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pettyprudence Tue 29-Jan-13 14:22:02

This has probably been done before but supermarkets sometimes change prices and recipes so quality can change...

What are your best budget/value food purchases (as in the tesco value, sainsburys basics etc...). I think I saw someone mention that Sainsburys Basics tea bags were very good?

I'm in a city so have all supermarkets available to me (I think!) but what should I be buying from where? I normally shop at Tescos with the occasional Waitrose or Lidle shop chucked in depending on how flush/bored I am

LouiseFisher Thu 07-Feb-13 16:48:13

I use Tesco Value Apples usually. They seem to be fine smile

dashoflime Thu 07-Feb-13 16:20:56

Ignore last line, bloody I Phone blush
Ninjacat: agree Greengrocers generally better for Veg. None near me unfortunately sad

dashoflime Thu 07-Feb-13 16:16:05

TickledOnion has hit the nail on the head. Simple foodstuffs tend to be fine, proccessed stuff less so:

I get Tescos:
Frozen Meat Pieces: Chicken, Lamb and Pork (NOT the Mince or the horseburgers!)
All the value fruit and Veg
Tinned Toms
Tinned Kidney Beans (these are about 18p!)
Soap, toothbrushes etc
Dog Food (No processed foods rule doesn't apply to animals Im afraid)
Toilet Cleaner
Cleaning Impliments like scourers
Malt Loaf is heaven!
Yy to Nachos

Things that are no good from the Tesco Value range are:

Mince (greasy and horrid)
Washing Up liquid

Things that are Gacky but I buy anyway cos I love em:
Instant Noodles
Value White Bread

These are for my signiture dish of cheese and tomato toasty with noodles on the side grin

Things that are no good from the

MERLYPUSS Thu 07-Feb-13 15:55:23

I like most Aldi stuff. They have very few basic price stuff though. Their normal stuff is more than basic brand but a whole lot cheaper then branded. The only thing that is not so good is frozen chips. We like the really fat ones.
Asda smart price custard creams are lush, peanust butter is good for baking, butter is fine, (as said before most 'ingredient' stuff you cant go wrong with).
Sainsbury basics chocolate (40p?) is great and they are the only one that do cheap white choc for muffins etc.

milk Thu 07-Feb-13 15:40:14

The clotted cream that I eat with it is not so cheap though sad

milk Thu 07-Feb-13 15:39:38

Tesco Everyday Value Apple And Custard Strudel 600G Comes frozen and is delicious grin

Ninjacat Wed 06-Feb-13 14:40:01

I find our local green grocer much much cheaper for fruit and veg than any supermarket.

fallenangle Wed 06-Feb-13 14:30:36

Value tinned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, long grain rice, baked beans, flour, mozerrella, salad cheese ( fake feta), pasta cheese (fake parmesan and is vegetarian). Anything that cant be 'watered down' in fact. I know the baked beans have fewre beans but more sauce but that makes the toast soggier - good thing.

WorkingtoohardMama Wed 06-Feb-13 14:10:30

Tesco everyday value chopped tomatoes, and their stock cubes 10p for 12, and seem to do the job!

Pascha Wed 06-Feb-13 14:04:31

I've just had half a tin of 12p Tesco rice pudding with some jam and its perfectly good.

Dishwasher tablets
Frozen veg
Runny honey
Kitchen roll (but not toilet roll)
King Prawns
Pull ups

All ok from Tesco.

annach Wed 06-Feb-13 14:01:02

Sainsbury basic:
chopped tomatoes,
frozen white fish
chicken thighs
plain and SR flour
mozzarella balls,
wholemeal sliced bread

also sometimes use their basic range:
chocolate mousse,
chocolate bars
creme caramel,

wordassociationfootball Wed 06-Feb-13 12:19:30

Aldi Gold teabags are lovely.

lucysmam Wed 06-Feb-13 09:27:13

Ellie we buy asda smartprice coffee at 47p a jar in this house, not the strongest coffee ever but no-one complains...even MIL who only ever drinks Mellow Birds

TickledOnion Tue 05-Feb-13 14:22:03

Most food that is just made from 1 or 2 ingredients is fine. e.g. flour, oil, all fruit and veg, porridge oats, plain yogurt, pasta, rice, butter etc.

pettyprudence Mon 04-Feb-13 16:58:33

i do normally try to stretch the cheese out to but my new pizza pans are HUGE!

MoominmammasHandbag Mon 04-Feb-13 13:04:42

pettyprudence My pizzas do have lots of veg and salami and stuff on them as well. I'm really not a complete scrooge.

Sainsbo's Basics -

dark chocolate
white chocolate
feta (think it's called salad cheese)
Scotch pancakes for the dds (I don't like them)
custard creams (but the digestives are horrible)
natural yoghurt
dp likes the teabags

daffsarecomingup Sat 02-Feb-13 18:25:00

not a foood item, but Sainsbury's Value cling film and tin foil are rubbish. they split very quickly on the roll.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 02-Feb-13 09:07:34

How about checking on amazon or eBay for catering size tubs of coffee you do like?

pettyprudence Sat 02-Feb-13 06:36:29

maybe we could all try a value coffee and report back next week grin
image going to stick a list on my cupboard.

EllieArroway Sat 02-Feb-13 06:31:18

I was thinking more of a "Value" one, blue - for my skint weeks! I actually use ASDA own brand at the moment (massive tin for £4.99) and I like that - but if I could pick up a drinkable jar for pennies every now and then, that would be great. Morrison's is foul, btw - haven't tried the others.

blue2 Sat 02-Feb-13 06:18:11

I use Tescos - own brand - Dark Roast instant coffee. It tastes pretty good. I decant it, and everyone drinks it quite happily.

EllieArroway Sat 02-Feb-13 05:27:43

I stuck a packet of Sainsbury's Basics Tea bags in my shopping this week because of everyone saying they were good - and, astonishingly! - they really, really are smile

I always buy the following in basics - pasta, chopped tomatoes, washing powder & fabric conditioner, loo roll, apple & orange juice, biscuits (custard creams & bourbons are fine) and things like sponge cakes & swiss roll are also perfectly OK.

I'm looking to find a basics coffee that's drinkable if anyone knows of one? I don't hold out much hope, I must admit.

pettyprudence Thu 31-Jan-13 22:39:56

i do normally buy basic/value (except yorkshire tea grin ) but i reckon between everyone on mn i could compile a best of list smile
will nip to morrisons for potatoes as tesco have stopped their big value bags angry

byanymeans Thu 31-Jan-13 20:22:39

Sainsburys basics vote here. I buy there basic pasta, caned tuna,sweetcorn,beans,tomatoes and free range sheet pasta. There basic loo roll, washing powder and kitchen roll. Plus there hot chocolate basic is good and lots of the biscuits oh and the crisps. To be honest its basics for most things but i do pay out for yorkshire tea bags and fait trade co-op coffee as i like a good cupa. There wet wipes are good too and a bargin.

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