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Supermarket best buys

Have you found good value or worth the extra money for the price items in the supermarkets?

This is what I found over the last 1+ years

Aldi
bio pasta - 6 types, no gmo and the same price as as normal and on sale normal pasta at migros!) : 1.25 chf per 500g
bio jams - blueberry yumyumyum, strawberry apricot - 2.30 chf per 340g jar
The 2-2.5 kg bags of potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, pears - suisse guarantee, often grown in ch : 2.50-3.50 chf per bag
fruits and veg in general - often very fresh, from ch and bearably priced.
little sole filets (scholen) - msc, very delicate, not at all fishy, in the freezer section : 10chf for 900g
wild pig, deer, lamb - from zchecoslovakia? nz, not suisse guarantee Ive been disappointed with the beef suisse guarantee which is also 3-3.50chf per 100g) the platzli is often tough as leather, shrinks by 24% at least, also the bio platzli tough but shrinks less) : 3-3.50 chf per 100g
Romeo Dog Food - (has a 'sehr gut' rating in tests) : 5 chf for 3kg
med size prawns - might not be msc, in a blue bag in freezer section : 1.60 chf per 100g
50% off mincemeat when its on its sell by date - suisse guarantee, I make dog food from it - its normally 1.10 chf for 100g so 50% off .55 chf per 100g
bio eggs : 3.99 chf for 6
bio yog - ive used it in indian recipes at room temp and it hasnt split, that may be like other yogs though : 1.25 chf 500g
bio butter - tastes very nice, I dont buy it often because their normal butter is very good : 3.60 chf for 200g
butter - suisse guarantee, it used to win awards, the taste is very nice. cant remember the price only that it was cheaper than other supermarkets.
sheeps milk pecorino - not suisse guarantee (wide wedge one, not the thin wedge one which tasted quite frankly disgusting) delish : c3 chf for 200g.
bio emental and gryer - I actually prefer cheddar but these are very tolerable even if you are not partial to these cheeses : 1.80 chf per 100g
danti prosecco - not the best by any means, small bottle so I know when to stop - 5chf for .35ml
herrings in cream - msc (goes nice with their hard bio-volkorn brot and sliced cucumber for a simple meal) : 1.99?
lobster - cant remember if its msc, I keep it in the freezer for christmas : 9.99 chf for one when in season
bio-volkorn brot sonnenblumen (hard bread very nice with their suise guarantee butter and bio jam, bio cheeses, herrings in cream) : 2 chf for 400/500g
ombia ladies razor / blades - both a lot (I think) cheaper than alternatives, also razor is a test winner : 4.99 chf per razor / 4.99 chf for 3 blades

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2.5 kg bags of potatoes, apples - lovely big potatoes, often grown in ch : 3-4 chf per bag

Migros
Beef Liver - suisse guarantee from ch : 0.8 - 1.00 chf per 100g
chicken livers, chicken hearts, chicken stomachs - suisse guarantee from ch, in the freezer section, i use them when I make dog food : 0.8 - 1.20 chf per 100g
coffee filters - much cheaper than other supermarkets : ?chf
canned beans - I especially like the barlotti yumyum : 1.25 chf per can
bio/max havelar rices - they taste ok, i'm not super partial to rice so i dont know if rice can taste much better but I like a change from potatoes and pasta : 2.25+ chf per kilo
peanut butter - its quite nice compared to the rest but still has 10% of some sort of fat added and seems a bit expensive, havnt found one yet that doesnt or isnt though and am thinking of making my own : 3.50 chf per 350g
bio sunflower oil - just havnt found it the other supermarkets, price seems nice as aldi bio olive oil is 9chf for 750ml : 2.95 chf for 500ml/50cl
I havnt tried the m-budget range - the 2.5kg bag equivalents of aldi and coop of vegetables and apples : example 5kg of potatoes is 5chf though

Coop
2-2.5 kg prix guarantee bags of potatoes, onions, carrots - often grown in ch : 2.50-3.50 chf per bag
bio chicken - cant seem to find them easily, only special occasions : 19+ chf for a chicken
Sparkling white wine Naturplan Bio Jaillance Clairette de Die doux ac
- they have a bio and non bio version, so utterly lovely, like love and summer in a glass. (5 stars on their website) : 12.50 chf for 0.75 cl

