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Aldi comparison!

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mrsm68 Mon 24-Sep-12 08:02:27

I went to Aldi yesterday and I spent £56.81

When I got home I went on Not sure if you are familiar with this site. It's for online shopping at Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys etc. you enter all your items then you can see what it would cost at each shop.

So, I entered every item that I had bought at Aldi and this was the result:

Aldi £56.81
Sainsburys £78.41
Asda. £84.09
Tesco. £86.91
I was very surprised that Asda was so high and that Sainsburys was so low shock

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:30:41

no local lidl so aldi is a necessity but far for every week shop. Only eat their meat if its british though which cuts out most of their freezer stuff. But what I do buy is awesome - chocolate, parmesan, free range chicken, soup, passata, juice, cleaning stuff, some fruit and veg

Oh dear heavens - trifle?

<clutches pearls>

I've already put it in my 'gift place' for exMIL

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 21:37:15

Aldi girl here (except tea and catfood - bastard cats are snobs grin). What I have noticed is their prices are shooting up creeping up too sad. A £30 basic family food, bog roll etc is now nearer £50 (no booze, impulse buys etc)

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:42:05

Call it tiramisu if it makes your pearls feel better grin

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:42:29

my cat loves aldi too - I have a low rent cat.

tiredemma Fri 05-Oct-12 21:44:26

Aldi sparkling fruit cider is to die for.


going to get some for tomorrow night.

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 21:51:00

Will trade cats Dame housetrained but batty and snobbish grin

DameKewcumber Fri 05-Oct-12 21:54:49

oh no thanks - we are quite low rent oo so he kinda suits us...

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 21:57:11

Tried their fillet steak yet anyone?

AppleCrumbleAndFish Fri 05-Oct-12 22:02:12

I agree with fossil that my supermarket favours the Supermarket you first fill your basket from, so I don't think the comparisons are necessarily that accurate. I do like Aldi though and I think they are generally cheaper. The only thing I've bought from Aldi which I have thought was truly horrible is the houmous. yeuch!

mercibucket Fri 05-Oct-12 22:26:11

Yup, fillet is yum. Not so keen on the rib eye tho

changeforthebetter Fri 05-Oct-12 22:30:11

DDs are sniffy about the "cheesestrings" and "cheeses in small packets" and Aldi "Choobs" - they have been told to lump it grin , <tougher with kids than cats [hmm[>

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 22:36:29

Their chocolate is really nice quality smile

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 22:37:13

Oooo and their lights (low fat crisps)

bossboggle Mon 08-Oct-12 20:30:35

Ocado - are you kidding!! Couldn't afford to shop there even if I wanted to!! I got a family to feed and they know how to eat!! Aldi all the way for me and then a little shop at Lidl and then I hit Asda or Tesco's for the rest!!

Kewcumber Mon 08-Oct-12 20:32:52

I'm told by DS today that the fake Aldi Magnums are not as good as the fake Sainsburys ones. Mind you its the first thing that he hasn't prefered the aldi version. I spent £85 today blush mind you that did include Xmas and birthday presents...

Kewcumber Mon 08-Oct-12 21:10:46

I just did the my supermarket comparison basket at Aldi was £32 all the otehr supermarkets were £42-57 shock

Am off to twiddle with sainsburys offers to see if I can make it cheaper because I'm surprised Sainsubrys was £52

gazzalw Thu 01-Nov-12 18:30:03

It's fine and dandy if you have an Aldi anywhere near you...our closest one is Elephant and Castle so the money to pay for travel and the general extra couple of hours of travel etc....would offset any financial gain....

DW recently swapped from shopping online at Tesco's to doing an Asda order and didn't really think it was any cheaper.....of course their price guarantee thingy begged to differ but she wasn't convinced and neither was I...

I personally think that unless you have an Aldi nearby you need to shop at different supermarkets for different things to ensure you take advantage of offers.....DW thinks that Morrisons is overall cheaper on fruit and veg but not for other store cupboard staples....

Dawny1 Thu 01-Nov-12 21:50:07

I go to aldi to but my cleaning products. I think their w5 cleaning r much better than the top of the range brands and so much cheaper. Like their bleach much cheaper.

