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£1.50 for 5kg of Lidl fruit & veg
Slightly past its best, but still edible - look for boxes in storeIn store
After a successful trial scheme in a few locations, all Lidl stores in England, Scotland and Wales (find your nearest) are now offering £1.50 boxes containing 5kg of 'edible but not perfect' fruit and veg - slightly past its best, but still safe to eat.
Every day, a limited number of boxes will be available from the time stores open, until midday - when any unsold boxes will be donated to local good causes.
What you'll actually get is completely random, as the 'Too Good to Waste' boxes are made up on the day with whatever fruit and veg is looking past its best in each store. Some will be bruised or battered, while others might have just escaped from their wrapper - in any case, you'll be able to see what you're getting before you buy.
Here's what the boxes may look like in store:
See our blog on Reductions in places you might not expect for how you can save 30% at Lidl, or bag 'yellow-sticker' bargains at B&M, Holland & Barrett and more.
If you're looking for a Chanel smell-alike, Suddenly Madame Glamour perfume is £3.99 for a 50ml bottle in Lidl stores nationwide (find your nearest).
Forumites swear it smells just like Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which is normally £61ish for 50ml. We've also done some in-house testing at MSE Towers, and it scored highly against the more expensive brand.
Obviously we can't guarantee you'll scents the similarity, but it's worth a nosey.
See the Cheap smell-alikes forum post to see what forumites think.
There are always ways to save money at Lidl, so even if there isn’t a cracking deal out there that works for you, don’t assume you can’t cut your costs further.
Ways to save include:
- Exclusive offers for email subscribers. If you sign up to the Lidl newsletter it will email you special promotional offers and competitions, so you can get in there first.
- Supermarket coupons. Make sure you look out for Lidl’s in-store magazine as it may contain coupons and vouchers to save on your shopping. Also check newspapers like The Metro for £5 off £25 spend vouchers, and remember - Lidl only accepts its own coupons.
- Check out similar retailers, eg, Aldi and the other major supermarkets. If you’re not committed to buying from Lidl, check out our deals from Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose, where they may have a better offer, or accept any coupons you might have (except Aldi).
- Try haggling. We polled 1,400 MoneySavers to find out in which shops hagglers have most success. Supermarkets did feature, so it’s worth a go. Find out more in our Haggle on the High Street guide.
- Had a problem with Lidl? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Lidl*.
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Cheapest prosecco & champagne
Supermarket round-up incl £5 prosecco & £11 champagne
Below are the cheapest 750ml bottles of fizz at each of the major supermarkets when we checked at 3.40pm on Tue 17 Mar.
If ordering online, some supermarkets require you to order a minimum number of bottles (such as six at Aldi), while most supermarkets will have a minimum order threshold so you'll likely need to get these with your normal groceries.
- Echo Falls ProsEcho Falls Prosecco* - £6
- Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry* - £6
- Henri Cachet Champagne Brut* - £12.50
Lidl (in store only)
- Coppiere Prosecco Frizzante - £5.50
- Adrien Chopin Brut Champagne - £12 (was £18)
- Jules Mignon Brutreserve Champagne - £15
- Plaza Centro Prosecco* - £6 (was £7)
- Bella Cucina Prosecco Frizzante* - £6
- Andre Carpentier Brut Champagne* - £14
- Louis Delaunay Champagne Brut* - £14
Please be Drinkaware.
Mother's Day flowers from £2 in-store
Round-up of supermarket flowers for a tenner or less
You don't have to spend a lot to treat your Mum on Mother's Day (Sun 22 Mar). The cheapest (which doesn't necessarily mean low quality) bunches of flowers start from £2 at supermarkets.
Here are the prices the major supermarkets have confirmed for the Mother's Day period, while stock lasts:
Lidl from Thur 19 Mar (find your nearest)
- £2 Pocket money posy (pictured)
- £4 'Wonderful Mum' bouquet (pictured)
- £6 'Sweet Pastels' bouquet
- £10 'Country Garden' gift bag (pictured) - tulips displayed in a paper gift bag, with a ribbon
- £10 'Cotton Candy/Blueberry Blooms' bouquet (pictured) - roses with lilies/soft chrysanthemums
Aldi from Thur 19 Mar (find your nearest)
- £2.49 Mini ceramic planter, milk jug (flamingo planter or queen bee milk jug) - double pink kalanchoe/white campanula bali
- £4.99 'Pretty tulips'
- £9.99 'Shine Bright' bouquet - 18 stems of roses, chrysanthemums, alstroemeria and germini
Morrisons from Wed 18 Mar (find your nearest*)
- £3 Pocket money bouquet (pictured) - chrysanthemum, carnation and gypsophila
- £5 'Thanks Mum' (pictured) - chrysanthemum, santini, alstroe, eucalyptus and germini
- £10 'No. 1 Mum' pink - chrysanthemum, santini, germini, alstroe, eucalyptus and rhododendron
- £10 'No. 1 Mum' purple - chrysanthemum, santini, germini, pitto, ruscus and palm
Tesco from Thur 19 Mar (find your nearest*)
- £5 'Cerise kisses' (pictured) - chrysanthemums, carnation and gerbera
- £7 Tesco welly boots - kalanchoe
- £10 Unicorn & dinosaur bouquets (pictured) - chrysanthemums and carnations
- £10 Roses - white and pale pink roses, with touches of cerise and green
- £10 Fox & Ivy candle hamper - scented candle in either floral hyacinth or wild peony with a pink or white orchid
- £10 Deluxe basket (pictured) - pink chrysanthemum, chammy stems, english ivy and kalanchoe
- £10 'Cotton Candy' (pictured) - chrysanthemums, germini, white antirrhinums, cerise roses and carnations
Co-op from Wed 18 Mar (find your nearest)
- £5 Vibrant bouquet - chrysanthemum spray, germini, pistache and rose.
- £10 Fairtrade mixed roses - 100% fairtrade roses
- £8.50 'Special bouquet' - chrysanthemum, pistache, germini, waxflower and carnation
Last bud not least, if you want more bang for your buck, perhaps consider alternatives such as bunches of daffodils (£1 in most supermarkets). Of course, you can find similar bargains at independent stores across the country, though unfortunately, we can't compare prices for them all. Before buying at supermarkets, check local florists' prices to ensure you're getting the best deal.
If it's outdoor plants you're looking for, we've blagged 20 'lucky dip' hanging basket plants for £7 all-in.