My Aldi vs Tesco experience and weekly meal plan.

written by Bella Drew 12 February 2018

We have religiously shopped at Tesco for almost 2 years now, but as our food bill has skyrocketed we thought we’d try Aldi.

We usually spend a whopping £80-100 a week on food for just me and my husband. This is crazy. It started out at about £50-60 but somehow it’s raised in price. We tried cutting down but even without snacks, treats and squash it was still far too expensive.

So I went to Aldi with a shopping list that will last a week (and a couple of bits for the freezer) then I went online and added the same things from Tesco into my online basket.

 

Our shopping list and meal plan

For lunches we have either sandwiches, stir in pasta, omelette or salad.

 

Aldi

Tesco

Stir Fry

Chinese stir-fry meal

£2.99

£5.00

Soy sauce

£0.45

£0.65

Noodles

£0.59

£1.20

Steaks

Steak

£2.35

£2.98

Steak

£2.35

£2.98

Carrot fries

£0.99

£2.00

Asparagus

£0.99

£1.80

Peas

£0.69

£0.80

Salmon

Salmon

£3.69

£4.25

Quinoa

£0.65

£0.99

Rice

£0.42

£0.60

Vegetables

£0.69

£1.25

Chicken curry

Chicken

£1.69

£1.89

Rice

£0.42

£0.60

Coconut milk

£0.75

£0.71

Burgers

Burgers

£2.49

£2.50

Carrot fries

£0.99

£2.00

Buns

£0.45

£0.65

Vegetables

£0.85

£1.40

Hotpot

Mince

£1.49

£1.69

Potatoes

£0.99

£2.00

Pizzas

Hot dog crust pizza

£1.89

£2.00

Pastry

£0.85

£1.30

Tomato puree

£0.37

£0.50

Mozzarella

£0.45

£0.80

Dessert

Icecream

£1.89

£2.00

Coconut ice cream

£1.99

£2.75

Sides

Salad bag

£0.47

£1.25

Salad bag

£0.79

£0.79

Cucumber

£0.42

£0.50

Lettuce

£0.42

£0.40

Mangetout

£0.89

£1.00

Mushrooms

£0.69

£0.95

Carrots

£0.45

£0.47

Broccoli

£0.45

£0.55

Cauliflower rice

£0.79

£1.75

Lunches

Bread

£0.99

£1.10

Ham

£1.75

£2.00

Cheese

£0.99

£2.00

Pasta

£0.45

£0.56

Whole wheat pasta

£0.45

£0.56

Eggs

£0.85

£2.25

Stir in sauce

£0.89

£2.30

Tuna

£0.49

£0.65

Store cupboard

High juice

£0.99

£1.49

Stir fry sauce

£0.33

£0.50

Stir fry sauce

£0.33

£0.50

Veg crisps

£0.85

£1.64

Salami sticks

£1.19

£1.37

Chocolate orange bites

£0.85

£1.50

Washing up liquid

£0.75

£1.50

Houmous

£0.65

£1.45

Caramel shortcake bites

£0.99

£1.80

Olives

£0.59

£0.75

Pepper

£0.89

£2.00

Mixed herbs

£0.49

£1.50

Chicken seasoning

£0.55

£1.60

Salt

£0.89

£2.00

Oregano

£0.49

£0.70

 

Total

£57.84

£86.67

 

The Totals

Aldi came to £57

Tesco came to £86

That’s a saving of a whopping £28.83 a week and £115.32 a month! Im so shocked. That money is definitely going in the holiday fund.

Not including the £10 a week I spend on my dairy-free milk, cheese and occasionally butter.

Unfortunately, Aldi didn’t have any of the oat or coconut alternative that I like.

But that’s still an amazing saving each week.

 

Pros and Cons

Obviously, the saving is amazing but I’ve had a think about the Pros and Cons of each supermarket. 

 

Aldi Pros Aldi Cons
Cheaper The packing
The meat lasts longer No dairy free items other than soya milk.
 Fruit and veg lasts  
Healthier options  
Having to leave the house (Although that could be seen as a negative)  

 

Tesco Pros Tesco Cons
Online shopping More expensive
Dairy-free options
You have to pay for delivery or collection
Clubcard points (Although in the 2 years we shopped with them we hardly got any money back)
 

 

I feel like we’re going to stick with Aldi, but ill have to buy my dairy-free bits from Tescos. But in the long haul, we as a family are looking for healthier cheaper meals so Aldi would definitely be our supermarket of choice. 

 


Have you tried a shop at Aldi? Did you save any money?

 

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