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Penny Outskirts

New Lidl Offers

Just picked up the latest Lidl leaflet, and what an eclectic mix there is on offer Shocked

From 28th Oct - Fruit Trees, £3.99, fruit bushes 99p

From 23rd Oct - Italian week, featuring such delights as Tonnarelli with squid ink ( Surprised ) and balsamic vinegar at 79p a bottle!
Also that week - some decent looking bakewear, including bear and hear shaped silicone baking moulds ( Surprised )

Very Happy
Cathryn

The baking stuff looks good - I have never used silicon ones are they any good?
Penny Outskirts

ruby wrote:
The baking stuff looks good - I have never used silicon ones are they any good?


I don't know - not used it either Confused

Oh and they have linguine with squid ink too Surprised (and yes it's black!)
Tavascarow

Can you post a reminder on the 27th?
Worth looking at the fruit trees.
Very Happy
Penny Outskirts

TAVASCAROW wrote:
Can you post a reminder on the 27th?
Worth looking at the fruit trees.
Very Happy


Course I will Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Fee

ruby wrote:
The baking stuff looks good - I have never used silicon ones are they any good?


I've used the muffin silicone thingies, and they're great! A bit weird, but very good, and all non-stick and very easy to clean (says OH Wink)
Penny Outskirts

The other thing I bought this evening, which is new, is Organic Milk, only semi-skimmed at the moment, and it's 79p a litre. How does that compare with others?
RichardW

Penny wrote:
The other thing I bought this evening, which is new, is Organic Milk, only semi-skimmed at the moment, and it's 79p a litre. How does that compare with others?


Ours is about 25p Litre & is full fat & from our own goats.

Justme
dougal

Lidl now have free range eggs... from abroad...


Silicone bakeware is great. And you can use it as freezing moulds for stock. Takes up next to no cupboard space too, just scrunches up.
Needs support in the oven, so put it on a roasting tin or oven tray.
Penny Outskirts

Justme wrote:
Penny wrote:
The other thing I bought this evening, which is new, is Organic Milk, only semi-skimmed at the moment, and it's 79p a litre. How does that compare with others?


Ours is about 25p Litre & is full fat & from our own goats.

Justme


Sad *wimper* *snivel*
Penny Outskirts

dougal wrote:
Lidl now have free range eggs... from abroad....


The free range ones in our store are from the UK, they have free range organic which are from holland/belgium I think Rolling Eyes pointless!
Bernie66

dougal wrote:
Lidl now have free range eggs... from abroad...




How can that be economically viable Please?
Lloyd

Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Daft. Catering to the dimmest lights in the harbour.
james_so

Re: New Lidl Offers

Penny wrote:
Just picked up the latest Lidl leaflet, and what an eclectic mix there is on offer Shocked

From 28th Oct - Fruit Trees, £3.99, fruit bushes 99p

From 23rd Oct - Italian week, featuring such delights as Tonnarelli with squid ink ( Surprised ) and balsamic vinegar at 79p a bottle!
Also that week - some decent looking bakewear, including bear and hear shaped silicone baking moulds ( Surprised )

Very Happy


Those fruit trees and bushes are back on offer from 3 March,

99p each Blueberry, Gooseberry, Redcurrant, Raspberry, Blackcurrant, Blackberry

3.99 each 1-2 yr old fruit trees
Apple: Granny Smith, Cox's Orange, Golden Delicious, Bramley Cooking
Cherry: Stella Cherry
Pear: Doyenne Du Comice, Beurre Hardy
Plum: Victoria, Golden Gage
Penny Outskirts

Also I notice cloches for £2.99 and things to kneel on very cheap, I must be getting old to wish for one of those Sad
Green Man

Bernie66 wrote:
dougal wrote:
Lidl now have free range eggs... from abroad...




How can that be economically viable Please?

just the same as it was economically viable for BM to produce turkeys in Bulgaria. No minimum wage and lower standards that can be bought with a brown envelope.
hedgewitch

What basics do people buy from Lidl? I've never been in one, but someone recommended the olive oil to me in another thread and I wondered if I might be able to do a shopping trip for a few things as there is one about 7 miles from me.

