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When cheap is just too cheap

Discussion in 'Personal' started by anon3034, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Like everyone else I have been trying to save money, and for a few years have been economising by buying Co-op own brand toothpaste. It's OK but not very strong and you are not really left with a nice fresh minty taste. Finally decided to buy one of the more expensive brands again - it's brilliant and I'm not going back!!

    What other things do you find are not really worth the money you save?
  2. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    That's an easy one for me. Bin bags, without a doubt.
    Mr Tarte would also say tea bags.
    Cheap loo roll is a false economy, unless a good brand bought in bulk.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    instant coffee

    all bran
    toilet rolls
    tomato soup

  4. Weetabix. There is only ONE weetabix and everything else a pale imitation.
    Make up wipes

  5. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Ooh, I'd have agreed with that before I tried the Semichem £1 ones. They're REALLY good (has to be the 'Cherish' ones in the grey packet, for mature skin)!
    Often they're on BOGOF but I buy them even when not [​IMG]
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Anything that isn't butter that is pretending to be.
    Non-premium unleaded petrol (depends on your engine), I kept a record for a while, the premium stuff gets more mpg, enough to pay for itself and makes a noticeable performance difference.
    Moleskin trousers.
  7. Marmalade - I could never go back to Golden Shred
    Kelloggs Cereals - most supermarket own brands are horrible.
  8. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Absolutely agree on tea and coffee - you get what you pay for.
    It's not at all worth buying cheaply on many meat products: sausages (low meat content, high fat), minced beef, chicken (the taste of cheap chicken is incomparable to free-range, and obviously the ethical side as well) and also eggs for the same reasons as the chicken.
    I also aim to buy Napolina chopped, tinned tomatoes if I can. They are often on offer and I stock pile; they are far nicer than the supermarket brand.
    And it simply has to be Baxter's sliced pickled beetroot. The supermarket brand is just awful.
    I'll happily buy supermarkets' own brands of many products (particularly Morrison's, who I feel do a very good own-brand range in most things):
    Tomtato ketchup
    Baked beans
    Sugar/icing sugar
    Dried pasta (and fresh, actually)
    Fajita kits (the Morrison's own one is lovely and much cheaper that El Paso and similar)
    Dried herbs and spices, curry powder, salt, pepper, etc
    Tinned beans: cannelloni, borlotti, butter - all fine in the own-brand range
    I draw the line at using the rock-bottom "Value" or "economy" range though; I really do find the quality is far too lacking to make it worth it. But the bog-standard supermarket brand range is often fine and, in some case, preferable to the big brand products.
  9. Tarte who sells the Semichem facial wipes? I might be tempted.

    Fruit squash is rubbish if it's not a decent brand.
    I never buy economy chicken breasts - I always worry about the treatement of the animals and then they always seemed to be pumped up full of water too. Much better to buy free range.
  10. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Housing -
    I reckon it makes a lot more difference than your bog roll.
  11. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

  12. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

  13. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Heart valves
  14. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    I've never understood why anyone buys chopped tomatoes. They cost more than whole ones and I have this wonderful invention: a knife.
  15. Bread. Butter. Coffee. Liquid eyeliner.
  16. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    The Rimmel one is okay. Although Mac Liquidlast is my must!
    I buy decent shampoo, some cheaper brands seem to make me get spots! x
  17. I don't buy supermarket own brands. It has never occurred to me to do so.
    I have always thought that if they are less expensive, something has to suffer.
  18. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I'd be lost without Passata! Does loads of different meals and CBA chopping/blending tomatoes when its cheaper to buy them done [​IMG] x

  19. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    The marketing budget? x

  20. Yes, that's my favourite.

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