Shopping at Aldi compared to others. £42 saving.

Shopping at Aldi compared to others. £42 saving.

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Writhing

196 posts

47 months

Tuesday 12th February
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The happiness factor seems to reduce as the shopping becomes more expensive. Lidl and Aldi shoppers appear more cheerful closely followed by Asda and Tesco. The most miserable people I have seen are in Waitrose. Best compromise?.....Morrisons.

Newky Brown

891 posts

166 months

Tuesday 12th February
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sparks_E46 said:
We shop at Lidl for a lot of our stuff and Tesco for the rest. Our weekly shopping bill is usually around £25-£30 now (2 adults and a puppy)
Interested to know what people spend on average for their shopping, £25-30 is low I think? We use a mix of Aldi and Tesco/Chavsda and despite cutting down on the wine and eating less meat, regularly spend around £50-60 a week for two adults and a dog/cat.

£650 a month as Storer mentioned is a huge amount isn't it?

Speaking of Aldi, don't try their stuffing mix, I'll eat pretty much anything put in front of me but that is one of the few things I've thrown away, it's like eating dry sawdust.

alorotom

5,764 posts

125 months

Tuesday 12th February
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treehack said:
Storer said:
We may have the best combination just about to open..

A M&S food store and an Aldi next door using the same car park.

We get most non perishable goods from Costco once every 3 months and this combination should see to the rest of our food (other than meat from a local butcher).

My wife had a shock before Christmas when she worked out what we had spent in the last 12 months. She has knocked £650 a month off our grocery shopping bill for a family of 4 adults since then ??
Royston?
Sounds like Norton, Sheffield to me

Robbo 27

2,162 posts

37 months

Tuesday 12th February
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alorotom said:
Sounds like Norton, Sheffield to me
Its a common combination, Aldi and M and S, often with a Home Bargains thrown into the mix and a fast food outlet.

Big fuss in our local paper because the parking management is outsourced with 90 minutes maximum parking, which may not be easy if you shop at two stores and then go for lunch.

There is an additional problem if you go twice to the same park in one day and the camera doesnt pick up your number plate leaving on trip #1, you are charged £90+ as if you had been there all day and you need to provide proof of some sort that you were not parked there for them to let you off.

RC1807

7,836 posts

106 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Storer said:
We may have the best combination just about to open..

A M&S food store and an Aldi next door using the same car park.

We get most non perishable goods from Costco once every 3 months and this combination should see to the rest of our food (other than meat from a local butcher).

My wife had a shock before Christmas when she worked out what we had spent in the last 12 months. She has knocked £650 a month off our grocery shopping bill for a family of 4 adults since then ??
£650 / month saving?
Really?!
That's mad - if the numbers are correct. What were you spending before?

Our local Aldi are in a different geo region to the UK, so the stuff we have available is, in the main, pretty st, hence we rarely go there.
Family of 4, usually spend ~€120 / week (includes beer and at least 6 bottles of wine)

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Emmapuma

483 posts

137 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Fruit and veg is always awful at any of my local branches. Working on a farm as well, I don't know how they can sell fruit and veg at the ridiculously low prices they do, clearly the farms aren't getting much out of it. I will stick to buying my fruit and veg from local farm shop.

Other than that, it is good for meat and cheese, don't really rate their own branded stuff though to be honest. I generally shop in Morrison's as can pretty much get everything I need from there.

matchmaker

6,548 posts

138 months

Tuesday 12th February
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PF62 said:
zb said:
FiF said:
If it's a trolley full, then agreed, just bung it back in the trolley and then sort it at the shelf.

If it's a basket load, then slightly more difficult as you're required to leave the empty basket on the pile at the entry end of the belt. So you can't avoid doing the checkout Tetris race.
With a basket worth; strategically space your loose fruit/veg. This gives you a few extra half a nanoseconds whilst they weight it, instead of the usual femtosecond, to sort your wares.
With a basket in Aldi I just don't play their game and take as long as I want. What are they going to do about it?
I never use a basket in Aldi. Take a trolley and fire everything in. I try to beat the cashier...

captain_cynic

4,095 posts

33 months

Tuesday 12th February
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RC1807 said:
£650 / month saving?
Really?!
That's mad - if the numbers are correct. What were you spending before?

