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#1 ♥Rumpelstiltskin♥

Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:46 PM

If you shop at Aldi what do you love to buy because of taste or value for money ....?????
We are looking at shopping at Aldi and I know that some stuff is crap and some are good ....
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#2 whatnamenow

Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

I love their frozen products.  We often will just do a big Aldi shop once a month to stock up on the frozens.  Also their turkish bread is good and so much cheaper than anywhere else.  The kids school snacks as well.

#3 opethmum

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

What I love
-Remano Pasta Sauce/Bake / Pasta / Passatta
-Trimat Laundry Powder/Laundry booster
-Casa Barelli items sauces, Oven Bake Pizza range
-Tinned Tomato
-Tomato Sauce
- White Mill Bake range, incredibly well priced and good range
- The Bakehouse Bread range, helga's quality but cheaper
- Market Fare frozen veg range
- Brookdale Yoghurt really good quality and Dairy Fine dairy range is quite good
- Milk UHT/ Fresh is good
-Their biscuit range and lunch box fillers are great
- The ravioli and sauce range is quite good
-Merivale brand salads are good
-Lacura Moisturiser
-Chocolate stuffs
-Mamia Range

What I don't like
Pet food range can be quite limited
Batteries
Goldenvale cereals are ok



#4 MrsLexiK

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:08 PM

Frozen stuff, I found until the fresh fruit and veg opened that Aldi had the freshest fruit and veg in our area. Now they are still above the Coles and woolies ill still buy from Aldi occasionally. Onions and potatoes are always soooooo cheap!

I also don't mind some of their meat. I find it hard to get smaller portions in woolies or Coles and I don't find our butcher that much fresher and they are $$$$$. Things like pork and lamb which only DH eats come in good sizes and are cheap, also mince need is cheap as well.

#5 mumto3princesses

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

All the staples stuff is good. You can't really go wrong with all of that. Like rice, pasta, flour, tin tomatoes, tin peaches etc, tinned soup and pasta sauce etc. Weet bix is ok.

The individual packets of rice cracker snacks are nice. And the tempura chicken breast nuggets are good.

Oh, and curly fries. Yummy with sour cream but not very good for you.

Depending on the store fruit and veg can be a bit hit and miss.

We like their nappysan but don't really like the washing detergent. Dish detergent is ok though. Toothpaste is yucky. And we don't like the flavoured rice/pasta packets.

#6 MrsFeral247

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

White coconut chocolate *drool*
Frozen gourmet pizza
Frozen lamb shanks
Light smooth ricotta
Prepacked ham
Chicken thigh
Chocolate chip cookies
Body wash
Double cream
Flour/ sugar/ rice/ pasta
Tomato paste/ spaghetti sauce
Wedges

Ok... Basically most of the staples, junk food and frozen stuff lol.

Like Aldi Mum on Facebook - she does reviews.

#7 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:14 PM

their meat! I have a lot of my own beef but purchase pork, chicken and veal from aldi. My closest doesnt' have great fruit and vege, but I do most of my dry goods, cleaning products, nappies, chocolate, kids snacks and cheeses, and yes their frozen foods are great.

#8 Shanski

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

We love the dish washing liquid concentrate in the green bottle, also the paper towels, window spray and chux.

The Lacura serum and moisturiser are awesome - I use the anti wrinkle serum and it is brilliant.

The cheese is fantastic - plastic wrapped cheese or tasty block and grated - cheap and tastes great. They also have one of the best blue cheeses I have tasted.

The rice bubbles and cornflakes taste delicious and my kids prefer the Aldi ones over the name brands.

Some things you will have to try yourself depending in your tastes but these might get you started.

#9 bunnee

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

Some good ideas in these threads

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/forums/ind...l=aldi+products

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/forums/ind...l=aldi+products

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/forums/ind...l=aldi+products

#10 AMPSyd

Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

Like...

