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Sainsburys basic. Any recommendations?

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fudgelover Wed 29-May-13 09:38:58

I need to cut my food shopping bill. Each week I seem to spend more and more. I shop at sainsburys,just because that is the one nearest to me. Can anyone recommend any of the sainsburys basic range.

Refilona Tue 30-May-17 23:57:57

As a student I used to eat the basics ready mash all the time. I can't stand smash or any other ready mash, not even the Sainsbury's own, but really enjoyed the basics one. then again my taste buds were probably destroyed most of the time

KatherinaMinola Tue 30-May-17 23:50:43

All the fruit and veg is fine, of course (including tinned toms, kidney beans etc). Ditto flour.

I don't mind the 35p bread (DH doesn't like it). Fine for toast and sarnies.

Houmous is really nice. Baked beans good. Rice is OK for every day but I wouldn't serve to guests (very starchy, even when rinsed).

Orange juice fine, kitchen roll and tissues fine. Tried the 35p toothpaste and it's fine (I'll go back to a more powerful one though). Ketchup is great! DH says marmalade is fine and yoghurts OK.

The pasta, though, is utterly vile.

AdaColeman Tue 30-May-17 23:46:15

I'd say the pasta was very good if it was being used in a bake together with sauce and cheese, but a bit bland when used in something like Primavera with the sauce added at the end.

Etymology23 Tue 30-May-17 23:41:33

Am normally fussy about garlic bread but Sainsbury's basics is good.

All biscuits. Chocolate is okay esp for baking. The dark has higher cocoa content than the non basics own brand. Butter. "Cheddar" and "Parmesan" are acceptable but not as nice as real. Mozzarella perfectly decent -but obvs isn't buffalo mozzarella.

Friend was a great fan of the chocolate mousse. Natural yoghurt is fine.

The ham on their deli counter is nice and was cheaper than a lot of their packet ham, esp if it's reduced.

Basics loo roll is fine once you're used to it. Kitchen towel.

Bake it yourself breads. I hate the basics loaves but I think that's because I ate them as a student too too too much. I think they cornflakes were okay.

Pasta, rice. Tonnes tomatoes. Fruit and veg. Had a maggot in a basics pepper once but I rang up and they gave me £20 in vouchers so wasn't put off by that! Tomato sauce Is only about 20% tomato shock so I would avoid that one! Make your own or buy from lidl or Aldi.

Pure concentrate fruit juice isn't as nice as Tropicana/fresh own brand but is much cheaper. Value fizzy water also fine.

Another friend used to love the smoked salmon cut offs.

Tesco dw tablets are fine, but Lidl's are better. Asda/Tesco/lidl value bio washing liquid is also fine, haven't tried Sainsbury's.

PickAChew Tue 30-May-17 23:37:40

Adding to the urge to heck out places like poundland and home bagains for cleaning products, though their stuff is often specially sized to be cheaper - the mitchum roll on you can sometimes get in Sainsburys for £2 is more than twice the size of the poundland/savers/home bargains/B&M version.

PickAChew Tue 30-May-17 23:32:55

And yes, the basics mozzerella is fab and gets great reviews on the website. The italian hard cheese does the tangy job it needs to.
DH likes the instant hot chocolate - fairtrade, too!

PickAChew Tue 30-May-17 23:30:24

YY to fruit and veg. Frozen basics fish is pollock - great in a sauce, though I prefer to defrost it before cooking it as pollock tends to be watery. Basics fish fingers are also pollock - a bit grey but my go to for a fish finger sarnie.

Basics tissues are too rough for longtime snotty noses, but great for sticky hands and faces. Basics handwash is fine, but soap is cheaper and lasts longer.

frenchlady1 Tue 30-May-17 23:27:45

I had to spend less and less on food due to my husband illness with a budget cut by 80%. I explored a lot of Sainsbury's basics products but of course they are more good Sainsbury's basics I never tried because I never buy them.
I like Mozzarella Cheese, tuna chunks basics (tin), digestive biscuits, pasta shapes, sponge scourers at £0.20 x 3, can change very often at this price, medium wholemeal bread, cotton wool pads, soft cheese, fish fingers, custard creams, double strength orange, cheese & tomato pizza 12” 440g is very good, full flavour cheddar cheese 1kg bizarrely 625g no so good when I tried, Mushy peas, Italian hard cheese, chicken curry (frozen) enough for 2 and good, soap basic, here is the must because I am allergic to a lot of ingredients and could not find a soap with a little fragrance and this one does not give me allergy at £0.20, normally I had to pay £4.00 for soap to be eczema free.

racingheart Thu 06-Jun-13 13:51:10

Oh yes, I'd second the part baked baguettes, mozzarella balls, choc mousses (absolutely identical in ingredients and nutritional ratings as their more expensive mousse - I checked) crème caramel and nachos. But as none of these are strictly necessary in a diet, I guess there's basics and basics if you're on a budget.

