Tesco everyday value

(65 Posts)
lucamom Thu 23-May-13 12:13:39

I'm pretty frugal, thought I was being clever only ever buying dishwasher tablets when half price, but this week decided the try Tesco value tablets. Absolutely no difference to the Finish/powerball/ariel etc. we usually use.

The Finish ones are usually £12 for 36 (I got them for £6 last week), Tesco value £1.60 for 30.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 23-May-13 12:24:34

Try breaking them in half.

specialsubject Thu 23-May-13 13:26:30

there probably is no difference. Most of these things are made in the same factory.

dingit Thu 23-May-13 13:27:53

I buy finish from poundland, 10 in a pack. Will give value ones a whirl!

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 23-May-13 13:54:47

I use Daisy which is cheap but not as cheap so may try Everyday Value next then! I tried Everyday Value kidney beans this week and was pleasantly surprised

coco4242 Thu 23-May-13 13:56:07

Lidl dishwasher tabs are fab

coco4242 Thu 23-May-13 13:56:19

Well as fab as dishwasher tablets can be!

I like the value ones as they are powder rather than film covered. The film leaves an awful feeling that only i seem to feel on the dishes.

I buy a lot of value things they are all made by big brands for tesco anyway, it's just tesco packaging.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 23-May-13 17:55:46

Tesco Value came very high in Which? tests not so long ago, only just behind the premium Finish tablets on results, and massively better on money value, of course.

poachedeggs Thu 23-May-13 18:03:52

Try the pittas, fish fingers, soft cheese, and baking basics. Also peanut butter natural yogurt, root veg and instant hot chocolate. All perfectly fine (I wouldn't even have hot chocolate otherwise, but it's actually really nice! ) smile

lucamom Fri 24-May-13 17:22:15

Thanks poachedeggs, I'll give them a try.

Can personally recommend tesco value: deodorant, shaving foam (me for legs, Dh for face, same list if ingredients as his previous Gillette one), tinned toms, penne pasta, dried apricots, sultanas.

Kids have just had value chocolate-covered digestive bar thingies and asked for another, yesterday they had the ready salted crisps and said they were nice.

serin Sun 26-May-13 19:10:18

We use their value ketchup in a squirty bottle. It is fine and costs about 20p.

Cashews are nice as well.

dizzydo Tue 28-May-13 13:35:48

Another vote here for their value dishwasher tabs. Fab - super clean every time. I don't want to think about how much I've spent on Finish over the years

Virgil Tue 28-May-13 15:04:11

We've had the Tesco value yoghurts with the strawberry compote this lunchtime (muller corner copies). They were really nice.

The value spaghetti is fine as are the lasagne sheets. I can't tell any difference whatsoever from the premium stuff apart from the fact that the value spaghetti is 19p a pack.

DHs best friend is high up in Sainsburys and told us that their basic brand is usually exactly the same product as their standard line.

Virgil Tue 28-May-13 15:05:52

Value flour is also fine (and less than half the price of the standard range). I bake a lot and can't tell the difference as long as its sifted before use

nkf Tue 28-May-13 15:11:57

The value juice is fine too. Also.the value pasta.

somebloke123 Tue 28-May-13 15:21:44

The value peppers only differ from the standard ones, as far as I can see, in the fact that they are of less uniform size.

KatAndKit Wed 29-May-13 14:56:44

I think that is true of most of the fruit and veg. Who cares if the sizes of the potatoes in the bag are mismatched?!

jeebie1984 Thu 30-May-13 04:55:58

I love tesco!! Now I wont set foot in a sainsburys because I get twice as much for my money shopping in tesco. (Even on named brands!)

Awakeagain Thu 30-May-13 06:27:13

We buy the double strength squash by the bucket load and also the dishwasher tablets (which I'm pretty sure are exactly the same as morrisons cheepo ones wink)

I'm inspired by all the 'value' purchases I may have to have a go
I'd save loads

MatureUniStudent Wed 19-Jun-13 20:36:59

I don't think the value bio washing powder is any good at removing stains from school uniforms like a branded powder is. And with the value dishwasher tablets you need to cost in rinse aid. The value ham the DC say is "soapy"?!?

But the value pancakes and crumpets are great after school snack fodder. I know times are hard as our Tesco never stocked many value products but now it does.

I love Tesco value quiche, weetabix are a bit smaller but they are still fine and rice as well! Sadly, don't have the luxury of a dishwasher so can't comment!

I always buy value potatoes, £1.12 for a huge bag and 69p for small potatoes. The choc & vanilla value mini rolls, value choc chip cake bars & choc wafers are all staples for kids in my house, aswell as the value squash. They are treated well but when when particulary skint tescos is a godsend!!

