56:03

When I first went in to Aldi, we were having a particularly dire time financially and I thought well, I'll just suck it up and it'll be ok. I went in with a list of foods I know are cheap and nutritious, thinking that if I bought them in bulk we could eat well for a while, but of my list I wanted, and failed to find:

- large bags of dried red lentils
- pearl barley
- big bags of oats
- bags of dried cannelini, pinto, other beans
- local veg at prices cheaper than our local shop (things like potatoes, cauli, savoy cabbage, carrots, that all grow in-county)
- free range eggs - were no cheaper than the farm at the top of the hill. I normally buy a tray of 30 for £3 from the farm.
- cheaper cuts of good quality local meat. It all looked suspect and from god knows where.

It was impossible to buy a lot of the ingredients that I wanted for our 'cheaper eats' meal plan.

If I'd wanted cheap, crap biscuits, and atrocities like 'sausages' and beans in a tin, packets of poor quality ham full of e-numbers then I'd sure have found it at Aldi. Maybe my branch is just monumentally rubbish, I don't know, but I won't be going back. Plus it took forever to get out at the till. I just don't have the time to faf about like that in a depressing hole, to come out with only 20% of the things on my list.

nappyaddict Sat 07-Dec-13 20:10:18

I find Aldi great and you can definitely to do a proper shop there. It's nothing to do with how big the shop is. They sell pretty much the same as every other supermarket but they sell one of everything rather than 20 different brands for each item. I shop almost exclusively at Aldi. The only things I buy from Asda that Aldi don't do are almond/hazelnut/coconut milk, unpasteurised cheese, free range pork, chicken thigh fillets, fish sauce, curry paste, white wine vinegar, sesame oil, groundnut oil, cinnamon sticks, dried mint, coriander seeds, ground coriander, ground cloves, cayenne pepper, mustard seeds, nutmeg, bay leaves, bouquet garni, turmeric, shallots, ginger, runner beans, medjool dates, fresh pasta, cloudy lemonade, alcohol free ginger beer.

Elfina Sat 07-Dec-13 20:43:31

If you don't meal plan, how do you know what to buy? Do you just buy random things?? I don't understand confused

I don't meal plan. I find the thought thoroughly depressing.

I don't know what I'll fancy eating next Friday confused .

I buy lots of ingredients and then see what we fancy on a daily basis.

Most weeks I end up doing a top up shop to make this work.

I spend far too much on food but I'm ok with that. I'd rather tighten my belt in other departments than eat Aldi food all the time. Life is too short.

rubyrubyruby Sat 07-Dec-13 20:52:20

I buy my cycling gear there - that is all

Elfina Sat 07-Dec-13 20:55:13

I can't bare Aldi, but I don't really like shopping generally. The idea of going somewhere without a specific list of things to buy feels horrendous. Before meal planning we just went it the shop each day, I inly started planning when "what do you fancy for dinner" became soul destroying to hear/ask after a hard day at work!

Yeah I'm a bit like that sometimes Elfina. I end up 'nipping to Waitrose' a few times a week blush .

I never understand on these threads when people say they dont like the choice on offer in a proper supermarket confused .

I'd much rather have more than the 5 types of fresh meat and more than the one crap brand of beans that Aldi offer!

ShriekingGnawer Sat 07-Dec-13 21:08:37

Again, meal planning is depressing. But we have no choice. So sometimes when I say 'I love Aldi' I really mean 'I can tolerate Aldi because it is within my budget and quicker and ifmy bill goes over the amount of cash in my pocket I'm fucked'

lucyfluff Sat 07-Dec-13 21:15:39

If only I could afford Waitrose.........maybe when we win the lotto. Oh well! Im still pro Aldi for top savings ladies. Have saved £300 over six weeks by going here for DS's xmas presents grin

whereiseveryone Sat 07-Dec-13 21:29:04

Well, I used to shop in Waitrose and now I shop in Aldi.

No, the shopping experience isn't the same but it's quite a relief to only have a few choices. I save a packet. I couldn't believe how expensive Waitrose was when I went in there the other week.

5HundredUsernamesLater Sat 07-Dec-13 21:47:40

I have always seemed to save at Aldi so not sure why you didn't notice a difference. Frozen tuna steaks definitely cheaper there and meat packs I used to buy at sainsburys at 3 for £10 are £2.99 each at Aldi. Only works out at a pound cheaper I know but it adds up. The quality of their food is excellent too.

nappyaddict Sat 07-Dec-13 21:56:06

I don't meal plan to the specific day, but I do plan what meals I want to cook over the next week, just not on what specific day I fancy eating them IYSWIM.

