Please tell me what to buy from Aldi and what to buy from Lidl

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StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Jan-12 16:53:43

I am going to give both a try. Trouble is in my mind they are the same, so I know we have one in one town and one near where I used to work but can't remember which is which. I also see people on here saying things are good (washing powder?) but can't remember which.

So I need a definitive list, please. Two children, no babies, no pets (though I'm happy for that stuff to go on for reference smile)

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ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:27:21

they're not the same, Lidl is more cheap bits of brands and Aldi is more own brand. Aldi's food is better IMO but Lidl is best for nappies, wipes, toilet paper etc.

Aldi's manuka honey is a bargain. I get fruit and veg from aldi and I'm fussyish about those things, wont get asda fruit and veg as it doesn't taste of food and don't get sainsburys cause its on the turn.

Aldi for cosmetics

The 2 are usually side by side so easy to go from one to the other.

ANTagony Wed 25-Jan-12 17:28:30

From Lidl I like their big whole Salami - check the date because it can last months <£4, Mozzarella 47p, Bread flour 61p, Passatta and tomato puree, frozen veg and chips (for emergencies)

From Aldi fresh fruit and veg, usually seasonal stuff. Meat, diet lemonade, dishwasher tablets, sometimes their speciality bread rolls and stuff, wraps, pasta.

RustyBear Wed 25-Jan-12 17:28:52

Sondey shortbread rings from Lidl

Never been to Aldi

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Wed 25-Jan-12 17:30:34

lidl according to my sister does really good meat. i know they do nice continental pizzas.

aldi is the sort of place you go to buy multipacks of crisps and processed crap in my mind.


BettyBathroom Wed 25-Jan-12 17:31:21

Lidl (I think) sells Maple syrup at around £3 - it's around £5 in the other supermarkets - we buy it in bulk as we love the stuff!

NotMostPeople Wed 25-Jan-12 17:31:30

Little pots of fruit for packed lunches in Aldi are no different than sainsburys at half the price. Whole free range chicken £4.99 is good too.

StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Jan-12 17:31:46

Right thank you all, esp RRR for explaining the difference between the two. So Aldi own stuff, fruit and veg, and Lidl for beans, toilet roll, etc

Where's the good washing powder?

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StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Jan-12 17:32:41

oh no Santa, you are contradicting RRR
I need to try it don't i? I just need some guidance.

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phatcat Wed 25-Jan-12 17:45:36

I've just started trying out Lidl and plan to try Aldi (which is a bit further afield) soon - so thanks OP. I've found that Lidl Maribel raspberry Jam - 84p is excellent - as good as Bonne Maman in my book and I'm fussy. Also the premium egg spaghetti at 89p very good also - I can't usually abide cheap pasta and have stuck to De Cecco through thick and thin but really need to cut back now! I would like to hear of other products that people rate highly.

ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:46:58

really? I find Lidl is all processed food whereas Aldi is more basics. I get basics in Aldi but if I just do lidl I can't get the basic food stuff on my list its all brands and tins and packets

I think whatever way you see it the two compliment each other well

ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:48:14

Almat washing powder is good, thats Aldi, and you only need a tiny bit per wash so it lasts ages

Lacura is great for cosmetics like their touche eclat copy

ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:48:51

lacura is also aldi

Lidl do a bog roll which isn't as wide as others so cheaper but we don't notice the difference, comes in massive packs

queenebay Wed 25-Jan-12 17:50:54

aldis frozen 3 pack of pizzas are lovely, yogurts too and so is their cheeses. Love their fruit and veg

moonmother Wed 25-Jan-12 17:51:23

Betty its actually Aldi that do the maple syrup for £3.

I don't use lidl as the nearest one is in the next town but do most of my weekly shop at Aldi's.

Staples in our house - coffee, tea, cereal, part baked rolls, fruit and veg, cleaning products, laundry products, toiletries, their meat apart from sausages, cooked meats, cheeses, pastry, free range eggs, baking products, beans, tinned tomatoes etc.

Don't think much of their crisps or sausages , have no complaints with anything else.

ANTagony Wed 25-Jan-12 17:52:44

In tomorrows Daily Mirror (45p) there is a voucher for £5 off a £30 spend at Aldi valid for one week.

I also like the little pocket packs of tissues at both Lidl and Aldi.

BillyBollyBandy Wed 25-Jan-12 17:53:43

Not tried Lidl but Aldi good for cooked and raw meat, bread and muffins, cereal, toilet paper, washing powder/fabric conditioner, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, fruit and veg. Anything basic really.

Their smoked german ham is bloody lovely and only £1.50.

StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Jan-12 17:56:03

thank you everyone
I will compile a list later and may go to one of them tomrorow.
Trouble will be sticking to stuff on the list - I don't really buy jam (for example) so if I get it because it's good and I fancy trying it it's not much of a saving grin

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ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:56:22

one of them does a really good maple syrup, think it's aldi

StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Jan-12 17:56:48

does anyone have any "definitely avoid"s?

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ReduceRecycleRegift Wed 25-Jan-12 17:57:52

the own brand toothpaste is okay, but I've gone back to colgate total

RatDesPaquerettes Wed 25-Jan-12 18:01:54

I like the following at Aldi's:

- bread/crumpets (you can get Hovis, Warburton's; the croissants are a bit rubbish though)
- gnocchi
- Toro Loco wine
- fresh orange juice (very close in taste to Tropicana)
- fresh vegetables and fruit (avocados are particularly good; I have been disappointed with the mangoes though
- ground coffee
- washing up liquid
- conditioner (note: I think the washing liquid is better at Lidl)
- cheddar
- plain yoghurt
- smoked bacon lardons (to use in home-made quiches lorraines).


EverSoLagom Wed 25-Jan-12 18:04:49

Aldi do really good smoked mackerel. Also if you're in need of quick school night dinners they sell ready-made potato gratin which is delicious. Fruit and veg is cheap - especially grapes and berries. Salami. Beetroot. Gherkins. Yum.

All their chocolate and biscuits are cheap and good.

Also Aldi's own version of Cheerios tastes just like the real thing.

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