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A few days ago I went into Aldi for the first time. I normally go to Tesco's once a week. I live the huge selection in Tesco's but I am not so fond of how expensive my weekly food shop is now. Tesco's us a also really convenient for me and Aldi is around a half hour drive. However, I was going near the Aldi shop and having heard that a lot of people have converted to Aldi I thought I would give it a go.
I didn't go into Aldi blind. I had been told many things about it before hand. I had been warned that you need a £1 for the trolley and that if you don't take your own bags you need to pay for them. Despite being warned about needed a £1 for the trolley my husband and I forgot, whilst realising this outside the store and deciding what to do a fello customer gave us a pound. How lovely! Thus was a great start to our first trip.
There is very limited selection on items inside Aldi. I found that this didn't matter too much, instead of a house of a million tomatoe based pasta sauces there was 2 meaning that we just spent less time decision making.
There were a few things that we were unable to buy in Aldi but not many, only some antihistamines, dumpling mix and my favourite squash juice had to later be bought from Tesco's.
The Aldi checkout system seems a bit manic. The checkout worker acted as though on speed and the items were scanned at a great speed. It was hard to keep up and slightly exhaustion but my husband and I did. We did decide after the manic check out experience we would have to go in as a team as on our own we could go have kept up with the pace.
We ended up spendng just £35 which is amazing compared to the £50-£60 we normally spend in Tesco's. Also, the quality of the items all seem good.
I early ever used to shop at Aldi. My main stores were Asda and Tesco. However, over the last few years I heard so much positive feedback from friends and in the media about Aldi that I started to shop there more regularly. Now I can wholeheartedly say that Aldi is my favourite supermarket store!
Aldi has a reputation for selling cheap food and at first I thought this might mean that the quality of the food would not be as good. However, after trying many of the products at Aldi I can testify that they have an outstanding range of shop's own items. Not only that but they also sell a few brand name items at a much lower price than rival supermarkets.
What I particularly like about the store is that there are so many different and unusual products compared to other supermarkets. They have some really creative food choices available. They have excellent shop's own products in every food category you can think of. I particularly like their tinned vegetables, cereals, chilled dips, snack foods, confectionery, dried sauces and packeted food and personal products. If I had to choose some favorites I'd say their breakfast biscuits, the tea tree hair conditioner and their soya milk.
There is often a section in store where 'special' items have been brought in and are available for a short period of time. I love this section as you can often get exclusive items for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else! The store also sells non grocery items which they situate in large stalls down a few aisles. You can get everything from candles to walking boots. Again, these items are brought in and sold until they are gone, so you often have to be quick. I've gotten hold of such items as a cycle pump, cushions, drawing pads and jumpers at really low costs!
The in-store environment is really nice although I do note an increased security presence in the store compared to other supermarkets. The till service is a little strange too. You feel a bit rushed and are not allowed to pack your items into bags at the end of the till. You have to go off to the side and pack them once you have paid. I find this a little inconvenient, especially when the store is busy.
The store have a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and also fresh meat and fish. They do what they call a 'super 6' promotion where they have six items of fresh fruit or vegetable produce and six meat cuts at a reduced price or on special offer. These promotions are easy to spot in the store.
I have huge praise for Aldi. My shopping bill is literally around £20 cheaper than in any other supermarket. If I was to spend as much here as in Asda/Tesco I'd find it difficult to fill my shopping trolley! Go and take a look!
Ever since I had my son I've realise the importance of money and cutting costs wherever possible ( who knew babies were so expensive ) as a child I remember shopping here with my parents and can't think if anything I didn't really like but when I got my own place I forgot all about aldi and it became all about take aways and the ( only slightly ) more expensive shops. Recently though I have rediscovered aldi and I love it. My local aldi is massive and has a wide variety of fresh and frozen products as well as some house hold items which some of are actually quite nice and useful. The only down side is that sometimes you will see something cheap and think why not? And it will literally tastes like 'fart' ( sorry, it's the only way I could describe it ) however I think the pros most definatly outlay the cons and most if the food you will find in aldi is of a high quality. Aldi mostly have a lot of unknown brand food but they do have some more known brand foods at a fraction of the price they are in other supermarkets. Not to long ago I stocked up on alot of cadbury chocolate fingers from aldi at just 79 pence each!! ( I was pregnant - that's my excuse ) I just wish thy done online shopping as no matter how busy it gets in store they only ever seem to open a couple tills and they seem to always be restocking so there's always loads of crates of things in every isle. Aldi bottles of drink are stacked on these weird crate things so if the one you want is on the bottom it is impossible to get it out! However like I said the pros outweigh the cons and you'll definatly see the difference if you switch and do your main shop here!
