It may be the fact that I have a toddler that eats like a Great Dane, or it could be the insatiable rise in the cost of well, absolutely everything, but whatever the reason, last week’s shopping bill from one of the major supermarkets (naming no names but it sounds like sounds a little like Borrisons) came to a whopping £95.07.
That’s £95.07 for a weekly shop that feeds two adults and a small child. And we’re not talking top of the range or fancy convenience foods. We’re looking at bog-standard veg, meat, fruit, bread, cheese, tinned tomatoes, packed-lunchy foods, and a couple of boxes of child-friendly, not-too-unhealthy fish finger type frozen products.
So we’ve gone on an economy drive.
Yesterday we did the weekly shop at Aldi and spent a very reasonable £35. Yes we skimped a little but still came away with standard veg, meat, fruit, bread, cheese, packed-lunchy foods, and tinned tomatoes. We didn’t need any fish finger type frozen products. But still – the savings were obvious.
So, over the next few days, inspired by Aldi’s own ad campaign (you know – the one where they talk about how people like their products as much as branded ones) I’m going to taste the difference and tell you all about my findings… what’s bargain-tastic – and what leaves you reaching for the mouthwash!
First for the tasting are Aldi prawn cocktail flavour melts which resemble the ever popular corn-based crispy treats – Skips.
Aldi’s melts look like Skips, smell like Skips, and even feel like Skips – and so does the yellow and pink bag, to the untrained eye. And their taste? Well its a lot like Skips – but maybe a little bit sweeter. They still melt in the mouth, and offer a taste an intriguing taste which is as unlike like prawn cocktail as their higher-brow counterparts. But truth be told I couldn’t really tell the difference.
So, starting with a success – I would certainly buy Aldi’s melts again. And cost-wise they’re much more budget-friendly. At £1 for a multipack of 10 bags, they’re half the price of Skips (£1.99 for 10).
Watch this space for more ever so exciting cheapy food reviews…