Ice creams
Lite cheese - really yummy
Olives
Pasta
Tinned tomatoes/paste
Rice
Lacura face products
Samson hand towels
School lunch box snacks - like fruity bars
Staples like sugar and flour
Cleaning products
cling wrap and baking paper
snack chip range - great flavours

Used to like but now don't
Stir fry sauce range - used to be really yummy but somehow they have changed the consistency and quality.
chicken nuggets (though the chicken snitchels (sp) are still good)

#11 Berndt Tőst

Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

Their tinned fruit is great - especially the pineapple. Don't like their chips though.

#12 Kabu84

Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

I like their meat and generally most of the pantry stuff. I LOVE their face moisturiser - Lacura is the brand. I've had $50-$100 bottles of moisturiser before and this one is just as good.

Not too big on their fruit and veg though.

#13 Meagan

Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

The only thing I won't buy for my own use is toothpaste. A hangover from being pregnant & morning sickness. There are a few products that I wouldn't buy anywhere like simmer sauces & similar - I make my own. Just pick fruit & veg carefully.

#14 Maple Leaf

Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Their gourmet ice cream and chocolate. Dishwasher tablets. Raisin bread.

those things I always buy there. original.gif

#15 Cath42

Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

Believe it or not, their nappies are very good for those parents who use disposables. I took my son to a routine paediatric appointment when he was 12 months old, and his paediatrician noticed he was wearing a Huggies nappy. She told me that the best and cheapest nappies on the market were the Mamia brand that were sold at Aldi. She was right! They're certainly just as good as Huggies.

#16 be_a_butterfly

Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:28 PM

The poppers are cheap and my kids love them
Silverside pieces are nice, I wont buy it from anywhere else now.
Blocks of chocolate
Dishwashing powder
trimat washing powder




#17 aztecblue

Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

I usually go to Aldi to buy their special buys that come out on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I have the Aldi app on my iphone, and if I see a special buy I try to get there early on the day it come out. Its amazing how fast some of their stuff sells out.



#18 Holidayromp

Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

QUOTE (opethmum @ 11/11/2012, 04:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
- The Bakehouse Bread range, helga's quality but cheaper


The Bakehouse bread range is made by Tiptop and I suspect it is Helgas.  If you look at the packaging of alot of products for example Protene is actually Pantene, Sweet Valley is actually Goulburn Valley.  Raffetys Garden is Mamia Baby food.

Also you will find the packaging is very similiar and I have had to double take several times around Aldi.

The best thing is to do a shop and make your own mind up.

But the Choceur White Crisp chocolate is to die for.  Also the cooking chocolate is excellent for cooking. But I find the chocolate is not as nice as Cadburys and I cannot make the link to any other brands.

In the frozen dessert area - Spiders are actually splices.

We love Aldi and we save $$$.  For less than $70.00 we can get food for a week for a family of 5.

#19 sophiasmum

Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

We do our weekly shop at Aldi, we buy everything we need, the only time we go to Coles or Woolies is if it's something Aldi doesn't stock (eg. they don't have all the dried herbs we need, they don't have cocoa powder, etc).

#20 spear_maiden

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

likes:
bin bags, cling wrap, sandwich bags
organic full cream milk
occasionally fruit and veg
their "gourmet" ice cream
organic tinned food range
special buys
milo
organic coffee and teabags

dislikes:
all of their chocolate
baby food pouches
toilet paper
toothpaste
and the weight of my conscience after shopping there due to questionable ethics

I shop there alot less than I used to and really only if budget is tight, due to attempting to be choosy with my brands and food ingredients.

#21 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (Studybug @ 12/11/2012, 02:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
dislikes:

and the weight of my conscience after shopping there due to questionable ethics

I shop there alot less than I used to and really only if budget is tight, due to attempting to be choosy with my brands and food ingredients.

