I’m a Lidl Superfan – five must-buy products that can save you up to 72% compared to Walmart and Target

MORE people are looking for decent supermarket deals this year as inflation has pushed food prices to new highs.

The consumer price index rose 8.5% year-on-year in July, but food prices topped the total.

Discounters like Lidl and Aldi are becoming increasingly popular

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Discounters like Lidl and Aldi are becoming increasingly popularCredit: Alamy

The food cost index rose 12.2% year-on-year in June – the biggest annual price increase since 1979.

Luckily, discount stores are popping up across the country.

Retailer Lidl first opened in Germany in 1979 and has attracted millions of shoppers in Europe over the last 40 years thanks to its affordable everyday items.

It launched in the US in 2017 and today has hundreds of stores in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC

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I moved to New York from the UK last year and am an avid Lidl shopper.

As a student in England I saved a lot of money by buying the store’s own brand products instead of fancier household names.

Here are some items that I think are cheaper at Lidl compared to other places.

Depending on what you buy, you can save up to 72% compared to Walmart, Target and Aldi.

1. Fresh Produce

You can save cash by swapping avocados at Target for Lidl instead

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You can save cash by swapping avocados at Target for Lidl instead

One thing that struck me when I first moved to New York was the quality of the fresh produce in the supermarkets.

In the beginning, it was difficult to find a full basket of tomatoes or a bag of apples that didn’t have at least one part bruised or less than appetizing.

The fresh fruit and vegetables from Lidl are of consistently good quality and cheaper than in many other shops.

For example, you can buy an unripened avocado at my local Lidl for just $1, even though they’re listed for $0.98 on the retailer’s website, but a Target for around $1.19 required.

2. Bakery products

The Lidl bakery and packaged breads are great value

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The Lidl bakery and packaged breads are great value

Lidl stores usually have bakeries on their premises, and you can often tell a Lidl is nearby by the smell of their baked goods.

Individual croissants cost about $0.99, while the baked loaves themselves range from $0.69 for a single bun to $4.99 for a hearty sourdough loaf.

The store’s pre-packaged breads are also very reasonably priced.

A pack of own-brand hamburger buns is $0.92 at Lidl, slightly cheaper than local Aldi’s $0.99 offering.

3. knock-off products

At Lidl you can buy LaCroix sparkling water and a cheaper copycat product

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At Lidl you can buy LaCroix sparkling water and a cheaper copycat product

Lidl and Aldi are both known for selling private label products that bear a striking resemblance to some of the most popular brands on the market.

For example, my local branch sells La Croix brand flavored sparkling water for $5.07 per 12-can package, but they also advertise their own version on the shelf below for $2.95.

This includes a recent price cut.

4. chocolate

You'll enjoy the biggest savings if you buy Belgian Hazelnut Nougat Filled Mussels at Lidl instead of Guilyan's version at Walmart

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You’ll enjoy the biggest savings if you buy Belgian Hazelnut Nougat Filled Mussels at Lidl instead of Guilyan’s version at Walmart

The retailer sells a wide range of confectionery suitable for many occasions.

You can find affordable chocolate bars to bake with, fair trade bars and even Belgian hazelnut nougat filled mussels from the ‘Preferred’ selection that are cheaper than a very similar and famous brand of chocolate treats.

Guilyan’s Belgian Chocolate Shells are about $11.98 at Walmart, but the Lidl version is just $3.35 — a savings of 72%.

5. Spices

Mustard fans can save money at Lidl compared to other major retailers

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Mustard fans can save money at Lidl compared to other major retailers

Lidl also sells its own spices and pantry essentials, which are sold with consistent quality and at a fair price.

A 12-ounce bottle of Dijon mustard costs $1.19, less than many leading brands of the same item.

Other ways to save on groceries

There are a number of tips you should follow to cut back on your grocery every time, including meal planning and using coupons.

Combine the two and you’ll find yourself saving even more money.

It’s also important to shop around so you can get the best deals.

If you’re on a low income, you may also qualify for food stamps — newly known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP households are expected to spend approximately 30% of their own resources on food.

Depending on your income and household size, the maximum monthly benefit is $250 for a one-person household, while a four-person household can receive up to $835.

For more related stories, another shopper shared how she secretly shops at Costco without a membership.

A shopping expert also reveals how to get Starbucks for free.

https://www.the-sun.com/money/5965414/lidl-save-brands-target-walmart/ I’m a Lidl Superfan – five must-buy products that can save you up to 72% compared to Walmart and Target

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