I don't buy much from a supermarket theses days - butter, olive oil, baked beans and tinned pilchards in tomato sauce (for my hound!) is about it.

Am I right in thinking that for basic stuff it's pretty much the same but cheaper?
Blue Sky

Lidl sell high quality stuff here.

Cheaper than the other supermarkets and better.

The gardening stuff is on sale from 1st March in our local store.

Of course, you will not beat the bargains on offer in CrazyPrices Wink
Green Man

I have family members who shop there for everything claiming it saves up to 33% over Tesco for a weekly shop. Recognised brand labels and local produce creeping in nowadays. But the price crashing offers on non grocery lines makes me worry about the poor independants trying to raise money for their families to spend in the same town. Mr Lidil and his brother Aldi bag up our cash and take it overseas never to circulate here again. Crying or Very sad
Rosa

I think they pay their staff more than other supermarkets and if you want a carrier bag you have to pay for it.
I'd love to have one near to me they are good value for money.
Penny Outskirts

hedgewitch wrote:
I don't buy much from a supermarket theses days - butter, olive oil, baked beans and tinned pilchards in tomato sauce (for my hound!) is about it.

Am I right in thinking that for basic stuff it's pretty much the same but cheaper?


All of those will be as cheap as any other supermarket, but I find that the quality is better for the money. Their beans are 19p, I think, and are just as good as any other brand. Good english butter 53p a pack...
gai

I don't have to buy much fruit or veg but theirs is the cheapest. Their chocolate has a quite high cocoa percentage so good for cooking/baking with. Most of the basics are cheaper and better quality than own brands.
2steps

never been in lidi but have used aldi. they have some nice flavour fruit juices. Grimsbys not that big but we have just about every supermarket you can imagine Rolling Eyes
dougal

hedgewitch wrote:
What basics do people buy from Lidl? I've never been in one, but someone recommended the olive oil to me in another thread and I wondered if I might be able to do a shopping trip for a few things as there is one about 7 miles from me.

Try the *cloudy* apple juice for drinking (or making sorbet). The cheapo one in the 1.5 litre packs makes better cider though...
The "plantation" plain chocolates are pretty damn good. Though if you are after more 'normal' choccie try the two-tone coffee flavoured one.
Their balsamic vinegar is cheap and quite cheerful.
Jams. Their 'extra jams' are damn good, especially the blackcurrant and the bitter cherry. And the hexagonal jars the jams come in are super for your own produce - even the lids usually reseal perfectly.
You can find odd but utterly authentic german sausages. And other charcuterie (try the whole salamis). If you like dried ham, try the bargain-priced Black Forrest one first. (I don't think much of the british sausages, bacon, etc.)
There are numerous german quality marks used, but I admit to lack of knowledge as to their animal welfare implications.
Some of the soft cheeses are well worth a look.
The tinned sardines are quite good tinned sardines... at 25p a tin.
The cleaning products are well worth a browse.
The more distinctively 'european' the product, the more likely it is to be of unusually good quality. And often the 'premium' range product is way better than the super-cheap one - though not always!

I think they are better treated as a speciality deli than a supermarket for basic basics. But that may just be me!
Green Man

We get the picture, mostly everything is good and cheap. But you are selling your own economy down the river by letting foreign companies profit from your grocery shopping. Once the money has gone from your town to Germany it ain't coming back. Mad Mad Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes

When I went to a private school the class was made up from all the prominent local retailers kids, these family businesses have all gone now. Louse Whyte's father’s greengrocer has gone, Douglas McGill's uncle's department store has gone, Andrew Guild's father's dairy has gone, etc etc. These real people spent their money employing tradesmen and shopping in the town. The last Lidl to be built in my town was imported and constructed by German tradesmen. Not one penny goes back into the local economy apart from the wages of the shelf stackers.
Our economy is built on the rocky foundation of the 'money multiplying effect' If the same money does not come round again to prop things up, the whole thing collapses.
hedgewitch

CKR, I agree in principle with what you are saying, but am struggling to source certain things outside a supermarket on a budget. I shop locally where I can, but there is no grocer of any kind within a reasonable distance where I can buy butter, oil etc. I'm left with a 'choice' of Tesco or Morrisons or the Co-op. So I don't see much difference other than giving someone less of my money. If I do this, I have a little more over to add into buying other, more ethical shopping choices where I can make them.