Genuine question what do you mean 'questionable ethics' and are you comparing said ethics to the big two? is are they somehow better
as I said genuine question

#22 Pinky101

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

We buy:

Weetbix type wheat biscuits
Porridge oats
Moser Roth dark chocolate
Dried apricots/prunes
Tinned fruit
Nappies
Baby wipes
Logix dishwasher powder (rated highly by Choice)
Trimat front loader washing powder (also rated highly by Choice)
Washing up liquid
Cleaning products incl. bicarb and vinegar for most cleaning
Pasta
Rice
Australian tinned tomatoes
Olive Oil
Flour/sugar
Herbal teas are okay, but not such a fan of their Earl Grey although it doesn't taste horrible
Lacura face serum and eye gel
Body wash
Toilet paper
Paper towels 3ply
Aloe Vera tissues
Kitchen bin liners/Cling wrap/foil/baking paper
Frozen raspberries
Cheese - haven't tried everything but all the ones we've tried have been good
Greek yoghurt
Ham
Meat is pretty good - we've had some really good eye fillet and the chuck steak is very good and cheap but not always available at our store
Sometimes the fruit and veg is okay.
Bread - the lebanese flat bread and Helga's style are good
Fresh ravioli pasta
Strawberries and blueberries can also be cheaper than elsewhere


Basically, we can do the majority of our weekly shop here now. I do wish they had a diet yoghurt e.g. like Yoplait Forme or Nestle Soleil, but I can live without that anyway.

We were both pretty anti-Aldi before we moved overseas, but since we had to switch brands for almost all products while overseas, we've had less brand loyalty since we've been back and are more willing to give other brands a try. And we save a lot of money when compared with what we used to spend at Coles for similar products.

They do some great one-off specials too. We've picked up some great kids toys.

#23 Mynewname

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:25 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 12/11/2012, 02:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Genuine question what do you mean 'questionable ethics' and are you comparing said ethics to the big two? is are they somehow better
as I said genuine question


I was going to ask exactly the same question. Is there something I didn't know?

Also, comparing the bread to helgas, I once compared the ingredients and it was exactly the same.

I'm also fan of the frozen veg and the frozen yorkshire puddings.

Also, another for the kids snacks, crackers, cheeses and yoghurts. All similar to the others but much cheeper.


#24 Feral timtam

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:36 PM

I have a hard time keeping the chocolates and lollies out of our trolley, DH loves both. I do too but I have poor impulse control and my waist is a bit bigger than it should be. pretty much all of the individually wrapped lunch box type things are pretty good too.

I like their meats, we tried buying from one of those big discount butchers that Today Tonight raved about and the meat was poor quality and considerably pricier than Aldi's meats. Aldi meat is at least a consistent quality and the price is the same week in, week out.

We get their dishwasher tablets and the green multi-purpose spray, the green one from Aldi is the only one DH doesn't have a reaction to. I like their peppermint dishwashing liquid, DH doesn't.

The fresh fruit and veg are hit and miss, I love their cut flowers and usually get a bunch or two every week but there is one local store that we won't buy flowers from as they always seem to wilk extrememly quickly when purchased at that store.

The wet pet food is one thing we will NOT buy, our little dog won't eat it and the other dog gets rather aromatic when he does it eat. Dry food on the other hand Aldi brand is the only one the dogs will eat.

#25 spear_maiden

Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

3Keiki
My understanding is that whilst a large portion of the products are Australian made, Aldi is known for using sweatshop labour, and exploiting workers.  The other 2 are no better in this respect, but if I choose my brands carefully from the big 2 it helps me to minimise my supporting of brands who also engage in these practices.  Unfortunately, due to location I don't really have any other choices for local grocery shopping.

I also have a struggle between shopping ethically and shopping to avoid certain ingredients as there's alot of times I have to choose one or the other.  Add to that, tight budgeting and grocery shopping can be a real pain...But that's a whole different thread!

I guess my aim is to minimise my impact whilst shopping within my budget and time constraints for healthy foods and sometimes I grapple with my choices, that's all.




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