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What NOT to buy... save money by not buying useless stuff!

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KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 19:32:39

Inspired by the fantastic "great big list of products that are cheaper but just as fab versions of their expensive counterparts", here's another money saving thread.

What have you bought that turned out to be absolute bobbins? Come and tell all and help others avoid making the same mistake!

For me:

No7 Protect and Perfect serum - made no discernable difference to my skin.

New Look Hula jeans - just made my muffin top rise several inches.

Birds Eye Seaside Specials frozen fish - boak.

frimblypoo Thu 30-Jul-09 19:33:46

Quinny Zapp (IMO)

stubbyfingers Thu 30-Jul-09 19:35:14

clarins flash balm = the emperor's new clothes

Thandeka Thu 30-Jul-09 19:35:31

oh no why quinny zapp? i wanted one.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 30-Jul-09 19:39:11

Oh - see I love Protect and Perfect AND Hula jeans

BertieBotts Thu 30-Jul-09 19:39:14

Tesco Value toaster (does not take a standard sized slice of bread, only half toasts it)
Tesco Value vacuum cleaner (they discontinued the bags!)

But not all Tesco Value appliances, the microwave is great

KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 20:23:08

Loads of baby stuff.

Top and tail bowl and this bath seat, both used once.

SausageRocket Thu 30-Jul-09 20:25:25


moondog Thu 30-Jul-09 20:26:09

I'd say....

processed products
tiny bits of meatbin polystyrene trays from the supermarket
most cleaning products
cereal [criminal mark up on what is factory floor sweepings-eat porridge or home made muesli]
any kid themed food
flavoured yoghurts [buy 500g of plain from Lidl or somewhere]
vile things like moist toilet wipes
air fresheners

sobloodystupid Thu 30-Jul-09 20:31:43

electric food warmers for babies, moses baskets, disposable baby wipes (unless on the move)..

moondog Thu 30-Jul-09 20:32:35

Don't buy too many clothes for kids either, as they only grow out of them fast.

Sagacious Thu 30-Jul-09 20:38:14

Clarks shoes

(ds's disintergrated within about a month.. sniffy sales assistant said it was normal wear and tear) hmm

SausageRocket Thu 30-Jul-09 20:42:41

That bloody sangenic nappy wrapper bin. Complete waste of £29.99

KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 20:49:11

top and tail bowl and this bath seat, both used once.

KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 20:49:57

Ooops. So bad I posted twice.

KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 20:51:31

Most clothes from Next. Primark quality at silly prices.

Chevre Thu 30-Jul-09 20:57:14

an all terrain car when the only time you will require the front wheel drive is mounting the pavement outside the school gate

reallywoundup Thu 30-Jul-09 21:01:17

ahh see my 4x4 is muddy- that means its ok grin

breadmaker, george foreman, senseo coffe maker, various other coffee makers, various other kitchen gadgets- ooh the ice cream maker- that was a cracker- used umm.....never- the bowl wouldn't fit in the freezer hmm

Yurtgirl Thu 30-Jul-09 21:03:10

My maclaren pushchair - dont know what is was called but it cost £70 at the time - nasty little wheels and no extras

Same price bought a toys r us one - much much better quality all round, wheels better, seat laid flat, better hood and a free cosy toes

Yurtgirl Thu 30-Jul-09 21:04:15

Food processor with loads of accessories - have only ever used the big bowl and that rarely - I wont keep it when we next move

moondog Thu 30-Jul-09 21:05:39

YUurt, just get a £10 hand held blender. Does most things.

nobodysfool Thu 30-Jul-09 21:06:32

icecream maker
popcorn maker
named biscuits (i buy Sainsburys own and nobodys knows the difference when they are in the tin)

aristocat Thu 30-Jul-09 21:10:27

i had an argos toaster which was rubbish......bloody bread didnt fit in it angry

got a breville now and it makes perfect toast smile

Yurtgirl Thu 30-Jul-09 21:12:25

Moondog - I have got one, that gets used a lot, easy to wash and store

Food processor - pah!

Though I would be tempted by a magimix if it was a bargain - and easier to store and clean than the one I have got........

KingRolo Thu 30-Jul-09 21:12:46

I like my Bumbo, it's the only thing DD cannot escape from. Bloody expensive for a bit of moulded foam though.

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