The only things i wouldn't buy value, is washing up liq as it's a false economy, margarine & the bread as it's awful.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sun 23-Jun-13 09:04:29

500g of value cornflakes is only 31p and they taste great. Nice & crunchy, don't get that doggy cardboard feel about them.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Fri 05-Jul-13 19:37:37

We like the garlic bread, tomato purée, jaffa cakes, small lunch box cartons of juice and the chocolate digestive bars. I've now tried the dish tabs and am a total convert!

ouryve Fri 05-Jul-13 19:42:54

I don't shop in Tesco a lot, but the value passata is nice and thick. We usually shop in Sainsburys and buy quite a few of their Basics products.

AudrinaAdare Fri 05-Jul-13 22:55:14

Agree the dried apricots are very good. They hide the value ones in the baking aisle away from the other massively overpriced dried fruit snacks.

We also buy the ketchup, and the value peppers seem to stay fresh longer as well as being much cheaper. DC don't know or care about the uniformity of colour or shape. They're eating them in cut into strips not drawing them grin

valiumredhead Fri 05-Jul-13 23:32:18

Tesco value biscuits are great-4 packs for 1.20iirc,I keep them for when the hungry teens descend on megrin

valiumredhead Sat 06-Jul-13 11:37:38

Just ordered tesco value dishwasher tabs-will update once I've used them!

Theselittlelightsofmine Sat 06-Jul-13 16:36:06

Value milk chocolate digestives

Value sweetcorn (tin)

Value pineapple chunks

Value cheese

MinimalistMommi Sun 07-Jul-13 15:15:40

We also like the garlic bread and lunch box cartons of juice. Haven't tried chocolate digestive bars.

valiumredhead Mon 08-Jul-13 22:36:33

Dishwasher tabs are ACE, no different from finishgrin

snozzlemaid Tue 09-Jul-13 21:46:21

Jaffa cakes about 85p for 24.
Hairspray and Shaving foam both about 35p. All brilliant.
Value shower gel is good too

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 09-Jul-13 21:55:12

Tesco value strawberries go down a treat here - ds's love the odd shaped ones!

We also have value frozen prawns (fab for in omelettes and pasta), frozen peas and Sweetcorn, peppers, potatoes, cream cheese (Philadelphia), tomato purée and there's probably more that I haven't thought of.

I'll be trying their version of muller fruit corners and dw tablets after reading this thread!

invicta Tue 09-Jul-13 21:58:47

Tesco value 'shreddies' are good.

valiumredhead Wed 10-Jul-13 12:52:50

Just tried the value Orange juice, it's fab!

sonlypuppyfat Wed 10-Jul-13 12:57:23

I find the Sainsburys value range slightly better than the rest. But saying that I buy tesco and asda value all the time and the only difference I've noticed is more cash in my purse! I do like meat from a butchers though

princesscupcakemummyb Mon 29-Jul-13 13:19:26

we shop in tesco & have allways bought their value products i can say things like their own tomatoe sauce are great so is their own tinned peas beans etc we buy own brand crisps biscuits etc actually prefer tescos own brand products opposed to big branded products no complaints from the kids either smile

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Thu 01-Aug-13 10:41:21

Has anyone tried the chilled value range? i.e Pork pies, mini sausages, sausage rolls etc

Passthecake30 Thu 01-Aug-13 15:16:33

Sausage rolls are ok...nice flavour to the sausage. Not spotted mini sausages and don't like pork pies so can't help there

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Thu 01-Aug-13 19:53:01

Thank you

escape Sat 03-Aug-13 22:34:44

Chilled EV scotch eggs are perfectly fine too smile
the 'Coco Snaps' have no complaints from my kids either.

Mrchip Sat 03-Aug-13 22:39:21


Tinned toms
Kidney beans
Pitta (small)
Wraps (small)
Flapjack (lovely)
Tomatoes (very flavourful)

Fairy cakes
Tinned fruit

Prawns (very salty)

Mrchip Sat 03-Aug-13 22:41:16

Ps awful prawns were fresh (bot tried frozen)

Kids orange/apple juice cartons also very good 45p for 3

Thought of another value creme caramels are really really nice

Mrchip Sat 03-Aug-13 22:47:06


Just thought of butter, flour, cream cheese, Greek style salad cheese and cheddar that I also buy in everyday value ranges! All are perfectly good substitutes for a middle of the range product.

PiddlingWeather Sun 04-Aug-13 18:33:49

Tesco Value is great. I am a total convert

I have started getting a Tesco shop delivered- mostly value brand goods- every Monday, and meal planning the whole week. Have cut down out weekly shop massively, to between 30-40 quid including delivery, and I cook most of our dinners from scratch.