Quenelle Wed 05-Jun-13 13:03:18

Oh yes, and the big packs of toilet rolls! Nine for £1.96 I think and I actually prefer them to the luxury super-thick stuff.

MrsGSR Wed 05-Jun-13 12:59:39

We bought the basics rolled lamb shoulder, or something similar. Very cheap for lamb and tasted great. managed to get two meals out of it smile

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Wed 05-Jun-13 12:58:00

Part baked baguettes
Jaffa cakes
Fromage frais
Mozzerella
Honey
Parmasan alike
Naan bread
Pitta bread

The only bad thing so far is the tinned sponge pudding

I find their dishwasher tablets fine. Always use them

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Wed 05-Jun-13 12:52:06

Creme caramels. Mmmmmm

Quenelle Wed 05-Jun-13 12:49:37

I was buying the Basics individual peach or strawberry yogurts but found that the six pack of red or orange fruit yogurts at 99p is almost as good value and much nicer.

I used to buy Basics fromage frais for DS because they have less sugar. They were fine.

I have noticed that the Basics butter isn't always the cheapest on the shelf. The price must fluctuate according to supplier.

Quenelle Wed 05-Jun-13 12:43:36

Oh and the chilled, individual cheese and tomato pizza is the only pizza DS will eat.

Quenelle Wed 05-Jun-13 12:41:28

Rice
Kidney beans
Mozzarella/mozzarella balls

Also look in the World Foods section. You will find tinned toms, chickpeas, coconut milk and Indian crisps and snacks at much cheaper prices than in the usual tinned veg section.

nannynick Wed 05-Jun-13 12:32:16

Ready salted crisps multipack. Good size for children.
Chocolate cerealbar, chocchip cereal bar. The oat&rasin cerealbar is not so nice.
Biscuits such as borbons/custcream
Large prawns

racingheart Tue 04-Jun-13 20:55:40

Best basics we get from Sainsbury are:

wholemeal sliced bread (really nicer than the more expensive one) at 50p for 800g loaf
chopped tomatoes
lasagne sheets
dark chocolate 30p
rice
flour

lizabeth0607 Sat 01-Jun-13 13:01:25

I buy the crumpets, pancakes, pittas, garlic bread and dd isn't fussy with the biscuits or fromage frais.

I tested out the 'little ones' nappies- which were awful, left dd with a horrible rash.

And the Icecream is just dodgy, tasteless and bitty… ew!

MERLYPUSS Sat 01-Jun-13 10:15:32

The cream crackers were rank. Every other basics were good. (I prefer Tescos t bags as Sainsburys were a bit perfumed for me)

HappyJoyful Fri 31-May-13 10:08:47

I picked up some Astonish mould / mildew remover in the poundshop and it's unbelievable. Interested to read made in Uk and not tested on animals fluffy shall be investing in some more of their products me thinks!

starfishmummy Thu 30-May-13 21:57:33

I just tried the basics diced pork for casseroles. It was very tasty

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 30-May-13 17:31:47

Astonish cleaning products are very good too, they are made in the Uk and also not tested on animals.

The orange multi surface cleaner smells like Cointreau.

Only a £1 each too (dishwasher tabs are £3 for 42)

<waits for Astonish to hand me my kick back>

somebloke123 Thu 30-May-13 14:32:50

BikeRunSki

Maybe it is something to do with that - but I wasn't aware that the legislation had been enacted yet?

jeebie1984 Thu 30-May-13 04:47:08

I have to say, since I've needed to watch what I spend, I haven't set foot in a sainsburys store. Even their basic range is overpriced compared to tesco or morrisons. I now shop in tesco and get twice the amount of shopping!

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