My love affair with Aldi

Shopping at Aldi

There was a time when I was afraid of stepping into my local Aldi store. I didn’t quite understand what happened at the checkouts and felt I was being judged as I neatly packed all of my purchased goods neatly into my paid for carrier bags (why is she beeping it through so fast and throwing it at me?).

I’ve shopped at Tesco ever since I fled the comfort of my parent’s nest and fully-stocked fridge. I tell a lie, Tesco have delivered to me for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved the convenience of online shopping and didn’t trust myself in the aisles with a trolley – into which I tend to throw whatever takes my fancy, which is pretty much every item. Especially if I’m shopping hungry…

Shopping at Aldi

But since we moved into our current house 18 months ago, I’ve been having secret rendezvous with the Aldi store down the road. It started off with those little ‘top up shops’ when I’d realise we’d run out of milk or I was short of an onion for that casserole I’d planned.

And then, on one visit, I went too far and took a closer look at the wine. How much??? I quickly stashed four bottles of Pinot Noir into my trolley before someone realised they’d priced it wrong.Β Not to mention the eclectic cereal aisle with all of my favourite ‘brands but not really brands’ at half the price (there’s a reason for those ads they do on tele).

Without even realising it, I’m now a fully fledged Aldi shopper. The defining moment came when I discovered the Aldi baby products and thought ‘why not?’ I’ve used Pampers nappies ever since Taylor was born and I have to say that they’ve been good to me so far. But again, I couldn’t resist the temptation of a pack of Mamia nappies at half the price – and those little award emblems printed on the side got me – if other people think they’re worthy of an award, then perhaps they are. And they are. Really.

Aldi baby products

The baby wipes are also so much better than the huggies ones I’ve previously used – at 59p they even have a proper plastic seal (none of those flimsy stickers which Taylor always ends up eating). I also love their Mamia friut puree pots – perfect for adding to that Ready Brek but not really – which are identical to the Cow & Gate ones I’ve always bought but cost just 89p for 4 (as opposed to Β£1.75). Seriously, if you haven’t tried out the Aldi baby products, you really need to.

So there you have it. I’m such a convert I even bought myself one of their ‘buy and keep’ bags on my last visit. And who doesn’t know that you don’t pack your bags at the checkout? Tesco loser.

Have you tried the Aldi baby products yet? Would you convert?

A Cornish Mum

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  1. Molly
    November 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I’m a recent Aldi convert too. Jilly Goolden scored their gin 9/10 in a taste test of all gins πŸ™‚ I like their Waygu burgers and Java coffee. Don’t have a baby so can’t comment on nappies and wipes, but I have bought some of their face wipes which were fine.
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    1. europhile
      June 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      I came across your website after googling “Aldi” and “Super Nutty Granola” which I bought for the first time today.
      I’ve been an Aldi convert for years and now only go to Tesco if I really cannot find an alternative in Aldi. Ryvita is the only product that springs to mind at the moment.
      I’m in Ireland but I imagine most of the range is the same.
      Toro Loco Tempranillo, Utiel-Requena is our regular tipple.
      I also like not having the “choice” you get at Tesco. Who in their right mind wants to plough through aisles and aisles of fizzy drinks and three hundred different types of crisps? Not me, thank you very much.

  2. Kim (sisterkin)
    November 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Do you know I have never been in Aldi! Not ‘cos I’m a snob but because there isn’t one near me , so it’s all about Lidl here. Bargains galore (and then when you go into Tesco etc. it seems soooo expensive!) #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      I’ve never been to Lidl but I always assume they’re pretty much of the same ilk! I feel cheated now whenever I have to go into one of the bigger supermarkets – I’m getting proper thrifty in my old(er) age!

  3. Crummy Mummy
    November 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I have to say I’m not a fan of Aldi when it comes to food but love their SpecialBuys – haven’t actually tried the baby products yet though! #justanotherlinky
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      The baby products are definitely worth a try – their nappies are fab!

  4. Laura
    November 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

    We love Aldi (and Lidl) in our house! Get majority of our weekly shop there now – it’s cheap but also really nice quality/just the same as named brands. And yes, we’ve used their baby products ever since T was born two years ago. The price difference between them and Pampers is just too big to ignore (and frankly I’ve always found Pampers give a weird chemical smell, but that’s just me lol)

    You’ll never look back now πŸ™‚
    #kcacols

    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I am so with you on the chemical smell of Pampers! My sister pointed it out to me and now I always notice it. I agree that the quality of their products is just as good as the other supermarkets, but such better value. Team Aldi πŸ™‚

  5. Jessica Powell
    November 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I swear by Aldi – I’ve managed to get my weekly food shop down to under Β£30. πŸ™‚ I like that there isn’t *loads* of choice, as it means I can’t splurge on anything. Their baby range is great too. We only bought Pampers once and they just couldn’t compete. #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      That is similar to our weekly food bill – although I think I got carried away last week and spent over Β£100 and had a right shock at the checkout – not sure how I spend that much in Aldi!! Reigning it back in next week πŸ™‚

