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NOW CLOSED Talk to Aldi about shopping for Christmas bargains and be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Nov-12 16:43:55

Aldi are gearing up for Christmas with loads of bargains on their website - they'd love Mumsnetters to check out what's on offer then come back to this thread and give their feedback. Please visit the website here.

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

Everyone who posts their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in store.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
MNHQ

I occasionally shop at Aldi - and my Best bargain was a frozen three-bird roast for under £8 - it was a delicious change for Sunday lunch one weekend.

Looking at the website, I will be going to Aldi for some specific items - specially selected crackers, Florentines and maybe a goose, if there is one big enough for the people I have to feed at Christmas.

professorpoopsnagle Tue 06-Nov-12 17:24:37

I shop at Aldi now but fairly irregularly as the nearest store is 8 miles away, if there was one in town I would try and make it my main shop. Because of this I tend to stick to dry goods rather than the fresh produce, but I always look for a bargain. We have liked

The face creams, especially the serum
The deli section for things like potato salad etc
Have picked up some great camping items, stand alone airer and SIMS.
Bread and morning goods.

My best Christmas bargain tips is to make a list of things you need and to keep this in mind from about December, so you can pick up a bargain when you see one. Also, try not to buy foodstuffs too early as you tend to eat them if they are there and then have to buy again.

I like the look of the panettone, crackers, cava and fresh meats. I will probably make a special trip to investigate these.

Asinine Tue 06-Nov-12 17:27:16

I often shop at Aldi, the quality is great and I like the no frills ethos.

Looking at the website for Xmas I'll get stocking fillers (chocolates coins, santas etc), fresh meat (gammon, beef) and mince pies. And the Crabbie's grin

Best ever bargain is snow wear for the dcs, especially gloves, hats, welly socks.

The only thing we've got from Aldi are the camping mats they had earlier in the year, which we were very pleased with. We don't go there for food. Tbh I find that you never know if you'll be able to get your full shop there and it's not saving much money if you have to drive to other supermarkets to finish it off. If I go to Aldi it would be because I'd seen something specific mentioned (like the camping mats were mentioned on the camping section here)

I would possibly go for a 4 bird roast as I've wanted one for a few years now (wince we started staying home for Xmas) but I can't justify the cost at the butchers/Waitrose compared to what we usually spend on a turkey. Having seen the one at Aldi I might be tempted to get one - slightly put of by it having stuffing in though (would prefer to buy stuffing separately so I can get something fancier)

Christmas Bargain tips - the bargains thread on here has been good for presents, using cashback sites has also been good and looking out for freebies (e.g. 3 for 2 offers) all help make the presents bargains. For food, don't go overboard. I tend to overestimate how much we'll need so it helps to make a list and then consider if we'll actually eat everything on it.

derekthehamster Tue 06-Nov-12 17:51:04

I am a recent convert to aldi, and I love it!!!!!

I don't cater at christmas, but if I did I would buy most food from there. I would be slightly concerned though that they might have run out of food, so I would be tempted to buy my food on line (although that doesn't guarentee the food is in stock either)

I love the 'treat' items, things that I wouldn't normally buy because they are too expensive. I love the part baked rolls (4 for 39p grin) and Sunday dinner always depends on what veggies are on offer.

I like online shopping for gifts, especially I look out for money off and free delivery vouchers.

QueenofNightmares Tue 06-Nov-12 17:57:54

I love Aldi they sell the most random things at the most amazing prices <arse kisser> I'll buy most of the Xmas treaty things there. In fact while we're discussing it I want to recommend their little chocolate coated marshmallow fluff things they're with the tea and coffee you get 24 for about £1.19 and they're only 34 calories each!

We're really broke for Xmas again <whats new?> and looking at the website we might be able to afford to have something a little nicer than a pork shoulder joint for dinner at those prices. The frozen turkey crown at 9.99 looks really lovely and would easily do a couple of dinners for the 3 of us so I hope I can actually get one.

My best tip to save money at Xmas is - Don't feel like you need to spend a fortune its really just another day of the year and think about what you're actually going to use if the food gets thrown away then its not a saving.

Spookily an advert for Aldi's specially selected stuff has just run on the tv while I was typing this.

bubbles1231 Tue 06-Nov-12 18:06:13

Recent convert here. Reckon we save at least £30 per week. I really like their crisps and nibbles which we will be stocking up with for Christmas. Their chocolate is really tasty and so reasonably priced- it's great for using in a chocolate torte which we have on Cristmas day instead of Christmas pud. I also love the range of cold meats and cheese for Boxing Day.
We live in Scotland and always look out for the beef olives stuffed with haggis.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 06-Nov-12 18:06:40

I often shop at Aldi, it's my nearest supermarket.

I won't be doing all my Christmas food shopping there, but I will definitely get my Christmas pud there, and possibly some veg because it's such good value.

I am awful at saving money at Christmas, but my one thrifty thing is to buy cheap as chips Christmas crackers. They all contain a load of rubbish you don't want, even the most expensive ones, but it's one tradition I enjoy at the table so as long as they have a hat and a joke and don't cost more than a few pence each I'm happy.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Tue 06-Nov-12 18:08:11

I shop at Aldi occasionally if I'm passing a store, but we don't have one where I live, sadly. I doubt I'll go out of my way to go there for Christmas.

I think for Christmas bargains it's essential to shop early and be organized. After the beginning of November it seems pretty tough to find good deals. It's essential to have a list of what has already been bought or over-buying seems inevitable.

MegBusset Tue 06-Nov-12 18:14:27

I recently switched to Aldi for my main shop (instead of Tesco delivery) and reckon I save at least £20/week. However, I do always have to top up at another supermarket as I can't get everything I need there; DH and I are veggie so it would be great if they stocked things like veggie pies and sausages. They have just started stocking Quorn mince which is handy.

I will definitely get a few Christmas bits from there but will probably get a Tesco delivery for most of the food as a) we always have a Quorn roll on Xmas Day which they don't stock, and b) the thought of going in person to any supermarket the couple of days before Christmas brings me out in a cold sweat.

I will split my shop between morrisons and aldi.

I use aldi alot but theres lots of branded items id want at christmas too.

ilovedjasondonovan Tue 06-Nov-12 18:23:24

Oh, I love Aldi. Shop both in Aldi and Tescos as I can't get everything I need in Aldi. Particularly love the free range chicken and fruit/veg.

Best bargain I recently got was 200g of Glace Cherries for 69p.
Oh, and giant sparklers, 10 for £1.69 - was cheaper than Tescos.

I won't be doing my main Xmas shop there as I've already done most of it. Meat will come from butcher and I'll walk to my nearest supermarket to get the sprouts as Aldi has limited parking at the best of times, let alone in Xmas week.

MegBusset Tue 06-Nov-12 18:26:24

Oh god don't get me started on the parking. The one thing that puts me off Aldi - our store uses one of those well dodgy private enforcement companies - they tried to fine me when I forgot to put my reg no. in the machine instore luckily I'd seen Watchdog and knew they are major scamsters so ignored them til they went away

BluelightsAndSirens Tue 06-Nov-12 18:28:26

I will be buying crisps and nibbles as well as pickles.

I tend to buy tins and packets but not fresh and we don't have a store locally so I can only pop in when passing.

starsandunicorns Tue 06-Nov-12 18:30:33

Began shopping with you when i was in the Army in Germany in the 90's. I still shop most weeks with you love your products. This xmas I will doing a hamper for my parents from your treats and jams etc in fact your mazpain covered with choclate bar has been a staple stocking pressie for my mum for years. Love your christmas puddings and biscuts your fresh meats and veg and fresh deli are a winner in my house and the weekly deals are brill and good quaitly. Full xmas shop will done with you. Best buy had so many i cant think

Zombieminx Tue 06-Nov-12 18:31:26

I have recently taste-tested the Florentines and can report they are yummy grin

Their cakes/biscuit/choc are always lovely and will be stocking up from there!

Best Aldi bargains are usually the excellent "6 of the best" promo items. I only wish I'd discovered Aldi sooner - they make part-time money go much further!

I have to pop to sainsburys to get the items I can't get at Aldi and I'll do the same during Christmas week!

BellaVida Tue 06-Nov-12 18:32:38

I don't currently shop at Aldi, as it's quite a way away from our house and I have 3 supermarkets closer to me. I am veggie but my family aren't and at Xmas I prefer to get a pre-prepared turkey, so the stuffed turkey crown would be good and seems reasonable. Disappointing not to see veggie alternatives for Xmas lunch! I would probably buy some of the treats to use as stocking fillers for the children or extra gifts for friends and neighbours and to have as family nibbles over the holidays. It would be nice to perhaps see some low priced gifts and gadgets, as I know other people who have bought handy non food items from Aldi. Maybe show more range, with good value ideas and decorations? That would definitely make it worth a trip!

do you know what, I have never been to aldi blush It isn;t very local to us so we tend to use other shops. DH starts buying things around now (he is the shopper..) he got a turkey yesterday and managed to get it frr at tescos by using the clubcards. Thinds like sauces are bought reasonably early oo - nearly all of the frozen stuff infact. generally sainsburys or tescos to be honest

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 18:35:40

I do all my shopping at aldi apart from;

Stuffing, aldi stuffing falls apart when you roll it into balls.
Gravy powder.
Cat litter, asda smart price is cheaper.
Goose fat, cheaper on amazon.
Pitta breads, aldi ones taste a bit off sometimes. Not all the time though.

We will be getting all our christmas shop from aldi but it is the first year I can afford the frozen goose so you better be selling frozen geese this year.

The beans are the best bargain, DH hates heinz beans now, also the digestive biscuits are nicer than mcvities.

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Tue 06-Nov-12 18:37:12

I will be buying the four bird roast, we have had it before and the marmalade glaze is lovely.

The chocolate bomb looks wonderful i we will be eating that over christmas, in both flavours!

We have recently been discovering how lovely some of the wine is from Aldi and we will be buying the prosecco too.

We will also be stocking up on cheeses and cold meats as usual.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Tue 06-Nov-12 18:38:00

i'm a loyal lidl girl, really, but do like Aldi. will deffo be visiting one of the two for christmas stuff, we always get panettone, stollen and chocolate christmas decs.

starsandunicorns Tue 06-Nov-12 18:38:34

Oh you could start stocking German bitter choclate in the white and gold box ( choclate leaves) even just in the xmas period i would buy boxs and boxs of it have to buy it from amozmansad

MegBusset Tue 06-Nov-12 18:41:13

Do they do Lebkuchen? i LOVE Lebkuchen!

CheddarOnToast Tue 06-Nov-12 18:42:07

I shop at Aldi often - I like to pop in to see what special non-food things they will have each week, and I'll do a small food shop at the same time.

I like Aldi for organic butter and milk, and cheese and ham, and cheap fruit and vegetables, and recently I've been trying out a fair bit of their christmas stuff like stollen and lebkuchen (I live in Germany). My best Aldi bargain has been rain wear for the DC, great quality and very cheap and they wear it all the time.

We won't be hosting Christmas this year, we're staying with family in the UK (and having looked at that web page I am considering making a trip to Aldi to stock up on Christmassy treats as our family's contribution towards the Christmas catering.)

gazzalw Tue 06-Nov-12 18:42:23

I find it really frustrating because everyone is always extolling the virtues of Aldi but we don't have one very close to us at all - I think Elephant and Castle area is nearest and as that's a good 1/2 hr Tube journey or an hour by bus - really not very feasible. So come on Aldi open more branches in SW London - we're not all rich as Midas you know!

So without an Aldi close by we default to Lidl - not for all of our shopping as we view it dangerously as more of a deli for interesting international cuisine rather than every day basics.....

Everyone says the evenings are the times to find the bargains in the supermarkets but we don't have a car and wouldn't really be happy to be shopping after dark at this time of the year...so that just about rules us out of extreme bargain hunting foodwise...although might be tempted to do it en route home from work as Christmas approaches....

I'm amazed about the baked beans - DW is a money saver par extraordinaire but there are certain things she just won't compromise on - Heinz Baked Beans being one of those things....

ksld Tue 06-Nov-12 18:45:01

Never been to an Aldi. Just looked for my nearest store and it's over 10 miles away and not near any other shops I would need to go too. Can't imagine making a special trip over there for anything I've seen on the website. Would make a special trip for something I particularly needed eg the camping mats mentioned earlier. Most of the Christmas stuff I can get elsewhere.

My biggest Christmas bargains are picked up in the January sales - every year I get some more house/tree decorations reduced in Tesco and Sainsburys. If you go at the right time some of them are 70% off. Always try to get cards and wrapping paper too but missed them last year.

I LOVE Aldi. The chocolate is better than Lindt. The face cream is better than Olay. The, erm, cheese is better than other cheese <tails off>

But I do, I love it. Which is why I am BAFFLED as to why my nearest town has TWO Lidls, and another within ten miles and no Aldi within a 1.5 hour drive. I have to place orders with people when they pass one.

That's what's stopping me from shopping at Aldi. Do sort it out please and thanks, in time for Christmas chocolate and wine would be great.

CMOTDibbler Tue 06-Nov-12 18:48:47

I'm not an Aldi shopper - it just doesn't work for me. That said, I might pop in for some german treats as the prices look good, and its not something I can get elsewhere

41notTrendy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:49:10

Just discovered Aldi. Put some Florentines in so glad to know they are good! Will def go back. It's not close so will stick up on Moser Roth choc and biscuits, loved it. The deli stuff we liked, ham and cheese. Tinned toms were good. Checkout speed amazing. I saved £20 by doing a shop at Aldi. I usually get all our meat from local butchers, but was tempted in Aldi by the meatballs, bacon lardons and free range chicken so thinking about it, I also saved the £10-£15 I usually spend at the butcher.
Best money saving tip? Plan! Everything, even treats and nibbles. And use vouchers, loyalty points etc. We save ours up for this time of year and as I also like some branded stuff in I use them for that.

cashmere Tue 06-Nov-12 18:49:26

I pop into Aldi if I happen to be working near there.
I always get mince pies, stollen and prosecco there at Christmas-yum!
Will also try the Florentines and Hazlenut Panettone this year.

I've never cooked a turkey but will be 1st year at home. The frozen turkey looks a good price.
My top tip would be to check sell by dates of fridge items so you don't buy too much/forget what you have.

41notTrendy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:50:30

*stock up on....
Ooh, the stollen bites will be going in and I might try the gammon too.

RarelyUnreasonable Tue 06-Nov-12 18:51:33

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

I shop there every so often, and will probably pick up gingerbread at Xmas time. No specific bargains - a weekly shop, I guess.

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go? n/a

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

Write lists and be organised! Save a tenner a month all year.

gazzalw Tue 06-Nov-12 18:52:36

Part Two as I failed to review the Aldi products for Christmas....They look quite similar to Lidl products and if there was one close by I'm sure we would check the things out but there's not.....

Aldi, could you not to online orders?

I live Aldi and do all my food shopping there now. Top tip the orangeade makes fanta look like a sad cheap copy!!

For christmas i decide what i am buying and shop around to find the best price and also try to use cashback sites when i can. Stocking chocolates all come from Aldi, they are lovely!

Love Aldi, i don't live there well not quite

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Tue 06-Nov-12 18:53:59

actually, the single best thing about Aldi in Scotland is the catchphrase 'give it Aldi'. should really be 'gie it', of course, but still, it makes me laugh every time i see it. grin

I'm thinking about doing food hampers for both DHs parents and my own this year and I have found some lovely items in Aldismile I did a small one last year and bought most of the gingerbread and stollen/fruity breads from Aldi.

I tend to do a mixed shop between Tesco, Aldi and on occasion Asda. I have had some great bargains from Aldi but don't use it exclusively due to the distance. Tescos is behind my house, Aldi and Asda are too far to walk to...

FreddieMercuryforQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 18:55:20

I get my weekly shop at Aldi and I absolutely love it. I reckon I save a good 20 quid a week by doing so and the need to go to other shops has reduced since Aldi started doing brands, so my diet coke fix can be met at Aldi instead. My favourite thing at Aldi right now is their butter fudge, I'm on 2 boxes per week blush it's the most amazing crumbly fudge I've ever eaten. I get withdrawals when I have none left. Seriously. I'm not sure how I'll cope when your Christmas stuff goes. Because I can't really buy 100 or so boxes to keep me going throughout the year. Can I?