Suzyq11 Fri 02-Nov-12 06:10:09


Geranium3 Sat 03-Nov-12 21:54:50

my fussy puss cats won't touch any of aldi's "wet"cat food but adore the £1.99 packets of dry cat biscuits, i have previously tried every other biscuits and they would only eat the very expensive "james wellbeloved", i even wonder if james w.b manufacture them for aldi as they are idendtical!
Love from aldi
magnum wash up liquid
all washing powders
jams and peanut butter
greek yog and butter
their new aberdeen angus steaks and mince are fab
free range chickens
all in one shampoo,conditioner and shower gel
vanilla brioche is to die for!!!

loubielou31 Sun 04-Nov-12 16:03:37

Well I've just compared my first ever Aldi shop with Sainsbury's which is where I'd usually shop. Everything I bought in Aldi was cheaper than in Sainsbury's (apart from nice cherry tomatoes) and this is comparing with their basics range which is what I usually buy. I can say already that Aldi iced Doughnuts are not up to scratch and are only 1p cheaper than Sainsbury's but their seeded bread is delicious and about 25p cheaper.
Overall the Aldi shop was £79.06 and Sainsbury's £102.10
An overall saving of around 20% can't be bad when continued over the year. My average bill at the moment is at least £100 a week and probably more like £120 a 20% saving would be around £1000 (which was our summer holiday bill last year) a year just for shopping in a different store most of the time.
I hope the quality is up to it because whilst I'm happy to buy budget it has to be tasty enough.

CrunchyCowPat Sun 04-Nov-12 17:10:29

I was told by a reliable source that Aldi cereals are made by Nstle, crisps by Walkers and their probiotic yoghurts by Activia so I decided to test it out and indeed, all these products tasted exactly the same as the dearer brands. I am now a convert.
Would recommend their eggs, free range British chicken breasts, parma ham, cereal bars (just like yoghurt coated Go Ahead), chutney and the 100% breast chicken dippers (tasted like Birdseye, with no complaints from DC or their friends). Have also heard great things about the washing powder and dishwashers tablets too.

bacon Sun 04-Nov-12 22:27:51

I still think its difficult to compare like for like. It would depend on the ingredients, its provenance, quality, size etc. Compare sausage rolls for instance you want to read the ingredients and % meat first. Again apples in aldi are horrendous so I have to buy better apples from main supermarkets as everyone complains and they dont get eaten.

I do on the occassion shop at aldi - say olive oil, some veg, squash odd bits but when I shop I go for quality and my bill can be fairly similar to a small shop at Sainsbos.

I agree the cereals are good but the box sizes are tiny and no good for us for the price per 100g is it comparable to a family size of say weetabix which is pretty cheap in Sainbos? Again 1kg own brand sainsbo cornflakes again cheap.

You do spend more at major supermarkets as thats how they work, magazines, endless fruit and veg, homewear, clothing, isles of utter sh"t food etc.

I once bought a frozen pack of salmon portions in Aldi, they were cheap but the portion size was so small and needed the whole packet to feed 3! so not good value. Other disappointing items include bin bags (thin and hopeless), some veg isnt dated so you dont know how long they've been hanging around, baby tomatoes, jam (too thin for us), instant coffee (revolting), chocolate (some good for cooking but far from pleasant).

Good - cereals, oilve oil & quality balsamic, main veg, some salads, cheese, milk, yogurts, tinned fish, washing powder, dishwasher, squash, apple juice, some wines, baking bags of nuts, face creams & hygiene stuff.

You still have to shop at the major supermarkets anyway so you cant really say you will say 20% over the year. The shop is very limited ie you cant get tinned pulses, gravy browning, baking ingredients, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, herbs & spices, decent tea & coffee, certain cereals, quality stock cubes, specialist tinned and deli products.

Got to say I hate Asda, for the experience and quality of some produce.

loubielou31 Sun 04-Nov-12 22:42:52

bacon you're right, there was a number of things that I couldn't get that are staples in our house, beans and pulses were one, root ginger was another. I would still have to shop in more than one place, being able to go to just one shop is a joy that I shall have to forgo for a while. It's surprising how quickly you get used to what the store you use does stock and sort of plan your meals around it though. (Recently moved back from overseas and shopped in different stores to get everything needed it just becomes a habit)

I can however also say that Aldi corner yogurts are not as nice as muller ones. (they are a treat for us and we only buy them when on bogof and that will continue to be the case.)

I also never liked Lidl ham (but that could have been the German pigs) or their ice cream, but bog standard Sainsbos is fine.

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