  6. wendy
    November 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love Aldi but the first time I went I couldn’t get over how quickly they scanned everything at the checkout. Like you, I was there trying to pack it all away, I just gave up in the end and threw it all in the trolley, that’s when I noticed everyone else packing theirs away once they had paid..oops. I converted to Aldi because everyone was telling me how good yet cheap the nappies are and they are amazing. Love the wipes too. It does make me laugh how similar the packaging of the Aldi own products are to their branded counterparts,,Wheat bix anyone?!xx #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      haha, it is so funny when you first go in – they should have instructions at the checkouts for newbies! I agree that the nappies are amazing and I’m a big fan of their baby wipes – I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered them. I’m not sure how they get away with their packaging being so similar but it definitely makes picking out products a lot easier! πŸ™‚ xx

  7. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    November 15, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Oh, we’re Lidl fans in this house, but I can get really carried away as I think everything’s such a bargain, lol!
    #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I know, I did do this last week and ended up spending over Β£100! In Lidl?!! Lol

  8. Sarah
    November 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Ha ha …we love Aldi. We can’t get everything there but it is waaay cheaper and I love the facet the shop is smaller so it takes less time to shop!!
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  9. mummuddlingthrough
    November 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Natalie, it’s official. We are actually twins. I have a really similar post gushing about Aldi…I love all the products you mentioned – especially the wipes. Are you sure we weren’t separated at birth?! πŸ˜‰

    xx #marvmondays
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Haha, I think we definitely were! That’s so funny that you have a similar post – great minds and all that! xxx

  10. Liane
    November 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I love their nappies & wipes! They’re so much cheaper too!
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  11. Jenny (Midwife and Life)
    November 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’m such an Aldi fan, we have one very near us and do most of our shopping there! Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS, hope to see you again next week!
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  12. Mommy's Little Princesses
    November 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    You know what I don’t think I’ve ever found myself in Aldi. Not sure if I’d try their baby products either as I’m quite happy with Pampers but who knows things mIghtfield change at anytime . Love Lidl’s chocolate though.xx #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Do you know I haven’t tried the chocolate yet but loads of people have mentioned it to me since I wrote this – another one for the shopping trolley this week! xx

      1. Mommy's Little Princesses
        November 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        I hope you enjoy it as much a was do.xx
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  13. Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    November 16, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Oh I love Aldi, I go there as much as I can to be honest as when you’re cooking from scratch and need ingredients it’s all such goo quality there. The baby products are great too, I always stock up on wipes whenever I go – and fizzy water, pasta, fresh mango and frozen raspberries! #marvmondays
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      I always get the frozen raspberries too! And the mango and melon. I have a whole cupboard stocked with their wet wipes – I hate getting caught out now and having to fork out four times as much for other brands! x

  14. sairish
    November 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    i totally agree. love shopping in aldi (and lidl) so much cheaper with everything and most is the same quality if not better than the branded equivalents
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  15. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    November 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Aldi do some great stuff don’t they – I love the cereals!! And the yummy belgian chocolate bars always end up in my trolley!! #mmwbh
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      I’m yet to try the chocolate – definitely will be buying some this week! x

  16. Something Crunchy Mummy
    November 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Aldi is just amazing isn’t it! I love it. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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  17. A Cornish Mum
    November 18, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I’m a recent Aldi convert and I was the same before the quickness of the till put me off ha, but our weekly shop has halved in price now! I’ve also started using more rigid bags that sit up on their own in the trolley so I can pack shopping at the till at the fastest speed πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I have also started to adopt the rigid bag at the till method – we are definitely part of the Aldi clang now! πŸ˜‰ xx

  18. tracey bowden
    November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Last week at Aldi I got a full weeks shop for me and my sister for under Β£50! Feeding 3 adults and 3 kids with no having to not buy certain luxuries *ahem chocolate digestives* I absolutely love it and all my family have shopping in Aldi for years, they seem to be popping up all over in my area! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Sometimes I am actually amazed when I get to the till (other times I throw everything in and then I’m a little surprised when it comes to over Β£50!) but it really is great value for money. I’ve been telling my family to shop there for the past six months! x

  19. Mrs Tubbs
    November 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    We don’t have one locally or we’d be so there! It would save us a fortune!

  20. Beth
    November 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    We have started to shop in Aldi’s too and found their wet wipes so much better than Tesco or huggies.
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky
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  21. Kaye
    November 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Haha, we’ve just had one open up down the road and I feel the same! I’ve never liked Huggies wipes and think Mamia ones are just fab. Never tried the wine but will have to now, didn’t even think to!! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Hope to see you again tomorrow! Kaye xo

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