We happened to live in 3 different places within the past 4 years. This is probably the biggest disadvantage while renting a house. No stability whatsoever. But my post is not about renting today. Grocery shopping- an every day thing. Why do we prefer Tesco over Asda, Sainsbury’s over Morrisons or the other way around? Should we be embarrassed shopping in Aldi or Lidl?
As a family we used to always shop in Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda. We never considered shopping in Lidl or Aldi- we had the impression of it being of a low quality grocery store. However, for the past few years Aldi was the closest food store for us. In fact it still is – the only shop within walking distance from our current house is Aldi. So is it good or bad?
I know a lot of people who wouldn’t shop in Aldi, just because it could mean they are budgeting. And who ever wants to admit they are short in cash??? We used to be one of those- shopping in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons or Asda, just because of the name. However, having Aldi store just next door for the past few years changed our minds and saved us a lot of money.
Pretty much nothing! Aldi, like any other grocery store, has got raw and processed meats, vegetables, dairy products, frozen foods, etc. Probably the only item, that I am missing in Aldi, is my favourite Quaker Oat So Simple Porridge, Golden Syrup Flavour. If they were selling this in Aldi, I would be 100% complete with my food shopping there. But it is not such a big issue. I just buy few packs at a time, in another store.
What do we like buying in Aldi?
Pretty much everything, food-wise. Starting with cereals for kids and finishing with meats or even cleaning products. I personally love Aldi mayonnaise. I think it is so much better than the leading branded mayonnaise. It’s very smooth and not overpowering, I could eat it on it’s own!
Spare BBQ ribs (already marinated) are the best! These are just amazing when you fancy a quick meal. We normally fry some chips and serve with coleslaw salad (that we also buy in Aldi) on the side. So yummy!
We also like Aldi frozen snacks or finger foods, that only needs about 20 minutes in the oven. They are so handy when some unexpected guests come over. We especially love Chicken Goujons!
Some Aldies have their own bakeries. Our whole family, but especially kids, really enjoy their pastries with chocolate or raisins. Even their croissants are very tasty.
If you have a sweet tooth, Strudel is the one! It’s not even £1, but its loooovely! You only put it in the oven for probably half an hour (cannot remember exactly) and eat with hot custard.
Edward actually made a new discovery yesterday. He bought a Tiger bread from Aldi. It was probably the tastiest Tiger bread I have ever eaten! So fresh and delicious. Kids ended up eating it on it’s own. We will definitely buy it again.
If you like fruity cider, you definitely must try Älska Swedish fruit cider. This is one of my favourites, better than Kopparberg cider! Not too sweet, but full of flavour!
Then cheese, yogurt, sausage, vegetables, herbs, fruits- lots of choice for a really good price!
What I wouldn’t buy from Aldi
I wouldn’t buy shampoos or face cremes there. Hair dye does not look very promising too. Would be scared testing it on myself. 🙂
Nappies – we happen to try them actually when run out of our Pampers diapers and needed replacement urgently. Aldi Mamia diapers for little babies (size 1 and size 2) were actually not too bad at all, just maybe a bit thick. However I didn’t like size 3 at all- it has got a different top layer and doesn’t absorb that quickly, therefore Harry’s clothes ended up wet every time he did a wee wee. We are back to Pampers now. These are pricy, but really good!
How much do we save while shopping in Aldi?
I don’t exactly know how much we save, but certainly a lot! Our single Tesco grocery shopping was hardly ever less than £150. In Aldi we hardly ever pay more than £70 per shopping and still come out with a full trolley of food, that lasts us for a while. I think we save about 35%-40% with every shopping (keeping in mind, that we buy nappies, hygiene products and few other things in different stores).
Last week, just for a change, we did our grocery shopping in Asda. We were pretty shocked to see the receipt at the till. The price difference is really clear. And the most importantly, I don’t see any difference in quality whatsoever. There are things that are a lot tastier in Aldi for a better price.