Tryharder Tue 06-Nov-12 18:57:17

I love Aldi and would do all my shopping there in an ideal world. But unfortunately there isn't one near to us at all so I go just once or twice a year.

teddysmom Tue 06-Nov-12 19:03:22

I use aldi all the time. I get a big shop when there is £5 off voucher in the mirror. I buy all sorts cereal,tins,bread,teabags fruit and veg but must admit I do call in other supermarkets to top up with certain brand name products that are family favourites. You cant beat Aldi cheese we love the welsh mature and havent found better. Husband calls in once a week to stock up on breakfast stuff for work and has lost count of the number of bargains hes picked up for his mountain biking. All great quality at low prices. I just wish you did wholemeal pasta and i would be happy.

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 06-Nov-12 19:04:24

I do most of my shopping at Aldi and small top ups at Tesco. It's a fourth minute drive to Aldi, 20 to the small local Tesco. I find Aldi better quality and value for money.

I really like the fresh veg. There are always good stocks of the basic bulk veg and a smaller selection of seasonal stuff. I always buy the orange juice cartons, decaf coffee, tomato purée, cereals, baby shepards pie pouches, crisps, face cream, long life milk, flour and baking stuff, frozen wedges/ chips and veg. Then select from the meats etc on offer that week.

We have enjoyed various special Christmas and Easter offerings but tend to buy a bigger joint than Aldi stock for Christmas as I catter for the wider family of typically 15. I do use Aldi for the bulk of the shop still.

My favourite Christmas buy is the boiled sweets in jars. I have six of the jars in the kitchen now used for storing pasta, nuts and seeds. I need more to fill the shelf so I hope they're in this year.

My critique of the frontpage of the website is that it looks inviting but there is a lack of immediate pricing to tempt you in further. That being said as a regular we're already into our fourth box of deep filled mince pies!

My best ever Aldi buy was mulled wine post Xmas, the bottles were sticky with wine as one must have broken. It was £0.49. The house was in the process of being renovated and we had limited heating, dust every where and the temperatures were the coldest I've ever known with over a month when the day time temp didn't get above minus 3. We didn't have a kitchen or proper oven just a microwave and slow cooker. We warmed the wine in the microwave and lit a big fire, the wine tasted and smelt fantastic, warming us from the inside. You could say it was really good marketing on Aldi's part because since that first cheap bottle three years ago I've brought many more at full price.

Bargains are about knowing what a good price is. It's important to know what's on offer and where, that way when you see something whilst in the shop you can buy it there and then. Chances are if you don't it will be gone.

happybubblebrain Tue 06-Nov-12 19:08:58

I love at Aldi and I shop there every week. I buy about 90% of my shopping there now, including cleaning materials, toiletries, facecream etc. I've been recommending Aldi to people I know and mumsnet for years. I've seen a big increase in shoppers there in the last two years.

I love how easy it is to whiz around and buy all my favourites. I know where everything is without having to think about it. The fruit and vegetables are really fresh and great value. DD loves the fish. I love the breaded camembert and the chocolate.

This Christmas I will be buying lots of nibbles, snacks, drinks and wine from Aldi. We are going out for Christmas dinner to give me a break from cooking, but I will be buying nearly everything except Christmas dinner in Aldi this year.

FreddieMercuryforQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 19:22:05

Yes the car park in our Aldi has got MUCH busier this year.

TeaOneSugar Tue 06-Nov-12 19:32:47

Lebkuchen - Is that the chocolate coated gingerbread? I have two boxes of those already and a box of the chocolate coated Brazils, Yum.

I tend to go in for something I've seen in the leaflet I get through the door, and then get whatever we need (or something I spot) while I'm there.

The packaging on the christmas stuff is really inviting this year.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 19:42:36

You should stop making £5 vouchers branch specific, I was gutted when I realised I was in the wrong store to use a voucher.

I'm still not over it now.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 06-Nov-12 19:54:56

I rarely go to Aldi - I'm veggie (though not all family are), and I just don't find much in there that seems appetising to me.
But when I do go in, I stock up on Apple washing up liquid, which I love. The rest of the cleaning products I buy also, but I don;t really get excited about them, but they are cheap ish and they work just as well as more expensive versions.
I also keep an eye on what randoms are available. I'm oddly tempted by DIYish type things. Oh, and thr choc is fab too.
Having looked at the Xmas range, I'll def buy the stollen (I get this every year), the Lebkuchen (ditto), probably cheese and crackers, and oddly I now want cherry brandy.

Chopstheduck Tue 06-Nov-12 20:01:05

Ooh I am rather excited to see they are doing FRESH goose this year, and at that price, it is half the cost of M&S goose! I first tried goose for Xmas dinner when buying a frozen £20 jobby from Aldi, and it's been our christmas roast of choice since.

I do wish, that since they are a German company, they would bring a few more german treats over for christmas, like proper strudel, soft gingerbread, german cream cakes, etc. I do like the look of hte stollen though, and will prob get one of those or a packet of the bites.

Emandlu Tue 06-Nov-12 20:02:17

We do shop at Aldi, but not as often as we used to. We have found that as a general rule the food in Lidl is of better quality and so we do most of our shop there and then top up from Aldi.
As we don't tend to go OTT at Christmas we will just do the same this year. If they had the Duck in again we might have considered doing a bit more of the shop in Aldi, but since they don't it will just be top-ups from there.

Chopstheduck Tue 06-Nov-12 20:02:26

Has anyone ever tried their three bird roasts btw?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:11:38

Where is the fresh goose advertised?

nottersgotterdog Tue 06-Nov-12 20:17:37

I absolutely love Aldi, have done for about four years. They are amazing for all sorts of things - their meat is lovely, I adore their Norpak butter, their Pinot Grigio, their frozen fruit, their continental meats etc, plus they are miles cheaper on the basics.

I have the app on my phone, and check what's coming up on offer. I have already bought my children the puppets from last week - their Absolute favourite presents last year (which included a wii) were the Dalmatian and crocodile puppet. The whole family has the walking boots, DH has the golf stuff, I bought all the camping stuff, need I go on ?

I love the fruit and veg offers, they encourage you to eat what's in season. In fact I should be an ambassador for them, I have converted so many people!

I will do what I have done for the last few years, buy all my veg, wine, chocs, Christmas drinks, cheese, treats, from there (and still probably spend 50% less than in Tesco or Sainsburys!

blush

We used to live right next door to an Aldi and we got most of our Christmas food from there last year. On the whole it was fantastic. We also got some great gifts.
We've moved and don't have a local Aldi, but I'll probably make a trip to get some of the christmas treats we loved last year.

BetsyBlingtastic Tue 06-Nov-12 21:03:22

Our Christmas bird is going to be the Aldi four bird roast which is so tender and delish - already in our freezer. I wish they stocked organic meat.

I like stocking up on Aldi choc and surfing their bargain bin aisles. Got four pairs of kitchen scissors for £2.50 recently and a couple of lovely cheap pot plants. I buy their dishwasher tabs as they are a Which? best buy.

Tip for Christmas bargain hunting is to keep your eyes peeled for bargains all year round, starting in the January sales. I've just today bought a "case" of wine for relatives by trawling an online supermarket website and choosing 12 really nice bottles, some £12 each, and got them all half price.

I get the Aldi email that alerts you to specials.

GwennieF Tue 06-Nov-12 21:25:16

I LOVE Aldi, I do just about all of my shopping there. The fruit and veg is brilliant - especially the 5 that are on special every week. The veg we have with each meal are generally based around what is on offer.

The cooked meat section is great, I love that there are some more unusual things on offer,the smoky polish sausages for instance and the ham at £1.79 is fantastic - does all our packed lunches for the week.

Ultimate chipolatas are my son's favourite food and the quality of the meat overall is very good - apart from the stewing beef, which for some reason, regardless of how I cook it is never tender (I get mine from Asda instead now).

My absolutely favourite thing from Aldi though is the Gluhwein - its like a hug in a glass!

41notTrendy Tue 06-Nov-12 21:31:19

notters I've just downloaded the app! Brilliant.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 06-Nov-12 21:52:17

I used to shop at Aldi once a week however I now have a food delivery either from Tesco or an independent local supplier.
The main reason I returned to online shopping is we are very rural so actually going shopping takes up half a day and it was eating into the weekend.

I tend to visit Aldi about once a month. I love their cooked meats, chocolate, wine and lots of the frozen stuff.
I do get their email every week and if something leaps out at me I will try and get there - for example this week I want to buy the ingredients fro my Christmas cake so I will try and make time to visit Aldi

If they did online shopping I would happily shop there every week. The only drawback to shopping there is DH's love of the stuff that we reallly don't need in the center aisles

Shop at Aldi weekly - main food shop.
Favourites are the four bird roast, deli stuff, crisps and crackers.
At Christmas, the stollen bites and other sweet treats are also popular here.
Didn't realise they were online so am off to investigate their site.

Pooka Tue 06-Nov-12 22:10:56

I've never been but recently looked up nearest store on store locator. Is 5 miles away, so am tempted, but have many other shops (sainsburys, waitrose, tesco) closer so would need to be a good deal to make the longer travel worthwhile.

I've never shopped there before because I'm lazy! Also wasn't really sure what kind of a shop it was, whether it was another lidl, or what the quality of the products might be like. But times are hard (for many)and I'm economising like crazy and seeing the prices of some of the Christmas meats (particularly gammon) I am more drawn to the shop.

Re: Christmas bargains, I've come to the conclusion that you need to think ahead. If you spot something on at a good price in October (obviousy thinking more present/long lasting products here) then snap it up then rather than putting it off until nearer the time. if its nearer Christmas it may be more expensive or just plain sold out!

Money saving tips - am new to menu planning and it's kinda reinventing the wheel (feel like everyone else does this already) but my god it makes a difference. It's quite liberating really to be planning ahead rather than panic buying and ending up with wasted food - for environmental, ethical as well as economic reasons.

MonsterBookOfTyFawkes Tue 06-Nov-12 22:13:01

I tend to shop at Aldi more at Christmas, I like the Irish cream, desserts and toys occassionally.
I do buy dd's nappies from there every other week smile

nottersgotterdog Tue 06-Nov-12 22:14:44

41 - glad to hear it wink

northender Tue 06-Nov-12 22:15:54

I shop at Aldi . Like the no frills approach and the lack of choice! The quality of the food is excellent. We buy mince pies every year and other bits and pieces. Buy meat from local butcher but if that choice wasn't available I'd happily buy from Aldi

MikeLitoris Tue 06-Nov-12 22:26:02

I have never shopped at aldi.

I have only been in the local one once and the shelves where practically empty.

I always see great things said about aldi here so it may be time to try again.

ScorpionQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 22:55:05

I like Aldi but have to drive to the nearest town so it's not always practical to shop there. I always pop in in the run up to Christmas to pick up nice cold meats and cheese, other nibbles and nice bits for Christmas. Their 4 bird roast looks great but I doubt it is very ethically produced, which is a shame. If wrong, Aldi, please feel free to correct me and I'll buy one. I'm happy to see a free range turkey at a fair price though,so will be getting one of them. smile

The website looks great so this year I will be buying even more from Aldi.

MrsHoarder Wed 07-Nov-12 05:46:05

I love Aldi, but because they don't sell joints most of the year I wouldn't have thought of going there to buy Christmas dinner. Unfortunately as we've decided to buy pheasant this year (only 2 adults) I won't be buying that there, but might make a trip for some of our "extras" as I love the quality of the nibbles etc for the price paid.

Merrylegs Wed 07-Nov-12 08:45:53

I'd like to to shop in Aldi - always hear great things about it and am v tempted by the Xmas goodies as have a German mother and therefore a German Christmas.

But my nearest store is not very near.

Actually it must be the same one as MegBussett's and the tale of parking woes has seriously put me off. I loathe supermarkets where you have to jump through hoops to shop there. (Same reason I don't go to ASDA. A pound for the trolley, plus it stops when it leaves the carpark anyway. Just give me the bloody trolley and let me shop!)

However I do want some yummy biscuits. And gingerbread houses. And nice facecream. And cheap choc. So I might brave Aldi this weekend and see if I can accept the trek to get there and the faff to park for the privilege of being able to put the shopping that I have given Aldi money for, in the car.

Christmas bargain? Value crackers - never spend more than £2.99 a box. All a cracker needs is a hat, a bad joke and a fortune telling fish.

FrillyMilly Wed 07-Nov-12 08:57:29

I shop at aldi every week. I have been stocking up on Christmas treats every week to try and spread the cost and will probably do most of my Christmas food shop there. The stollen from aldi is the nicest I've ever had and non of the other supermarket ones come close. The mince pies are delicious too.

There's so many bargains from aldi. This year I got a steam cleaner for £15 that has been well worth the money. The stocking filler toys have also been great.

To pick up a Christmas bargain my tip would be to pick up things all year round. Everyone is on Christmas bargain watch at the moment so often the discounted items go really fast.

WheresMyCow Wed 07-Nov-12 08:59:06

I love Aldi and do most of my weekly shop there...so will do most of my Christmas shop there too! We just go to other places if we need a little bit more variety or if Aldi hasn't got what we went for.

Their mince pies are the best and my DH loves the stollen bites. They always have such a good variety of different foods in as weekly offers but also a really good variety of every day items too. Some of their deli meats are gorgeous.

Have had so many bargains over the years that it's hard to pick just one but they do a gorgeous Belgian Milk Chocolate Cheesecake - it is frozen so you have to plan in advance but is well worth the wait.

Top tips - plan what you want to but and stick to it, and don't buy everything for Christmas all in one go as you will end up paying more.

I get some things from Aldi, but can't do a main shop as their dairy-free selection is too limited for my family. What they do well is "luxury" items that look great for little cost. I usually get teacher presents in Aldi, and stocking fillers.
DH gets the weekly email and picks up odd bits on the way back from work, I tend to go when I'm in town, and pick up whatever catches my eye. The gluhwein was nice, and the beer selection is good.
My Christmas bargain tips are:
Make a list early, and stick to it.
Buy for children, not for adults.
Make your own crackers filled with confiscated party bag tat from earlier in the year.
Hide presents in houses of childless friends.
Make as many presents as you can, look in shops for ideas thoughgrin.
Avoid shops in the last half of December, it should all be done by then (although late Christmas Eve there are supermarket bargains aplenty if you aren't holding out for anything specific).

We love our local Aldi as we can actually do a whole weeks shopping there without needing to go to another other shops, we tried Lidl but couldn't get everything we needed in one shop.

We will be stocking up on the fruit juices (for Christmas cocktails) alcohol, the chocolate santas, chocolate coins as well as the usual items such as mince pies, gateaux, and cheesecakes.

My best buy is the dishwasher tablets, we buy the which recommended ones which are better than the leading brands imo, they really save us money throughout the year.

prakattack Wed 07-Nov-12 09:37:44

I'm a recent convert to Aldi after doing an "experiment shop" earlier in the year - bought absolutely everything there rather than tesco/ branded to see which products we would use again, and which not. There were only two or three things we weren't happy to continue buying and now I do nearly all my shopping there. I still need to top-up at Tesco unfortunately but am saving loads! My kids love the fact I can treat them to blueberries, strawberries, kiwis, mangoes etc so much more regularly!
My best bargain was my son's birthday party - that week I bought food and drink for 15 3 yr olds, and nibbles for the parents, and spent the same as i used to spend at Tesco on a weekly shop without the party stuff! So effectively did his party for free!!
Their Christmas range looks great and I'll definitely be stocking up on treats, chocs, cheeses, cold meats etc as their range is always lovely. I'll be getting a turkey from the butchers but everything else for Christmas dinner will come from there especially the veggies!

lubeybooby Wed 07-Nov-12 09:39:27

I'd love to go to Aldi more but I don't drive and it's the supermarket furthest away from me, so any savings would be eaten up in travel costs there and back. I've been in there in the past though and think it's really good value. Never had a bad item from there.

As for xmas bargains I keep an eye out for amazon lightning deals, and if I'm shopping online I always google discount codes first, or sign up to a stores email newsletter, as they usually give you a 10% or 20% off if you do that. I usually get a few things in the sales after xmas too and save them for the next year

mumnosbest Wed 07-Nov-12 09:44:33

Lots of good deals here but no Aldi near me sad I used to shop there a lot but my nearest is a few miles away along a very busy road sad

mummymccar Wed 07-Nov-12 09:56:39

I love Aldi and shop there regularly. Already bought chocolate coins and chocolate Santa etc as last year I paid much more at Thorntons and the Aldi ones I was given were much nicer as well as being cheaper.

Ideally I'd love to buy everything from Aldi but they don't stock enough vegetarian food so we are forced to go elsewhere. If they started doing more veggie food then we'd buy there every week.

The weekly deals are great too - I've bought a few gifts from there already.

Bargain tips: the bargainous gifts thread in the Christmas topic is fantastic. Nearly finished and I haven't gone over budget this year! I've actually saved about half and my credit card balance is nil!

