I hate Aldi. I find it depressing for some reason. That said I do buy some things there for $$ reasons. Their dairy is very good and comparable to the big brands. Their organic milk is actually ok but I don't like homogenised milk so will only buy it if I don't have time to drive over to my usual milk (it's the only thing I buy at Supabarn).
The fresh produce at our 2 nearest Aldi's is shocking so I don't bother. We go to a market instead. At first the grass fed beef was very good (according to DH - I'm vego). But about 7-8 months ago they have clearly started stocking 'old' beef. DH says it is tough and the flavour is too aged.
The specials each week are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Some of it is just rubbish. But I did pick up 100% merino wool hoodies for DS when we first moved to Canberra for just $14.99 each. They were great for our first winter and he has outgrown them rather than outworn them.
I definitely don't know how people do their entire weekly shop there.
Off topic but as far as people managing to feed a family of 4 on $150 (or thereabouts) a week. Wow just wow. I am in awe of your budgeting skills - feel free to throw some my way 😄
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26-01-2016 18:30 #73
I also tried to love Aldi when I moved back to Melbourne. After trying it and being more disappointed than thrilled I started a thread here asking what items people swear by. Mostly it was things I don't use/buy (many cleaning products), things I had tried and the family didn't like (cheese, yoghurt, meat, fruit, cereal, biscuits), things I could get just as cheap at the big 2 (flour, sugar, butter) or things I did use but had flavour enhancers (pasta sauce, stocks, crackers).
There are a few things that were great and super value however there is no such thing as "quickly ducking in to Aldi to grab a few things". The layout, plus the checkout system, plus the fact that I always waste 15 minutes rifling through a messy pile of ski gear looking for size 7 ski pants only to keep finding snowboard pants (or whatever that week's thing us) just to try to save a few dollars.
If they had self serve or express checkouts I would probably go in just to get t he few good things.
27-01-2016 21:31 #74
I am not organised so will do multiple shops throughout the week as needed. Where I go have a woollies and aldi so I tend to shop at both.
I really like aldi though. Some of the fresh fruit and veg is same quality as woollies but cheaper. Other stuff I buy are cleaning products, cheese, eggs, shapes biscuits, dried apricots, chocolates, sultanas in small packs, frozen party pies, frozen salmon.
And I love the special buys too!
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30-01-2016 21:41 #75
Has anyone bought the mini Aldi brown rice cakes that are being advertised? They look good for DS lunchbox but I just want to check the ingredients - Or next time you are in there can you take a photo of the ingredients list - I can't find the info on line and post it for me please 😄
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30-01-2016 21:49 #76Senior Member
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I love ALDI. I also love packing my own bags. To be honest my shopping experience at ALDI is MUCH FASTER than shopping at Coles or Woolworths and quite often the staff at Coles or Woolworths have no idea how to pack stuff (and I mean commons sense as in putting all the cold stuff together).
It's a lot cheaper. It reduces my shopping bill by at LEAST $100 a week. That may not seem like much but over the course of a year that's $5000!! I think the ALDI food for the most part tastes great... if there's something I don't like.. I get it at Coles. For example, I don't like their bread so I buy that at Coles. I do a shop where there's ALDI and a Coles right next to it. I don't know if I could be bothered if they were in separate places......
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30-01-2016 22:38 #79
I think so - there was just an ad on TV And it's hard to find mini brown rice cakes - Id be skeptical if they are flavoured ones as they would have to have additives in them and yes the salt content would be interesting to see - it's really annoying they don't put their nutritional info of their products on their website !
30-01-2016 22:39 #80
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