tallaghtfornia Registered User
#286

marvin80 said:
We've started doing our weekly shop in Aldi (previously Dunnes) and definitely notice we're getting more value for our money in Aldi.


Marvin thinking of making the switch myself could you elaborate a little how you think you get more value for money in Aldi ? Even with the €10 vouchers in Dunes
Thanks a million

rubadub Registered User
#287

tallaghtfornia said:
Marvin thinking of making the switch myself could you elaborate a little how you think you get more value for money in Aldi ? Even with the €10 vouchers in Dunes
Thanks a million


I guess it would depend on what you buy, and brands, if you use a list etc. I passby dunnes on my way home and go in the odd time and do not see much value. I am not brand loyal and not picky at all, so often buy "whatever is on offer". I presume dunnes will never be great value (if you do not use vouchers) since they factor in so many people using these €10 off vouchers. €50 is a very big spend for me, so it is rare I would do it. If my dunnes gave €5 off €25 vouchers I would be in there a LOT more.

see deals here, interestingly portmarnock had a €5 off a €20 spend, but you have to spend €50 to get it.
http://www.dunnesstores.com/valueclub-term-promotions/content/fcp-content

Spend between €25 and €49.99 and receive (1) † €5 off €25 voucher. Max 1 Voucher is issued in one transaction. €5 off vouchers are issued only in participating Dunnes Stores: Bray Grocery, Finglas Cardiffbridge Road, Georges St Convenience, Henry St, North Earl St., Stephens Green, Saggart, Harveys Quay Limerick, Drogheda West Street Grocery, Edward Square Galway, Redmond Square Wexford, Patrick St, Bishopstown Curraheen Rd Cork, Waterford City Square, The Square Tallaght & Shannon.


€5 off €20 (issued with €50 spend on Grocery in Portmarnock)
Spend €50 on Groceries between Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th February to receive (1) €5 off €20 voucher. Max 1 Voucher is issued in one transaction. €5 off vouchers are issued only in participating stores: Portmarnock.


T&C for issuing of €8 off €40 on swiping your VALUEclub card
* Selected Valueclub members receive an exclusive offer of (1) † €8 off €40 voucher upon swiping their card in the transaction. Max 1 Voucher is issued per transaction. This promotion is valid for all ROI stores

Quackster Moderator
#288

From those claiming a saving after switching to Aldi, I would love to see precise lists of items purchased in both Dunnes and Aldi as I don't buy it that Aldi is generally cheaper than Dunnes.

Now there are weaknesses in Dunnes, primarily with gaps in their own-brand range, but I get around that by shopping in different supermarkets depending on the specific things I'm looking for.

What I buy in Dunnes, I couldn't get any cheaper in any other supermarket, and that's even before I factor the €10 off €50 into the mix.

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marvin80 Registered User
#289

tallaghtfornia said:
Marvin thinking of making the switch myself could you elaborate a little how you think you get more value for money in Aldi ? Even with the €10 vouchers in Dunes
Thanks a million


From a very simplistic point of view our 4 big bags of shopping work out cheaper in Aldi than Dunnes by 20-30 euros.

It's definitely worth trying Aldi for a few weeks and see what you think - nothing ventured nothing gained.
You can always go back to Dunnes if Aldi isn't working out

marvin80 Registered User
#290

Quackster said:
From those claiming a saving after switching to Aldi, I would love to see precise lists of items purchased in both Dunnes and Aldi as I don't buy it that Aldi is generally cheaper than Dunnes.



Go into Aldi someday and buy the stuff you'd usually buy in Dunnes and do a comparison and let us know how you get on - be interesting to see the outcome.

rubadub Registered User
#291

Quackster said:
I would love to see precise lists of items purchased in both Dunnes and Aldi as I don't buy it that Aldi is generally cheaper than Dunnes.

What I buy in Dunnes, I couldn't get any cheaper in any other supermarket, and that's even before I factor the €10 off €50 into the mix.


Maybe you could kick it off and give a few examples of what you find to be particularly cheaper or better value in dunnes? I would be interested to see what they are, it could be things I never buy myself.

Like yourself I shop in several shops, I have a good memory for prices too, and would of course factor in quality, which is often subjective.

Maybe we need an ongoing sticky thread with comparisons of basic items, and allow for valid impartial comments beside them. e.g. aldi might have the cheapest own brand coke but the general consensus might be that it is horrible. I get tesco "xero" diet coke, 49c for 2L and whenever it is mentioned several users always chime in agreeing how good it is.

I get my coconut milk in lidl, cheaper, nicer, higher in actual coconut.

Tesco caster sugar, 1.09 per kilo, which is cheaper than tesco "value" sugar. This is price matched in many supermarkets.

Tesco 20 battered chicken breast nuggets 1.59 for 450g, on a par with birdseye IMO, but it would be interesting to see if others agree.

Tesco Super Concentrated Liquid Non Bio. 960Ml €1.48 (32 washes, far cheaper per ml than the larger bottle of the exact same stuff)

Quackster Moderator
#292

marvin80 said:
Go into Aldi someday and buy the stuff you'd usually buy in Dunnes and do a comparison and let us know how you get on - be interesting to see the outcome.


I shop in Aldi almost every week for the things that are cheaper there than elsewhere. Most things on my shopping list though are more-or-less the same price in Aldi as the equivalent own-brand items in Dunnes/Tesco/Lidl.

I don't go by the total at the end of my receipt. I keep a close eye on the prices of all the regular individual items I buy in supermarkets to make sure I'm buying them at the cheapest price in as much as is logistically reasonable.