We'll be going to Aldi to get our extra christmas bits, mince pies, peanuts and the like. Also the wine, fantastic prices not that i have ever told DH that I've been to M&S to get red wine when it is really from Aldi at half the price

I'm a fairly recent convert and love the place. Pop in regularly for milk and bread and end up spending far to much!!

Oh, just spotted the 3 bird roast, that will be getting added for our Christmas Eve tea, or even Christmas lunch (depending on how lazy I am feeling!)

Jins Wed 07-Nov-12 10:07:13

Most of my Christmas shopping is from Aldi and has been for many, many years.

However I have to say that in recent years the Christmas products have become a bit anglicised and I've wandered across to their main rival for a better range of german products (wider range of lebkuchen, better range of cakes and chocolates, etc) Sorry Aldi but it was the vast range of continental Christmas items that sucked me in in the first place and you've reduced them a LOT from perhaps 10 years ago.

I will be buying something special in the meat line from Aldi this year as it's not my turn to host Christmas and we have our own special family meal on another day. I've had the three bird roast in the past and it went down well but I'm undecided at the moment. I'll probably make my mind up in store. Otherwise I'll be buying mince pies and stollen, and a variety of cakes and biscuits for visitors, chocolate and sweets for stockings and gifts, cold meats and cheeses and as much veg as I can can carry.

My best bargain from you - not sure. I've bought plenty of really excellent quality items from your specials aisle in the past but seeing as they were impulse buys and I didn't need them I'm not sure they were bargains smile

I'll carry on shopping at Aldi for sure because quality and price is definitely right up my street but I do regret the reduction in the 'german' feel of the store over the years. Quite a few of my favourites seem to have made way for UK type products that you can get anywhere sad

FoxPass Wed 07-Nov-12 10:13:54

I shop at Aldi a lot. I get butter, OJ, milk and bread twice a week. The fresh fruit and veg is great and very reasonably priced. The Mac red apples (just back in season) are my favourite thing! I will probably do most of my xmas food shop there.

The big bars of honeycomb swiss milk chocolate at the tills are the BOMB. I will be buying them as stocking fillers and hopefully I will manage not to eat them all myself

SpeckleDust Wed 07-Nov-12 10:18:41

I already shop at Aldi and have been doing so for about 3 years now after reading loads of people raving about their products on MoneySavingExpert.com. I totally LOVE Aldi and have been encouraging everyone within earshot to give it a try for ages. I do my weekly shop there and average about £50 pw which includes booze and treats smile

I will be doing my full Christmas shop there - I have done it for the last two Christmases so I know more or less what I'll be getting. We bought a fresh turkey two years ago which was fantastic, but missed out last year as I left it too late and they sold out in all 4 Aldis that are nearby. I will also be buying their Irish Cream and loads a few bottles of the Prosecco DOCG which is amazing. I also noticed Aldi are stocking beef rib in the lead up to Christmas so will probably get one of those for Sunday dinner before/after Christmas. Ooh, I also will be getting some frozen prawns (both jumbo and large) and pate for Christmas Day starters <still living in the '70s>

There are so many things I would consider to be 'best bargains', but one that springs to mind is the winter/ski jacket I bought for my eldest DD which I'm sure was only about £5. It was super warm and lasted her two winters. I've still got it and might use it again for younger DD.

On a regular basis, I think the best bargains are the Super Six fruit/veg, German salami, fresh salmon, 100g dark/milk choc for 30p, free range chickens for £4.99, 15 free range eggs for £2.15 (I have paid that much for 6!!), baked beans (prefer to Heinz), Italian Rosso/Blanco wine £2.99 a bottle, frozen raspberries, Thai sweet chicken ridged crisps (in fact ALL their crisps are good), most of the chocolate bars (kids love Choco Breaks = Kitkats, I love Titans=Mars and Jive=Twix bars). I could go on, but my post would be massive!

I sometimes forget to look online at the Special Buys but now I've seen upthread, I can get the app which will make it easier to keep an eye on. I love how there seem to be random but useful offers on every week - last week I picked up some silicone sealant for half the price I had seen it elsewhere.

Specifically for Christmas, I would say get the wrapping paper which is really good quality, along with one of those sellotape dispensers which I must use every week for one thing or another. The candy canes are also great - we use them to decorate the tree and it makes it look v traditional. And definitely the Prosecco and crisps/nibbles grin.

unexpectediteminbaggingarea Wed 07-Nov-12 10:21:57

I've never shopped at aldi because there isn't one near me, which is strange because I live in a very big town which has all the other major shops you can think of and I've always thought aldi would go down a storm round here.

Looking at the website it looks mega cheap though, so I am very tempted. I know other mumsnetters have posted before about how good it is, so I might make the longer trip to have a look at what's on offer.

mignonette Wed 07-Nov-12 10:23:15

I heart Aldi. Good products available to people regardless of their income.

Chandon Wed 07-Nov-12 10:23:48

Are you an Aldi shopper already?

No, I shop at Lidl and Waitrose

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why?

because I assume the fruit and veg would not be top quality (Lidl fruit and veg is very good and cheap), but maybe I am wrong? Also, I am not sure it would be really cheap, or just smaller packets and worse quality??

Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?
Not really. Things that make me go to Lidl are the chocolate covered gingerbread in large boxes, the stollen (yours has cherry liquor in it so I could not give yours to the children) and good frozen party food, cheap yet good beer. Your yorkshire puds are 99p for 4, even in Waitrose they are cheaper than that!

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

Christmas Bargain: sorry, can't think of any! Other than buying things that last in large quantities.

BlueAndTwistedTouchPaper Wed 07-Nov-12 10:27:30

I LOVE Aldi grin

I will be getting most of our christmas shop there this year - I am tempted to try the 3 bird roast for Christmas dinner this year as there is only the four of us.

I can't think of one outstanding bargain I have got there - I always get the fruit and veg that's on offer though.

My top tip for keeping costs down for christmas is don't buy loads of extra stuff just because it's christmas. I don't usually eat crisps and nuts in the evening - why would I want to when I am stuffed with Christmas dinner?

shriekingnora Wed 07-Nov-12 10:37:24

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

I have been shopping at Aldi for the last few months having switched from Tesco. I love everything about it - it's all great quality and incredibly cheap. Very quick to do the shop. Best bargain was a pack of scissors - sounds stupid but there were four pairs and they were very good value and they're tough and are lasting brilliantly.
I don't really do a christmas shop as such but will definitely be getting chocolate reindeer, art stuff etc for the kids' stockings.

My top Christmas bargain tip is as per previous poster. Think about what you will REALLY need. We're flat broke though, so perhaps I would be more extravagent if we were richer...

mignonette Wed 07-Nov-12 10:37:46

I like their Parmiggiano- better than Waitrose, La Formageria and other high end priced brands.

I buy Aldi Olive Oil regularly, their French ham in the wide packaging, Frikadellen, and the bags of £3-5 tuna, catfish (Basa) and salmon steaks which are wonderful value and perfectly decent quality.

Christmas wise, the Lebkuchen and Stollen are good and should be due to their German roots and although we make a lot of Christmas Puddings for F&F, we always buy a couple of Aldi ones because they taste wonderful and have been very highly rated by chefs- not that I need a chef to tell me what to buy! The Florentines look lovely and I always buy their mini Brioche buns although would like to see the individual wrappings abandoned as very wasteful.

I may buy a goose this year as we only have a few for lunch this year and the Aldi one is very well priced.

And thank you for your brilliantly priced cereals- Our son gets through more cereal than a colony of Hamsters and only having to pay 1:49 or so for Muesli and £1 for other cereals makes such a difference.

My DH prefers the smoked salmon to any other brand including Forman&Field and the price is incredibly low for the excellent quality and you get more than a paltry slivers unlike Waitrose brands.

Aldi maple syrup is an incredible bargain when you see other stores charging up to £5 a bottle for no better quality. I like being able to buy other American products too from time to time as well as niche European brands that I recognise from my Fathers local french supermarket.

I haven't tried the Aldi cat food on my cat. Has anybody got any comments about it?

I would be happy to put Aldi products into food hamper gifts for friends. Should anyone spot the colour coded silicon/plastic chopping mats then snap them up! Mine have lasted 6 years and still going strong.

BlatherskiteOfTheLivingDead Wed 07-Nov-12 10:45:22

I shop at Aldi occasionally. It's not our closest or most easy to get to Supermarket but I am a complete convert to their nappies and baby wipes so I do a trip over there once a month or so to stock up. I try to make sure I go on a special deals day and got some good running bits from there a little while ago. My latest bargain was a good, thick bike lock and some flashing, high viz arm bands for night running.

We love Aldi's butter with salt crystals and the sandwich meats and pasta can be good too. I've found veg a little hit and miss at our store so tend to avoid that now and we had a really nasty tomato and pancetta pasta sauce a little while ago too. The face cream brings me out in spots which was a disappointment as it was very highly recommended.

I will be popping over to Aldi for Christmas food. We get Good Food magazine and quite a few of their recommended "Best buys" are from Aldi but I will be buying most of our food from Tesco I should think as I have two small children and being able to have it delivered is a real plus during the Christmas rush. We have the Delivery Saver there too so I'll get first dibs on delivery slots which will help.

For Christmas bargains - I always start shopping in November and use sites like HotUKDeals and CamelCamel to keep track of prices and find the best prices for the things I need to buy. A list is very helpful to keep track of what's been bought so you don't go over the top and I always try to stick to a budget.

glitch Wed 07-Nov-12 17:30:23

Are you an Aldi shopper already?
No, I have never been into an Aldi

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?
It is quite a way away from us so I wouldn't travel there to do a normal weekly shop. I didn't know they did all sorts of things so I may keep an eye on the website in case something comes up to tempt me across. I will also make a list on what to buy there based on the comments here.

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.
I shop online for most things to save money. Why buy it on the high street when you can get it half price if you search online.

pushitreallgood Wed 07-Nov-12 17:58:40

i have shopped at an aldi once and it was ok good deals on fruit and veg, but there are none particularly close to me and as far as i know they do not have and on line facility so they are not overly convenient.

Hotchillipepper Wed 07-Nov-12 21:30:34

I'm a very rare aldi shopper. I usually go in to stock up on lasagne sauce. We have to pay for parking at our store, it is refunded but it's a bit of a hassle so it's easyer to go to other stores. The biscuit tins, chocolate coins and meat all look good on your website and at a good price!
My only advice is to not buy chocolate and treats too early in December as they will get eaten!

KidderminsterKate Wed 07-Nov-12 21:38:10

do my main shop at Aldi

xmas treats will be the aldi version of asti spumante and baileys........yummy

fossil97 Wed 07-Nov-12 21:47:55

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

>> I live in the town beginning with "A" where Aldi have their HQ and a shiny new store, so Aldi is part of everyday life round here! I shop there most weeks but not for my main shop because I need to do that in one hit and get it delivered, and normally need products not in Aldi's core range. When I was on maternity leave and had more time, I did my main shop in Aldi and adjusted the menu to suit. I'll buy almost anything from Aldi, meat, fruit, veg, dairy, nearly all our cereals, it's all great. "Digger" bars are universal in school lunchboxes in this area. I also go there specially to get face cream, non foods like bin bags and dishwasher tabs, make up, the Super 6, flowers and occasionally special buys.
Money is a bit tight this Christmas so yes I might see if I can split my shop and get things from Aldi first and top up at another supermarket.

>> Best bargain - hard to say, I've had some NOT bargains, the dubious Tevion electrical equipment for example!. Probably the Lacura day cream at £1.99 - as good as OLAY if only it had a SPF15 sunscreen (are you listening?grin)

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go? .. N/A

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

>>Christmas bargain - be focussed and buy only what you need, don't over cater but what you do get, get the best you can. Don't worry too much about the commercial side and remember to appreciate your nearest and dearest. Having said that I've just looked at the price of the Aldi Christmas turkeys and maybe will go there instead of the rather expensive local butcher!

Everyone who posts their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in store.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

pithtaker Wed 07-Nov-12 23:18:00

Best bargains from Aldi, apart from the booze (main reason we shop there),

would be the household goods: loo roll, laundry detergent, cat food (which

they love, btw) etc.

But, ah, it's all good. I go in with a list of ten items, and I

come out with a trolley full of lovelies. I also, usually, come out smiling. grin

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Madlizzy Thu 08-Nov-12 01:36:00

We do the majority of our shopping at Aldi. We'll buy the gammon joint and cook it ourselves, with cloves and honey. I find the quality of the stock to be excellent. If we do shop there, it's aroun £30 less than other supermarkets. I'm particularly pleased to find that they now do Quorn mince.

TheTempest Thu 08-Nov-12 09:52:41

That website has made me hungry. Unfortunately the nearest Aldi here is 15 miles away so only really go there when I am that way for work.

I love Aldi though and would love to shop there regularly. I really like the nappies, deli style meats, cat food and various random items. I love the sound of that gammon joint from madlizzy.

My best christmas tip is to pick things up when you see them, and the christmas threads on here!

Elongase Thu 08-Nov-12 10:01:35

I have recently started shopping at Aldi after realising how much cheaper the fruit and veg are compared to Tesco or Sainsburys. I try to get most of my weekly shop there now but I don't like the bread there (prefer some fresh bread from the in store bakery at Sainsbury/Tesco).

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 08-Nov-12 10:05:08

have a look at lidl if you're into bread. they've recently installed bakers' ovens in a lot of the shops. a german pal of mine is in there every day for pumpkinseed rolls, says it's like being back at home.

deffo interested in aldi gammon, it always looks a bit yucky in lidl and i'm an inveterate gammon buyer, such good value for lentil soup, pasta dishes and sandwiches.

StainlessSteelCat Thu 08-Nov-12 13:23:12

I shop at ALdi most weeks. Bt also at Tesco's/Sainsbury's - there's some things I can't get at Aldi, and other's I refuse to get from Tesco's. IT will be the same for XMas shopping: Aldi for basics and some other things (saw Pannetone the other day and was very tempted ... but knew it wouldn't last till Xmas!). Will be getting meat from local butcher.
Aldi crisps are best bargain - we eat far too many, and Aldi versions are identical to brands, so I don't wince every time I see how many packets we get through.

Declutterbug Thu 08-Nov-12 13:47:03

I am an Aldi regular. Love the place!

We're away for Christmas, so our Christmas shop will be an online delivery.

For bagging a Christmas bargain for presents I buy them online or in sales earlier in the year. For food it's the same as any other time, I go to the big supermarkets for meat and fish at reductions time.

You can often get half price meat joints like gammon at sainsburys at Christmas and Easter so I buy a couple and either slow cook, portion up and freeze for family meals; or just freeze raw for the next time we have guests or family. There are often other good deals worth freezing in the run up to the new year parties too.

Declutterbug Thu 08-Nov-12 13:47:53

Oh yeah, best bargain is the red wine or whole free range chicken.

KirstyMcDonaldson Thu 08-Nov-12 14:11:41

I shop at Aldi every week for my main food shop. I switched from Tesco about 5 years ago when money was tight and even though we are comfortable again now I still shop there.

I love their Christmas range, we have egg and cows milk protein allergies to work around and Aldi is one of the only affordable places that does dark chocolate christmas bits that children will like. We already have hidden away their dark choc reindeer and santas hidden away.

Last year for Christmas day we had a frozen pork joint, it was lovely and only about £5. I cooked it in the slow cooker and it was perfect, can't fault it.

Love the Gluhwein too, we come back to it after a cold night out late night shopping and looking at all the Christmas lights.

Again this year we'll get everything for Christmas from Aldi (except some allergy friendly bits from the health shop) because the veg is great, the meat great value and quality and the extras like pigs blankets are well priced and I don't think they are any different in quality to Tesco/Asda.

Best bargain in Aldi? Not one thing but 3 years of buying the nappies - great value and excellent performing nappies. They have saved me a fortune over the years!

princesssugar Thu 08-Nov-12 17:32:00

I love Aldi but find that i need top ups from other shops as there are specific things i use. I love the fruit and veg offers, the weekly offers and the vanilla brioche thingy ( but cant buy that often as can eat a whole one in an afternoon!)blush i also think the nappies are brill especially for my skinny but long newborn huggies and pampers just dont compare. I am lucky that i ont cater for chrismas ( go to parents) but i am planning a four bird roast for new year and will be getting treat stuff (stollen, cream liquer, panetone, mince pies etc)

DazR Thu 08-Nov-12 17:54:15

I have also never shopped in Aldi. Nearest one is a 25 min drive. I am tempted to see what they have in store. I think the plate warmer looks good - always a problem here to heat the plates when all the ovens and warming drawer are full of food! I think someone said they do running gear but couldn't see any on the website.

