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What shall I buy from Sainsburys value range?

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iloveholidays Wed 10-Jul-13 20:38:35

I'm fed up of spending so much money at Sainsburys/Tesco. I'm off to sainsburys tomorrow night so want to try some of the basics range so looking for you MNetters to advise what's worth trying...?


FoFeeFiMum Wed 31-Jul-13 14:09:34

From the value range (orange and white):
- a resounding yes for the chocolate
- sweet popcorn munching some now
- mozarella pearls (though I also think the feta is a mite dodgy)
- and the DC love the pizzas - £1.50 for a 10" and you can always add a bit more cheese and toppings

From their own brand:
- reduced sugar and salt tomato sauce - 95p a bottle compared to £2ish Heinz (even convinced DC it is better as there are 2 tomatoes on the picture and only 1 on Heinz :-)
- cheerios, shreddies and weetabix - lower in salt/sugar than branded and lower price
- their pull up nappies (not sure about the other types as haven't tried them myself)
- chocolate spread - they do a whole range of flavours not just nutella imitation
- seedless raspberry jam for DC

dotnet Wed 31-Jul-13 13:35:24

Their basics instant coffee in a bag (you decant it into a jar) is good, and so cheap. Agree with purpleroses that the smoked salmon trimmings (£1 I think) are fine, and feel like a treat.

BuildMeUpButtercup Fri 26-Jul-13 18:53:09

I use Sainsbury's basics range and can heartily recommend:

- basic garlic baguettes (just as yummy as the big brands that are more than double the price!)
- basic biscuits such as Rich Teas (approx 45p) (made a chocolate fridge cake with this and Sainsbury's big bar of basic milk chocolate (35p) the other day which was to die for!)
- The basic cheese is nice too if you like mild cheese. If you prefer your cheese stronger though you might not like it.

rightsaidthread Sat 13-Jul-13 10:48:48

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gazzalw Sat 13-Jul-13 10:27:20

Thanks for the tip-off Merlypuss! Actually DW does buy a lot of Basics together with the Gourmet Cat Food - but we don't skimp on meat.....

Even on Basics I can't see how you could feed a family on £14 for a week (as detailed on another thread)....

MERLYPUSS Sat 13-Jul-13 09:56:32

A Girl Named Jack gets all her basics in Sainsbos. Look on her blog perhaps?

gazzalw Sat 13-Jul-13 09:19:22

I think there is a product trial waiting to be done here.....MumsnetHQ!

Can you feed your family on supermarket 'Basics' for a week? How much money did you save and what do you think of the overall quality of the food?

AgnesBligg Fri 12-Jul-13 23:55:38

I too am interested in someone else taste testing the basics Lemon Curd.

TotallyEggFlipped Fri 12-Jul-13 20:15:04

DH likes the basics (or tesco value) coleslaw. It's less carroty and works out lower calorie than the healthy eating versions.

starfishmummy Fri 12-Jul-13 16:43:51

Just been shopping and bought some basics lemon had better be good or that will be a waste of my 22p grin

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Thu 11-Jul-13 22:54:35

Block cheddar cheese
Feta cheese
grated mozarella

iloveholidays Thu 11-Jul-13 18:56:10

That's everyone. Our closest lidl is a good half hour door to door so not really worth the time but we have an aldi closer.

I've got a £9 off £60 spend at sainsburys which is why I was looking there... Actually wanted to get a good amount of food. I would say we usually shop at tesco because its a little cheaper ad bigger.

SageBush Thu 11-Jul-13 17:10:40

The Basics houmous is tasty, and I have always found all the fruit and veg to be good too.

Yes to the Basics natural yoghurt - I mix it with a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper and half a teaspoon if mint sauce to go alongside curries. Or use to make mango lassi.

giddywithglee Thu 11-Jul-13 11:19:05

Not every where has a Lidl though - our nearest is a good 40 minute drive away (double it if you are travelling in school traffic or rush hour) so we couldn't justify the petrol to get there, let alone the time!

starfishmummy Thu 11-Jul-13 10:34:42

We like the basics brie as well - usually needs a couple of days to get to that just right oozy stage of readiness though.