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Sonnetor Melange whole beans bio coffee - I'v tried all the bio/max havelar ranges at coop, migros, spar, aldi and find them undrinkable, this one is the only one I tried that tastes consistently dilish, you can make it super strong and it wont go bitter just blow your head off. Its twice what you pay for for the supermarket bio versions but worth it for the 30 mins of pleasure it gives me! I've only seen it at the oerlikon reformhous on the plaza and amazon, I'm about to run out in two weeks (bcs Ive moved). wah : 13.70 chf per 500g

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Old 02.01.2014, 20:55
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Re: Supermarket best buys

You have not been to Lidl? Try their meat and fish (MSC) - very good quality and MUCH cheaper than rip off Coop and Migros,
and the meat and produce is usually Swiss, when possible. A very big cheese selection too. My Lidl is better than my local Coop.

Let us not forget the scandal of abusing the workers in Germany. This has not happened here, and Lidl & Aldi pay the best wages.

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You have not been to Lidl? Try their meat and fish (MSC) - very good quality and MUCH cheaper than rip off Coop and Migros.
I went once in oerlikon, and found it was dirty, crowded, and thought it was a bit sneaky, for example potatoes same price as aldi, same size bag, but less kg, so it looks the same but wasn't. I didn't look at the fish or meat though.

This may just have been a bad experience, bcs when I first visited an aldi in the netherlands I thought the same thing, ugh, i'm surprised I'm shopping there now, but the zurich ones really make an effort to have ch produce. (I could easily say 90% of what I bought was swiss, where i live now that is not so obvious)

My nearest lidl is a train ride away so I can't go without adding significantly to my food bill, so for now lidl isn't gunstig for me.

Hope your comment helps other people who live near one though.

Lidl have a nice electric bike for sale on their german website, wish they had that here.

ps. aldi isnt above a little subterfuge, I'm pretty sure the romeo dog food was 3.5 kg (instead of 3kg this year) for the same price last year!

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Old 02.01.2014, 22:10
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Some of the best vfm meat, poultry and meat products (Swiss produced) can be found at the Micarna shop, although in big/catering size packs, so freezer space reqipuired.

Unfortunately not much use to the majority of you peeps, if you don't have one on your doorstep, like me
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ps. aldi isnt above a little subterfuge, I'm pretty sure the romeo dog food was 3.5 kg (instead of 3kg this year) for the same price last year!
Pringles are the worst for that. Tubes will hold 200g and that's how much they used to put in them, but these days they only put 165g. The really sneaky one is their Party Pack which has +25g. Great you say, 185g. Wrong I say because it's actually 150g + 25g making 175g - so you really only get an extra 10g over the normal 165g pack. And of course the Party Pack is more expensive.

I think a lot of brands do it if you take time to check. Most people don't realise and just grab up the pack, assuming they're the same size/weight as they've always been.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

My wife loves bargains, and mainly shops at the 2 Fr. store, Emmaus, Caritas, Migros discount, and sometimes Aldi and Lidl.

Even she finds the food at Lidl to be crap, especially meat (i.e. tasteless pulp).

One really needs to load up on anti-depressants before shopping there!

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Lidl in Switzerland is much much ... better (and cleaner) than Lidl in Germany or France.
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Even she finds the food at Lidl to be crap, especially meat (i.e. tasteless pulp).

Tom

Food industry adds water to meat and poultry in order to increase their weight by up to 30%. Same thing with ice creams, but in this case they add air to increase the volume.