I don't have an Aldi nearby sad

I do make a visit to the one near my mums at Xmas time though to stock up on sweet treats, Stollen, Deli meats etc.

I quite like going as I never know what I'm going to come out with! Needless to say, I go in with a firm budget in mind and then overspend anyway!

KnottyLocks Thu 08-Nov-12 18:40:00

Sorry, this thread title reads 'talk to Aldi about shopping for Christ' on the mobile phone app smile

BlastOff Thu 08-Nov-12 18:54:26

I don't shop at Aldi (it's not in a convenient position) but I keep meaning to pop in and buy some nappies after testing them via mumsnet because they were fantastic. I'm not planning to do my Xmas shop there, but might pop in having seen this and see what they have in terms of nibbles, prosecco, wine, cheese and cold meats.

We do secret santa amongst the adults in our family; we save a lot of money and not given a whole load of tat to boot!

CheeryCherry Thu 08-Nov-12 18:56:50

I rarely shop at aldi, just because I can't do all my shopping there, and my time is so precious but I do love getting the bargains that are always in store. I like the website, it is easy to navigate, and some of the offers on food gifts look good.
The obvious top tips are the BOGOFS and the three-for-two offers, and to always snap up something if you think its the perfect gift for someone. It's usually gone if you go back a few weeks later! I also always keep a Christmas book with a list every year of the presents I buy. That way I don't give a similar present year after year. It's quite fun reading back a few years, reading who I bought Boyzone calenders for...!

Our nearest Aldi is a 30 minute drive away and I've only been once. I'd seen some good offers on fruit so popped in but they didn't have any left of any of the things I wanted, so I've never been back.

We regularly shop at Lidl (5 minute walk) and Sainsburys (opposite my work) but perhaps I will give Aldi another try. It gets mentioned on here a lot!

From that link I thought the Baileys stuff at £5.99 is very reasonable. I also liked the look of the xmas puddings and mince pies.

bluebump Thu 08-Nov-12 19:04:32

I shop in Aldi as and when I am in the next town as there is not one where I live. I like the face creams and the alcohol grin. My sister lives just down the road from one and I always ask to go in when I visit!

The Christmas range looks good, none of my family eat meat but the puddings look nice. I usually buy those chocolate reindeers as they are good little gifts and are nice chocolate.

I do my weekly shop in Morrisons and tend to get their savers stamps each week to put towards a big shop around Christmas time. This year i've saved up loads of Tesco vouchers too to double up, it helped I took out my life insurance with Tesco too so when doubled up I now have £100 to spend in store which i'll get presents with which will be so helpful as I don't earn much.

alreadytaken Thu 08-Nov-12 19:22:50

no aldi nearby but when I pass one I will go in and buy a few things. I like the vegetable offers, the sherry trifle, olives, pate, marshmallows. I'm tempted by the 4 bird roast - although probably for boxing day not Christmas Day - but would prefer it without stuffing.

I love Aldi to bits, we shop there every week. I think the food is fabulous quality at a decent price. I love that fact that despite being on a tight budget we can treat ourselves to nice things by shopping there.

We love what we call the "mystery aisle" of goods that you would never expect. I bought some tea towels and some baby socks recently and they are great.

Aldi disposable nappies are quite simply the best on the market, I prefer them to the big named brands such as huggies or pampers.

My only criticism is if I need bread flour or tinned pulses such as butter beans or lentils I have to go elsewhere which irritates me because I would dearly love to go to Aldi's and no where else.

BerthaTheBogBurglar Thu 08-Nov-12 19:36:03

I shop in Aldi most weeks. I get everything I can there (trolley-full, £50), and then go next door to Sainsburys for the rest (half-full basket, £15!).

I have a small list of things we don't like from Aldi, but most stuff is good and some things are fab. Especially the chocolate ...

snowmummy Thu 08-Nov-12 19:47:20

I do most of my shopping at Aldi and have done so for the last couple of years. I love the place - I have never managed to spend more than £100 in one go and that's with a trolley full of food for a family of five and including nappies, cleaning products and toiletries.

I will do my full shop at Aldi but may have to pop to another supermarket for some specific items.

The best bargain from Aldi is a really difficult one as there have been so many - camping gear, skiing gear, biking gear, kids' books ...

Best money saving tip - use up all the veggies in your fridge at the end of a week by making soup or curry.

turnipvontrapp Thu 08-Nov-12 20:06:57

I shop at Aldi and love it. Its so quick to shop there, sells most things we need at half the price of Tesco.

The only thing I don't like is the raw chicken, always smells off, no idea why when it's still in date.

missorinoco Thu 08-Nov-12 20:14:36

I've never shopped at Aldi, mainly because I haven't thought about it. I checked the store locator, and there are stores within 20 minutes of me.

I will have a look now. Some of the Xmas treats. e.g. chocolate coins, look very good value. I would be reluctant to swap to a full Xmas shop there without knowing the quality, so may have a look in the next few weeks and decide from there.

My Xmas bargain tips. Buy early, you can pick up sales. Bulk buy where available. And as said, it is only a few days, I try to remind myself of this before buying more chocolate/cake/biscuits than i will ever eat.

Firawla Thu 08-Nov-12 20:20:19

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

no we are mainly tesco as it has a bigger range than aldi and has halal meat in our local ones, but we go into aldi or lidl now and again just to see what we can get for good value. i find it hard to do the full shop as the shops are too small near me (london area) but my family up north do full shops there

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?

i have but as i said cos the shops are a bit small thats why i dont more, also its harder to get to once ive got my driving license i probably will pop in more to have a look, and i would do that to check out the 'special buys' that come in as they tend to be good bargains. also fruit and veg cheaper than elsewhere

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

i just keep my eye out online, mse, hot uk deals, facebook & on here - and see when good offers are mentioned, use discount vouchers, also do a lot of competitions as there is no better bargain than actually winning something for free

knowitallstrikesagain Thu 08-Nov-12 20:37:22

I regularly shop at Aldi as, even though it is miles away, the savings make it worth the petrol money. The products are often not as cheap as the value ranges in the big supermarkets but the standard is far higher and what you buy lasts a lot longer. Particularly impressed by the freshness of the fruit and veg and love the cheese.

I don't host Christmas but will be buying most food for the festive season from Aldi, love the look of the chocolate bombe!

Over the years I have had loads of random bargains from toys to clothes, lots of socks and even an easel which was comparative in quality with toys r us etc but a quarter of the price!

I've never been to Aldi before, mainly because I didn't think there was one anywhere near me. Today though I was talking to a friend and she was telling me there is one about 20 minutes drive away!

I think they have some fab bargains on there. Especially the treats, the Victoria biscuits tin, Foxes favourites and choccie santas/reindeer would get me to give it a go and shop there grin

The only christmas tip I have is start buying in the January sales! Spread the cost picking up little bits here and there throughout the year. It takes off SO much pressure and hassle you otherwise get this time of year. It's taken me 11 years to work this out grin

SunshinePanda Thu 08-Nov-12 20:48:10

Considering trying the turkey crown usually buy a fresh turkey crown from M&S but it is expensive. Has anyone tried the Aldi one?

nextphase Thu 08-Nov-12 20:50:49

I very occasionally pop into Aldi. But only when I'm in a strange town, and thats the closest supermarket. I've always been very disappointed in the fruit quality (usually what I try to buy when away from home). On that basis, I probably wouldn't go there for a full christmas shop, as I don't have any faith in the quality.
The local stores to me are quite small, will they have everything on the www?

From what I've seen, if you went regularly you could find some real bargins, but as a one off, its hard shopping.

economymode Thu 08-Nov-12 21:17:48

I've switched to doing my big shop at Aldi since giving up work to stay at home with my son. I save around £25/week, compared to Coop.

We're going to family for Christmas, so no need to do a big shop. But, if we did, I definitely wouldn't buy meat from there. As much as I love cheap prices, Aldi aren't great on animal welfare (I know they do free range chicken, but think that's it). I rarely buy meat anyway, but as a rule, if I do, it doesn't come from Aldi. So if I were to cook a turkey for the meat-eaters, I'd buy it elsewhere. Having said that, I am impressed that they do free-range eggs and always stock up on the big packs (15 for £2.19)

I'd def buy the veg and any ingredients sweet bits there, though.

I bake a lot and buy nearly all of my supplies at Aldi - great range of flours and pretty much all you need for baking. Especially the above-mentioned, free-range eggs.

It's great for kids' stuff, too - nappies, the odd toy or book, baby wipes, baby bath and lotion; all so much cheaper than places like Boots. I bought a few xmas presents there last year and am tempted by a few things this year.

SomeBear Thu 08-Nov-12 21:22:02

We are regular shoppers at Aldi, and for the last 6 weeks have done our full grocery shops there. I'm a huge fan of the basics - fruit and vegetables seems to last a lot longer than Asda or Sainsbury's (the two alternative supermarkets around here) and haven't yet had a dud meal. We're getting on well with their own branded condiments and no one has noticed the changed mayonnaise, ketchup etc. The non-food items are what originally attracted me to the store - the interlocking mats and fleece blankets are excellent for instance. I was also pleasantly surprised at how good customer services are when I had a problem with something I had bought.

This year it is just the five of us for Christmas so will be getting our meal from Aldi - I am tempted to splash out on the 5 bird roast, but otherwise will just get a chicken. I was looking at the puddings etc last week so will get them with each week's shopping leading up to December. The children loved all the chocolates from Aldi in their stocking last year - caramel mice and little bars of chocolate, from memory.

Money saving tip would be to take a list and not get swept along with the hysteria that seems to build up to Christmas eve.

plum100 Thu 08-Nov-12 21:23:59

I have shopped at Aldi for over a year now - originally I went as we had moved and it was the closest supermarket. I found it to be brilliant as it was smaller than Asda I can get in and do my shop in under 45 mins. It has less choice than Asda but I find this to be a plus rather than negative - 1) you dont spend as much and 2) because there are less convenience foods I find i buy fresh ingredients and make much more home cooked food. I did go back to asda a few months ago thinking is aldi really as good value as i think and it really really is , and mu family said they actually preferred Aldi. We are a family of 5 so have to watch the pennies but I dont think i could ever justify going back to the main stores and paying so much more. We got all our xmas food at aldi last year and will again this year - the products are on par with leading brand they really are. Keep upi the good work Aldi we love you xx

Tortoise Thu 08-Nov-12 21:49:34

I used to shop at Aldi but my easiest to get to store was replaced with farm foods! Now i can only get to a store if i can get a lift as i don't drive.

We converted to shopping weekly at Aldi a few months ago. The nappies are great, price and quality, very useful with a new baby in our house. We love things like prosecco, mozzarella, prosciutto, gluhwein, stollen...all the lovely continental goodies. I enjoy baking, especially at Xmas, and will stock up on the big tubs of cocoa powder, flour etc. I will be buying the chocolate reindeer for my eldest DS and my nephews. Belgian chocolates or truffles for our neighbours. We will stock up on wine too. We are happy with overall quality and the friendly/helpful staff as well. Only thing I haven't been keen on is the hummus.

flamingtoaster Thu 08-Nov-12 21:55:28

I only shop in Aldi when we are over in that part of town. Having looked at the website I think I'll have to make a special trip though for the stollen - great price - and some of the other Christmas treats. I'm also tempted by some of the meats - I didn't realize Aldi did free range turkeys, for example.

My tip for saving money at Christmas is to start with cards and wrapping paper in the January sales and pick up what you can via sales and special offers during the year. Do not go mad and buy too much food at Christmas - you are not stocking up for a siege - just a few days!

Elkieb Thu 08-Nov-12 22:02:45

Hello, this will be my first aldi Christmas. We're off to my mums so are in charge of pudding. My husband loves all German food so is very excited by the German sweets available on the 15th. I'll be buying Christmas pudding and the specially selected apple pie which is amazing. I love the iPhone app and plan to get stuff from the 'aisle of wonder' when the budget allows. I am a happy customer grin

ouryve Thu 08-Nov-12 22:14:39

I don't think I've set foot in an Aldi for over a decade.

Some of the meat looks interesting. I tend to buy higher welfare emat where possible and noticed there's an option of a free range bronze turkey. I can't say whether or not I think it's competitive, since there's no weight given and I haven't seen how much other shops are charging this year. Our nearest Aldi shares a small car park with a TX Maxx and you have to get there first thing to get a space, so it would have to be really good to tempt me.

In terms of keeping costs down for Christmas, I buy freezable trimmings, or the ingredients for them on multisavers in November. Spending a quiet November evening making a big batch of pigs in blankets is a lot less hassle than doing it on the day, or even the day before - it can even be relaxing with the kitchen radio blasting away and no pressure. It also means I can use better quality sausages and bacon than what is usually found in the ready made ones.

YoYoYoMrWhite Thu 08-Nov-12 22:20:09

I would love to shop at Aldi more but it is too far away.
When I do force ask my mum to take me I've always liked the produce and found it to be good value.

HappySunflower Thu 08-Nov-12 22:22:04

Yes- I already shop at Aldi
I will do most of my Christmas shop there, and have already started!
Best bargain....nappies!
I scour the vouchercodes website and also the money saving threads here on Mumsnet

garlicbaguette Thu 08-Nov-12 22:41:34

Are you an Aldi shopper already?
Yes, I'm an addict!

If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there?
I will do the full shop at Aldi. I love the way they do Christmas. The four-bird roast is even better than I expected. The mini stollen are irresistible. Even the Christmas cards and wrapping paper are good, as are the stocking fillers and toys.

What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?
Hard to say! I bought the DAB radio for £25, which is a winner, and the plants are always good. I'm committed to the Lacura skincare range: I'm currently loving the HLA products.

Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips
I recommend getting the Aldi catalogue each week, so you know what to look out for, and visiting the store on Sundays and Thursdays when new stock is added.

Aldi's "specially selected" range is the same produce at least as good as the premium ranges in branded supermarkets, as are all the cooked meats. In fact, I dare say the cooked meats are better - it's a German company, of course they're good at delikatessen! Naice ham for your canapés grin

Similarly, Aldi's chocolate and 'treats' such as the Florentines and the bags of filled wafer biscuits are miles better than what you get in other British supermarkets. I try not to tell too many people about the 90% chocolate at 99p for 5 individually wrapped 125g bars. It sells out quickly and when I want my fix, I want it now! So, everybody, DON'T LOOK at the pinky-purple pack! Another amazing treat in the same range is the dark chocolate with chilli. Scrumptious. Aldi's rip-off Mars, Snickers, Kit-Kats, etc, are indistinguishable from the real thing and much cheaper.

For budget present shopping, it's better not to have a fixed list. If you know what kind of things your loved ones want, browsing with an open mind will net you the best buys at Aldi as well as in markets and at discount sites - physical or online.

I would buy Aldi specials such as electronics, household goods and power tools as they come in store throughout the year, saving them for Christmas and birthdays. Not only are the prices very good on this sort of thing, the quality's outstanding as a rule.

More generally - households at Christmas seem to feature too much pastry and too little fresh stuff. I tend to resist the temptation to lay in 1,000 pies, replacing half the quantity with lovely fresh herb salads, big bowls of crudités and interesting selections of fruit. I'm not sure if this is a money-saving tip but it does liven up the jaded seasonal palate.

Best money-saving Christmas tip: Don't buy too many presents. For people who do the whole mountain of gifts thing, one really good gift and a load of well-chosen cheap things does the job well. Tubes of Smarties, nail buffing sets, packs of cards and suchlike are brilliant and show you've thought about what the recipient really likes. Don't buy presents for all your neighbours, all the other mums and all your DC's teachers. Make a batch of something - cakes if you're a baker, pretty mirrors if you're crafty, etc - and give them all the same. It's not cheap, it's charming smile

Blimey, is it nearly Christmas? shock

honoraglossop Thu 08-Nov-12 22:51:11

I do an online shop mainly. Ive been to local aldi a few times. I wasnt that impressed really- but looking at this thread maybe it was that I didnt know what i was looking for. I tend to buy sainsburys basics things so price wise not a lot in it.

I'm a bit tempted by the stollen though so may give that a go this year.

My main tip is not to buy so much stuff smile honestly make a list and stick to it and dont go crazy with loads of extra cakes/ sweets/ chocolate

fusspot66 Thu 08-Nov-12 23:28:41

I have my eye on the chocolate Santa's and reindeer and coins. I like the European style of Christmas....Stollen etc. Was impressed by the chocolate coins being sterling this year. Usually try to steer past the temptations
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We love aldi, shop there every week. We will do our christmas shop there.

