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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:13 AM

View PostThe Ginger Winger, on 30 March 2012 - 08:29 PM, said:

On food and drink around £130 per week for four of us. Shop at Waitrose as unfortunately I can tell the difference now between ok food/wine and good food/wine which is a handicap in some ways. Ignorance is bliss particularly when it comes to wine. I used to be happy on a £8 bottle of wine and when I was educated on the differences of more expensive wine I now have to buy that stuff.

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Educated? I wouldnt waste your money. There is pretty much no difference between any reasonable bottle of wine between £5 and £50. If you want to taste the real difference then you have to open your wallet and you aint gonna find anything worth spending that amount on in waitrose.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

View PostNumber79, on 31 March 2012 - 10:13 AM, said:

Educated? I wouldnt waste your money. There is pretty much no difference between any reasonable bottle of wine between £5 and £50. If you want to taste the real difference then you have to open your wallet and you aint gonna find anything worth spending that amount on in waitrose.



I just look for the per-centage! 13.5% is good! ;)
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

View PostAscii, on 31 March 2012 - 09:49 AM, said:

Lidl beer is good too. For a tinned beer Grafenwalder Pils is very good and they do a bottled beer in cardboard six packs (name escapes me but big bottles, not stubbies and begins with P I think) which is very good. Being German beers they're brewed to the Rheinheitsgebot (or an expanded version of the same medieval regulations) .

Far better than any mass produced beers you get here; certainly on a par with bottled beer here and about 2/3 of the price.


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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:40 AM

View Postp.p., on 31 March 2012 - 06:44 AM, said:

Wines sold at lidl are regularly winning awards, take their tarragona reserve for example

I recollect getting a bottle as prize at a pub quiz. The small-print on the label identified it as coming from Lidl. Drinking it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise!

I try to buy as much of my wine as possible when our Morrisons has "half-price" offers (they're our only local shop with more than a very small range). With essentially-unlimited shelf life it's easy to buy when cheap and drink when wanted.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:43 AM

View PostMrPin, on 31 March 2012 - 10:32 AM, said:

I just look for the per-centage! 13.5% is good! ;)

Whereas I usually avoid anything over 13%, though there are a few reds above that that are really nice.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:48 AM

£50 for 2 people inc a couple of bottles of wine.

Switching from Tesco/Morrison to Lidl has deflated the inflation.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

Picked up a bottle of Chilean Merlot from Lidl on the way back from town. £3.99. Will sample that later Posted Image

Pretty much the same as sold in local shops for £1-£2 more.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:00 PM

View Postyellerkat, on 31 March 2012 - 10:33 AM, said:

Perlenbacher - worth going out of your way for!

That's the one. I frequently did go out of my way for it.

I'm off the sauce until June (felt I needed a dry period) but I'll be back to Lidl when the time comes.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

View Post"Steed", on 31 March 2012 - 11:24 AM, said:

Picked up a bottle of Chilean Merlot from Lidl on the way back from town. £3.99. Will sample that later Posted Image

Pretty much the same as sold in local shops for £1-£2 more.


I've had that many times before, perfectly enjoyable.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:04 PM

One man and his dog, £15 to £20 a week, always used to congratulate myself if i could keep it under a tenner, but good old inflation has put pay to that, another thing i have noticed is the former food snobs have alot more cheap brands in their baskets these days :rolleyes:
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

View PostUngeared, on 31 March 2012 - 03:04 PM, said:

One man and his dog, £15 to £20 a week, always used to congratulate myself if i could keep it under a tenner, but good old inflation has put pay to that, another thing i have noticed is the former food snobs have alot more cheap brands in their baskets these days :rolleyes:


Yes in Lidl the shoppers use M&S and Sainsbury bags Posted Image
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:39 PM

View Post"Steed", on 31 March 2012 - 03:21 PM, said:

Yes in Lidl the shoppers use M&S and Sainsbury bags Posted Image


you can always spot those shoppers, I like to drop a little something extra in their trolley's for them when I get chance - usually when they leave it in the middle of an aisle in my way whilst they look for something :)

Must be annoying when they get home and realise they have something they didnt want but not half as annoying as when they realise that I liberated their cheese or milk lol

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

60-70 quid. family of four. Two little-uns have some treats. Includes one bottle of wine and packed lunches. Lots of cooking and freezing.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:24 PM

View Postbearwithasorehead, on 31 March 2012 - 09:28 PM, said:

60-70 quid. family of four. Two little-uns have some treats. Includes one bottle of wine and packed lunches. Lots of cooking and freezing.


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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:59 PM

I'm starting to think we're spending too much after reading these posts. I didn't even include eating out, which probably adds at least £10 per week minimum.

My wife chucks in a lot of ready meals for lunch, and I suspect they are the culprit. But being American, she has a different approach to food generally. Dunno :ph34r:

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