Lidl - my brother swears by their cleaning products and liquid handsoap, but if I am going round I have to take my own soap as I am allergic to it!!

gazzalw Thu 11-Jul-13 10:25:16

I think just about anywhere (M&S and Waitrose excepted) is cheaper than Sainsbury's....DW can't bear to spend money on fruit and veg in Saino's when she knows she can get if for less in Morrisons or Lidl.....

MrsEdinburgh Thu 11-Jul-13 10:18:32

The Basics Peppers are great, always buy them. Everyone else in our Sains seems to like them too as they get sold out very quickly.

Like Basics Jaffa cakes (don't last 5 mins in our household.)

Aso buy Basics
Tinned Kidney Beans
Chopped Tomatoes
Bourbon Creams
Weetabix version
Loo Roll

Armadale Thu 11-Jul-13 10:08:22

I would definitely give Lidl ago rather than Sains basics.

I now do our main food shop at Lidl every week after we got very short of cash and it has literally halved our food budget without trying to scrimp at all.

You can't get a few things there that we need so have to stock up every now and then (e.g. barley,polenta, pomegranate molasses, saffron, stuff like that).

Last night for tea we ate wholemeal pitta, homous, tabbouleh, fattoush and leftover meat from the sunday roast.

I know the Lidl prices for things as I have to be careful with money at the moment. Just for interest I went on my just now and looked up the sains prices:

wholemeal pitta bread 70p sains, 39p lidl

homous 110p sains, 79p lidl

tabbouleh- parsley 80p sains, 49p lidl
(mint from garden)
spring onion 75p sains, 39p lidl
1 large beef tomato 80p sains, 36p lidl
1 lemon 30p sains, 30p lidl
burgul- don't sell in lidl, buy from sains or middle eastern deli once every 3 months or so, can't remember cost)

fattoush: cos lettuce 100p sains, 80p lidl
cucumber: 80p saisn, 49p Lidl (on sale this week, think its normally more)
(also used some of the lemon and half the tomato from the tabbouleh)
sumac (again, can't get at lidl, we buy from a middle eastern deli)

(Obviously also used olive oil, salt etc in small quantities)
(Lamb: leftover from roast and from freezer, can't remember where from now)

Now we didn't use everything, obviously, we have leftover half the cucumber and lettuce to use in another meal as wel as half the homous for sandwiches etc so a cheaper meal than the costs would show, but in terms of cash paid, last nights meal cost us 401p in lidl and would have cost 625p sains

This looks like it would reduce the spend by 1/3rd per week if scaled up but we have found it to be a bit more than that because we also don't buy as many treat type things that aren't available at lidl like roasted artichokes from the deli counter etc

giddywithglee Thu 11-Jul-13 10:06:35

I saw something recently that said to always buy the value fruit and veg because it's just the not-perfectly-shaped stuff, it'll last jus as long etc.

Also rice.

HarumScarum Thu 11-Jul-13 10:02:50

Oh yes, I get the lemon curd, too. It's lovely in plain yoghurt.

mmmmmchocolate Thu 11-Jul-13 09:59:03

Basics lemon curd is lovely at 22p, we use it on bread, in puddings/ cakes, a dollop on top of basics rice pud is nice. Plus you get a nice jar at the end to make premium homemade jam smile

Wipes are good too, although they used to be 18p and are now 51p. Still seething.

The plain natural yog is about 45p for a large tub, it's a good standby ingredient for tandoori chicken, curries or just with honey and blueberries stored through for a quick desert.

I still find lidl cheaper for fruit and veg though.

pussinwellyboots Thu 11-Jul-13 09:43:32

I like the basics garden peas (frozen) - and I used to only ever buy petit pois!

Theselittlelightsofmine Thu 11-Jul-13 09:39:54

Basic yoghurts are nice according to my DS who will eat all 4 in a space of 5 mins grin

HarumScarum Thu 11-Jul-13 09:29:49

Cream cheese, tinned tomatoes, ground coffee, tinned kidney beans, pasta, plain cheddar-type cheese for cooking or sandwiches, mozzarella, tinned tuna (not very chunky but fine for pasta sauce or sandwiches), loo paper, stewing beef, bacon bits for cooking, frozen prawns, fruit and veg (esp the big bags of peppers and courgettes), bleach for the loo (27p!!), chocolate croissants.

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