Last years cheeses were fantastic, aldis mince pies are our favourite --weve already had 4 boxes-- the christmas chocolate lollys 'figures' etc are loved by my dcs. Nuts, crisps, crackers, pringles stackers, all lovely and great prices.
Always get our fruit and veg there, didn't personally like the 4 bird roast but it could have been from anywhere and I wouldn't have, all the family loved it though.

Love the random isle aswell, christmas slipper socks brought in 2010 still adored by the dcs, good wrapping paper too.

BoerWarKids Fri 09-Nov-12 01:15:16

Yes, I'm a regular shopper in Aldi. I don't do my whole shop in one supermarket, I get bits and bobs throughout the week at various shops.

A particular Aldi favourite is the Manuka honey, cheaper than anywhere else I can find and delicious! I like the meat, cheese and yoghurts too.

Every year, I've loved the Christmas stuff in Aldi smile
This year looks great, the Black Forest stollen looks amazing, will definitely pick one up! Also looking forward to trying the own-brand version of Bailey's wink

EllenParsons Fri 09-Nov-12 01:21:34

I'm not a regular aldi shopper now as I have recently moved to London and live fAirly central, where there are no Aldis. I use Tesco express most of the time as its the most convenient, but my local one is really small and rubbish so I will branch out elsewhere if I need specific stuff for Christmas - was thinking ocado maybe as they have some good offers online for new customers at the moment. I did use aldi quite often when I lived in a town in the north which had one convenient to me.

My aldi favourite is not food but the Lacura face serum! A bargain and really good quality. I normally go to my parents for Christmas and they shop at aldi and lidl and they seem to have loads of really nice bits and I like the fact it's a bit different to the standard products you always see.

To get bargains I will mainly just be looking for the offers in supermarkets and keeping aware of any deals online etc.

garlicbaguette Fri 09-Nov-12 01:31:39

Oooh, BWK, the Baileys-alike is nice! I've had to give it up due to dairy intolerance <sobs> ... but the £4.99 Amaretto is also pretty good with my coffee or cocoa smile

Glad you mentioned the honey. I don't stretch to Manuka, or I would, but have just finished a jar of the generic (not single flower) clear honey, which is gorgeous! If you'd told me it was a specialist variety, I'd have believed you.

Just realised non-Aldi aficionados won't have realised they do things like a choice of different single-crop honeys or various styles of ground coffee. (Sshh, don't tell 'em ... ) Cereals are really good, too, imo, especially the mueslis.

piprabbit Fri 09-Nov-12 01:32:48

I buy stocking fillers from Aldi (chocolates, socks and that sort of stuff).
We also often do a hamper of treats for older family members and we mix in Aldi stuff with branded items to make our money go further (Especially spirites and the 'continental' type ranges of nibbles and stuff),

I never buy anything full price - I shop the internet carefully and always try and get the best value I can. I budget quite carefully when it comes to presents and if I can't find an expensive item reduced to being within budget - well I just have to change my plans and get something different.

I'm also happy to supplement the children's presents with second hand items from ebay or from our local NCT nearly new sale. Maybe not their main present - but extra bits of train set or lego or similar.

MrsBucketxx Fri 09-Nov-12 08:14:26

i do all my shopping at aldi, and christmas is no exception.

i &#9829; their 4 bird roast and it happily feed all of us for christmas.

the gingerbread houses taste great and look amazing as decorations too.
i love looking for all the deals for stocking fillers, kids books, warm socks for mum, the list goes on and on.
the baileys equivalent is awsome and stocked up for a few months over the winter

cant think of anything i dislike, only the parking i suppose and that its so packed. keep up the good work aldi.

economymode Fri 09-Nov-12 08:20:51

Oh,I missed the free-range turkey option. I stand corrected. Well done Aldi!

We are quite far away from an Aldi so only shop there occasionally. My Dad shops there every week however and as we will be spending Christmas with him I think we'll probably be having quite an Aldi Christmas grin

I like the fruit and veg - always way cheaper than tesco and good quality usually. Crisps etc always go down well and I love the 'anything' aisles - always pick up some bargains I don't need

Tip : spread the cost, buy bits when you see them. Amazing how quickly it all mounts up reasonably painlessly!

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there?

I do shop at Aldi occasionally but our local one is relatively small so I don't do a "Big Shop" there, ever. I can't buy things like baby formula there but I LOVE the Mamia nappies so make a trip to Aldi every month just to stock up on them

I won't be doing my full Christmas shop in Aldo for the reasons mentioned above. It is rather small and doesn't stock everything I need.

What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

The best bargain I pick up from Aldi is most definitely the nappies. They are far superior to the premium brands like Huggies and Pampers and beat all of the other supermarket brands hands down. We very very rarely have leaks with Mamia but with the other brands we had daily leaks!!

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?

I do like to shop at Aldi and will be going there to buy cakes and things - they usually do some nice big Pannetone which we always have at Christmas.

cheekydevil Fri 09-Nov-12 11:10:09

Am a regular Aldi shopper.
My favourites are the beef wellington which are much nicer and better value than the competition.
The Giant King Prawns with garlic and herb which Aldi inform me will be available again in March sad need them before then.
The dishwasher tablets which are approved by which
The chilli and cherry chocolate.
Tiger bread.
Low fat cholesterol lowering yoghurt drinks.
I have won 2 wine tasting evenings with their Pinot Noir.
Hopkins white rum.
Champagne Brandy (although that appears to have disappeared)
Their website, put a question on it and they answer it! Am just going to post the champagne brandy question me thinks....

Lio Fri 09-Nov-12 12:39:46

I shop at Aldi about once every three weeks. We are visiting family for Christmas so I won't be doing the shopping at Christmas day but if Aldi want full feedback, the truth is I wouldn't shop there for Christmas day anyway. The reason I mostly use Waitrose is that I have more faith in them as an ethical business than I do any other supermarket, and since I would get the turkey from Waitrose I would also get the veg and what-not from there as well, just for the practical reason of doing it all in one place.

I go into Aldi every so often because I think some of their 'non-food' stuff (the revolving new stock) is excellent, like the cycling gear and gardening stuff I've picked up over the years. Best bargains were waterproof, warm coats for the children about 2 winters ago. Waterproof coats are in short supply elsewhere, which is kind of nuts but there you go.

While I'm there to look at the non-food stuff, I always plan to buy fruit and veg too as I think the quality of their fresh food is good and the prices are good. If we need other things e.g. bread, breakfast cereals, dishwasher tablets (i.e. a whole range of things) I will pick them up at the same time but probably not meat as (rightly or wrongly) I don't associate Aldi with free range and organic.

Leading up to Christmas I will very likely buy treats (sweets, biscuits, nuts) and alcohol at Aldi and think overall the quality and pricing is very good.

Happiestinwellybobs Fri 09-Nov-12 12:53:36

I love the Aldi Thursday & Sunday specials - and recently picked up some stocking fillers. I love the fruit & veg and fresh meat too. Website for Christmas looks great - definitely tempted to buy our Christmas Day bird from Aldi this year.

And we are certainly having the chocolate bombs!!

garlicbaguette Fri 09-Nov-12 13:18:19

Lio, I agree with you about Waitrose but Aldi operates to a much better ethical standard than we've come to expect from bargain stores. Neither Aldi nor Lidl use workfare staff - the only supermarkets, other than Waitrose, to opt out - and their pay & conditions are better than the others, too. A far higher proportion of Aldi produce is free-range, line-caught, ethically farmed, fairtrade, etc, than you might expect. I think they've only recently cottoned on that we care so much about these things. German regulations are stricter than ours so they make less of a song and dance about it than British firms.

No, I don't work for them!!

bumponboardagain Fri 09-Nov-12 13:18:41

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

Yes! I Love Aldi and was converted this year. Finances were getting more and more stretched, so thought I'd give Aldi a go. I was really suprised at how good the quality was and the range on offer.

I am planning to do our full Christmas shop there this year. In fact, since I started shopping at Aldi in January, I have hardly set foot in another supermarket. We will be getting a turkey and a 4 bird roast from Aldi (we are having lots of family visiting over a number of days!)as well as all the fruit and veg, trimmings, treats and baking goods. I have already bought the childrens stocking fillers from Aldi.

When I started shopping at Aldi I felt, like others have said, that they didnt always stock what I wanted or I would need to go somewhere else to buy toiletries, cosmetics, washing powder etc. However financially, we got to a point were it was a case of try the Aldi stuff or do without. This is were I discovered my best ever bargains from Aldi! I love the Lacura range! The 3 in 1 face wipes (about 85p I think) and Q10 day cream (about £1.99 I think) are absolute bargains and my skin approves! Also, the shower gel, bubble bath, shampoo and conditioners etc are all fantastic for my whole family (including my husband who suffers eczema). Other regular bargains are the Super 6 deals. Fruit and veg in Aldi is great value and quality. This week we have stocked up on the Butternut squash, apples and clementines, all at 69p each, which are big favourites in our house.

I would have never even considered doing a full weekly let alone Christmas shop at Aldi before I tried it, but now I think anyone who shops else where and spends twice or three times as much as it would cost at Aldi is mad!!!

Top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips

My top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain is plan plan plan! If I see a bargain throughout the year that I think would be a good gift for someone at Christmas I buy it and put it away. I tend to often find nice toys, clothes, pjs etc in Aldi throughout the year which I pick up here and there for Christmas to help spread the cost. In October I also write a list of who I will be buying gifts for and how much I want to spend. I then make it my mission to spend less than planned! I set aside a day to trawl the internet looking at different sites that have offers on toys, toiletries etc and free delivery. I have bought a lot of stuff from three different websites which offered free delivery on any amount spent, excellent priced branded clothes and great deals on books.

I wish I had discovered Aldi sooner!

As you can see I love Aldi and would love to win that voucher!!!

Blatherskite Fri 09-Nov-12 13:21:52

Thanks to this thread, I have today bought - Florentines, Dishwasher tablets, Chocolate Santas, Nappies and Wipes - and would have had a chocolate bombe too if I'd been able to find one - plus a dozen other items that caught my eye on the way round!

I'll be going back for Prosecco and Irish cream before Christmas too I think!

Blatherskite Fri 09-Nov-12 13:32:52

Oh and I discovered Aldi nappies while doing the trial for Mumsnet so thank you for doing that

Kewcumber Fri 09-Nov-12 13:47:44

I love aldi. (Does that make me more likely to win?)

Christmas specially selected mince pies are divine, easily as good as M&S (I'd even go as far as to say better) the chocolate reindeers also fab

garlicbaguette Fri 09-Nov-12 13:48:18

Lio, I thought you might like to see this from the website's FAQ:
"ALDI is committed to animal welfare and against animal testing. We introduced our ban on animal testing of products and ingredients in 1992, ahead of legislation and before many of our competitors. This ban applies to all ALDI brand cosmetics, household cleaners and healthcare products."

My biggest gripe about Aldi is that they don't accept credit cards (only debit cards). I'm surprised to see some Scottish and Welsh branches do, so am hoping they'll be able to roll this out before long.

we love the cheap fruit and veg and we'll be going to ALDI to stock up on christmas nibbles and treats; cakes, chocolates and stollen etc. - love it!

babybrain3 Fri 09-Nov-12 13:56:59

We have just changed over to aldi for our weekly food shop, and not only is it cheaper, but the food is actually much nicer too! Wish I had done it years ago!

stickylittlefingers Fri 09-Nov-12 14:15:26

I am only a very occasional Aldi shopper (we have two Lidls within easy reach and Aldi is the other side of town). Having looked at the website I'm not convinced it's worth making an extra journey - the things that would be available at Aldi that aren't available at Lidl haven't leapt out at me.

cheekydevil Fri 09-Nov-12 14:17:12

Just been to Aldi and bought my Christmas Turkey 4.2Kilos for £9.99, very much toying with the idea of that Christmas Pudding for £7.99 that has been said to be better than Fortnum's and Crabbie's ginger mulled wine is a must smile

Bunnywithafunnyeye Fri 09-Nov-12 14:55:06

Can confess to being an out and out snob but 'discovered' Aldi a few months ago and haven't looked back. I feel like I'm sticking two fingers up to the rip off huge supermarkets with their crappy Bogofs and pretend deals.

Things we always buy from Aldi: chocolate brioche, mature cheddar, bread machine mix, milk, spreadable light butter, weetabix type thing, luxury yogurts, magnum type ice creams (better than magnums), the clancy range of nuts, bleach, cleaning cloths, black bin bags, fillet and sirloin steak (brilliant), washing up liquid, face serum, loo roll, hairspray, dishwasher tabs, sage and onion stuffing (fab), strawberry conserve, teabags (look like Twinings, great), prawn crackers, chocolate orange wave shapes, all in one lemon shine cleaner.

Things we would absolutely buy from Aldi if they were better: liquid washing detergent (not high enough percentage of active ingredients, not as good as Persil), fabric conditioner (doesn't smell strong enough), non-concentrate orange juice (del rivo is just gopping in Aldi), frozen salmon en croute (tried Northern Catch - horrible, 'hard' salmon), 'wholefoods' pistachios (taste like dust).

Wish Aldi had ski gear in now.

Absolutely love how the cashiers work so fast, that style of service suits me brilliantly.

Regular Aldi shopper since one opened up near me a couple of months ago. Had never shopped there before then. Haven't had anything bad at all, everything has been top quality. I love the fruit and veg offers and can't believe how little we spend there compared to other supermarkets - it's regularly half the price of a comparable shop in Sainsbury's or Tesco.

We're not having Christmas at ours so no need for me to do a full Xmas shop anywhere, but I'll certainly be stocking up on things like nuts, crisps and alcohol from Aldi for the festive period.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 09-Nov-12 16:33:04

DOn't have one near me, but my Mum does and I like the chocolates from Aldi.

Aldi pay their staff better than any of the other supermarkets ...

magentastardust Fri 09-Nov-12 16:35:28

I have never shopped at Aldi , nearest one is about 12 miles away but I am away to look at the website just now as I am always hearing good things about it . Hear lots about ski wear and nibbles and fruit and veg so will def be looking in for some of the Christmas food shop. Food prices getting so ridiculous even with being careful-so I am happy to make more savings on my shopping.

My best bargain tips for Christmas is shop around check out which offers are on and try and be as organised as possible to make the most of deals .

loubielou31 Fri 09-Nov-12 16:55:41

How funny that this thread has appeared, I've just done my second Aldi shop. It will be the second of many as I am likely to make it my regular supermarket if I'm happy with the quality because I am already impressed by the prices. The things I've tried so far have been good.

The shops are a nice size, big enough to stock a good range of products without it taking two hours to do the weekly shop.

I like that there is only one variety of most things. It makes the process of shopping with a toddler in tow much easier when you don't have to stand in front of a whole aisle of for example, baked beans, trying to work out which are the best value.

It is always fun to see what special purchase items are in the middle aisles.

I would like it if there was a slightly bigger range of fruits and vegetables, things like root ginger which are staples in my house are not stocked at my local store. I would also like to see a range of canned beans and pulses because I often bulk out a shepherds pie or casserole with these things to make the dish go further and help me keep to a budget.

I will not be doing my whole Christmas shop in Aldi because there are a number of more specialist ingredients that I just wouldn't be able to buy. Cake decorating ingredients or vaccum packed chestnuts. I will however be buying all my German Christmas staples like stollen. I'd like to know why the Gluhwein I've been buying for 1 euro in Germany is £5 here in the UK. It can't all be tax surely.

Tyranasaurus Fri 09-Nov-12 17:14:18

I have shopped once in aldi and whilst not scruffy like i expected 'm not bothered about going back. there was some cheap good quality stuff but it was a bt random and seemed like one of those places where people buy loads of stuff they don't need because it's a bargain

Pinkspottyegg Fri 09-Nov-12 17:18:02

Aldi is my regular supermarket. I think the produce is excellent value all year round and your 4 bird roast is always a regular feature for us every Xmas. We always buy one just in case something goes wrong weather wise or turkey wise (as it has in the past). It's great in an emergency as it can be cooked from frozen.
Merry Xmas Aldi - I love you

whattodoo Fri 09-Nov-12 17:53:38

There isn't an Aldi conveniently near to me at the moment, but I believe one is planned for next year.
I have never shopped at an Aldi, but the website looks good and the products look good quality (as much as you can tell from a pic!) and good value.
I try to buy my non-perishables throughout the year when I see it on offer.
Likewise, I try to bulk buy where poss and then freeze what I can.

garlicbaguette Fri 09-Nov-12 18:16:20

Tyra, it looks random at first because you've been 'trained' to look for particular brands. Aldi compensates to a certain extent with look-alike packaging but, all the same, you're not staring at serried ranks of branded goods as in an 'ordinary' store. There are only two rows of dishwasher tablets, for example, because that's enough - the thirty rows in Sainsbury's are the same products in thirty different packs. (For reference, Aldi's 5-in-1 is as good as Finish and a third of the price.)

