Why shopping at Lidl makes total sense

16 August 2011

How much do you think this list of things should cost?

* A packet of crackers
* One tub of cream cheese
* A tin of tuna
* Small carton of milk
* Two fair trade bananas
* One apple

Last week I bought this exact package for the bargain price of £2.60 from my local Lidl and haven’t shut up about it since.

Recently I’ve discovered the German shop around the corner from my flat in Finsbury Park and it’s a godsend. The food is much cheaper than Tesco or Sainsbury’s but the choices can be a little odd.

I’ve found the best way to shop there is by not having a list - as the food seems to change all the time - but this can lead to a rather odd shopping experience. For example, last week I went in to buy something for dinner but managed to come out with a jar of honey soaked raspberries and four bottles of pear cider for £2.99.

I’ve now made it a bit of a (slightly annoying) habit to buy a bag full of food products and try and make my housemates guess how much it all costs.

It’s not just food that’s cheap either. The alcohol in these budget supermarkets costs a lot less than those from the main high street brands and tastes a lot better than you might expect.

A lot of the food won’t have English labels and you won’t be able to find your favourite brands but be a little open minded and you could save lots.

Sainsbury’s has its 'feed your family for £50 a week' campaign but I think you could follow these same recipes, buy the food from Lidl or Aldi, and save even more money.

The cost of everyday food and drink is getting more expensive all the time. A weekly shop is something we all do and it seems everyone has their own personal favourite shop they religiously go to. But by breaking this tradition and trying out a discount supermarket you could save a lot of money.