Our local Aldi are in a different geo region to the UK, so the stuff we have available is, in the main, pretty st, hence we rarely go there.
Family of 4, usually spend ~€120 / week (includes beer and at least 6 bottles of wine)
As a single person I spend £30-50 per week including up to £20 of booze. £650 is almost my entire necessities budget for a month (food incl eating out, fuel, clothing, et al) and I'm not living cheaply.

SpeckledJim

17,209 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Otispunkmeyer said:
SpeckledJim said:
I like these sort of puzzles.

A: The Waitrose beer was 2p.

He threw 'Waitrose' in there as a bit of a red herring. Sneaky, but he couldn't kid me.


Now, James' cousin is three times as old as his sister, and in three years will be half as old as the dog. How long is his fish?
Twice half it's length?
I can see you've played 'knifey-spoony' before!

techiedave

5,586 posts

48 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Its great for stalking checkout girls.

sjabrown

1,248 posts

98 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I have the holy trinity of shops in the one place: Aldi, Home Bargains and M&S foodstore. Aldi for most groceries, Home Bargains for bathroom stuff and household stuff, M&S for treats.

PF62

740 posts

111 months

Tuesday 12th February
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matchmaker said:
PF62 said:
zb said:
FiF said:
If it's a trolley full, then agreed, just bung it back in the trolley and then sort it at the shelf.

If it's a basket load, then slightly more difficult as you're required to leave the empty basket on the pile at the entry end of the belt. So you can't avoid doing the checkout Tetris race.
With a basket worth; strategically space your loose fruit/veg. This gives you a few extra half a nanoseconds whilst they weight it, instead of the usual femtosecond, to sort your wares.
With a basket in Aldi I just don't play their game and take as long as I want. What are they going to do about it?
I never use a basket in Aldi. Take a trolley and fire everything in. I try to beat the cashier...
You need a coin for a trolley. I never have any.

jimmybell

270 posts

55 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Buy everything you can from Lidl/Aldi - then the rest from Ocado!

Little Tarquin needs his Rhubarb Gin Scented Quinoa after all.

If you're lucky enough to have a decent Food Assembly near you - start there, then work down to Lidlaldi/Ocado.

Storer

4,854 posts

153 months

Tuesday 12th February
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RC1807 said:
£650 / month saving?
Really?!
That's mad - if the numbers are correct. What were you spending before?

Our local Aldi are in a different geo region to the UK, so the stuff we have available is, in the main, pretty st, hence we rarely go there.
Family of 4, usually spend ~€120 / week (includes beer and at least 6 bottles of wine)
£1800 a month 😩

Storer

4,854 posts

153 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Storer said:
treehack said:
Royston?
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jimmybell

270 posts

55 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Storer said:
£1800 a month ??
Feeding an army of cats with Caviar?

Storer

4,854 posts

153 months

Tuesday 12th February
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jimmybell said:
Feeding an army of cats with Caviar?
Dog food on top of that.

Groceries do include about £400/ month on wine.

Bikesalot

1,132 posts

96 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Newky Brown said:
Interested to know what people spend on average for their shopping, £25-30 is low I think? We use a mix of Aldi and Tesco/Chavsda and despite cutting down on the wine and eating less meat, regularly spend around £50-60 a week for two adults and a dog/cat.

£650 a month as Storer mentioned is a huge amount isn't it?

Speaking of Aldi, don't try their stuffing mix, I'll eat pretty much anything put in front of me but that is one of the few things I've thrown away, it's like eating dry sawdust.
For 2 adults we usually do about 30-38 a week, that's a weeks worth of meals from Lidl although i'd add maybe a £5 ontop of that for any top up bits.
That's for fresh cooked meals every night, fresh lunches etc.

Some weeks can be as low as £20 depending on what stock is in the cupboards and what's being cooked that week.

Edited by Bikesalot on Wednesday 13th February 21:06

Lozw86

566 posts

70 months

Wednesday 13th February
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£100 a week for 2 adults at Waitrose, that may include a bottle of wine or 2, we eat very well

Storer

4,854 posts

153 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Well ours works out at £290/week for 4 adults (or £145 compared to most on here).

Not all meat included (meat most days), but wine/beer/spirits are included at £93/ wk.

We don’t eat out too often and never go to the pub just for a drink.