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Thrifty Thursday: Aldi or Asda?


The Aldi super-six this week are fun-size apples (8/9/10), fun-size pears (7/8/9/10), baby corn (135g), salad potatoes (1Kg), plums (500g) and chestnuts mushrooms. They are all 69p and the offer lasts until the 8th of October.

I went to Aldi on Tuesday, but I also went to Asda to compare prices. I found Asda has improved a lot and they are trying to compete. There is a greater selection of meat and fish in Asda. My main problem was finding labelling and prices were often so small I couldn’t read them. There were some large bags of prawns, but the label and price was close to the floor. I didn’t want to crawl on the floor, so I couldn’t see how much they were. I did buy some chicken wings, not because they were particularly cheap at £2.44. I like them  occasionally, they taste better than the drumsticks. I cut the inedible bit off the ends of them and made some stock to use for delicious home-made Autumn soup. I had a turkey drumstick for £2.00 which will also make a change.  The only bargain I got was 4 nectarines for 50p. I had a bottle of Dandelion and Burdock for 60p. I wish Aldi would stock that again. I suppose each supermarket could learn from the other, but Aldi still wins on prices.

The special buys today at Aldi includes lots of offers for cyclists and some good Yale security products too. I need to put a new bulb in my security light for the winter…

The special buys on Sunday are mostly for DIY enthusiasts. I might look at the decorating items.  The brushes and paint would be useful. I need to do a lot of decorating, but keep putting it off!

I ordered some new clothes from the Matalan website. They arrived this week. The thermal tee shirt is great, it will be just what I need  when I go out taking photos in the snow! I also have lots of other thermal clothes now. The sweater wasn’t quite as warm as I thought it would be, but when I wore that with a few layers; I was warm enough and too warm in the car. With energy costs rising, many people could wear warmer pyjamas and nightwear. I don’t like my bedroom warm while I sleep, I breathe better if it’s cooler. My electric blanket is great for aches and pains too!

It’s a good idea now to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals through Autumn to strengthen your immune system for the winter. Make sure you get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables while the seasonal produce is a little bit cheaper. Just Juice orange juice and blackcurrant juice is good too, loaded with vitamin C!

Poundland has cold and flu remedies and vitamins too. It’s good to stock up on paracetamol, ibuprofen and maybe tissues and something to clear a blocked nose. I have some Olbas oil which is very good. They do ibuprofen gel and a heat rub in Poundland too, they are useful for the winter aches and pains.

Now Autumn is here we need to think about different foods. I like baked potatoes, I enjoyed the gluten free sausage from Aldi with baked potatoes. I have home made Autumn soup in the fridge that I made yesterday. Bangers and mash is a good autumn favourite. Consider having porridge for breakfast, that helps to keep out the cold. If you have children, giving them puddings after a smaller meals might be a cheap way to feed them and milky puddings like rice pudding is supposed to be healthy. I hated rice pudding as a kid, but cake and custard wasn’t so bad…

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7 responses

  1. You are so lucky to have these shops nearby. If we drove to the nearest branches we would spend more on fuel than we would save. Passed a Lidl on our way home last week so decided to see what we could see (again, not one locally). Very cheap fruit and veg – but showed signs of ‘age’ after just 24 hours at home. 😦

    25, September 2014 at 11:43 am

    • Dave

      I agree with cut price fruit and veg showing signs of age. There are no bargains in any supermarket. I visit markets and corner shops. Enjoy the haggle and often get freebies!

      25, September 2014 at 1:59 pm

      • Yes, sadly we don’t have those either. We aren’t in the ‘sticks’, but it’s a drive to any sort of food.

        25, September 2014 at 5:16 pm

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      I have the same problem in local shops. I had 4 nectarines for 50p but I think they will be slow ripening. I can wait! I have Asda and Morrison’s about a mile away, Aldi and Lidl a couple of miles in opposite directions and Tesco about 3 miles away.There is a few Farmfoods, Iceland and the Coop not far away too. I’ll check Farmfoods out one of the days, the parking is difficult there…

      25, September 2014 at 5:11 pm

      • Parking can be expensive, can’t it. It’s about 15 miles one way to our nearest ‘cheap’ shop. Not really viable. Shame.

        25, September 2014 at 5:15 pm

      • Dave

        I live on my own and find shopping for one can be expensive. Nobody I ask to form a food co-operative seems to be interested. Perhaps they like spending more than they need to.
        I often speak to market traders and ask for one carrot or the odd onion. They all know me now so we have a laugh. The serious point here though is that I have serious savings by being frugal and I do enjoy life to the full.

        25, September 2014 at 5:45 pm

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