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24/02/2013 at 16:47
I'm looking at ways to cut our outgoings before ML this year, and was wondering about trying out Lidl for our weekly shop - any thoughts? We currently shop at Sainsburys which usually works out cheaper than the other main supermarkets but I'm assuming Lidl should be even cheaper.
Also anyone save by buying fruit and veg elsewhere than the supermarket? There's a fruit shop up the road or there's always the market in town.
Thanks for helping x
24/02/2013 at 16:54
I dont shop as Lidl as i find it doesnt always have the same foods in so you cant meal plan its more buy whats on offer and plan from there. Its good for their fruit & veg offers and things like cereals tinned foods and juices. Im surprised at Sainsburys cheapest for your weekly shop its alwaya the most edpensive for us and we simply couldnt afford to shop there. I try to buy my fruit & veg from thr local market on a Saturday if i have time to go there. I can spend £7 & be stocked for the week. My H has started buying onions and potatoes in sacks from the local Indian grocer they last for ages and are about £3.
24/02/2013 at 16:56
I've only tried lidl once and didn't like it. I bought a tin of peas and a bottle of juice cos it was easier than going to asda but didn't like either. I find sainsburys really expensive. I shop at asda for everything, sometimes I will go to the fruit shop but a lot of the time but find it doesn't last long.
24/02/2013 at 18:26
We used to shop there but I found that they became more expensive and it wasn't any cheaper. We shop at waitrose which for us is actually cheaper funnily enough. We don't buy any pre made stuff. I used mysupermarket to check. I then shop at aldi/lidl once every month or so to stock up on pesto, pasta sauces and offers. I've stopped buying so much fresh veg instead I buy good quality frozen veg which is cheaper than fresh and tastes nice. I only tend to buy the frui that is in season and on offer. For a family of 4 we tend to spend £60-80 per week. Another thing that cuts costs is reducing te amount of meat you buy. We may only buy 1 or2 types of meat at the most each week
24/02/2013 at 19:02
We've started shopping at aldi each week and have cut our bill down to £40 - £50 a week for 4 of us. I meal plan before I go each week and there hasn't been anything yet that I've been able to get. Don't know how it compares to lidl but I would expect them to be similar. I find their breakfast cereals so much cheaper and they taste the same, if not better than others. Also their chickens are only 2.99 and really nice, we get 2 meals out of them.I went to Asda this week and spent £100 cos it is much easier to stray from a list and buy things you don't need in a bigger shop
24/02/2013 at 19:10
My shopping is a bit of a faff but it is cheaper, our shopping is now around £50 a week (that includes nappies) I started really watching our shopping whilst I was on ml
So basically nappies and general groceries from aldi. (I don't eat crisps/biscuits/bread/cereal so I'm happy to get these from aldi, whereas I'd probably buy branded crisps if I was eating them)
I bulk buy our meat each month, I buy meat that is in the reduced section or on offer, if we are having chicken curry or chicken noodle soup or similar il use frozen chicken breasts (if I was having chicken salad or chicken and Cous Cous I'd use chilled chicken breasts but figure that the frozen chicken breasts are just being chopped up and put in a curry),
I buy aldi fruit and veg as it lasts longer (which iv found but my friend swears morrisons last longer whereas I think morrisons are the worst)
24/02/2013 at 19:16
Meant to say I go to home bargains/quality save for all my cleaning stuff
I do go to asda too as sometimes I don't get all I need from aldi
24/02/2013 at 19:29
Lidl fruit and veg is really good and cheap. You can't guarantee you'll find the same thing every time you go though.
Their ice cream is good as is some of their frozen food. We do our Christmas shop there and not only is it cheaper it's so much less stressful than the supermarket where everyone is going crazy!
They also do good cheese and sausage, chorizo etc. I can't get everything from Lidl but what they do have is good.
24/02/2013 at 19:39
LLL I totally forgot that! I went the sat before Xmas and it was fine, just like any usual day, no fights for food etc, plenty stock etc.
Yes they do fab cheeses and meats too x
25/02/2013 at 08:55
I don't like Lidl, out of them and Aldi, Aldi is the better of the two. I actually find that lidl can be more expensive than the bigger supermarkets when they have offers on.
25/02/2013 at 10:21
This is fussy but I don't like how Lidl and Aldi are set out, maybe it's just the ones here. They don't seem easy to find anything and its a bit of anything goes.
25/02/2013 at 10:26
I've tried both Aldi and Lidl for when i'm doing the big food shop for guide camp. I far prefer Aldi.
Most things are usually there, but you can't rely on anything seasonal being there. You do get used to the layout. It's my back up for if if things get too tight when i'm on ML, we usually shop in morrisons.
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