I have to admit that I am a bit of a supermarket fiend, I love to browse around supermarkets and compare prices, even if I have no intention of buying that particular product, I can often be found commenting that you can get it cheaper somewhere else. But I can honestly say that I have never said that in Aldi. They have been around for many years but I actually never set foot in one until I was about 25 (I am now 30) so you can understand my amazement at the great products at the bargain prices.
On my first shop I was naturally sceptical, after all, such great prices must mean that they have had to cut corners on the quality of the merchandise? No, the quality was the same as you would expect from any other store and after a few years shopping there I have discovered so many items that are better quality and a better price. I now buy all of my meat from there as it is cheaper than the big three supermarkets and a much better quality. All of my chocolate and vegetables are purchased there as is all of my alcohol.
I am not sure how it is in other stores but my local stores always seem to be a bit on the untidy side, but nothing major. Other than that it is the best supermarket out there!
I just realised few months ago that Aldi has a new store just ten minutes away from my house. Since then, I have been shopping for my groceries at Aldi, and liking it.
They claimed that swapping brands, from the more popular brand to Aldi's brands would save us up to 40%. I do not expect I could save that much, but I keep in mind that shopping and brand swapping could save me a significant amount of cash. So I did a rough calculation. Eggs and milk prices are somewhat the same with ones from other supermarket. But the vegetables, and meat prices are much lower. Broccoli for 45p for example. I cannot get that price anywhere else.
I also swapped some products such as crisps, chocolate, canned food, rice, noodles, pasta, and bread, and that has saved me a lot of money. And to be completely honest, they taste almost the same to me compared to a much expensive products such as heinz, pringles or warburtons.
What I like the most about Aldi is that I learn that I don't have to buy everything from Aldi. It gave me options, and teach me to be wise in choosing and purchasing. For example: I don't want to use their washing up liquid, because they are too runny which in the end cost me as much as buying a bottle of Morning Fresh. Or their bin liner because they are to thin and I would need to double lining. Or their frozen vegetables, because Iceland's products are way cheaper.
Their "up to 40% save" campaign has made me think that being financially aware does not mean that you have to give up your lifestyle altogether. You just need to make a bit of wise product swapping.
We have recently started going to Aldi more regularly as we moved to an area where there is not a "supermarket giant" particularly close by.
The first thing I notice on visiting Aldi is how busy the car park is - I guess this shows how popular they are becoming in the current climate! I usually manage to find a space at our local store, but perhaps one improvement for them could be car parking availability!
However, the shop itself is brilliant. I cannot believe how much money I have saved since shopping here instead of the larger supermarkets. Aldi really stock more of the essentials, rather than huge ranges of products", and whilst there may not be as much choice or as many "named brands" as you would find in a normal supermarkets, I find that there is nothing wrong at all with the Aldi brands, and sometimes actually taste better. If you are keen on something particular though, they often stock different bits and pops that you can purchase that are branded, separately from the main food aisles.
Food products are generally very good quality, reasonably priced and rather popular! We particularly like the Fish products that they have - they are REALLY tasty! However another thing that I love about Aldi are the weekly products that they bring in on a Sunday. I often find myself a fab bargain amongst this lot - I even bought an underwater camera which was £40 - the ones I had been looking at online were at least £100, and mine does a great job!
I also love the Aldi flowers. The smaller bunches cost about £3, but they have some quite nice and unusual ones available which I quite like. I tend to find that the flowers last a good length of time too, so are worth the money spent on them.
Finally, I always notice in the shops how happy their staff seem to be, especially on the check outs. There are also regularly adverts in the shops for new staff, and they seem to pay pretty well for a supermarket, which is really great to see.
Overall, I am definitely an Aldi convert, and I can see why the are doing so well at the moment. I would say, they're definitely worth a try if you haven't already!
I have been shopping in Aldi for the last few years and won't go anywhere else. I find it to be the perfect combination of economy and quality. I used to shop in Lidl but I found the food very hit and miss, sometimes it was just down right disgusting but most of the time I just wasn't really enjoying my food. Tesco wasn't much better, in order to eat well I was paying way more than I do at Aldi, yes Tesco has budget brands but most of the time they are just as bad if not worse than Lidl.
With Aldi I can eat really well on a budget. They have the super six for fruit and veg, you can't get any better than that. I like the way they run their shops as well, no crappy music on in the back round annoying me, I get in, grab what I need and go up to the tills. There are sometimes long lines which can be annoying but they get through them much faster than other supermarkets. The way they do the tills is much better than other supermarkets, nobody needs to bag their shopping by the tills, in doing so they are simply wasting other peoples time.