I didn't buy anything on my first visit. My sister told me to go back and take time to look properly. Glad she did!

I have just bought a stollen. All to myself. <burps>

Adversecamber Fri 09-Nov-12 18:30:14

I have started shopping in Aldi and am a big fan of the Q10 face cream. The publicity about that was the first time I considered going. My only complaint is that the store has a much smaller car park than the bigger supermarkets but it is now really much harder to get a space as so much more popular.

I do find the frenzy of having to just chuck stuff straight in your trolley a bit stressful once through the checkout. Staff at the one I go to seem nice and have just bought good value chocolate for presents. My dsis says there is not one on the Isle of Wight so maybe consider building one there, they have no ASDA either. Just a giant TESCO and a Morrisons. I buy at least half my shopping with you.

I love Aldi. I used to shop at Waitrose, switched to part time work and to Aldi at the same time and DH didn't even notice until I told him. We both think the quality of the food is excellent; favourites are the 79p (!) packets of hot and mild pepperoni, and the wonderful chocolate biscuits that I temporarily can't remember the name of...argh.

To make Christmas feel more affordable I've been buying one thing each week for a while now, whether it's biscuits, or a bottle of wine etc, so when it gets to Christmas week we won't suddenly have masses to buy. I'm definitely planning to do the whole Christmas shop there.

Popumpkin Fri 09-Nov-12 19:14:53

I shop at Aldi most weeks and there are certain things I would only buy there (Aldi's own version of Lucozade Sport, nappies, ready made lasagne etc.). I will be doing a "big shop" there at Christmas but will probably have to go to Morrisons too as there are still a few things Aldi don't stock. After looking at the website, I'm particularly interested in the Glen Marnoch single malt grin.

SirBoobAlot Fri 09-Nov-12 19:37:36

Can't get to one easily <sob> it would be two buses and a bit of a walk!

I shop irregularly at Aldi as I don't drive and they don't offer online shopping. My parents love it though so I go there when visiting them - we get cheese, ham, olives and general deli stuff as well as beers and wine. I also like to check the non-food items too for good deals.

I prep for Xmas by keeping an eye on daily deal sites and staggering my shopping over the year.

TurquoiseCat Fri 09-Nov-12 19:56:03

I'm a regular aldi shopper, about a third of all my food comes from here. I shop there even more now BabyCat has arrived because the nappies are brilliant and a blinking bargain.

We did our Christmas shop at aldi last year. This year we'll be using up our nectar points so will only get bits and pieces from aldi. However, I've already bought my Turkish delight (half the price of anywhere else) and white chocolate coins. Oh, and I picked up two jars of seafood sauce this week - one for Christmas, and one for testing beforehand! grin

I will also be getting my cooked meats from aldi, as well as some stollen bites and a panettone.

Best bargain? Probably the nappies for day to day, but I've just picked up some wooden toy block sets and some hand puppets for bargainous prices!

FadBook Fri 09-Nov-12 20:12:57

I was converted to Aldi at the beginning of the year and do 90% of my food shopping there, spending on average £50 per week (I was there today too!)

I have in fact got some Christmas bits today including wrapping paper, labels and advent calendars (for 15 month old dd and 37 year old DP!)

Having not shopped at Aldi at Xmas time previously, the variety of goods that I saw today was great. I need to have a good look through but saw a nice selection of biscuits and chocolates that I know my grandparents would be thrilled with, and even spotted some toys for DD's friends which won't dent my bank balance!

My tipsfor Xmas is to budget. Set up a spreadsheet early in the year and work out who you need to buy for, spend per person and add additional Xmas things such as wrapping paper, stamps, cards etc so you don't forget them. I then do a food / drink list too around early November and begin adding these to my weekly shop so that the main Xmas shop isn't as expensive.

garlicbaguette Fri 09-Nov-12 20:37:23

Blimey, Fad, you spreadsheet Christmas? [impressed]
Have you realised people would pay you for this???!!

41notTrendy Fri 09-Nov-12 20:51:18

I do a spreadsheet blush
Went to Aldi yesterday, £50, but £15 of that was extras, stollen bites, Sellotape dispenser, wine and port. Says a lot about us grin
The deli meats are fab. Am a bit smitten with Aldi!

FadBook Fri 09-Nov-12 21:12:31

blush what's worse is I can refer back to last year, 2010 & 2009 to see what I brought people blushblush grin

In my defence I had to get organised the other year because I was working so many hours and got caught short with money, forgetting key people like my mum and so it's kind of a necessity now!

It does make me budget though, so I know we will be spending an additional £850 over Christmas which, if you don't budget, you end up using cards (been there) or just running out of money when you need specific things you've forgotten.

Have a budget and stick to it!

(PM me if you want a blank copy of spread sheet, it'll cost you in kind words wink)

Anifrangapani Fri 09-Nov-12 21:17:36

Stollen........... how good? If you haven't tried it do. I have been known to claim it as all my own doing.
We do most of our shop there. Cheap vege is fab.
Best bargins - parmasen cheese, latest cycling top, chocolate wasing powder, silicon baking tray liners, passatta, pesto, tea bags, nutty muesli, flour - 50% plain plus 50% strong flour makes best bread flour.
I love the random bargins too.
Gripes - no golden syrup. That alone means I go to a Tesco and spend a fortune on things I don't need

AllSWornOut Fri 09-Nov-12 21:26:05

I love Aldi, but don't go that often as there isn't one conveniently close to us. I will be making a trip out in the run up to Christmas though to get some of the special foods We got stollen bites last year which were very addictive - hoping they'll be in again this year.

KateF Fri 09-Nov-12 22:32:36

I've shopped at Aldi on and off for years but now do virtually all my shopping there since becoming a lone parent and having to budget very tightly. Best buys are baked beans, tinned tomatoes, fair trade tea and coffee, biscuits, cat food (very fussy cats like it), cold meats and cheese and skin care products for fussy teenage dd as well as me.

I always buy Christmas stuff at Aldi - chocolate covered marzipan, stollen, choc reindeers for stockings etc. This year will probably try the four bird roast and get an apple strudel as none of us likes Christmas pudding.

As far as bargains go I think the key is not to go crazy-it's just a big roast dinner with some extra treats. Buy things because you like them not because some advert says it's what you should have at Christmas. I don't do mountains of presents for the dds - something they really want as a main gift, a couple of smaller gifts, a few books and a small stocking.

rathlin Fri 09-Nov-12 22:41:34

The luxury xmas pudding looks yummy on the website so would consider that. I don't live near an Aldi so not very familiar with what it has in store but I always hear friends going on about great bargains from it and the food being better than that available from the standard stores.
Best bargain tip for Christmas....ebay to supplement a new present. Last year we bought my DS some Brio railway bits but supplemented it with loads of track and train from ebay.

GetKnitted Fri 09-Nov-12 23:32:22

We shop at aldi regularly for specific things, their nappies and their fruit and vege are great, but they do also have a full basic range if we wanted to do the full shop their. We don't do a massive christmas shop, so no need to decide where to shop, other than taking advantage of any of the shop here and get £25 back deals. Best deal was probably ds's wooden train set.

I am a relatively new Aldi shopper but still go for occasional big hits rather than regularly as it isn't all that near to us.

I'm sure we will get some of our Christmas stuff there, but probably not everything as I find there are usually one or two things I just can't get there so we will be using other supermarkets as well. I am hoping there will be lots of Continental Christmas goodies though (lebkuchen? and so on) as I love these and have grown up with them.

My favourite Aldi bargain is the nappies, they are fab, as good as the top-brand ones we used to use but massively cheaper. I only wish we'd discovered them sooner, as DD is nearly out of nappies now! I also loved the crispy fried onion bits I picked up there once for just a few pence, they are fab added to mashed potatoes, gravy etc for extra flavour.

3bunnies Sat 10-Nov-12 06:54:15

Unfortunately our nearest store is over 10 miles away, in a town which we wouldn't normally go to (not a major shooping destination), I think the cost of petrol would negate the savings.

The website looks good, and under other circumstances might consider it. I do go to Lidl for continental food - chocolates, panettone, stollen, olive oil, etc. Is better and cheaper than UK supermarkets. I guess I wouldn't do a full shop because I wouldn't be guaranteed to get everything I wanted.

My money saving tips are to buy presents throughout the year when on special offer and go to parent's houses so don't have to cater over Christmas! we have little choice over this and does have downsides, but not paying for catering is a silver lining!

HolofernesesHead Sat 10-Nov-12 07:40:16

I might give Aldi a go. There's one on the nearest town to me, and I remember going to an Aldi years ago before I moved here, and loving all the gorgeous German food. Website wasn't really all that helpful tbh, but maybe that's because I'm looking at it on my phone and can't see all the fliers.

We used to buy the Cafe Verona coffee from Starbucks, but as it slowly crept up to over £4 a bag we decided it was a bit much. I now get the Aldi Italian Roast (or some similar name) ground coffee, and it is LOVELY and less than £2 smile

roguepixie Sat 10-Nov-12 08:43:55

I am an Aldi-virgin. I have never been to one of the store and have never looked at their website ... until now. The need to save money means that all options and avenues need to be considered - cheaper options on staples etc are necessary for many of us nowadays. The high prices charged by other supermarkets for items that are neither expensive in themselves or at other retailers is shocking and, judging from the reviews of Aldi on other threads on this Forum, Aldi's is an excellent place to shop - if you have one close enough!

I am going to check on one out tomorrow - my MIL is also coming along for a look-see. I would have to shop on a Saturday or Sunday as my 'local' Aldi's is not close enough to walk to and I don't have a car during the week.

The website looks good - I am going to try their Christmas Pudding this year - which has won a 'best taste' comparison test. Their mince pies look good too. My SIL had their 4 bird Christmas roast last year and said it was lovely, realy tasty.

johnworf Sat 10-Nov-12 09:25:31

I used to do all my shopping at Ocado but it gradually got too much. I'm now a firm ALDI shopper and love their small but perfectly formed range. Even the children love it and they are a tough crowd to please.

I've already bought the chocolate reindeers for xmas which was a bad idea as one has gone AWOL (cough) blush. I'm excited to see their turkey crowns are very reasonably priced this year.

For all you ALDI virgins, the number of awards by Good Housekeeping given to ALDI products is getter bigger all the time. Don't be put off thinking that cheap means lesser quality.

My tip is to look out for their special buys each week...they are changed each Thursday and Sunday and bag yourself a bargain. They really don't hang around in the store very long!

Kewcumber Sat 10-Nov-12 09:30:32

And if you are picky about meat - keep an eye out for the "british" labelled fresh meat and free range british chicken which at £5 are excellent value. I buy to cover a family of 7 and have leftovers.

roguepixie - their specially selected mince pies are excellent. am going to try the stollen bites this year (which given they are german really ought to be good!)

Procrastinating Sat 10-Nov-12 09:32:26

I can't see anything there for a vegetarian Christmas (unless we have chocolate for dinner).
So I wouldn't bother.

Aldi is a bit out of the way for me but I will always call in if I am passing. Their all in one dishwasher tablets are the best around for the money. I have always avoided the meat section but was really surprised to see in the website that they sell British meat and some free range products too.

My bargain tip for Christmas? Adli's deli section rocks for your cheeseboard charcuterie needs. Other than that use your freezer for left overs, use your cheeseboard scraps to make pasta sauce and bubble and squeak is bloody lovely!

AndiMac Sat 10-Nov-12 09:50:10

Aldi chocolates and biscuits for Christmas are the absolute best for quality and price. I always make a point of stocking up on these when I go to Aldi, as my nearest one isn't very near and I only make it only every few months. I would shop there more regularly if it wasn't 30 miles round trip.

My Christmas saving tip is don't ignore the frozen aisle for food items. Frozen is often cheaper than the same thing fresh, especially if all you are going to do is put it into the freezer at home!

Kewcumber Sat 10-Nov-12 09:57:39

Frozen stonebake pizzas are excellent and hardly take up any space in the freezer

Eggrules Sat 10-Nov-12 10:03:49

I occasionally shop at Aldi and am intending to do my Christmas shop there. I fancy bird within a bird or a turkey crown. Essentials are chocolate coins, Danish biscuits, chocolate bomb, pud, fresh veg, crackers, cheese and pate.
Best bargain is the fruit and vegetables. A bonus is that it also lasts for ages.

I love the Lacura range and always buy steak and wine when I shop there.

I agree with others that have said write a list to keep within your budget.

There are two frustrating things:

1. I can never find most of what is listed on the special promotions leaflet in store. If I was able to shop on the internet and arrange delivery I would shop at Aldi most of the time;
2. DH brings home the most random "bargains".

PatTheHammer Sat 10-Nov-12 10:41:23

I am chuckling at how familiar lots of these comments are, we have also sadly had a chocolate reindeer go MIA in the last few daysgrin

We've been shopping at Aldi for the last few months, switched from sainsburys and Ocado, although once a month I still do an online shop at one of those to stock up on products other people have already mentioned that Aldi don't do : canned pulses, lentils, plain cous-cous, Thai curry paste, frozen pastry etc.

Aside from those I am LOVING almost everything else we have bought (aside from the houmous), I've also worked out we have been saving at least £20 per week on every shop. Favourites include; cereals, brioche, part baked rolls, cereal bars, fruit and veg (most for 69p!), cold meats, cheeses, pâté, yoghurts, olive oil, passata, eggs, disco biscuits, lemon and lime sports drinks, kids love the squash, nuts, crisps, pork steaks, smoked salmon, frozen fish, cornettoes, baking staples like sugar and flour. The beef in my local store is locally sourced and very good. The free range chicken is excellent value and I really like the bacon.
DH is obsessed with the Torchon Ham, corned beef and the Jelly Beans.
All of the household stuff and toiletries we have tried have been excellent. The washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets deserve the awards. The Lacura skin care and hair care ranges are brilliant value (love the 'herbal' shampoo at the moment).

Christmas wise we are not doing dinner this year but if we were we would definitely use Aldi. I have already stocked up on cards, wrap, choc santas, tree chocs, coins, cheese biscuits etc and will be buying the pannetonne and probably the Stollen.
Best bargains from Aldi:child's thermal underwear sets I bought the other week and winter running gear, especially the running socks, did a half marathon in them the other week and no blisters!

To attract more customers something Aldi may consider could be a points card or something? Lots of people I have recommended Aldi to won't go there as they are obsessed with collecting club card/ nectar points. We still collect through the massive amounts of petrol we use every month so don't really notice but it really seems to matter to some people.

Money saving tip- get invited somewhere for Xmas dinner and arrive bearing gifts of Aldi Prosecco and the Chocolate sea-shellsgrin. Also 2 years ago when we were really skint we baked loads of Xmas biscuits and put them in £1 Kilner jar from wilkinsons which DD decorated, then gave these to all most relatives along with a nice framed photo of the DCs. Only left children to buy for. People appreciate gifts you have put time and effort into rather than money!

MrsJohnDeere Sat 10-Nov-12 10:43:34

I've never shopped at Aldi in this country. We lived in Germany for a year and had one in walking distance but never used it - it was hopeless for anything other than random DIY equipment and pickled vegetables, neither of which we needed, and that has put me off seeking it it in this country,

Looking on their website my nearest one is 30+ minutes away in a direction I never drive, on a route that invariably has horrible traffic jams. I have Waitrose 10 mins away, 2 different Sainsburys 15 mins away, Asda 15 mins away, so I can't see why I would bother to go there.

I like to go somewhere she I can get envy thing, or almost everything, I need in one place. I can't be bothered to drive to different places for different things.

Most of my non-food purchases and bargains are bought online.

Kewcumber Sat 10-Nov-12 10:52:36

DH is obsessed with the Torchon Ham yum - me too.

And the oxtail soup is as good as anywhere.

Kewcumber Sat 10-Nov-12 10:58:32

* I can't see why I would bother to go there.* I go once a month (similar travel/traffic issues to you) and save on average £20 vs the same itens in otehr shops and more to the point get better quality stuff than I can get in Sainsburys.

