Our Lidl experience began years ago when we lived in Cupar. There wasn't a Lidl there, but I used to take the childminded children, along with the EFG, to Silverburn Park in Leven, down the coast aways. There was a Lidl there, and that was our discovery of the German supermarket.
We travelled to Leven about once a month, and we stocked up on all our tinned and paper type goods there, filling the pantry each time. I was feeding a lot of people back then - the three of us (prior to the YFG arriving), two minded children five days a week, and up to four lodgers at a time!!
Then, after a few years, Lidl arrived in Cupar and I was set - when the YFG was born and I used the big old-fashioned pram again, I could fit two cardboard boxes on the tray underneath and walk down to Lidl to fill them with the shopping. Fond memories.
Since moving to the Fens, our use of Lidl has been spasmodic. Up and down. Depending on how I felt at the time!
Dissatisfied with the condition of the fruit and veg in Tesco, and with the EFG eating more proteins at the moment, I popped back into Lidl a few weeks ago. The fruit and veg is lovely, in good condition and very satisfying prices, and there are lots of different kinds of hams, other cold meats, and some very good fresh meats available too.
I nipped into town today to Lidl, and was pleasantly surprised to come out with a trolley loaded quite well for only just over £27. It is always better to go alone so that I spend less.
I supplemented the shopping there by nipping into a bigger supermarket to pick up a couple of organic cucumbers, and that was the shopping done. Result.
What's your preferred shopping method?