Artandco Sat 07-Dec-13 22:05:39

I tried again to like aldi but no
Couldn't get barely any food we usually buy. Things not avaliable I tried to get:

- gluten free stock cubes
- hollandaise sauce
- fresh fish
- aubergine
- almond milk
- nice hot chocolate
- natural hand wash/ soap ( allergies)
- natural deodorant
- large oats
- black beans

There were many other things with no choice or options I would go for. Ie just basic high sugar jam, where as I would prefer high fruit content with bits. Not many ( if any) organic options, and we usually buy all organic dairy at least. Yogurts all low fat/ high sugar/ aspartame options.

And then all our shopping is thrown at you at then end!

nappyaddict Sun 08-Dec-13 00:05:07

I don't think 10 items equates to being able to get barely any food you usually buy, especially when 2 of those items are non-food items. There are about 25 items that I can't get at Aldi but I still say I can do a proper food shop there, because a lot of those 25 items aren't things I buy every week. They are store cupboard items that I top up with now and again, so I don't find it an inconvenience to go elsewhere for them.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 08-Dec-13 00:15:24

I love Aldi. I went today & did a weekly shop (2 adults, 2 teen boys & DD) for £75. If I'd gone to the Tesco next door I'd have spent over £100 and got poorer quality items!

I can't understand why you are not saving money OP ��.

nappyaddict Sun 08-Dec-13 00:24:23

I think it depends what you buy. I don't buy any ready made sauces, frozen items, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, cereal etc in there.

My weekly shop consisits of bread, fruit, veg, salad, meat, butter, cream, eggs, coleslaw, alcohol, cat litter, herbs, spices, mayo, coleslaw, ground almonds, flaked almonds, dessicated coconut, washing up liquid, toilet roll.

Kewcumber Sun 08-Dec-13 00:26:07

Buy the dark chocolate with almond and orange. Then you won't care how much you save you will be sure to return at least once a month.

Though to be fair with free range chickens at £5 - I don't see how you can fail to save or claim the quality os crap? confused

Their cleaning products are excellent. ANd the parmesan. But not taken together.

MiniMonty Sun 08-Dec-13 00:44:43

Meal planning (writing menus) IS the key to saving money and for those who say "how depressing - I don't know what I'll fancy next Friday" the truth is that once you groove into for a couple of weeks you WILL know what you'll fancy next Friday because it will be something different from what you had on Thursday, Wednesday or Tuesday and you will know that you and your kids are getting a healthy balanced diet.

I don't call it meal planning by the way, I call "The Menu" and I fantasise myself into the role of Michelin starred chef producing tip-top fare for my family week after week. They have their favourites and on the one hand cater to them - and then surprise and amaze them - I am awesome, I am in charge and I plan... The shopping then becomes unbelievable easy and totally good fun - cash and carry for non-degradables (rice, pasta, loo roll, flour etc) once a month, Aldi for stuff like pesto (99p in ALdi, £2:98 in Tesco), eggs, veg, fruit and dishwasher tablets, the butcher (because I've saved so much at Aldi) now and then for really good meat and the fish counter at Morrisons (because there are no "real" fishmongers left).

The cash and carry plus Aldi plus the butcher now and then is the way forward. Or win the lottery.

nappyaddict Sun 08-Dec-13 09:04:44

MiniMonty Do you have an indoor market near you? We have them in 2 nearby towns and both have a fish counter.

sureprogress Sun 08-Dec-13 22:12:19

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working3jobs Mon 09-Dec-13 11:41:01

I shop at aldi just for the fact 6 eggs cost 53p less than MrS, and cheerios over a pound less! 50/50 bread 20p less,4 pinter milk, 20p less-
these little amounts on things I buy weekly add up
plus there is less choice so I don't start randomising
super six fruit and veg can be good.

definitely, the one MAJOR way of saving money on groceries was meal planning, without that nothing would have changed.

maybe do a one month challenge with the meal planning-the winner gets the savings smile

girliegav Thu 02-Jan-14 20:59:00

Not sure why it is costing you the same. When I shop there I always save.

girliegav Thu 02-Jan-14 20:59:01

Not sure why it is costing you the same. When I shop there I always save.

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