And for washing powders, cocoa, etc... they don't bother adding anything. Open a new container, it's only partially filled (~70%).
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Same thing with ice creams, but in this case they add air to increase the volume.
I once bought a balloon. What a rip-off!
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Coop at 15:52 on Saturday afternoon - that's when the nice lady comes out with her roll of red 50% stickers. But you've got to time it right. Before 15:52, she only puts 25% stickers, which means that the stuff is still way overpriced. Don't leave it too late, though. By 15:57, all the 50% stuff has been snaffled by the hordes of loitering skinflints. I should know - I'm one of them.
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The Coop near me uses only the 50% stickers, usually 1 - 2 hours before it closes. I have never seen the 25% stickers. There are not that many loitering skinflints here... I really feel bad when I see all those unsold products despite the 50% stickers when the store is about to close (6:58 pm)...
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The Coop near me uses only the 50% stickers, usually 1 - 2 hours before it closes. I have never seen the 25% stickers. There are not that many loitering skinflints here... I really feel bad when I see all those unsold products despite the 50% stickers when the store is about to close (6:58 pm)...
Maybe there's an opening for a new website, giving up-to-the-minute info on the 50% situation in supermarkets across Switzerland. I'm tempted to register the domain name www.loiteringskinflints.ch
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A consolidator of "aktion" prices at the main chains:
http://www.aktionis.ch
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Coop at 15:52 on Saturday afternoon - that's when the nice lady comes out with her roll of red 50% stickers. But you've got to time it right. Before 15:52, she only puts 25% stickers, which means that the stuff is still way overpriced. Don't leave it too late, though. By 15:57, all the 50% stuff has been snaffled by the hordes of loitering skinflints. I should know - I'm one of them.
hehe, At aldi, I was in my usual scruffy dog walking clothes and once was in line at the checkout behind a well dressed swiss man who only had some fancy oils, my bag contained 50% off mince and platzli, the look he gave me like a bit of wonder, worry and disdain 'someone buys that stuff / this is happening in switzerland / you're the sort of person who buys that stuff'

I recently asked a swiss woman where the local aldi was and the amused look, 'you admit to shopping at aldi to a complete stranger'

I'm sure i read their minds correctly

theres still a bit of stigma to not at least appearing to be wealthy in switzerland..

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the look he gave me like a bit of wonder and disdain 'someone buys that stuff / you're the sort of person who buys that stuff'
ALDI is tricky for a Swiss. On the one hand, it appeals strongly to his primordial instinct for thrift. On the other hand, it's German.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I personally find Aldi and Lidl food to not be very good, though there are some nice chocos, and Persil has good price in Lidl.

Denner has nice discounts for detergents, etc. I buy quite of hygiene stuff there.

A not that popular place with a nice sortiment is Mueller. Many personal hygiene things are cheaper than elsewhere, and they have nice discounts (usually once each three weeks). They also have a big Lindt selection, some chocos that are usually not available in other shops, and somewhat cheaper. Also lots of other brands. They also have sometimes discounts on toys and stationary.

Anyways, all these shops (Migros, Coop, Denner, Mueller, Spar, etc.) have ongoing discounts available online
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Have you found good value or worth the extra money for the price items in the supermarkets?

This is what I found over the last 1+ years

Aldi
bio pasta - 6 types, no gmo and the same price as as normal and on sale normal pasta at migros!) : 1.25 chf per 500g
bio jams - blueberry yumyumyum, strawberry apricot - 2.30 chf per 340g jar
The 2-2.5 kg bags of potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, pears - suisse guarantee, often grown in ch : 2.50-3.50 chf per bag
fruits and veg in general - often very fresh, from ch and bearably priced.
little sole filets (scholen) - msc, very delicate, not at all fishy, in the freezer section : 10chf for 900g
wild pig, deer, lamb - from zchecoslovakia? nz, not suisse guarantee Ive been disappointed with the beef suisse guarantee which is also 3-3.50chf per 100g) the platzli is often tough as leather, shrinks by 24% at least, also the bio platzli tough but shrinks less) : 3-3.50 chf per 100g
Romeo Dog Food - (has a 'sehr gut' rating in tests) : 5 chf for 3kg
med size prawns - might not be msc, in a blue bag in freezer section : 1.60 chf per 100g
50% off mincemeat when its on its sell by date - suisse guarantee, I make dog food from it - its normally 1.10 chf for 100g so 50% off .55 chf per 100g
bio eggs : 3.99 chf for 6
bio yog - ive used it in indian recipes at room temp and it hasnt split, that may be like other yogs though : 1.25 chf 500g
bio butter - tastes very nice, I dont buy it often because their normal butter is very good : 3.60 chf for 200g
butter - suisse guarantee, it used to win awards, the taste is very nice. cant remember the price only that it was cheaper than other supermarkets.
sheeps milk pecorino - not suisse guarantee (wide wedge one, not the thin wedge one which tasted quite frankly disgusting) delish : c3 chf for 200g.
bio emental and gryer - I actually prefer cheddar but these are very tolerable even if you are not partial to these cheeses : 1.80 chf per 100g
danti prosecco - not the best by any means, small bottle so I know when to stop - 5chf for .35ml
herrings in cream - msc (goes nice with their hard bio-volkorn brot and sliced cucumber for a simple meal) : 1.99?
lobster - cant remember if its msc, I keep it in the freezer for christmas : 9.99 chf for one when in season
bio-volkorn brot sonnenblumen (hard bread very nice with their suise guarantee butter and bio jam, bio cheeses, herrings in cream) : 2 chf for 400/500g
ombia ladies razor / blades - both a lot (I think) cheaper than alternatives, also razor is a test winner : 4.99 chf per razor / 4.99 chf for 3 blades

