By - Saureah
Lidl for general shopping if you don't want to have to strategize.
If you want to make it more complex:
For maximum savings, stock up on nonperishables at AH when they are running their producer-abusing deep discount sales. Be merciless, buy 40 tins of beans at half price if you regularly cook with beans, why not?
Get you meat at Chicken Palace on Ten Katestraat, get your vegetables from market stalls or at Lidl depending on which is cheaper.
Sometimes you can snipe good deals at Aldi, they carry excess inventory of name brands but their own-brand stuff is crappier than Lidl.
If you're after brand names go to Dirk first, then Jumbo.
Never impulse buy or do unplanned shopping at AH if you're trying to save money. It's for sale items only.
Such a good response!
Personally I think it's the balance between price and quality/choice. Doing all your shopping at Lidl gets boring very quickly.
It is beyond me why the "premium" supermarket still lives in year 1990 and rejects foreign cards. Having said that, I sometimes go there because most of their shops are actually open until 22:00 and usually they have the best choice.
> Doing all your shopping at Lidl gets boring very quickly.
I am a foodie and I have given up on finding anything "interesting" in Dutch supermarkets (except for the Asian ones). It's very unlikely they'll have anything at AH that's not at Lidl and yet is worth purchasing. All their "exotic" sauces and whatnot are downright terrible. So it's either make it myself, or buy it at an import shop.
> Having said that, I sometimes go there because most of their shops are actually open until 22:00 and usually they have the best choice.
Yeah, aside from taking advantage of sales, the reason I sometimes find myself at AH is because they're on every corner and they stay open as late as is allowed.
> I am a foodie and I have given up on finding anything "interesting" in Dutch supermarkets
I have the opposite experience. I can find most stuff, except cottage cheese and sausage. Maybe it's the particular type of cuisine that is just unpopular in NL.
> make it myself
I guess that's always the rule when you're a food enthousiast, no?
> I guess that's always the rule when you're a food enthousiast, no?
Sure, but I'm not going to brew my own soy sauce or something. And what AH sells is basically a bottle of brown salt water.
Try [https://www.ah.nl/producten/product/wi400467/ah-cottage-cheese](https://www.ah.nl/producten/product/wi400467/ah-cottage-cheese) or [https://www.ah.nl/producten/product/wi1932/danone-huttenkase](https://www.ah.nl/producten/product/wi1932/danone-huttenkase). Or buy twaróg in a Polish shop.
Some of the 'Bonus' offers at Albert Heijn tend to go the lowest, but then again, the regular assortment is not the cheapest compared to others.
Lidl is seriously awesome, cheap and the have the best fruits and veggies. They won a price of best veggies some time ago
I save a lot by getting my herbs and vegetables in markets such as Noordermarkt. One big bushel of koriander at a normal stall is ,50€ while 15g is like 1,20€ in AH.
Meat can be well priced at morrocans butcher too. I use the one in my neighbourhood and it’s well priced for ok quality.
At plein 40-45 there used to be a very very cheap non chain supermarket in the same building as the action. I haven't been there for a while so i don't know if it's still there.
Lidl is also part of too good to go so their leftovers are available there, if you need really cheap.
And if you need vegetables or fruit, the turkish supermarkets are cheap.
Which is actually a chain.
Aldi and Lidl. Dirk is quite cheap as well.
Idk why you were downvoted, Jumbo has some pretty cheap things imo
It depends a lot on how you compare. Cheapest in A-brands? Likely Dirk or Jumbo. Cheapest in any brand? Likely Aldi. Cheapest in fresh? Lidl. etc.
I didn’t see Vomar in the comments how is this one ?