If you can afford to shop in Waitrose then I agree - why would you bother

PatTheHammer Sat 10-Nov-12 11:24:27

My Aldi is a 15/20 minute drive and I shop there 3 weeks out of 4 without having to go anywhere else (aside from a bread/ milk top up at local co-op).
I agree with the fact that it's the Quality of the items as well as the price that makes me do the drive. Local sainsburys is 5 mins away but I have to be ultra strict and only buy basic product ranges to stick within budget (would still come out more expensive the Aldi).

bryonywhisker Sat 10-Nov-12 11:25:50

I do our big shop there every pay day and then back again once in the month to fill up the fridge again.
Best buys are the cheapest low fat yogs and kids fromage frais, edam slices, cooked meats and ground coffee - even tho we are poor my one everyday luxury is proper coffee and yours is really really good, would like it if you stocked coffee beans.
Sliced bread is great value as is longlife orange juice. Was a bit snobby about loo roll but have converted to your Saxon rolls and they are very good quality. I also love the laudry liquid and washing up liquid.
Sanitary products are also excellent, although it does make me laugh every time I use a 'Florette' tampon. Makes me think of cauliflower!
Frozen fish and chicken are also great value but excellent quality.
Will be doing my big Chistmas shop there.

One of my best bargains was a long handles metal brush for cleaning between block paving - £1.99 but over £15 in the garden centre!

bryonywhisker Sat 10-Nov-12 11:26:39

Oh I forgot cereal! Almost all around £1 a box, whereas brands are around £3 which is just ridiculous.

DanGleebals Sat 10-Nov-12 12:45:56

I like Aldi. It saves us a fair bit each week. The kids love the biscuits and crisps for lunch boxes and the fruit and veg is great value. I also like their pizza and free range chicken. The best bargain is the nappies/wipes. Easily as good as pampers and better than other supermarket own brands. I've already been buying some Christmas treats from there. Mainly sweets/chocolate and stocking fillers, as well as wrapping paper. I am attempting to be very organised this year grin

Kewcumber Sat 10-Nov-12 13:02:16

Orange and dark choclate bars are also divine and in small bars so I don;t actually scoff the lot as soon as I buy them

Piffpaffpoff Sat 10-Nov-12 13:24:25

I've already started my Christmas shopping at Aldi. Today I picked up a sachet of turkey gravy and I will continue to pick up occasional non-perishables on my weekly shopping trips to try and spread the cost a bit. I'll also get stocking filler sweeties and my frozen roast potatoes. I got DH a flexible camera tripod today as a present and I'll keep an eye out on the special deals to see if there are any other potential presents or anyone.

I am an Aldi shopper, I do about 70% of my weekly shop there and then visit Tesco or Asda to pick up specific things I can't get in Aldi such as branded yogurts, some fruit and veg and other stuff.

Best bargain from Aldi is the cycling clothes, got lots and lots of it and for the price, it is excellent.

Money saving tip is to compare the price of every non-food purchase on line to find the best price, then buy it via Quidco if you can to get some cash back.

i like the look of chocolate reindeers at 99p and will definitely be buying some of those and chocolate coins etc to pad out presents for various children.

i can only shop at aldi when i get a lift there generally. i like aldi for chocolate and sweets and bread products (go through tonnes here as ds is a carb monster). faourite aldi product is what me and a friend have dubbed their 'fauxblerones'. i don't find i can do a whole grocery shop there as i seem to find them lacking in the basics - tend to get to the end and think oh is that it?

on a visit to ireland recently i shopped in aldi quite a bit and they are really cheap there compared to others and had lovely ranges of cheeses and sliced meats etc at good prices. was a bit disappointed when i came back and tried aldi here - not as much range it seemed and more expensive on certain things which is strange as ireland is extortionate price wise.

money saving tips is not to go overboard and not to buy too early. when christmas stuff first comes out it is overpriced and tends to drop quickly - by which i mean you don't have to wait for christmas eve just till christmas is mainstream in the shops everywhere.

but if we're talking clothes, toys, etc for gifts then shopping early is the key nowadays - recession means there are sales on throughout the year.

The chocolate reindeers are lovely --i didn't eat the ones I brought early and put away last year, oh no not me--

see that's another reason for not buying early SOC! grin i remember one year where i must have rebought selection packs 3 times due to late night losses of control grin

Leafmould Sat 10-Nov-12 15:31:26

My best aldi bargain was 6 bottles of sherry vinegar for 29p each. Perfect for stir fries.

I am also impressed with my electric toothbrush, which was reduced price too. It broke and the customer service was excellent and I had a replacement posted out to me in days.

I am not looking forward to Xmas shopping. I will buy my meat at the market, my fruit and veg at the wholesalers and the rest at aldi, or the coop. I hope a relative or 2 will come and help me with the cost and the workload.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 10-Nov-12 15:52:38

I would shop at Aldi but there isn't one locally.

I do get bargains by word of mouth often - if I hear something I use is going cheap somewhere and I know someone who shops there,I'll ask them to get it for me.

EqualsX Sat 10-Nov-12 17:35:58

I'm an Aldi shopper, we do all our main shops there. I already started picking up bits for Christmas including the mulled wine and irish cream. (Though my best bargain ever from Aldi was 12 bottles of "Austins" - its own brand Pimms - for a hen party for £6 each!).

For Christmas in particular i'll be getting pickles and cold meats; Gluhwein; chocolate etc and frozen meat for Christmas day. Also smoked salmon and smoked mackerel for Christmas Eve. I also do several Christmas Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child so usually get kids toiletries and sweets.

I like aldi but very rarely go there as it doesn't actually work out cheaper for us. It's not too far (i think maybe 15 miles which isn't much further than the other supermarkets) but as I don't drive for me to buy any more than a bag or two of shopping I would need a taxi which would cost a fortune and I would still need to buy stuff from Asda as well. We get an Asda delivery which is the cheapest option due to location. If aldi did online and had everything we need I would shop there more. I got some lovely chocs last year and gingerbread which was really tasty. I think the last time I was there I got some cracking seafood that was on special. I like the fact that they have more interesting ranges and the whole no frills thing as well. My tip for Christmas prep is that if its just you and your family ie dh and kids then its easier to do a buffet type lunch rather than a sit down roast. I will roast a chicken on Christmas eve and then just things like prawns, dip, crackers, various veg, salad, cheeses, pate, cold meats etc and a pud and we all help ourselves. Takes the stress out of the day for me and its far more relaxed as I don't have to plan around the oven. Means we can spend the day opening and playing with presents and watching Christmas films instead smile

Blipbipbeep Sat 10-Nov-12 18:36:36

DH is the Aldi shopper in our house, and I find it hard to drag him out - he LOVES it! But he does 95% of our grocery shopping so its fine by me, he can shop where he likes.

He says that the Christmas pudding is fab (I don't eat Christmas pudding), he also likes the continental Christmas stuff like stollen and panacotta (?sp).

jan2013 Sat 10-Nov-12 19:07:01

i don't shop at aldi because i don't live in an area that it delivers to and there are no stores near me. its quite disappointing as ive heart really good stuff about it and would love to try it. i would however love to win the voucher as i know of a really amazing person who could really do with it that i could send it to (from mn)

i usually go to marks and spencers to get a few nice treats around christmas the week before, and then to tesco for the rest. i try to just do my main shopping and add enough for one more main meal and a few extra snacky treats over christmas so i don't go overboard - when i have spent loads in the past most of it gets thrown out.

i tend to write lists for christmas presents and aim to buy a couple of presents a month in the run up to christmas. i look on amazon a lot and also use up my boots points every christmas.

Badvoc Sat 10-Nov-12 19:18:22

I live in a village so vacant get to aldi that regularly but when I do go I always buy:
Mayonnaise. Best I have ever tasted.
Tomato sauce. Ditto.
Jams.
Manuka honey for £4!!
Gravy granules. Better than bisto.
Chocolate. Excellent.
Biscuits. Great selection.
Breakfast cereals. Not sugary rubbish.
Bucks fizz is lovely.
Kitchen towels and loo rolls.
Baby wipes and nappies.
Almat non bio gel, softener and pre wash. Best I have ever used and recommended by Good Housekeeping!
The Xmas stuff like lebkucken. Stollen and pannetone is better than any of the other supermarkets.
Must try the 4 bird roast!!

babsmam Sat 10-Nov-12 19:31:58

I shop regularly at aldi especially for cupboard and tin stuff. I can't do a full shop there so don't go as often as I can. Not sure I'm ken on the increasing branded goods that are coming in store now too. If I want branded I go to a different supermarket and seems to be moving away from the ethos of aldi.

I love their Christmas pudding and got mine when they came in a couple of weeks ago. Will probably go back for drinks and other Christmas bits that I can put away.

The best money saving tip is make a list, check it twice and buy bits throughout the year.

Christmas tips I swear by:
Budget per child and stick to it
Look beyond the obvious "must have" plastic toys, as my dcs usually get bored of these after 2 days.
Buy bits way before December, most of my gifts are bought in September, and use sales, eBay and Facebook/local papers for budget brand new toys still in boxes.

I used to shop in aldi and loved your moisturiser, but when we moved there isn't one locally sad

mandhann Sat 10-Nov-12 22:39:33

I love Aldi, I have always been a bit of a food snob I love good food. However with money being tight and after hearing rave reviews from a friend I gave it a go. I started of just buying a few bits and each week I have got more and more, so much so we now do our whole shop there. It is however no frills and you certainly don't get customer service, you have to put the shopping back in the trolley and pack yourself at the back of the tills, so the staff aim to get the shopping through as fast as possible so you have to watch that the food doesn't get squashed, I have had my shopping end up on the floor because i'm too slow! and I find the staff in our store abrupt and rude, the other week a lady in a mobility scooter couldn't pack her shopping and I had to help her because the girl on the till was too busy trying to rush her through. However price and quality out weighs the customer service so I still shop there. My dd loves there crisps and you cannot beat their prices or quality on fruit and veg.My Dh loves their version of toblerone so much so when we had the real thing last week both of us thought aldi's was better. We will definately be having an Aldi christmas!.

I do a lot of shopping in Aldi, although I have to top up with things I can't get there. They had bread flour for about a week and then it disappeared (wasn't a special buy, just on the ordinary shelves).

Most of DH's cycling kit is from Aldi and we got a lovely 18 y-o single malt whisky that was a total bargain!

I love their continental Christmas stuff like stollen and lebkuchen and have picked up a few toys and other bits and bobs for presents already.

Rattitude Sat 10-Nov-12 23:15:14

Are you an Aldi shopper already?
I love Aldi and do my weekly shop there. I get a few extra bits and pieces at Morrisons' but I buy my meat from the local butcher or at a farmers' market.

If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there?
I am not celebrating Christmas at my house so I will only pick up bits and pieces at Aldi between now and mid-December. I really like the mince pies, but I have not yet bought any as I feel it is a little bit too early yet. I may get some of the German cakes and stuff too.

What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?
I think that just about every Aldi product is extremely good value for money, from fruit and vegetables to cleaning products. The wine selection is great: I love the Freeman's bay Sauvignon Blanc and the Toro Loco.
The Special Buys are really good. One of my most popular presents last year was the weather station (which is also in the shops this year): I gave it as a present to three people.

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? N/A

Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?
I will definitely buy the mince pies, possibly the black forest stollen and the salmon wrapped in lemon and tarragon.
I may also buy the chocolate bombe. I tried to read the ingredients when I was in a shop last week but the font was too small and I did not have my glasses with me...

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here
I think you need to plan early so that you have time to compare and contrast the offers in the stores and on the internet. If you leave things to the last minute, you are more likely to panic-buy what could could have been bought more cheaply elsewhere.

In addition, I do think that sometimes Aldi staff are a little bit too brusk at the tills. I got a bit annoyed last week that the person at the still started to put things in my trolley in parallel with my throwing things into my big bag (that was in the trolley!) I don't think I was any slower than if I had just been putting things in the trolley, but she perturbed me... I think she was just trying to force me to comply with the Aldi packing procedure when it had no relevance as I was not slowing down the process. I could imagine older people being a bit overwhelmed at the tills.

Final point: your Java ground coffee is awful... in my humble opinion. wink

tiggy114 Sat 10-Nov-12 23:33:00

We always shop there. Love it. Cheap but good quality and the free range chickens are waaay cheaper than asda or tesco. Love the nappies too. Love the continental xmas goodies. Only one negative, when i'm carrying my toddler in my baby carrier, i feel a bit rushed at the till and can't easily keep up with the cashier.

tiggy114 Sat 10-Nov-12 23:38:10

Also i would love to see mire quorn products. We were chuffed to bits when our local aldi got quorn mince in. Fab. Oh and after reading other comments may i say that the staff in the pontefract branch are lovely and one lad who works filling the shelves was unbelievably helpful to me the other day smile

neontetra Sun 11-Nov-12 10:13:19

We shop in aldi about once a month - tend to stock up on big packs of nappies, washing powder, soft drinks etc. For Christmas we are likely to buy wines, beers and spirits from aldi - the prices are great. Also German food for my dfil who used to live in Germany - we always do him a Christmas hamper. We love the German products aldi has at Christmas - more of those please!

garlicbaguette Sun 11-Nov-12 11:28:07

Not sure I'm keen on the increasing branded goods that are coming in store

That throws me off, too, babsmam. Last week I went for Florette pads and they only had branded! It feels all wrong - if I want discounted 'Always' I can look in the pound shop confused

That said, though, I make a special effort to catch the Dettol spray, WD40 and a few branded cleaning products when they come in as special buys. I perceive those items as different from Aldi's own branded products, so am pleased when I can get them at the price Aldi would charge if they did them. It just seems weird to find a mainstream brand sitting next to the own brand, at a different price!

... or maybe it's me that's weird? ... wink

Aethelfleda Sun 11-Nov-12 11:35:06

I shop weekly at Aldi as we're lucky enough to live close to one. I get about half of my shoppin there and the rest from Sainsbury's, as Aldi doesn't have a full range of some items, eg there's some baking stuff but not quick action yeast (for breadmaking) or caster sugar. The stuff Aldi do sell is great value and high quality, I especially love their deli meat and chilled selection. Good to hear your Christmas range is so comprehensive this year. Had a 4 bird roast on boxing day last year and it was lovely. This year we'll be getting a fresh turkey from our local butcher, but a roasting joint for boxing day from Aldi. I'll also be buying your veg, snacks, squash, fizzy drinks and fruit, pate, crackers, cheese. Don't buy goose fat as we save our fat from duck roasts (yum) and freeze it!

Best bargain from Aldi so far has been the yellow metal moving trolley for £20 and food wise I am in awe of your artichoke antipasto, frozen pizzas and parma ham type stuff and salami. Thanks!

BoffinMum Sun 11-Nov-12 11:35:32

I am a huge Aldi fan, particularly of all your German foods. I wish you would extend the range of food though, and slim down the area in the middle of each store that has the non food 'bargain' stuff. In an ideal world you would lose this altogether and have a store concession from Tchibo instead, with rotating stock (like in some German supermarkets).

In terms of Xmas food I am buying it all there this year including a four bird roast instead of a turkey, as we prefer it. I will go early, though, as your fruit and veg always run out during peak times.

Last Xmas Waitrose's IT systems went down and nobody's deliveries came, so it's cheaper and less hassle to switch allegiance to Aldi, I think.

By the way I would appreciate a more modern approach to paying for the stuff than some young graduate literally throwing it at me, like a lot if people on here! I would like to be able to pack at the till, or scan it myself as I am going around.

garlicbaguette Sun 11-Nov-12 11:50:04

The staff at my local store hit the balance between Olympic scanning speeds and customer care really well, imo. I've heard one checkout operator being told to show more consideration to the elderly, and it's their policy to allow a fraction more time for people using hand baskets (you can't take the basket through the checkout).

Aethelfleda Sun 11-Nov-12 11:54:15

Ooh yes your free range chickens are fab!

Cantharellus Sun 11-Nov-12 12:14:42

I wish we had one near us. I am a recent Lidl convert and would love to try Aldi.

Kveta Sun 11-Nov-12 13:29:25

we don't have aldi near us, but used to in our old flat. wish there was one here.

my current method for christmas bargains is to save nectar points over a year and then put them towards amazon vouchers for family presents.

and not eating turkey, as it is frighteningly expensive for something so tasteless.

PenguinSalute Sun 11-Nov-12 14:07:17

My DP is determined to turn me into an Aldi convert, as he grew up in Germany and says it reminds him of home. I like it for some things, their packed lunch bits are great and much cheaper than other supermarkets, but our local one is fairly small so I wouldn't be confident of getting a full shop done there. One of my best bargains is definitely their gammon joint- half the price of other places, and perfect for slow cooker gammon in coke drool

Christmas time, I will be heading there for small treats and stocking fillers, and any food bargains in what I call the corridor of dreams (the aisle of utterly random products!) and topping up using the other supermarkets.

BoffinMum Sun 11-Nov-12 17:30:11

LOL at Corridor of Dreams! gringringrin

MaxineQuordlepleen Sun 11-Nov-12 18:42:15

I used to shop at Aldi til my local one got burned down in the riots... I'll shop anywhere really, as long as it has the types of stuff I want. On the whole would like to see more nice veggie stuff. I like the non food stock. The website wasn't very enticing; typeface, colours etc a bit over bright and cheap looking which is a shame.

