I shop mainly at Tesco. I shop at Tesco a lot. I got a Christmas card from Tesco. I find their customer service lovely, their products more than adequate and their prices competitive. Also, they deliver and for £6 per month they deliver frequently.
Today we called in to Aldi as they sell the diet cola I like, plus the small chocolate bars that seem to just suit all of us. I noticed that a lot of my staples were a lot less expensive than Tesco. I am sure that I could save a considerable amount there if I stuck to a list, bought only what I needed and did a monthly Tesco shop for the stuff that Aldi didn't carry.
There is no way I could stick to a list. I would be good as I went round the bread, the sweeties, the canned goods and the fruit and veg. A few extra bits might end up in my trolley, but not much. It's the Aisle of Doom, also known as 'This Week's Special Buys'. There is such temptation! It's where I got bear's dressing gown (which he still wears at all opportunities) and some great pyjamas for DH and today I forced myself to put back some aran weight yarn that was being sold at under £3 for a 400g ball! It is far too tempting. When I shop online I can at least look at the total and remove the stuff that is a want and not a need.
So it looks like I may need to ration my trips to Aldi and stick to Tesco who are, after all, pretty good. I especially need to stay off the special buys that can be ordered online. I quite fancy this fabric for curtains in my room. It's a single duvet cover, and checking the measurements it would give me four metres of 135cm wide fabric for £5.49. I would need two duvet covers to make the curtains, but that is still a bargain. Fortunately it's almost sold out and I should be able to resist temptation for a little while.