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Xterminator Registered User
#293

i think i would save €25-30 on a weekly shop (for 5) by going to aldi instead of dunnes.

and if you compare the own branded goods in dunnes to the aldi range they are not as good, eg cereal, snacks, frozen items etc.
i do find lidl are probably even a shade cheaper than aldi, but prefer the food range in aldi.

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jaffa20 Registered User
#294

Quackster said:
From those claiming a saving after switching to Aldi, I would love to see precise lists of items purchased in both Dunnes and Aldi as I don't buy it that Aldi is generally cheaper than Dunnes.

Now there are weaknesses in Dunnes, primarily with gaps in their own-brand range, but I get around that by shopping in different supermarkets depending on the specific things I'm looking for.

What I buy in Dunnes, I couldn't get any cheaper in any other supermarket, and that's even before I factor the €10 off €50 into the mix.


I agree. I go to Aldi now and again mainly to look at their special buys but would pick up a few things while i'm there, and i'm surprised by their prices.
I would do weekly shop in Dunnes now with vouchers and the odd shop in lidl or tesco. I used to do my weekly shop in Aldi, but now find that their prices have got more expensive.

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The_Conductor Moderator
#295

Same here- Dunnes for main shop- with a few odds and ends from both Aldi and Lidl- depending on what they have on special.
Got some Nutella for 4.99/kg in Lidl today- its 6.99 for the same jar in Dunnes, Fruit and Veg- 7.80 in Lidl- same price in Dunnes- but better quality in Lidl- and a case of aloe vera tissues for 22 Euro in Aldi- similar quality/quantity/size in Dunnes = EUR38.

You have to focus on particular items- to make it work- its pointless saying do your shopping in Aldi (or Lidl) and you'll save money compared to Dunnes (or elsewhere).

An example of stupid pricing in Lidl- 2.75 for a 2 litre bottle of 7-Up. Like what? Who though that was a fair or reasonable price. Fresh chicken in both Aldi and Lidl- avoid like the plague- the UK stamp belongs to 3 Sisters (google the scandal). In their defense Iceland, Tesco, M&S and other supermarkets got caught out similarly (though I think Dunnes are the only one of them to guarantee that they use only Irish produce).

You need to be selective- and know exactly what you're buying- some supermarkets are particularly strong in some areas and weak in others (Dunnes are pretty poor with their bakeries and their fresh fruit/veg in comparison to the Germans) and arguably the best bakery around- is Supervalu (though it depends on the branch).

Even some of the most ridiculous multiples (Eurospar anyone)- have some really good offers- Eurospar are flogging Kerrygold garlic batons @ 49c each at the moment- and its simply the tastiest you can get- our two will only eat it or Galberts.

You need to know exactly what you're buying in any shop- and not get tempted with the stuff they're not marking down. You can make reasonable savings- by shopping around- but you need to do your research first, before you leave the house...........

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masterboy123 Registered User
#296

We just moved from 4 years being with Aldi/Lidl to Dunnes.

Did a lot of experimenting and calculations.

So Dunnes cost us €3-4 more per weekly shopping (after applying €10 off voucher on €50 shopping at Dunnes). But we are getting definitely better fruits, vegetables and fish in Dunnes. Another plus point at Dunnes is they have huge selection of everything, be it yogurts, chocolates, meat, etc. Do Aldi users agree with me here?

Overall it depends what you usually buy and it's difficult to generalise it over different families.

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caviardreams Registered User
#297

Agree with the above - a lot of own brand products are price matched or close enough and if it's those kind of products you mainly buy, there might be little enough difference between them but if you buy different things there might be a vast difference.

Some things I find that are similar

Tinned tuna - tesco 70c, supervalu much nicer @ 79cent, lidl 79c I think, dunnes the same I think
Chickpeas - 50c tesco, 55cent supervalu, similar in lidl and aldi
Own brand rice cakes are pretty much 1.19-1.29 across the board
Salmon darnes 2 pack: Tesco 3.44 (nicest imo), Lidl 4.00, Dunnes 4.00 I think but also in a 3 for €10 offer so potentially cheapest at 3.33

xpletiv Registered User
#298

I moved from Aldi to Dunnes too after 4 years of Aldi shopping. Better quality food in Dunnes. Saying that though, Im sceptical of the meat in the 10er deal; a few times Ive bought it and its gone off before the due date, or they have meat on shelves that go off 1 or 2 days after purchase. Maybe its just my dunnes that does it though.

Q; do they still do the 5 off 25? I bought 25 quids worth of stuff and got nothing.

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rubadub Registered User
#299

xpletiv said:
a few times Ive bought it and its gone off before the due date, or they have meat on shelves that go off 1 or 2 days after purchase. .

I find all supermarkets to be random these days, sometimes the stuff in front is freshest, sometimes at the back, sometimes in the middle "shop around!"


xpletiv said:

Q; do they still do the 5 off 25? I bought 25 quids worth of stuff and got nothing.

I gave a list of shops that should further up. It can depend on what you buy. If you bought and thought you should have got one I would complain privately via social media, many seem to get vouchers.

MB05 Registered User
#300

Every supermarket has it's selling points, I shop in them all depending on what I need or where I am when I need stuff. However Dunnes would be one of the dearer supermarkets for fruit and veg. Banana's and apples like pink lady's are on a par but a pineapple in Dunnes is €1.79, it's usually €1.29 in Aldi although it's only 0.99c lately. A punnet of grapes is €2.99 in Dunnes, max €2.29 in Aldi.

Cheese, cold cut meats etc are generally cheaper in Aldi. Fresh orange juice is cheaper, chocolate bars, bottled water multipacks and specialist type foods like gluten free goods are cheaper. Other supermarkets match or better Aldi on some of these but I don't find Dunnes cheaper for these usually.

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