In terms of bargains, I always google anything I want, just in case somewhere has it cheap or especially looking for discount codes. Also, get MSE email each week.

charliepop Sun 11-Nov-12 18:54:37

I LOVE Aldi (and am very excited that a new one is opening in Canterbury this week) - and my favourite hobby is to come home from a big shop at Aldi, open up the Tescos website and compare the prices of equivalent products, working out how much money I've saved I don't get out much.

MainlyMaynie Sun 11-Nov-12 19:02:10

I really recommend Aldi prosecco, it's delicious and we normally buy much more expensive wines.

Violet77 Sun 11-Nov-12 19:16:52

Aldi, dear aldi...i love aldi :-) i switched to aldi when i had my first child and now i get cross in Tesco, cross at the prices, cross at he rediculous choice, cross at the crappy marketing bogofs ( save 20p) annoyed at the dirty tricks ( 100g v's per item on unit costs) cross at how slow the checkout process is..god it's the efficency of Aldi i love.

My top tip is to shop with ikea bags, that way there is no need to repack. Aldi you should make these.

My niggles with you are lack of calpol, bigger trollys would be good. Also when you do price per 100g etc on chicken keep it consistent so i can compare. Fresh fish would be good. Lemon cordial in the range. Breadcrumbs please breadcrumbs. More pale ale.

Violet77 Sun 11-Nov-12 19:18:50

Might i also suggest an iwould have bought today if you stocked it box or computer station. You will get a good view on where to extend your ranges.

QOD Sun 11-Nov-12 20:12:21

I don't do my weekly shop as my dh and dd are unfortunately brand snobs .... but I buy special stuff, offers and odd bits and love it!

dontlaugh Sun 11-Nov-12 20:26:06

I've just come from my local Aldi today and all the four bird roasts appear to have flown out the door. WAAAAAH.
That is all.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:33:37

QOD, I put Aldi stuff in brand packaging when I first went there.

He never noticed so after a few months I told him. He now prefers Aldi!.

Shop at Aldi every week.

Nappies are the best value nappies ever. I also buy (almost every week):

- stackers crisps; breaded ham; bread; malt loaf; apple juice; frozen salmon.

Like the website it looks like the brochures in shop.

I will do lots of my Christmas shop at Aldi, but veg can still be a bit hitty missy if I am honest (sorry).

I thought my fireworks this year were a great bargain: £15 and they lasted about an hour.

Money saving tips: why pay £1 for something when you can get it for 59p (malt loaf fans here).

Yama Sun 11-Nov-12 21:00:03

Are you an Aldi shopper already? Yes. It has taken a couple of years but I have finally converted my parents now too.

If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? Most, if not full Christmas shop.

What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi? Face cream, the one with white cream and red gel. Love it, saves me £££.

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here. We have been buying Christmas stuff like Stollen, chocolates, booze, soft drinks, crackers, etc a little each week to spread the cost.

If, I could request one thing it would be this - please put dairy in less of the 'Specially Selected' range. Dh is lactose intolerant and I'm missing out.

Yama Sun 11-Nov-12 21:01:37

Please forgive the stray ,.

Livelongandprosper Sun 11-Nov-12 21:30:32

Already an Aldi shopper here. Good quality and much cheaper than when I used to do my shop at sainsburys. We'll try the bird within a bird this year.
We take a list to shop from to keep spending low. The only criticism I have is the lack of vegetarian options.

garlicbaguette Sun 11-Nov-12 23:08:44

Oh, Yama's just reminded me ... I'm dairy intolerant, too, and am very happy with the fact that most of the Village Bakery range is dairy-free. Lately, though, more of it seems to contain butter and/or milk derivatives. If this continues, I'll be as trammelled for choice as in the neighbouring Co-op. Butter is not an automatic selling point for many!

I agree the Specially Selected range is a tad dairy-heavy but, since the Stollen is free of milk products, am happy enough wink My Aldi doesn't do soya yoghurts or desserts - do some of the larger stores?

Violet, your "I would have bought today ..." suggestion is genius!

BoffinMum Mon 12-Nov-12 08:06:26

As Aldi is German the absence of fresh pretzels distresses me greatly! grin

Lesbeadiva Mon 12-Nov-12 08:14:08

I love aldi, but its a few miles from me. But we do a weekly shop there and just top up locally. We are going away for Christmas, but will be sending my parents in the direction of aldi for bargains for Christmas dinner!

Bargains I have found? I bought a lot of things in the jan sale, and various gifts in sales through the year, so Christmas shopping has been done since about August. If we had a bit extra one month, we would buy a present. It means we are not stretching ourselves into November and December. Which is just as well as my shower just broke and we have to find the money to fix it!

Caerlaverock Mon 12-Nov-12 08:26:57

I love aldi, shop the every week. Fruit and veg are great as are the cooked meats (naice ham). Best bargains I have found are the running and cycling gear. All the Christmas chocolates and treats look great but I am reluctant to buy as I would feel cheap giving someone a box of truffles with the aldi logo in the side even though I know they are probably great.

Tend to shop in all sorts of different supermarkets - don't agree that Lidl / Aldi only appeal to those on lower incomes and offer a less desirable shopping experience. Shopped at Lidl for a while and now have to go to a different part of town and have an hour or so to kill and a new Aldi was opened recently. Found Aldi very similar to Lidl - is there a German standard for the layout of supermarkets? Like the fact that the palces don't get regularly swapped about - the main products stay where they are. Middle sections are a real odd ball - bought an axe from there a few weeks ago - great for splitting winter logs for the fire! Tend not to buy meat from there but would be the deli type products which I think are better than just about all the other uK supermarkets.

Like to but the more authentic german xmas goods - after spending various work trips to Nuremburg know what they should be like.

Puds there are great too - the vanilla types are a fave of the DSs.

gazzalw Mon 12-Nov-12 13:26:33

Suffice it to say that if I were lucky enough to win the Aldi voucher, I would make every effort to seek out Aldi for Christmas items - they look delicious and a bargain too...we have just been deliberating about ordering our Christmas 'bird' from M&S and then decided it was just too expensive really to justify.....

VirtuallyHere Mon 12-Nov-12 20:15:13

The only Aldi I have been to was in Australia (Blue Mountains, Katoomba) and was definitely a lot cheaper. However in the UK we have several other supermarkets closer to us and if I was going to travel further then I would probably drive to Costco as we have a card.

I do shop at Aldi, I tried it earlier this year and now there are a few things that I wont buy anywhere else. I haven't tried any of the Christmas food yet but will have a look at it this year.

Things I buy are:
Red wine (brilliant and as good as any other)
Beer
Mayonaise
Chocolate ( gorgeous)
Chicken
Cooked Meats
Cleaning products

It annoys me now to see the prices other shops charge for these items when I know how cheap it is in Aldi.

I looked at the website, I will be trying the mince pies and the chocolate reindeers and will look at what else is worth buying.

BoffinMum Tue 13-Nov-12 08:22:25

Aldi jams are excellent, as is the Italian food (especially their gourmet posh range).
Miss the forest honey though, that was very dark and moreish.

I have noticed in the local Aldi that the other customers are more friendly, child tolerant and polite than Tesco, Sainsbury, and Waitrose, and the small store size makes shopping pretty quick and efficient. The streamlining of food product ranges means you can find what you need a lot quicker, as well. For example yogurt is basically kids - adult fruit - Greek - natural. Don't have 6 brands of each choose from and evaluate on basis of cost each time. Fantastic!

Gracelo Tue 13-Nov-12 09:28:56

I'm not buying any Christmas food this year at all because we are going home for Christmas but I would normally stock up on olives and continental meats and things like that. dd would eat an entire pack of Aldi olives in under 5 min if I'd let her.
I love Aldi for all the random stuff. I found beremeal biscuits from the Shetlands there the other day.

Merrylegs Tue 13-Nov-12 09:53:31

I went! For the first time! On Sunday!

Inspired by this thread.

It was very exciting. Well, actually, it wasn't all that exciting.

It's very QUIET in there, isn't it? No 'atmosphere'. No messages bing-bonging over the PA every two minutes, no bright lights. No musak. It felt v East European.

I bought 71 items and paid £81.

My most expensive thing I bought was £2.99. (a bottle of wine. The kids said - 'see mum, your drinking habit is costing this family').

I haven't tried the wine yet so I don't know if it is palatable as well as bargainable but if it is nice I think I will stock up on Xmas drinks there as everything was well cheap.

Also cheap was frozen stuff (like a big pack of chicken drumsticks for £1.89.). Plus the cosmetics and shampoo and stuff.

Parking was grim - good job I had read MegB's advice about inputting the car reg. When I came out there were parking attendants hovering around some hapless car, waiting to swoop when the hour and a half had run out.

Also you had to put a pound in the trolley. My worst thing.

The best bit was at the checkout when the lady was whizzing my stuff along the belt and practically throwing my stuff into the trolley as I was trying to pack. She gave me a pitying look and said 'you've never been to an Aldi before have you?"

'Is it that obvious?" I asked.

"Yes, because you're not meant to pack as you go. You have to pile everything in your trolley and repack it over there. It's how we keep the costs down -you can't dawdle at the checkout.'

'What, aren't you going to comment on what I've bought like they do at Sainsbury's?" I asked.

'I couldn't care less what you bought, love'

Marvellous.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 13-Nov-12 09:59:00

Are you an Aldi shopper already?
Yes, I often shop in Aldi.

If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there?
No, I won't do my full Christmas shop at Aldi. I rarely do a full shop there, but use it to supplement my main shop.

What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?
MBT style trainers & ski-wear for the DCs.

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.
I bag most of my Christmas bargains online or in the sales just after Christmas I tend to be on the look out all year for good teacher presents & small gifts for friends. With regard to shopping, my money saving tip would be to always check the price per kilo or per item when comparing items. Sometimes, what appears to be on special offer, is not as competitively priced as a normal item, when you check the weight or item price.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 13-Nov-12 09:59:31

LOL at Merry, "I couldnt care less what you bought, love".

Big four please take note!.

Plus no car washing service in the car park, the only chuggers are poppy ones, no one waiting to ask if you're happy with your electric supplier. Bliss.

shriekingnora Tue 13-Nov-12 10:04:33

Merrylegs - one of those key rings with a coin thing on is essential. And a couple of big boxes in the boot of the car - unpack straight into boot. Your conversation with the checkout woman is pretty much identical to the one I had when I first went!

I cannot get over the speed of shopping somewhere that inly has one or two varieties of everything. I can do a week's shop in 20 minutes.

Merrylegs Tue 13-Nov-12 10:43:04

yy. My mum has one of those coin key rings (as well as resealable tops for her milk bottles. I must embrace my inner mum.)

unpack straight to the boot - is so obvious and yet so brilliant.

Next time they ask me 'do you want any help with your packing' I shall say no no, I am unpacking to the boot.

(Well, actually they won't ask me that because I will be at Aldi.)

shriekingnora Tue 13-Nov-12 10:51:08

And so quick. Although I did burst the yoghurts the other day as I threw everything in at pace...

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Tue 13-Nov-12 11:04:48

that's the logic of the ikea bags as well, merrylegs. toss 'em straight in, perhaps one bag for tins etc the other for softer stuff, then into the car and home. easier to unpack as well, let's be honest.

i got into lidl/aldi when the kids were wee and we had basically fifteen mins to do the 'big stuff' shop before there was a meltdown.

shriekingnora Tue 13-Nov-12 11:09:51

It's probably the only shop that I don't mind taking DS2 into for that very reason, Aitch!

Blatherskite Tue 13-Nov-12 11:11:38

What you need to do is plan in advance.

Get a trolley (using your trolley token keyring) and pre-line it with a couple of those humongous Aldi re-usable bags. Shop into the bags. Unload onto the checkout and you're already ready to re-pack as your shopping comes hurtling through the tills.

Lift bags into car. Done smile

Blatherskite Tue 13-Nov-12 11:13:12

I should probably point out that I don't do this - but I should!

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Rattitude Tue 13-Nov-12 13:01:01

I got a small bunch of Aldi carnations a couple of weeks ago and apart from one stem which flowered, the others remained as buds. Very disappointing!

Rattitude Tue 13-Nov-12 13:02:08

I know it is a bit of a random comment but I just thought I would use this thread as an opportunity to give some general feedback. grin

Merrylegs Tue 13-Nov-12 14:01:23

ikea - another shop I have never ever visited. (Have also never seen a James Bond film or been to a football match. I should start a 'to do' list).

shriekingnora Tue 13-Nov-12 14:12:35

To be honest, that's three things you can easily live without.

NotMostPeople Tue 13-Nov-12 14:19:24

I started shopping in Aldi about a year ago when a new one opened, origi ally my DH was anti and thought the quality would be poor but he has come around.

One of my regular bargains is the breaded ham in a pack for 1.70 ish and the pink lady apples these are things I buy every week. In the past I bought everything for Christmas from Waitrose or Sainaburys online but I'm going to give Aldi a go this year. If only there was an online service, as my only concern is how busy it might be during Christmas week.

I did an Aldi shop last night it took half an hour, i parked wihin a few feet and it cost me about £40 and will last until the beginning of next week for a family of five big eaters. Honestly I really think its an excellent shop.

I do top up at Sainsburys for things like Tasimo coffee pods.

In terms of bargains at Christmas I start looking around in October so I know what the prices are from shop to shop.

SamiadsTiredMummy Tue 13-Nov-12 15:27:09

I absolutely LOVE Aldi! I started shopping there about 6 months ago following family members' recommendations and I just love it. I find it the least stressful of supermarkets and save so much money, a huge plus whilst on maternity leave.

I have to agree with a few others in that my biggest bargain definitely has to be the nappies, brilliant quality and so comparatively cheap. From DS's reaction the Aldi's own 10month+ baby food is obviously very tasty for when we're out and about, shame there isn't a bigger range to chose from!

I can't fault anything I've bought from Aldi, I've been impressed with everything, from the fizzy orange to the cereals, the chicken breasts, chorizo, I could go on! I tell everyone I know how great it is! (I'm looking forward to sampling the festive treats from what others are saying!)

SamiadsTiredMummy Tue 13-Nov-12 15:53:54

I absolutely LOVE Aldi! I started shopping there about 6 months ago following family members' recommendations and I just love it. I find it the least stressful of supermarkets and save so much money, a huge plus whilst on maternity leave.

I have to agree with a few others in that my biggest bargain definitely has to be the nappies, brilliant quality and so comparatively cheap. From DS's reaction the Aldi's own 10month+ baby food is obviously very tasty for when we're out and about, shame there isn't a bigger range to chose from!

I can't fault anything I've bought from Aldi, I've been impressed with everything, from the fizzy orange to the cereals, the chicken breasts, chorizo, I could go on! I tell everyone I know how great it is! (I'm looking forward to sampling the festive treats from what others are saying!)

SamiadsTiredMummy Tue 13-Nov-12 15:59:47

Stupid phone, refreshed page and reposted,apologies.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 13-Nov-12 16:09:15

Are you an Aldi shopper already? If so, are you planning to do your full Xmas shop there, or will you pick up specific bits and pieces from there? What's the best bargain you've ever picked up from Aldi?

Yes, I love Aldi. The only thing that stops me shopping there every week is the distance between where I live and my local store. This issue will soon be resolved though as my nearest town has one being built now. I will do the bulk of my Christmas shop there if it's open in time. I frequently pick up cycling and running gear from Aldi as the quality is good, the price is excellent and it fits well.

If you've never shopped at Aldi before, why? Is there anything on the website that has convinced you to give it a go?

I first shopped there when money was really tight. I was embarrassed at first until I pulled into the car park and saw brand new, high end marque cars in the car park and I realised that being money savvy does not make you an object of pity.

Also, Aldi would love to hear your top tips on how to bag a Christmas bargain, or any other genius money-saving tips you have, so please do share here.

Start early, put a bit by every week, set a budget and stick to it.

My nearest store is 10 miles away so I only go to it if passing, and not very often.

I find the wine very good value.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Nov-12 11:37:27

Thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread - feeling very festive now! We've done the prize draw and the winner of the £100 voucher to spend at an Aldi store is...

NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe - congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 15-Nov-12 13:02:16

Yay! And such an appropriate name!

Merrylegs Thu 15-Nov-12 19:04:43

Oh well done. Can I just say - I have just opened the Aldi wine (Chardonnay. £2.99 a bottle.) Is v disappointing. However, now it is open I feel obliged to plough on.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 15-Nov-12 21:55:51

i think about £2.85 of that goes to the govt in tax, so you're drinking a fourteen pence wine there... slainte!

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