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What product(s) would you never compromise on?

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fircone Mon 14-Jul-08 14:12:53

okay, so can of tinned tomatoes is a can of tinned tomatoes, wherever it's from.

But for me, after trying various types/brands/Lidl etc, I've decided that you can't compromise on a)Parmesan and b)sanitary towels.

Anyone else?

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 14-Jul-08 14:14:15

I do buy own brand sanitary stuff but I worry that the strings on tampons might fall off !! Proper chunks of parmesan definitely and decent coffee, nice bread.

davidtennantsmistress Mon 14-Jul-08 14:14:29

free range eggs/chicken,

local meat, (tbh would rather go without than have anything other - (hence why we don't eat meat every day)

and fresh juice not from concentrate - hate that concentrate stuff - only brought when on offer thou.

the rest of it - don't care about tbh, and will buy what ever's cheap.

davidtennantsmistress Mon 14-Jul-08 14:14:53

oh and pg tips as well.

schneebly Mon 14-Jul-08 14:15:56

twinings everyday tea

GivePeasAChance Mon 14-Jul-08 14:19:57

bin bags - you end up using 2 if they are the really chep ones anyway

clingfilm - can never find the end on the cheap shit

washing powder - cheap shit doesn't work

make up - probably more fish scales in

bread - anything that is not off in 2 days should not be eaten - ideally should be off the next day

All appliances

Buy it cheap buy it twice

fircone Mon 14-Jul-08 14:20:24

oh, yes, coffee too. Most instant coffee is bleuuugggghh.

PinkPussyCat Mon 14-Jul-08 14:27:14

Good quality cold meats - none of that watery pre-packed stuff <boak>

Butter. You've got to have the real deal.

Disagree with you about the tinned tomatoes though fircone - I find the cheapo ones are in very watery 'juice'. Napolina's are waaay nicer IMO.

nannyL Mon 14-Jul-08 17:33:33

free range chicken / eggs

British pork

(I also dont notice any difference with value tomatoes)

twinings earl grey / lady grey tea

Dont by any san- pro... my moon cup and washable PLs / STS will last forever and much better for the environment and cheaper in the 'not very' long run! smile

expatinscotland Mon 14-Jul-08 17:36:13

Meat, eggs and dairy.

They need to be sourced as local as possible and free range for us.

We try to go local as much as possible with presents and gift giving and any services and try to support Scottish farmers and food producers whenever possible, or any British farmer or food producer.

People say it's more expensive. Well, the cost of food production here is higher.

And if you think it's expensive now, think how dear it's going to be when you put these people out of business and are therefore hostage to anyone who has the goods?

itati Mon 14-Jul-08 17:37:31

Any kind of meat.
Proper bin bags from now on, say no more.
Decent cuts of ham for the lunch boxes.

candyfluff Mon 28-Jul-08 20:00:05

milk and bread i just cant stand cheap bread and id rather go without chocolate than have nasty bread

mammyofET Mon 28-Jul-08 20:53:38

Agree with the meat and bread.

Buy free range eggs from the local farm.

Heinz tomato ketchup and salad cream.

scanner Mon 28-Jul-08 20:54:58

Heinz baked beans.

Gordons Gin

Schweppes tonic.

ChirpyGirl Mon 28-Jul-08 21:12:39

Free range eggs (but only after making a cake with 2 cage and 2 free range eggs and seeing the difference between them)

OJ not from concentrate

'Natural' washing up liquid as I use the water to water my plants.

hifi Mon 28-Jul-08 21:24:51


dandycandyjellybean Tue 29-Jul-08 09:46:12

butter, butter, butter - margarine is the food of the devil I would rather go without!
free range eggs only
bread - again, would rather have crackers or pitta than hovis or warbutons or any sliced stuff (don't mind Aldi med sliced wholemeal for toaties tho) either make my own or our local shop sources from our local craft baker - all handmade £1.25-30 for large loaf, so I don't think it's that bad
good coffee beans (buy Starbucks blend from Costco), but actually like Aldi own cheap instant coffee
have to have my tea out of a bone china mug

pretty much everythin else, cheapo cheapo cheapo

Love2bake Tue 29-Jul-08 19:47:00

As others have said definately meat, free -range eggs, and juice (I always buy the not from concentrate stuff).

hifi Tue 29-Jul-08 23:23:07

im scared to buy meat from anywhere else except m + s. sausages, cut meats, chicken all put me in a flumox. oh and white bread as dd has decided she doesnt like "seeds".

stirlingmum Wed 30-Jul-08 00:40:51

Sausages & burgers - from local butchers
Eggs - always buy free-range
ham - m&s
bread - wholemeal organic is best!

stirlingmum Wed 30-Jul-08 00:41:43

Oh, and tinned tomatoes - have tried loads and the most expensive are def the best!

tazmosis Wed 30-Jul-08 14:45:48

sausages, burgers and mince - got to be good quality with high meat content.
Baked beans and tomato ketchup - got to be heinz...
washing up liquid - cheap stuff is false economy as you just use twice as much.
Butter - can't stand margarine.

Everything else I roll with the deals!

bythepowerofgreyskul Wed 30-Jul-08 14:50:41

washing liquid has to be fairy my skin can't cope with others
eggs have to be free range
meat has to come from our butchers
cheese has to be strong flavor or there is no point to it.
clothing has to be cotton (at least 90%)
Has to be butter
Oh and have to confess... can't do any other cola it has to be Cocacola all others are like bad sodastream stuff from the 70's

RhinestoneCowgirl Wed 30-Jul-08 15:01:35

* Any kind of meat - we can only afford one meat purchase a week now, good job I'm used to veggie food.

* Free-range eggs

* Fairtrade tea & coffee

* Ecover cleaning products

Try to buy organic milk as DS still drinks quite a lot of it, also butter over marg any day.

filthymindedvixen Wed 30-Jul-08 15:02:43

yorkshire tea bags

nice ham wink

those nice suasages from Thirsk (debbie and someone)

bin bags!

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