I'd love to support a local grocers. We used to have an excellent local deli/grocers, but when the owner retired it became yet another takeaway. Sad
Green Man

I don't know what the answer is, but our money going abroad for every day commodities like food is unsustainable.
hedgewitch

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
I don't know what the answer is, but our money going abroad for every day commodities like food is unsustainable.


It bothers me a lot. But sometimes I just feel so fedup of trying to sort it out even on a micro level for my own household Confused

Without having enough land to fully support ourselves I feel I have little room for manoeuvre in buying things.

Meat, ironically, is fine where I live. It's groceries and veg that are a big problem. Veg is a headache because right now we have no garden and are on a waiting list for an allotment Sad
Treacodactyl

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
We get the picture, mostly everything is good and cheap. But you are selling your own economy down the river by letting foreign companies profit from your grocery shopping. Once the money has gone from your town to Germany it ain't coming back. Mad Mad Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes


If you shop at Asda that money goes to the USA doesn't it? If you're buying olive oil then our money is most likely going to those pesky Southern Europeans.
Nick

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
We get the picture, mostly everything is good and cheap. But you are selling your own economy down the river by letting foreign companies profit from your grocery shopping. Once the money has gone from your town to Germany it ain't coming back. Mad Mad Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes


However, this isn't true.

Large sums of the money go to staff and workers who are local, rent to the site owners, who are local, producers of the food who are worldwide, suppliers of services and goods to the store, which tend to be local, and then to Germany. but, it doesn't really go to Germany. It goes to the shareholders. Those fat cat city boys we love to hate. Except that the shares aren't owner by private people, usually, well, not the stereotypical rich individuals. I'm a shareholder in dozens, probably hundreds of companies. And so, probably, are you. Got a pension? The money is invested in stocks and shares, which is where all this money is perceived to be draining away to. Lidl is part of the Schwarz group of companies, and will form part of many pension plans all over the world.

And in the UK we also export plenty of stuff. I have no idea, actually, what our balance of payments is, but we offer plenty of things for sale outside the UK that are as important to society as food. It's not all one way traffic, and certainly, the vision of the money you spend in Lidl ending up in German pockets and resting there is a fiction.

I'm with you, for sure, that we should concentrate on local food, but let's not mislead and misrepresent.
2steps

the nearest decent place to buy fruit and veg is the market 1/2 hour walk from me. The local co op and pet food shop have a small selection. best place for meat is the market too
Green Man

I've given up worrying about the 'Big Four', but with the centre bargain tables in Lidl/Aldi selling camping, equestrian, fishing, motoring, golfing, gardening in season bargains, they are really putting the boot into the last independent retailers left in our towns. These shops need support because they mostly scrape by and make their annual income during the ‘in season’ for their goods. When these discount supermarkets ‘cherry pick’ seasonal goods to loss lead they literally ruin it for the shops that stock these goods for the full year. Think about it, we have all witnessed supermarkets ruin privately owned grocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and green grocers in our lifetime. Do you want to see all our high street shops boarded up or run as charity shops?
Green Man

nickhowe wrote:


And in the UK we also export plenty of stuff. I have no idea, actually, what our balance of payments is, but we offer plenty of things for sale outside the UK that are as important to society as food.


