Five items to always buy at Lidl – and the ones to avoid | The Sun

LIDL is well known for being 'Lidl' on price with its bargain items but some are better value than others.

The cost of living crisis has meant that saving every penny is essential.

Here we share our tips for getting the best bargains at Lidl and what items you should avoid.

We've also written about the four items you should always buy at Home Bargains – and the two you should avoid.

And Poundland has four items you should always avoid but there are four you should buy elsewhere.

Here's the items you should – and shouldn't – be buying at Lidl.

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Fruit and veg

Fruit and veg lovers can grab 5kg of food at Lidl for just £1.50.

The supermarket started selling the massive boxes of imperfect fruit and veg in 2019 to help the planet – but its great for shoppers' pockets too.

The contents can vary as the items change day-to-day depending what's on what's available meaning shoppers can't pick what goes into each bundle.

It's also important to keep your eyes peeled as the boxes aren't available all day.

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The boxes are usually up for grabs from opening until midday whilst stocks last. Timings can also vary between each individual store.

If your store offers them and where you'll find them if they do varies from store to store, so it’s worth asking a staff member about them.

Nutella dupe

Lidl is known for its "dupes" which are its own cheaper version of the popular branded products.

The Good Housekeeping Institute tested Lidl's chocolate hazelnut spread against Nutella and it gave it a run for its money.

Lidl's 400g Choco Nusse costs £1.09 and was rated higher by the judges than best-selling Nutella, which costs £2.50 for the same size jar at Iceland.

Experts at Which? also rated it a Best Buy in its own taste test.

Tropicana dupes

We tested some of Lidl's dupe products to the test ourselves including their own version of Tropicana's Orange Juice.

And the supermarket's own brand version of Tropicana Orange Juice came first in our taste test.

Lidl's Simply Orange Juice is priced at 55p and was scored 29/30 by Lynsey Hope.

It beat the real Tropicana Orange Juice by 18 points.

Bottle of fizz

Lidl supplies a range of sparkling wines, prosecco and champagne which give the posher, more expensive brands a run for their money.

Wine expert Helena Nicklin highly rates Lidl's Comte de Senneval highly.

It's a champagne that's priced at just £13.99, offering luxury at an accessible price point.

Helena said: "This is a really good one. "It has a wine-like weight and a hint of sweetness.

"A bit quirky and of-a-style, but try it with some classic canapes like smoked salmon and it should make a happy match."

And you can get a bottle of prosecco for as little as £5.

Airfryer

Lidl has been selling a bargain airfryer for just £49.99 in stores.

One shopper stated "bought one, cooked first dinner which was tasty" and its among the cheapest we've seen the gadgets on sale for.

It's available in the supermarket's "Middle of Lidl" deals on select items when they're in stock.

And the airfryer is not the only bargain you'll find as they also everything DIY items to hot tubs.

These deals are only available in store as they aren't available on Lidl's website.

You can get a look at what is coming to the Middle of Lidl by checking its leaflet online, though stock can vary from store to store.

Don't forget to compare prices at other stores as you might find a better deal somewhere else.

While Middle of Lidl prices are generally low you might still find the same or similar items elsewhere.

If you do find a cheaper version, avoid buying it in Lidl so you're not spending more than you need to.

Also to avoid according to shoppers are the branded goods, which Lidl also stocks alongside its own name goods.

Fans say that Lidl's own ranges are so good, you don't need to pay more for well known brands.

For instance you can currently get Bloo toliet cleaner for 99p, but Lidl's own W5 lemon toilet cleaner is far cheaper at 49p.

Martin Lewis has said that "downshifting" from cheaper versions can cut your grocery bills by as much as 30%.

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