Volg
2.5 kg bags of potatoes, apples - lovely big potatoes, often grown in ch : 3-4 chf per bag

Migros
Beef Liver - suisse guarantee from ch : 0.8 - 1.00 chf per 100g
chicken livers, chicken hearts, chicken stomachs - suisse guarantee from ch, in the freezer section, i use them when I make dog food : 0.8 - 1.20 chf per 100g
coffee filters - much cheaper than other supermarkets : ?chf
canned beans - I especially like the barlotti yumyum : 1.25 chf per can
bio/max havelar rices - they taste ok, i'm not super partial to rice so i dont know if rice can taste much better but I like a change from potatoes and pasta : 2.25+ chf per kilo
peanut butter - its quite nice compared to the rest but still has 10% of some sort of fat added and seems a bit expensive, havnt found one yet that doesnt or isnt though and am thinking of making my own : 3.50 chf per 350g
bio sunflower oil - just havnt found it the other supermarkets, price seems nice as aldi bio olive oil is 9chf for 750ml : 2.95 chf for 500ml/50cl
I havnt tried the m-budget range - the 2.5kg bag equivalents of aldi and coop of vegetables and apples : example 5kg of potatoes is 5chf though

Coop
2-2.5 kg prix guarantee bags of potatoes, onions, carrots - often grown in ch : 2.50-3.50 chf per bag
bio chicken - cant seem to find them easily, only special occasions : 19+ chf for a chicken
Sparkling white wine Naturplan Bio Jaillance Clairette de Die doux ac
- they have a bio and non bio version, so utterly lovely, like love and summer in a glass. (5 stars on their website) : 12.50 chf for 0.75 cl

reformhaus
Sonnetor Melange whole beans bio coffee - I'v tried all the bio/max havelar ranges at coop, migros, spar, aldi and find them undrinkable, this one is the only one I tried that tastes consistently dilish, you can make it super strong and it wont go bitter just blow your head off. Its twice what you pay for for the supermarket bio versions but worth it for the 30 mins of pleasure it gives me! I've only seen it at the oerlikon reformhous on the plaza and amazon, I'm about to run out in two weeks (bcs Ive moved). wah : 13.70 chf per 500g

I also go to Denver and they usually have huge bargains but only for known brands - anything fresh from there is quite bad... Even bread!! Wines on the other hand are pretty good in terms of price vs quality ;-)
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I personnally find the food quality differs nought between Aldi, lidl, Coop and Migros, the price varies a lot though with the first 2 at about 50% of Coop and migros on their regular prices.

We then hop to Germany to take another 30-40% off
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Comparis has an App called "Smartshopper" that lists all bargains from all "providers":
http://en.comparis.ch/aktionen/mobileapp-aktionen.aspx
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I personnally find the food quality differs nought between Aldi, lidl, Coop and Migros, the price varies a lot though with the first 2 at about 50% of Coop and migros on their regular prices.

We then hop to Germany to take another 30-40% off
I agree with your first comment but I feel like i'm living in a country that fulfils a lot of my dreams for farming and animal fairness so it would be crazy to want all these things and then not support it.

Having said that there are quite a few laws i'd break for some Toll House Cookie Dough, gmos transfats nestle and all.
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