Lidl: What to buy in 2016

I am an unashamed fan of Lidl. It's one of the few places where I feel comfortable piling my trolley high, and popping in a few luxuries too. Whilst I do also buy my fruit, veg and store cupboard essentials here, the products which delight me the most are the ones that I wouldn't dare splurge on in another retailer.

Every week I tend to come home with a non-essential that we enjoy for the rest of the week or month. I credit these little treats as the reason we've managed to stay away from restaurants and curb our spending this year. Mr. Thrift would never survive if he felt deprived!

Here are a few of my top picks...

Q10 Day cream, £1.69 a pot

Nivea Q10 anti-wrinkle day cream, 50ml: £5
Cien Q10 anti-wrinkle day cream, 50ml: £1.69

I actually use this for both day and night as I couldn’t bear the thought of having two whole creams on the go at once! I wanted something with SPF and am just as happy slathering it on at night too. The smell is subtle, yet delightful, and it doesn’t upset my oily skin.

Lidl Suddenly Diamonds perfume, £3.99 for 50ml

Boss Orange Eau de toilette, 50ml: £24.99
Lidl Suddenly Diamonds, 50ml: £3.99

This will be a pleasant surprise, unless you’re expecting Chanel quality at Lidl prices. It smells glorious, but you will need to reapply throughout the day. Don’t buy it for your wedding day, but do stash it in your desk at work for a spritz or two throughout the day.

Greek Yoghurt, £1.38 for 1kg

Total Greek Yoghurt, 1kg: £5.00

Lidl Greek Yoghurt, kg: £1.38

I adore this stuff. It’s cheap, and it’s bloody delicious enough to keep me out of the biscuit tin. I ring the changes with different jams, fruits or honey swirled in and it’s also perfect to dollop into a creamy pasta sauce. If you like the convenience of perfectly packaged portion sizes, invest in some small Tupperware tubs such as these or, even better, repurpose an old screw top jam jar and top with fruit and muesli.

Maribel fruit jam, 99p

Bonne Maman strawberry conserve, 100g: 62p
Maribel strawberry conserve, 100g: 22p

Don’t tell the in laws (dedicated purveyors of expensive jam) but this is my absolute favourite jam in the world. Not because of the price tag, or because I wear the rose tinted glasses of a dedicated Lidl devotee. It’s got the same fruit content as Bonne Maman yet the price, if you’ll pardon the pun, is far easier to stomach. Raspberry is our favourite, especially swirled into the Greek yoghurt!

Tinned plum tomatoes, 30p per tin

Napolina peeled plum tomatoes, 400g tin: £1.00
Freshona peeled plum tomatoes, 400g tin: 30p

Flavourful toms in a thick sauce. I no longer bother with wimpy chopped tomatoes, which slop out in a disappointingly watery fashion. Tip these into your next sauce, stew or casserole, break the tomatoes up a bit with you for. Lidl won the Telegraph's taste test, and it wins ours too!

Is anyone else a Lidl fan? Let me know if there's anything else that should have been included!

Luxury Fruit Muesli

Absolutely the nicest muesli I've ever tasted. Feels like a real treat, and has picked up awards year after year. My in laws used to pop into Lidl just to stock up on this (now, of course, they've been converted and pile their trolley high!)

Praline Chocolate Seashells, £1.19-£1.79 (dependent on time of year)

Guylain chocolate seashells: £4
J.D. Gross Pralines Superieurs: £1.19-£1.79

I must confess to not being a huge praline fan, so when Mr. Thrift presented me with a box of the pricey branded chocs on our first date, they ended up gathering dust on the top of my fridge. Him Indoors, however, absolutely loves them, so this is a cheap treat which makes a regular appearance on special occasions. Spread them out on a platter for your next Xmas party - no one will ever know the difference!

Killer savings!

We make some killer savings just by eschewing expensively packaged and marketed big brand names, week after week, year after year. We don't feel deprived, and I couldn't give a toss what name is stamped across my food. There was a time when I could easily spend £500 a month feeding my small family, now (according to YNAB) we average out at £192 a month for our family of three. This includes cat food, cleaning products and personal hygiene products.

Thanks, Lidl!

Is anyone else a big Lidl fan? Do let me know if there's anything else that should've made the cut!


  1. You preach to the converted here - we love the Happy Valley cheese, the Columbian coffee, the chocolate covered raisins, the tinned toms, and plenty of other stuff too numerous to mention. I always peruse the middle aisles which feature seasonal household stuff and the Tico sherry is my favourite tipple - after 3 o'clock, of course!

    1. The middle aisles (AKA the Aisles of Doom) are dangerous. Many a time I've had to stop myself popping a pressure washer/wetsuit in the trolley.

      We love the booze too. They do a killer Chianti for £8.99 and their sub £5 wines from Cimarosa are perfectly drinkable. Don't know what I'd do without Lidl!

      Thanks for stopping by :) x


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