kiwimumof2boys · 18/05/2011 04:02
coffee, decent winter thermals, shampoo, foundation (Cheap ones have more orangey tomes - eekk!) good warm coat, boots (nothing worse than cheap shiny leather boots that always fall down to the ankles ! however, I have some lovely comfy cheap summer sandals which are fine)
Will think of more soon . . . oh and def tea as well.
No perfume is better than cheap perfume !
fartingfran · 18/05/2011 07:17
Agree with Trin, I'm reading these thinking it would be nice to have the option not to scrimp on some of this stuff!
Having said that, being tight about some stuff means I could just about afford to spend almost £50 on a new pair of shoes for DS. I could get ten pairs for that but I'd rather go to a shop where they're careful to make sure they fit properly and the shoes are waterproof and won't fall apart in a month.
Otherwise there are no bounds to my tightness.
Adair · 18/05/2011 07:18
Am with TrinityRhino, lots of people don't have the choice. But I do agree in theory. My 'not scrimping'' might be different to others though. I did decide to splash out on two john lewis single sheets at £10 each as I figured we would have them forever (and are so much nicer).
Always (mostly) buy fairtrade tea and coffee, bananas, sugar (luckily sains does lots of own brands). We do organic milk,though not for mucus reasons but is supposed to be better for you nutrients or something. Gets supplemented with normal.
We have bought Asda and Sain value loo roll. Is fine. And much less galling when the kids drop a roll down the loo .
Clothes are mostly good quality (and not so) from ebay or second-hand. Especially for the kids. And shoes (so shoot me).
I would like to buy better quality, ethically sound and fewer things. So we try to save up or tbh mostly charity shops and ebay (ethically sound) as we don't have the money.We do use the cheap shops though too. I want to spend £90 on a frying pan that lasts forever but can't afford to, so compromise and get one much, much cheaper in the sale. it's hard to justify though when you can buy them for a fiver!
toptramp · 18/05/2011 07:23
I don't care what i wipe my bum with and will NEVER get those who spend 4x on Andrex aloe vera roll.
I wouldn't scrimp on clothes ( i will buy charity but i do like fashion)
La Senza have an offer on bras atm; 2 for a fiver! they are nice although not high end luxury.
Ragwort · 18/05/2011 07:29
I would never, ever scrimp on coffee or toilet paper .
But I wouldn't dream of spending £50 on shoes for my child - or myself for that matter - happily buy all clothes from charity shops (I enjoy the trawling around !).
Cheap shoes don't bother me either - DS's latest school shoes cost £7.99 - whatever you spend on childrens' shoes they end up ruined so why bother?
PrettyCandles · 18/05/2011 07:49
There's a difference between 'not scrimping' and 'indulging'.
Entirely agree that a decent bra is absolutely necessary. If a cheap bra from Asda gave good support and comfort, then perhaps Freya would be indulgence. As it is, Asda would be scrimping, Freya would be not scrimping. Rigby&Peller would be OTT indulgence.
I won't scrimp on shoes, not for my dc with growing feet, nor for myself with all sorts of joint problems. But that means Clarkes, not LelliKelli or Jimmy Choos. Bags and accessories, I couldn't care less about.
Food is relatively easy to scrimp on. IMO there are many own-brands that are nicer than branded. Home-cooking, different shops, vegey meals, etc.
I hate scrimping on loo roll - though I would if I had to - because it's a scrimp that you really notice. All the others don't really matter (unless you really want those Jimmy Choos!), but loo roll grabs your attention uncomfortably several times a day.
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