If I had one complaint it would be that they don't have a bakery in store like other supermarkets, although it is probably better for my waistline. They also won't have some speciality items, some herbs and spices, but considering that they are much smaller than my local Tesco, I think they do pretty well.
Having recently heard a lot about Aldi in the news, I finally decided to go to Aldi and see what the fuss was all about! Since my husband has become redundant, I thought I might save money even if it means taking 2 buses as the store is quiet far.
The store itself is nicely organised which surprised me as I thought it was going to be like Poundland which tends to be quiet messy! You get the choice of having an ordinary basket, a trolley basket or a large trolley; I decided to take a trolley basket which was labelled as being antibacterial. Personally, I don’t really know what to think of this but I think it’s a bonus as I’ve never seen this in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Whilst browsing for products, I noticed how cheap the products were, but I also noticed the lack of variety in products. I especially loved the prices on the fruit and vegetables as they were incredibly cheap! The carrots (1kg), Broccoli, pointed cabbage and cucumber were all 39p, the kiwis (6pack) and blueberries were 69p and the leeks (500g) were 89p which I thought was astonishing as even my local greengrocers don’t sell these fruit and vegetables at these ultra-low prices. The amount of fruits and vegetables was also incredible as they were always being topped up by staff members. Some might consider this a hassle as the members of staff were carrying lots of racks of fruits and vegetables at a busy time so they made the aisle pretty crowded. However, to me this is a bonus as I knew all the fruits and vegetables were fresh.
The rest of the store was the same with products being very cheap but I did notice something, which made me a bit sad, the everyday essentials that Aldi sells is the exact same products as the everyday value range from Tesco! For example, I bought some salted cashews nuts and they were the same quality and price as the Tesco everyday value cashews!
The tills were also a downside to the shopping experience as even though there are signs hanging down from the ceiling stating that if the queues going beyond this point, they will open a new till, that was certainly not the case as there were 3 tills where the queue was longer than the sign. Also, you have to pay 3p for a plastic carrier bag and there is no area to pack your bags which makes it hard for people to pack their bags and for people like me, who didn’t take a trolley, it makes it even harder to pack the bags. However,next time, I will take a trolley.
Overall, I bought 23 items for only £13.91 mostly consisting of fruits and vegetables. One product I will never buy again is Aldi’s fruit and grain bar as this product was absolutely disgusting and tasted nothing like Kellogg’s Nutrigrain bar!
About 6 months ago, an Aldi opened in my town.
There were coupons in the local paper offering £5 off if you spend £40. I took up this offer and decided to get my weekly shop at aldi, as I normally spent about £35-30 in tesco! I couldn't believe how much I struggled to spend £40!! I managed to get to about £35 and then literally had to buy random things just to get my total up to £40! The prices are just incredible.
I now do my food shop at Aldi every week. Unfortunately, I have coeliac disease and so need special bread/pasta etc. There is a gluten free loaf of bread available at Aldi, and it is literally half the price of the tesco one, but I've got to admit, it is awful!
For what I would get from tesco for around £30, at Aldi it costs between £15-20, which I think is just incredible.
Another dietary requirement I have is that I don't eat meat, though I do eat fish. I tried the fresh and frozen fish at Aldi but haven't found it very good. The prawns are fine and the frozen 'Basa' fish is good also, but I do have to go across the road to tesco to get the rest of my week's worth of fish.
All in all, Aldi is a godsend. I save about £15 a week by shopping there, which over a year is nearly £1,000! Which is absolutely fantastic. I just wish their fish and gluten free range would improve, and then they would be perfect.
I do shop at aldi I go every week or two. I can't fault them for there products. I buy most things from there. Fruit and veg is cheap and cheerful.
Meat is a little cheaper from other big supermarkets.
I get the little bars of chocolate which are nice no there not cadburys or thorntons but hey still tasty.
I get most of my tinned stuff from aldi.
Pizzas big ones from £1 you can't knock them.
The only down fall I would say is that they don't sell more of names brands for example I don't like there cereal so I have to go to another supermarket Aswel where as if the sold a few big brand cereals I could buy all my shopping there.
The alcohol is just as good as the high price alcohol.
Dog and cat food is great
Baby nappies are just as good as any.
I do like how they have there weekly offers of.
I do wish there was little aldi stores plotted around so I could pop in for milk, bread and butter.
The only bit of advice I would give is always remember your bags otherwise you have to buy them at a minimum of 3p per bag.
