Shop at Lidl?

The last couple of posts by Sheena that touched on (non) recession and rip-off Ireland reminded me of this blog that I came across a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t quite occur to me to share the link because the blogger Kate Nolan is based in Kilkenny. Silly me. She may be based outside Dublin but what she blogs about is relevant to pretty much everyone in this country.

Lidl Treats was started to dispel the “shame” in shopping at Lidl – it’s strange, in my opinion, to have people complaining about prices then would be ashamed of being seen shopping somewhere where the prices are reasonable – and to show, how products from Lidl can be comparable in quality and value to products in other supermarkets, if not of better value. However, it’s not always just downright approval for all the products from Lidl, and Kate does point out if she prefers particular products over another of the same line. Frank opinion is always a good thing.

For any sceptics out there, Kate also pointed out that she’s not on Lidl’s payroll (scroll down to comments section). In fact, she was a little sorry about the choice of the name for the site, because it’s going to be limiting on what she blogs about.

I wonder if there is someone out there writing about Aldi Treats…

In case you’re also interested in what a couple other bloggers are saying about value for money and other consumer related issues, have a look at Irish Times Pricewatch blog, Value Ireland and Money Guide Ireland as well.

5 Comments so far

  1. sheena on August 26th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    Ta for the link Lil… some interesting stuff on there. I paid €35 in Dunnes today for one bag of shopping: something for tonights dinner and a few essentials (plus a bottle of €4.99 plonk to wash it all down!), so I’ll definately be popping into Lidl more often.

    I realise that I’m beginning to sound like a moany oul skinflint, but times are hard!!


  2. yreilly on August 26th, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    Great post Lil, so many people complain about rising prices without doing anything practical about it. Those blogs are the perfect example of how people can save money by shopping around.

    Food prices are rising world-wide – the time when people just picked food off the shelves in the nearest supermarket without comparing prices is over. I shopped in Lidl and Aldi when I was saving the deposit on my house (saving absolutely loads) and kept track of what I spent my money on each day. Be a proactive shopper rather than just a broke whiner!


  3. Lil (lilianl) on August 27th, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    sheena, you’re not the only one who’s euro-conscious because i do know of plenty other friends in the same boat. as for myself, imagine, on a student budget, i can’t be too choosy!

    yreilly, thank you, and i agree we need to be more proactive but unfortunately the pace of life nowadays also mean for some people, they don’t have the luxury of time to do that and have to pay the price for the sake of convenience. no harm in grumbling a little, just so the sellers are aware that people are not happy about overpaying. we need a bit of both elements i guess. got to strike a balance somewhere. :)


  4. yreilly on August 28th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    I take your point Lil, but why should sellers care if people are unhappy with overpaying, when people are still shopping there? The only way it can affect them is if they lose customers, and if people aren’t willing to shop around that’s never going to happen. Everywhere I go I hear people moaning and complaining about the prices here, but until people vote with their feet sellers are going to just keep charging what they want. That’s the nature of supply and demand, whether you like it or not.

    All people need is 15 minutes to sit down and organise their menu for the week, and then buy accordingly – with some supermarkets you can buy online which saves time (and allows you to compare prices in the comfort of your own home). A once a week trip Aldi or Lidl should do the trick – most of the stuff I bought there was non-perishable, like cereals.

    If you complain about a supermarket or shop’s prices but still shop there – don’t you think you’re just asking for it?


  5. Lil (lilianl) on September 1st, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    Yreilley, I think there are people who have gone elsewhere to shop. Something I noticed last weekend while shopping – Tesco is now trying to pricematch to Aldi and Lidl, and Superquinn to Tesco and Dunnes. These corporations are trying to pull their customers back!

    I agree, with a little planning, it definitely is do-able to shop elsewhere where the prices make sense.



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