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Aldi... what do you recommend?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,257 ✭✭✭SourSessions

    They changed their mango chutney, don't like the new one at all!

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,935 ✭✭✭✭Thargor

    The chocolate Rich Teas are my new favourite biscuit of all time, they are amazing with a cup of tea, wish I knew about them during Winter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,947 ✭✭✭✭anewme

    if you like Kefir, try a polish shop. They do a lovely one and it’s 1.89 for a litre. Way nicer than the Aldi one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,095 ✭✭✭Mervyn Skidmore

    Recommend you stay away from the specially selected ham and mushroom pizza in the fridge section. Horrible.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭Ezeoul

    If anyone was a fan of McDonalds spicy chicken nuggets, these are a decent copy, and are airfryer friendly. €2.19.

    I didn't try the dips.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭Ezeoul

    They have the beer battered ones in my Aldi, but the last two times I got them, they weren't nice. Very greasy.

    I will try the sourdough!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭Hippodrome Song Owl

    What I don't recommend are the new shopping baskets! They're a pain in the neck when you just want to run around and grab a small few items. They're don't steer well, and the need to lift them out of the stack to start and the expectation that you will lift them back into a stack at the end makes them not very user friendly if you have any difficulties with your arms or strength. It's also much more difficult to unload shopping as you have to bend down at the till. I hate them so much they turn me off going to Aldi at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,508 ✭✭✭caviardreams

    Thank god it's not just me! A nightmare - why get rid of small baskets? Tesco have just done the same - is it health & safety or sth?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,428 ✭✭✭✭thesandeman

    Lidl have introduced mini trolleys for kids now with a little flag on them. It's like being Pacman going around the shop now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭lucalux

    oh my god YES. I actually asked the store manager was this it for the small baskets and he said yes - their small ones kept getting stolen (?!)

    Contacted customer care and they said the new basket/trolley things would be used alongside the old smaller baskets, not so in two Aldis local to me

    I've a dodgy back and shoulders, trying to lift them as you said, and then unload them at the till makes me just grab a cardboard box instead whenever I go in

    One of the staff members did suggest getting a shopping basket of my own to bring in and that they wouldn't mind that at all - which in fairness is probably my best bet as Lidl have the same issue but for much much longer

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,508 ✭✭✭caviardreams

    At least you can technically carry the lidl ones as well as wheel them and they are a little lighter I find, but still.

    never thought about your own basket, wonder if they do fold up net ones or sth?

    It has put me off going there if I only need a few things which is most of the time, and definitely less incentive to pick up impulse things to try if you are trying to manage holding your shopping in your hands to avoid using a wheely trolley

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,005 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu

    I've been raging against the bigger baskets in Lidl, too. They don't fit on the checkout counters so it means bending down to remove every item. I've contacted customer service about it twice and it seems that the staff hate them, too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,347 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    I always bring a shopping bag with me (I have about 100 in the car) and just fill that. Empty it at the till, and fill it again quick-smart. I will never use one of those wheel-along baskets, ever.

    Or else just grab one of the shallow actual trollies, if I have more than I can throw into a bag, or delicate stuff like bottles or eggs that can't be fired back into it.

    In other news, I've been on a campaign to find out what ever happened to the dried mango and tropical trail mix - got hold of them on Twitter, and they keep insisting that they're part of their core stock and should be on the shelves. I keep telling them they're not, haven't been for months, and any staff I've ever asked say the same. They've now promised to follow up and find out what's going on.

    Both are among my favourite producsts from Aldi, so I hope they find wherever they've hidden them all and put them back on sale!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,508 ✭✭✭caviardreams

    They have signs up now in stores near me stating you can't use shopping bags until after the till, and security people come up and stop you (it has happened me 😮). May be branch dependent

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,347 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    I use four or five different stores, and almost always use my own bag, have never had a word said to me. I must have an honest look about me!

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,005 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu

    I like the idea of using your own bag as a protest.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,042 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    My local Aldi and Lidl have had those baskets for ages, and Lidl has had the kids trolleys too.

    It's very undignified cocking your arse up in the air to unload the basket after knocking a few kids charging about with their trolleys out of their standing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,472 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!

