I have been using Lidl for my weekly grocery shop recently, mainly because they built a brand new store five minutes from Shoestring Cottage with plenty of parking. However, I have been shopping in Aldi for years now. Which do I prefer, Lidl or Aldi?
Lidl or Aldi: they both save you money
Both of these discount supermarkets are guaranteed to save you loads of money. I estimate that I save £20-30 every single week by shopping at Lidl or Aldi instead of Sainsbury’s, Asda or Tesco. OK, they don’t have the huge choice that the bigger supermarkets have. To me this is actually an advantage. After working all day, I want to get in and out as quickly as possible and I can do my weekly shop in 45 minutes. I am not distracted by loads of extra products and not tempted by them either. I can’t bear shopping in the huge Tesco’s near me – it takes forever just to walk round and then back to the car!
Last night darling daughter wanted me to take her to her local Aldi so I went back 😀. Yes, you all know I am sad but savvy and this kind of thing cheers me up after a long, hard week at work!
I have particularly missed Aldi’s moisturisers. They are amazing value at under £2 a pot and really work. When you consider that some folk happily spend £40 on the same size pot, fooled by pseudo scientific claims of wrinkle reductions and firmer skin, it just proves just how gullible many of us are! All you need for good skin is to keep it clean, wear some kind of moisturiser, don’t spend too much time in the sun and don’t smoke! Seriously, I truly believe it is that simple. I have followed this advice for years and I am regularly told I don’t look my almost 54 years so it must be working 😀. Whilst I was there I went crazy and bought two. I prefer these to Lidl’s versions as I find theirs too highly perfumed.
I also prefer Aldi’s wine range to Lidl’s. I am no expert, but I do buy a bottle a week and Aldi’s are best! You can get a decent bottle of wine from either for a fiver though. My daughters love Disaronno and tell me that they do a very good imitation in Aldi for about half the price.
So, all in all, when it comes to choosing Lidl or Aldi, the latter just about wins. I love them both really though!
I have a couple of potentially stressful weeks coming up with my parents. They are both in their eighties and in great shape generally, but have operations within two weeks of each other. Today my mum is having a hip replacement. She had the other one done last year and will soon be almost entirely manmade…I am meeting her there this morning to see her in. All being well, hope to get her back home on Tuesday.
The week after next my dad will have a potentially more serious op to repair an aneurism. This is at a different hospital further away, so will mean a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to visit and take my mum.
I need to make some meals for their freezer and will start with a big vat of lentil soup tomorrow and maybe some shepherd’s pies next week. Fortunately, I have three siblings so we will be sharing the duties.
Wish them luck and good wishes and, if I don’t manage a daily post, you will know why! Have a great weekend everyone.