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What food/household items will you not compromise on?

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Peopleplease Thu 25-May-17 10:59:18

Our grocery shop has started creeping up again. Today is 25th May and we have had 20 separate trips to the shops (mostly Tesco) and very few trips have been under €20.

We do use Lidl for a big shop but need to swap more things. At the moment we still use brand name mayonnaise, dry cat food, beans, tomato sauce & washing up liquid.

Is the Lidl version just as good? Is there anything you WOULDNT swap?

NormaSmuff Fri 26-May-17 06:59:01

i try but cannt swap lurpak
i wouldnt swap marmite

wannabestressfree Fri 26-May-17 07:00:48

Bit Iike Norma mine is clover- bloody love it.
And marmite
And my beloved Diet Coke....

PippaFawcett Fri 26-May-17 11:14:29

Tried Aldi butter instead of Lurpak and it is horrible and greasy.

Mothervulva Fri 26-May-17 11:17:01

Lurpak, definitely.
PG tips tea bags.
Tick Tock Redbush tea bags.

TeddyIsaHe Fri 26-May-17 11:20:21

Lurpak
Hellmans mayo
Pampers nappies
Waterwipes
Fairy laundry tabs
Sustainable fish and well looked after/killed humanely meat.

Everything else I'll try any brand or own brand, but those are the ones I've tried to compromise on and just can't, nothing is as good!

MusicToMyEars800 Fri 26-May-17 11:22:14

For me it's
coffee, I try to get it on offer, usually Kenco millicano
Marmite
Tetley or Pg tips tea bags
butter, I get flora buttery or lurpak
I shop at morrisons and love pretty much all of their own brand stuff apart from the above, just can't compromise on those.

ThouShallNotPass Fri 26-May-17 11:26:05

Tetley teabags, Warburton's white toastie loaf, real butter (margarine is the work of the devil), Coca Cola and fresh fruit juice. The from concentrate juice is NOT the same thing. It tastes like diluting juice/cordial/squash. Heinz beans only too.
Other than that I'm happy to have various different generic brands. I did find that cheaper tinned tomatoes - which I use for a thousand different meals - are not as tasty as Napolina brand which cost a lot. It's a sacrifice I can make however but if Napolina's are on sale I'll buy a good two dozen cans!

I did try to shop at Aldi and Lidl but found that it wasn't a saving at all from Tesco as the fresh stuff went off far too fast. For a family of 5 (the kids eat their body weight though!) we spend £220 a month at Tesco and maybe £200 buying daily stuff in the local shops.

VioletBow Fri 26-May-17 11:27:12

Fairy liquid
Heinz mayo and ketchup
Cathedral city cheese
Lurpack
Lenor fabric softener

Everything else I'll happily buy own brand tbh

BillyButtfuck Fri 26-May-17 11:27:34

In our house it's
Detol
Baked beans
Pepsi max
Seed sensations
Marmite
Ketchup

We successfully swapped Lurpack for Buttersoft (Sainsbury's own)

ThouShallNotPass Fri 26-May-17 11:28:12

Oh and free range eggs only. There is NO justifiable cause for any person to buy eggs from caged hens. The price difference is hardly worth even taking into account.

BillyButtfuck Fri 26-May-17 11:30:35

Agree that eggs have to be free range but you can save money buying a mixed weight box

GoldSpot Fri 26-May-17 11:33:34

Twinings Earl Grey tea bags.
Loo roll - Tesco's own brand, but has to be the luxury one!
Persil Small and Mighty
Flash Bathroom

Happy to compromise on most other things.

Mothervulva Fri 26-May-17 12:31:35

Yes to free range eggs. And sustainable fish.
Fairy Platinum.
Get my milk from a milkman.

birdsdestiny Fri 26-May-17 12:40:06

Heinz ketchup
Diet coke
Coffee
Eggs
Fairy
Heinz beans
I love lurpak but find lidl version is nearly as good.

takesnoprisoners Fri 26-May-17 12:43:12

Fairy: Dishwasher tabs and liquid
Lurpak
Punjana Tea
Hovis Bread
Dove Soap
Oenken Yogurt

takesnoprisoners Fri 26-May-17 12:43:30

Oh and Lavazza coffee.

Hulder Fri 26-May-17 12:52:02

Have not swapped cat food as they are on a special diet. We have proper coffee at weekends in a stovetop mocha pot. I have my one shower gel as I have ezcema and would not compromize on hair products - doing curly girl.

But beyond that it's more or less all Lidl.

PickAChew Fri 26-May-17 12:55:35

Higher welfare meat, fish, eggs etc

Fair trade or better coffee, tea, bananas, sugar, chocolate.

DeepfriedPizza Fri 26-May-17 12:57:52

Fairy liquid
Tetley Tea bags

sooperdooper Fri 26-May-17 13:01:00

Fairy liquid
Marmite
Yorkshire tea bags
Free range eggs but not bothered of a particular brand

Allofaflumble Fri 26-May-17 14:42:14

I buy Waitrose baked beans now in preference to Heinz, as I found the Heinz are way too watery these days.

I love Earl Grey tea but find Twinnings out of my price range. Sainsburys Taste the Difference EG teabags are just as good imo.

recklessgran Fri 26-May-17 15:37:13

Lurpak, marmite, Heinz ketchup, salad cream and beans, P.G. Tips, Helman's mayo, fairy liquid, andrex, ariel gel....
oh dear, quite a lot actually but in my defence I try to buy offers for all of the above.

TheScottishPlay Fri 26-May-17 15:40:07

Method Laundry detergent, though try to buy it when Tesco has it for £5 rather than £9.
Clipper Earl Grey teabags.

Serin Fri 26-May-17 19:57:05

We have swapped most brands for shops own.

Lurpak was the last to go, swapped for Aldi Norpak (wouldn't swap back now either even if Norpak was more expensive!)

Will not compromise on tyres. We always buy the best.

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