    Not so much a protest as just easier. Despite having to walk past two banners at the door to say not to use your bag, never had a problem. I also make a point of turning my bag upside down at the till so they can see it’s empty.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,221 ✭✭✭Dreamweapon

    I can't believe this is even a thing😲 Never noticed any signs saying i can't use my own bag, doesn't mean they're not there of course. No one's ever stopped me from walking around with my bag either.

    Big on the all mouth and trousers scene

  • Registered Users Posts: 371 ✭✭Gary_dunne

    I think it all depends on the shop to be honest. I had no issues using my bag in Aldi in Baldoyle, in East Wall the security guard came over straight away to tell me to use a basket.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭lucalux

    I wouldn't use my own bag, I've worked in retail.

    It's just not worth the side-eye, or if the shop has it's own security, the following around and monitoring! (i obviously look shady af 😁)

    Would rather something like these folding baskets than a net/string bag (see through), as they can be really awkward for bulkier or heavier items

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭Hippodrome Song Owl

    I don't drive and I shop in Aldi on the way home from the bus 3-4 days a week. I don't like the idea of using my own bag when it explicitly says not to, but are those folding baskets something you could have on you all day on your commute and at work? Or too big? I have already started going less frequently and choosing alternatives.

    It's a stupid decision. I'll try contacting customer service to register my unhappiness!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭lucalux

    Those plastic ones fold flat, but they'd only be suitable if you already bring a backpack or similar with you to work maybe? lightweight-ish, depending on how sturdy you want them

    A mesh bag is probably good for a lot of people, if you're doing small shops without extra heavy items?

    I'd just not use them because a bottle of laundry detergent or something else heavy would put pressure on it. Last thing I need is to have everything fall out of the bottom of the bag!

    100% think we should all register our displeasure!

  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭cobham

    Since start of Covid I have used a wicker basket with metal frame so never had to bother with the disinfecting of trolly etc. I keep a soft bag at bottom and visiting twice a week I can manage shopping easily. I also often park the basket as it gets heavy so I can go browse about the special aisles then pick up on way back to checkout. I always take the till receipt just in case I get checked but in over 5 yrs now never have been. It is christmas tree or a bag of compost that I have had to struggle to find a coin for a trolley.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,019 ✭✭✭nhg

    I haven’t used a basket or trolley since covid, always use my own Dunnes Canvas bag/bags, when empty at the till I fold them flat & leave on top of my shopping so that they know that they are empty & when I open them back up I always pop them up on the counter so they can easily see that they are empty…

    I shop daily or every second day for what’s needed so no food waste in our home (only 3 of us) …

    I use my own bags in Dunnes, SuperValu, Lidl & Aldi and no one has ever said anything about it, maybe if shopping in a Dublin store or a large city it might be different.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,095 ✭✭✭Mervyn Skidmore

    Another non recommendation. Giannis Cornish Raspberry Ripple ice-cream. €4 for a 1 litre tub, so pretty expensive for Aldi and it's not good at all. I find the ice cream products in Aldi pretty poor in general, they're much better in Lidl. Also detest those shopping baskets in Aldi.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,428 ✭✭✭✭thesandeman

    Speaking of ice cream, has anybody tried (either on purpose or by accident) their doggy ice cream?

    It is actually ice cream for dogs but it's placed in the freezer right in the middle of the normal stuff between their faux Cornettos and something else. I'm sure some people must buy them by mistake and wonder why their tub tastes like peas 😂.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭Ezeoul

    If you like individual ice cream bars, the fake magnums and fake soleros are really good. And the fake icebergers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,897 ✭✭✭✭Discodog

    The salted caramel fake magnums are really good - if you can get them. I hate Aldi's multi variety merchandising - like having to take a load of pizzas or ice creams out of the freezer to find the variety you want.

    I have to do it with ready meals, pizzas, dog food etc. I complained to Aldi & got a long reply thanking me, saying how much they care etc & then one sentence saying that they won't be changing their policy !

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,042 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Their business model is no frills to keep costs down. You don't see staff merchandising like in Dunnes, Tesco etc.

    I agree it's a pain in the arse, especially when stuff is at the back of high shelves and you're 5ft 3!