Branded food is such a massive con. DH's cousin works in a factory in Ireland which supplies Kelloggs and Tesco's cornflakes. Reliably informs us that the cornflakes that go into the respective boxes are exactly the same

stealthsquiggle Sun 04-Aug-13 18:37:15

Tesco value rice krispie equivalents are a step too far - nothing like rice krispies at all. Normal own brand ones (with the crocodile on) are fine - just like the real thing (with added benefit of being gluten free) but the value ones are nasty.

stealthsquiggle Sun 04-Aug-13 18:39:12

Do Tesco do an equivalent to the sainsbury basic dark chocolate? That is fantastic value for baking (makes great brownies)

Passthecake30 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:37:15

Yea, about 35p for 100g..used in Brownies here!

MinimalistMommi Tue 06-Aug-13 09:06:40

The 35p chocolate for cakes covering in milk is also fine for fairy cakes!

Theas18 Tue 06-Aug-13 11:52:12

We use the value washing liquid and softener. Does the job as well as anything else I think...

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Tue 06-Aug-13 21:05:50

Has anyone tried the value butter?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 21:09:38

Yes, I used to bake with it. It's just butter at the end of the day.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 21:22:48

On hotdealsuk it says kerrygold butter is two for £2 tomorrow.

That's cheaper than sp.

stealthsquiggle Tue 06-Aug-13 21:46:31

I always use value butter (or anything on offer which makes it cheaper) for baking.

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Wed 07-Aug-13 10:34:15

I used value mixed herbs with success, however the value thyme is awful!! Have had to throw my dinner away twice as I felt I was eating bits of wood!!

Anyone else had this issue or was mine a dodgy batch?

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Wed 07-Aug-13 10:34:46

Value Jaffa cakes are yummy!

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 07-Aug-13 10:50:04

It might have been a bad batch, take it back and ask for a refund/credit note. Why should you lose out?

The ethnic aisle is the place to shop, 400g of curry powder is 1.99!

Growing herbs from a £ shop kit is even cheaper.

FoofFighter Wed 07-Aug-13 18:03:53

Loves here include:

Value Mozzarella balls, around 50p each shock
Value tinned rice pudding
Value tinned mushy peas (need a glug of salt and vinegar in though!)
Value mutligrain crackers - new discovery from last week when i just entered VALUE into the online thing - very small, smaller than a tuc but same kind of texture and v tasty!
Value frozen skinless chicken breasts - HUGE! and they don't shrink really either.
Value Scotch eggs
Value Hummus - a bit coarser in texture but I like that.
Value liver and bacon pate - the ones in a "sausage" shape, great on toast for breakfast

Also a big fan of the world foods/ethnic foods aisle, things like herbs, spices, rice, chickpeas etc are far far far far cheaper than in the normal aisles.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 08-Aug-13 22:25:03

I had a bowl of EV Coco Pops tonight. Really nice, crunchier than the branded cereal

FoofFighter Fri 09-Aug-13 08:54:12

Another new discovery to add to my thumbs up list -

Value Maple and Pecan Crisp cereal - bloody gorgeous!! Could see it made into granola style bars/homemade hobnobs type biscuits too.

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Sat 10-Aug-13 19:06:16

Dh has reliably informed me that the value crunchy peanut butter is nice and so is the value corned beef.

GangstersLoveToDance Sun 11-Aug-13 06:48:34

Agree with a pp - pretty much the only Tesco Value thing that I've thought is crap was their Rice Crispies. Hard and tasteless and nothing at all like the real thing. The dc refused to eat them.

Things I regularly buy in Value -
Dishwasher tabs
Washing up liquid (sooo cheap...30p ish)
Kitchen roll and toilet paper
Tinned tomatoes
Tomato puree
Scones (50p a pack and lovely)
Tinned tuna and tinned sardines
Natural Yoghurt
Orange juice
Probably loads more too!

All no better/worse than standard Tesco or in most cases branded things.

knickyknocks Thu 15-Aug-13 19:29:11

Loving this thread! Another convert to the dishwasher tablets.

In our cupboards are EV
Bran flakes
dried fruit
tinned toms
biscuits including chocolate wafer biscuits (plain.or milk - bought initially as were less calories than branded diet biscuits and massively cheaper by at least a pound)
always use EV butter for baking along with EV flour - could never tell the difference in cakes or biscuits to the branded varieties
Have tried the crisps and would say great if on a diet as not many to a pack grin

Going to give some of the other products a go.

Octopus37 Sat 17-Aug-13 19:53:17

My OH likes Everyday Value Sweet & Sour Chicken (95p), my DS's like the Spag Bol. Like the polish, foil and handy wipes. O, have also bought cartons of juice and tomato puree. Plan to try the dishwasher tablets and give the jaffa cakes a whirl, as spent far too much money on after school snacks last year.

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