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To ask you share brand swaps that are just as good as the brand?

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bobstersmum Sun 19-Aug-18 14:34:49

I dont shop at just one shop for groceries, I shop around, I am happy to get everything supermarket own label in whichever shop I'm in, apart from a few things! Can anyone help steer me from these brands by recommending cheaper alternatives please?
Daz washing powder /capsules, I just find these clean the best.

Lenor fabric conditioner

Vimto cordial, all other cordial just tastes too sweet and syrupy!

Kp dry roasted peanuts, dh won't eat any others!

Quavers, are there any very similar?

Nescafe cappuccino sachets, all others I've tried are not as good.

I know it's not a lot of things but these things are something we buy every week (apart from laundry things which is less often) and can add up to quite a bit depending on what shop I buy them in.

Weeja Sun 19-Aug-18 15:12:36

Aldi’s fake quavers are pretty good kids can’t notice difference 10 packs for £1

PurpleTigerLove Sun 19-Aug-18 15:23:40

Buy liquid and use half the amount suggested .
Don’t use fabric softener , it’s a con .
Tesco own brand bits are good , change the packet and see if he notices .
No idea about quavers - I just buy whatever is in offer whether they like them or not . Any packet is better that no packet !
Cordial - I don’t know that one , encourage water instead?

NoFuckingRoomOnMyBroom Sun 19-Aug-18 15:23:40

Going to have to disagree Weeja I think all Aldi crisps are a really shit rip off, as does DD to the point where I put some cheese curls in a Quavers packet & she knew they weren't the real deal... Don't even get me started on the vile Pringles imitations .

bobstersmum Sun 19-Aug-18 15:59:27

Purple, fabric softener is a con? I'm confused!
The vimto is for me. I hate the taste of our tap water, can drink it everywhere else but here.

bobstersmum Sun 19-Aug-18 16:00:19

Also agree that aldi quavers aren't the same, the kids will eat them, but for me they're nothing like.

AsteroidAsterix Sun 19-Aug-18 16:02:42

My picky DH has declared lidl's dry roasted peanuts to be the best ever grin big bag for £1.20 ish, worth a try.

TheFairyCaravan Sun 19-Aug-18 16:03:53

Lidl’s yellow fabric softener smells exactly the same as yellow Lenor.

Emilizz34 Sun 19-Aug-18 16:16:14

I find Aldi cheeses are better than the standard brands . I would avoid most of their crisps . Their version of Doritos and pringles and other crisps have a weird aftertaste like cheap vegetable oil.
Their fresh pesto is lovely . I’m told that the hummus tastes great but I avoid it as the containers don’t have a safety seal like m&s or tesco.

Munchyseeds Sun 19-Aug-18 16:29:15

Fabric softener really is a con, save the money to spend on other things!

crumpeteer Sun 19-Aug-18 16:39:44

Off-topic but anyway: Have you tried putting your tap water in the fridge? I think the temperature change gets rid of the chlorine...

FromNowOn Sun 19-Aug-18 16:45:46

I think Tesco own bio liquitabs are just as good as branded. And I’ve tried many different ones to try and get the stains out of school uniforms...

Mumminmum Sun 19-Aug-18 16:48:07

We bought a bottle of Asda's own brand tomato ketchup and a bottle of Heinz. We can neither taste the difference nor see a difference. The bottles also look identical, so we are certain they are from the same factory but just with different labels.

Slartybartfast Sun 19-Aug-18 16:50:07

i prefer Asda Gold Coffee

Slartybartfast Sun 19-Aug-18 16:50:26

Aldi clothes detergent is excellent.

cariadlet Sun 19-Aug-18 16:54:00

The bottles also look identical, so we are certain they are from the same factory but just with different labels.

Supermarkets are sellers not manufacturers. Most factories will make products that they sell under their own label and other batches that are sold under supermarket labels.

PattiStanger Sun 19-Aug-18 16:59:01

I have never used fabric softener and don't actually know what it's for. As far as I can tell it's for people who want to smell of chemical perfumes all the time.

As food tastes are personal there's no definitive answer to your question as has already been shown by some of the replies.

raviolidreaming Sun 19-Aug-18 17:10:31

I have never used fabric softener and don't actually know what it's for

Well, the clue is somewhat in the title...

bsbabas Sun 19-Aug-18 19:13:19

Love aldi men's five blade razors and literally everything else apart from steak, roasting chickens and cereal

OutPinked Sun 19-Aug-18 19:35:23

Aldi’s version of pretty much everything is great ime.

I haven’t found a good alternative to the Nescafé cappuccino sachets though but they’re not a necessity.

bdyekdo Sun 19-Aug-18 19:44:05

lidl squash is good (40 something p i think) I prefer the berry flavours, don't think it tastes like vimto (or it's meant to) though smile

noeffingidea Sun 19-Aug-18 20:02:01

The only branded food/toiletries and cleaning products I buy now is birds eye peas, and I might stop buying them as well. Everything else is supermarket brand (often basic). I don't have any supermaket loyalty either, I have access to Tesco, Sainsbos, Morrisons, Aldis, Icelands and poundland, I use them all and have done for as long as I can remember.
I think it's all fine, OP, my kids are used to whatever I buy now. I wouod just try different things and not make an issue out of it and they may nit even notice.
I agree about not using fabric conditioner either. My washing is still clean , soft and smells nice, and all our clothes last for years even though they're mostly from cheap shops.

Notsoaccidentproneanymore Sun 19-Aug-18 20:08:05

We use white vinegar instead of fabric condition.

And no, it doesn’t smell of vinegar afterwards.

Metoodear Sun 19-Aug-18 20:09:11

I never understand why people buy branded vinger

MLMLM Sun 19-Aug-18 20:11:48

I use none of your list except laundry powder so can't help specifically (WTF are capuccino sachets?!).

Only brands I buy regularly are for tea (Clipper), Heinz beans, Fish 4 Ever and items where there's no own brand alternative. Everything else is own brand (unless branded is cheaper when on offer) or from a specialist shop eg butcher.

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