I purchased a six blade razor at Aldi but the store does not seem to stock razor blades for it.The razor was made in Germany and is very good with the two blades supplied lasting one month each.Does anyone know of an Aldi in Dorset which sells the six blade pack (which contains four blades)?I hope that someone can help as the razor is far better than Gillette and other well known blades.Peter Masson, Bournemouth
I am generally an online Ocado shopper and have been for a few years now. I love the quality and convenience of Ocado. I also ending up popping into a Tescos every week or so to pick up bits and bobs. I have shopped at Aldi a couple of times in the past, several years ago, but didn't really think very much of it.
I recently decided to give Aldi a go because I'm trying to cut back on our outgoings, and I have heard a lot about all of Aldi's award winning products.
First impressions. It was a Saturday and was SO BUSY! It was really difficult to find a parking space, and inside the shop was packed with people. However I guess that just shows how popular Aldi has become! The shop itself is no frills. Food is piled high in boxes, no fancy displays, but to be honest it's exactly what you would expect.
Check out is a little hectic. The check out assistants are lightning speed. You not supposed to pack as you go, it's a case of throw it in the trolley, pay, and pack afterwards.
I have to say, from the word go I was blown away by the price of the products in comparison to what I had been paying elsewhere. I was a little sceptical beforehand, and wondered if it really would be that much cheaper. It was. A loaf of brown granary bread - 75p as opposed to £1.30ish elsewhere. Squeezy honey - 60p as opposed to £1.30 elsewhere. Award winning red wine for £3.60! I could go on! Our total shop came to around £40, and I think we would have been looking at £55-£60 for a comparable shop at Ocado or Tesco.
The choice was much better than I remember from visiting Aldi several years ago. I always thought that I would need to go to Aldi then also go to another supermarket to get bits I couldn't get there, but I don't think that's the case any more, I could happily get a full week's shopping there. I am also always concious of animal welfare when food shopping. For example I wouldn't buy chicken or eggs that are not free range. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. Free range products were available, slightly more expensive than the standard versions, but still cheaper than elsewhere.
Quality-wise I am seriously impressed. The food has been as good as you would get anywhere, I can't fault it. And special mention to the wine. It was exceptional. We bought a bottle of red for £3.60 and a bottle of white for £4.50. Better than many far more expensive wines we've had.
Am I converted? Yes. From now on I will be shopping at Aldi. It's a bit of a stressful shopping experience, but for the savings we will be making I think it's worth it.
Aldi recently opened a store about 10 minutes from where me and my partner live. Before we travelling about 20-30 minutes to go to the next nearest store. Up until the last couple of weeks our shopping was primarily done in ASDA or Tesco, with the occasional visit to other stores. But now I think that we will primarily do most of our shopping in Aldi.
We did an entire weeks shop this week for about £75 in Aldi. Had we gone to another supermarket our shop would probably have been in the range of £100 or more. We got everything that we would have done elsewhere and the cheaper price doesn't mean that we are paying for a lesser quality product. The fruit and veg was much nicer looking and fresher looking than other supermarkets. The price is second to none.
The biggest difference between Aldi and other supermarkets is that they don't stock up on your usual brand name products. But the products that they do stock up on are just as nice if not nicer than the brand name products for which you are only paying for the name. We decided to try some of Aldi's frozen pizzas and they were just as nice as any other brand of frozen pizza. In fact the one's from Aldi had much more toppings than other pizzas.
The meat was much more reasonably priced than in supermarkets. We bought five big chicken breasts for about £6. The bacon is just as nice as in other places, steaks were much more affordable too. We could have had a couple of steaks for under £5. My partner and I both asked each how they manage to do thinks so cheaply.
My partners children haven't complained that they haven't had their usual Walkers crisps or other brand name foods, and they have enjoyed the fruit even more than from other supermarkets.
There are still the odd thing here and there that I think will make trip out to ASDA or Tesco to go and buy for example laundry products, and juice such as Ribena. But I think the majority of our shopping will probably be done in Aldi in future. The other great think is that there are no price gimmicks, or 2 for 1 offers, everything is cheap so if you want another you don't feel like your arm is being twisted into getting another in order to save a few pennies.
Aldi Leamington Spa opened back in June 2013 so its a new store. I was excited by this as Id heard good things about the place, this weekend just gone I finally got round to going. Here are my thoughts
Store layout/car park
The store is located opposite a McDonalds drive thru and close to a retail park. It has a decent sized car park which fits around 150 cars. The car park, even when I've not been visiting is quite full and does appear to have come congestion in it. On my visit there I go in no problems and found a space however I have when driving past seen people queuing for a space. The store itself is of good size, not super store but more like Tesco Metro size, the local courier gives its size as 1640 sq m. To get a trolley requires £1 (or 1Euro) which is fairly normal for some supermarkets and there was plenty of trolleys to use as well as baskets.
