Like fellow blogger, John Gray of Going Gently, I too am not a fan of the cheap supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl that are currently rocking the UK supermarket world. I have tried it several times (Roberto loves it!) but it just leaves me cold. I have tasted the food. Roberto promised me the tinned soup "tasted just like Heinz"....It didn't. It's not nice at all. I have tried the baked beans - yuk! The cheap mayonnaise tastes like vinegar and the vegetables don't last much longer than a day. I have given Aldi products a good go and I simply don't like them. Okay, you get a trolley load of food for £30 but it's cheap food and you get what you pay for.
Don't get me wrong, we are on a budget as well and I do love a bargain as much as the next person but I just don't like to compromise on good quality food, and I now refuse to go anywhere near Aldi, much to Roberto's indignation.
As for the checkout, be prepared to have your many purchases slung at you at very high speed. The checkout staff are timed for each customer, so the faster they get them checked through, the better (maybe they get a bonus for serving the most customers?). As soon as you tell them whether it's "cash or card", the timer is stopped and you can try and catch your breath and endeavour to finish packing your shopping in a timely fashion so that the next customers can be flung through.
I seem to feel the energy in places and when I go into an Aldi shop, I just have this urge to run like hell as soon as I get into the shop. I'm sorry if I am upsetting any avid Aldi shoppers but to me the shop feels dirty and scuzzy, and I won't go back. Stamps foot!