Christmas Plans

Christmas Plans

You might be already fed up with my Christmas posts by now. Sorry if you are, but that’s how we live these days – it’s all about Christmas! Shopping, preparing, planning, decorating, etc… Getting busier as we get closer!

This Christmas we will have Edward’s family visiting- mum, dad and brother. They are coming from London and will be staying for a few days. We are all very excited, Edwards parents will be visiting for the first time since we reallocated. We hope they will enjoy it here. Lola and Lolo are missing their grandchildren and children are missing them. Daniella in particular. She keeps on asking me pretty much every two hours, if Lola and Lolo are coming today. 😀

Luka wont be with us during Christmas this year. She went to London on Saturday to see her dad and they will be flying to Lithuania tomorrow to enjoy celebrations with her Lithuanian grandparents. Luka was looking forward to this holiday for so long. She was hoping to see snow in Lithuania, but, to be honest, I don’t think it will happen – it’s far too warm this year!

Edward and I done one part of our Christmas shopping last weekend.  We got pretty much all the presents, that we needed to get (not for each other yet!!!), also some more Christmas decorations for the house along with Christmas crackers. In terms of food we bought nice cuts of beef and gammon for roasting – it will be served for Christmas dinner and some vegetables. We are still due for proper grocery shopping tomorrow or on Wednesday. Continue reading Christmas Plans

Do you Shop in Aldi?

Do you Shop in Aldi?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.

So what is there, in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or other stores, that you cannot find in Aldi?

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. Continue reading Do you Shop in Aldi?