As you walk in to the left is the check outs and packing up area, straight in front is the first aisle and this follows onto the next with there being I think 4 aisles in total. The first aisle (as indeed all of them are) has a mixed range of items, the fruit and veg is located in this as well as sauce kits and other tinned items. At the bottom of this and which runs along the back wall is the refrigerated section containing meats both cooked and uncooked, fish, salads, cheeses, spreads etc. In the next aisle is more veg (mainly potatoes) stationary, toiletries, some drinks and other sauce kits, third aisle is the beginning of the frozen aisle with meat and other frozen goods, again some stationary, boots, scarfs and other non food items are located here. Last aisle is the remaining frozen items, alcohol, pet foot and leads onto the chilled desserts. once completed make your way back up to the front and to the checkouts, there are about 7 checkouts which when I was there were all open.
Aldi is known for it being one of the cheapest around. It has been voted "Supermarket of the year" several times (of which it likes to tell us on many TV adverts) and so for me I figured it must be worth a look. Price wise yeah I do think its a fair comment on it saving people money. I got a massive selection of fruit, veg, meat, fizzy drinks, frozen goods, tinned and other chilled items for £50 which was a good price to pay and on what I got (especially fruit and veg) I did think it was probably cheaper than going else where. They are quoted as being 45% less than other supermarkets and looking at some of the prices I do think on certain items they probably are 45% less in terms of cost. Times are hard and I do think for a reduced budget whilst still wanting fresh items this would be a good place to go
Items on sale
The Aldi store is a lot smaller to places like Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrison's and so the choices are more limited, this for me was one of the negatives. I was planning a recipe which although it had fairly "specialist" items in it, these items are all located in the "big four" as stated above so not being able to get them here put a spanner into the works. If you are doing basic cooking without following much of a recipe you would be ok to go here however anything requiring herbs, spices etc this isn't the place to go. If you are not to fussy with the choices available then you will be fine.
For me I cant honestly say this was the most stressful shopping trip I've ever done in my life. We went in at around 11am Sunday morning, which is not unusual for me to do although I often go to Morrison's but I've never really hand many problems with crowds at this time. Aldi at this time was incredibly busy and with the aisles not being especially wide I found myself being pushed and shoved around quite a lit by people or being hit with trolleys, kids running riot around the store, I was truly shocked at the manners. I get to the till, which at this point was quite busy and rushed through so quickly I didn't even have chance to breathe let alone pack, which Im told is the "thing" with Aldi and speeds up check out time however this for me was the last straw.
I really did not like Aldi and if I can I will be avoiding the place! Now don't get me wrong I can see the appeal because on many items they are cheap but the store experience coupled in with the lack if product availability has put me off. If I was solely after meat, fruit, veg and certain tinned items I would probably give it another try but on a off peak day. I do think that the savings that they quote probably are correct and as mentioned above on a budget this is an ideal place, just don't expect to much customer service or a good store experience!
For me I am giving it 3/5 it loses 1 for store experience and 1 for lack of availability and choice.
I have always been a bit of a food snob and for many years would only buy branded products from supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda or Sainsburys, never in my life would I have considered a lower end supermarket. We experienced financial difficulties a couple of years ago and had to really rebudget, I decided to try Aldi with little certainty that food shopping was something we could re budget to be honest. How wrong was I!!!
I have now been a regular customer of Aldis for the last two years at least and I shop there every week. I make savings of between £40-60 PER WEEK by shopping here and not only that but the food quality is so much better, I am still amazed each week at the savings I make and the quality of the food.
All fruit and veg is fresh, good quality and plentiful unlike many supermarkets where shelves can be bare I have never experienced this at Aldi. The fresh meat such as whole chickens, beef joints, diced meats and fillets is a fraction of the price you'd pay else where and yet all sourced locally and responsibly as they have the red tractor sign. The chicken fillets can be a bit hit and miss and I find I can cut a lot away so to save this I just buy full chickens roast it then use the meat for what I needed the fillet or pieces for, for curries etc This works fine and the price is much the same for fillets or a whole chicken.
There's always an aisle in each store that is like a miniature Home Bargains section which is especially great at Christmas time though there's handy gadgets, equipment, house hold objects, toys, clothes, pet specials, baby specials - practically everything you could think of and more, all year round.
You do have to pay for your carrier bags here, 3p for the normal ones, so I take a bag full of carrier bags with me.
Cannot recommend this store enough, you will be shocked if first time shopper and in agreement with me if not.