Aldi again comes up trumps. Only this time it has won the washing up challenge. For years and years I have always bought Fairy Liquid… I used to proclaim it was false economy to buy the cheaper brands, simply because you had to use far more of the liquid to get a decent foam.
What with rising prices in many supermarkets, even though they were having their price-cutting wars amongst themselves, I would still religiously use Tesco’s and occasionally Morrisons for my weekly shop, as I thought they offered better value for money… And not forgetting of course Tesco with their clubcard points scheme, gave me vouchers off of my shopping.
Well, Aldi opened a store in Strood back in November 2012, yes we popped in and bought a couple of bits, but like true traditionalists when it came to our weekly shop we went to Tescos. No questions asked, Tescos was our place to shop. Nothing would remove us from their supermarket or so we thought.
Until earlier this year, after speaking to my mother in law, who purchased something from Aldi that I did like, we decided to give Aldi a go… Of course we were of the firm opinion that the following week, or even sooner, we would be back in Tescos stocking up our cupboards.
Of course the well known brands, like Heinz Baked Beans, are not stocked in Aldi. And only occasionally do you pick up something that has a well-known brand label… so we tried their own products.
As we strolled around Aldi doing our weekly shop… we looked at each other and said, “We’ll be in Tesco’s next week, as this lot is bound to taste like shite.” Firm in our beliefs that the goods would not be up to our standard and the taste wouldn’t be the same as well-known brands we were a little apprehensive about what the products would taste like. Over the course of the following week we used the stuff we purchased. Only to find to our surprise, there wasn’t a lot of taste difference. If anything, the quality and taste of the products was on par with well known brands.
And then there was the bill; what we would have spent in Tesco’s averaging from £90-£120 per week, we found we were paying between £55-£80 in Aldi. Now that is a massive saving. So off we went the following week back to Aldi and we did our week’s shopping. Again the price at the checks was considerably lower than what we would have paid at Tesco’s or Morrisons.
From those two visits forward we have used Tesco’s and Morrisons, if we want something that Aldi doesn’t stock or if we have run out of something, we nip to our local Tesco Extra. But our main weekly shop is done in Aldi and we are saving a considerable amount each month on our shopping bills. I am even surprised at how good their Almat biological washing gel is.
Now back to the Fairy Liquid… Aldi don’t stock it.. simples. So I have bought Magnum washing up liquid, which I have found to be just as good as Fairy. Maybe it is the price I liked, but now it seems that after research Aldi washing-up liquid does top Fairy Liquid.
Researchers found that the Aldi washing up liquid cost 79p, and washed 14,873 plates per £1 of the product, and washed 2,350 plates per 100ml.
Whereas, Fairy Platinum Original costs £1.70, and washes just 5,069 plates per £1 and 2,250 plates per 100 ml of the product.
And we are now regular Aldi customers, who are enjoying the low prices, and the generous savings. The money we are saving is now being spent on things we enjoy doing… and not on groceries. Would I recommend Aldi… YES. Oh and we have purchased some of their clothes, the jeans are good quality and the two pair of summer shorts I bought my husband were of great quality.