Here is a graph showing our unsustainable negative balance of payments
Nick

You'd be a fool to make sweeping statements on 2 years figures. You could be right, but that doesn't make your claims any more truthful.
Green Man

I kinda resent being described as 'untruthful' I have no hidden agendas. Anything said here is only IMHO. Sorry to anybody that thinks I was liying to them. Surprised
Nick

No offence intended, just trying to explore the larger picture. Smile

Rightly, or wrongly, we're pretty much tied into, and dependant on a global economy now.
Green Man

Why do we have to be 'tied in' when we are making a loss as a nation? Any accountant would tell a business to cut its ties and try another tact if it made losses year on year. IMHO the only thing keeping Britain afoat financially is our free gas and oil. When it runs out..........................................?
Rosa

Whenever I go in a Lidl it is always empty. Where I live they'd rather be seen in a posh shop than save money in Lidl - which is probably why there isn't one. There's a lot of snobbery attached to it. Same with Aldi.
Green Man

That used to be true in Perth, but now its carpark is full of 4x4s. I've heard of people going to other towns to shop, so they are not seen going in. Rolling Eyes
hedgewitch

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
I've heard of people going to other towns to shop, so they are not seen going in. Rolling Eyes


Laughing

Sounds very....Edinburgh.... in Perth (said with best Miss Jean Brody accent) Laughing
Green Man

County town, don't you know. Laughing

Maggie Smith didn't know how to play Jean Brodie until she met a woman from a posh suburb in Edinburgh. Maggie said to the woman that "she had the perfect accent for Jean Brodie" the woman replied. " Accent.......accent! I don't have an ....acccent" Laughing
sean

If people in Scotland are that bonkers then the quicker we grant them independence the better. There's obviously going to be a catastrophic mental-health bill at some point, and they've got very little oil or gas left with which to pay it.
hedgewitch

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
County town, don't you know. Laughing


Ah, that explains a lot Rolling Eyes Laughing
hedgewitch

sean wrote:
If people in Scotland are that bonkers then the quicker we grant them independence the better. There's obviously going to be a catastrophic mental-health bill at some point, and they've got very little oil or gas left with which to pay it.


Are they nice and normal in Devon, then? Shocked Wink
Green Man

Laughing Wink
sean

hedgewitch wrote:


Are they nice and normal in Devon, then? Shocked Wink


Relative to people who'd drive to another town to avoid being seen entering Aldi or Lidl? Yes. Obviously they'll all drive sodding miles to get to Tesco, but that's a different form of psychosis.
Rosa

hedgewitch wrote:


Are they nice and normal in Devon, then? Shocked Wink


"Devon knows" Embarassed
hedgewitch

sean wrote:
hedgewitch wrote:


Are they nice and normal in Devon, then? Shocked Wink


Relative to people who'd drive to another town to avoid being seen entering Aldi or Lidl? Yes. Obviously they'll all drive sodding miles to get to Tesco, but that's a different form of psychosis.


Well, here in Derbyshire they are quite happy with a Co-op "2 for 1" offer where it's actually cheaper to buy the items separately than together. Rolling Eyes
JB

Penny wrote:
Also I notice cloches for £2.99 (


I bought a number of those in the past. Unfortunately they were truly useless. Extremely flimsy plastic sheeting and brittle plastic roads that collapsed and broke at the slightest provocation. Probably worth spending a little more for something more durable.
sean

JB wrote:
brittle plastic roads


What were you expecting for £2.99, a six lane tarmac superhighway?
Sorry. It's my inner proof-reader emerging.
JB

sean wrote:
JB wrote:
brittle plastic roads


What were you expecting for £2.99, a six lane tarmac superhighway?
Sorry. It's my inner proof-reader emerging.


Just because I can spell, doesn't mean I can type! Very Happy Very Happy
Lloyd

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when doing the monthly shop in Lidl for the first time, at the quality as well as price. Items such as cooked brown crab, whole, a fiver. A new and very nice shower riser unit under fifteen quid. Stuffed squid in American sauce...two quid. And that's the luxury items. Routine daily living essentials are so cheap they leave more cash in the wallet with which you can be a paragon of virtue elsewhere. Very Happy
Fee

Baking stuff in Lidl from tomorrow (22nd)!
dougal

Worth a trip for the £4.99 digital scales (5kg max, 1g precision).

I wouldn't bother with the baking tins, (wait for the silicone), but if anyone was considering a breadmaking machine....
frewen

Well this is all fine but I'm not allowed in Supermarkets Confused
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