An interesting topic that has no doubt touched many families and individuals. Have a read of the post I did for BabyTod’s Blog and please add your comments/ experiences to it.
Don’t immediately take offence; by brand-snob (patent-pending) I really mean, are you too embarrassed to push your trolley up to the till packed with Tesco value or Asda Smartprice? I don’t know about your local store but mine is packed full of trolley-watchers. I have to admit, I was once a brand snob. I cowered under the trolley-watchers gaze, hiding any own brand goods under “normal” packets.
Now… I really couldn’t give a monkey’s uncle! We use a lot of own-brand goods, margarine, bread for toast, pasta, rice – all sorts! The majority of basics products are just as good, sometime better, than their more expensive counterparts. Don’t get me wrong, some are hideous, but some branded goods aren’t much cop either!
By debranding a little you can save an absolute fortune! I can do a weekly shop, all in with fruit, veg, meat, cleaning products, the lot for three of us for £50-£60 a go. This is a packed to the rafters shop too, no need to do a top-up shop, apart from the odd fresh item.
So give it a go, chin up and brand-down, just see what swapping a few items a week can do for your bills!
Those of us that do buy own brand, from whatever store…. do comment and tell us which products you recommend and which ones you would poke your own eyes out before trying again!
Do: all baking goods, basics such as bread, milk, cheese, yogurt, pasta noodles etc, fruit and veg, sandwich meats, loo roll (it’s loo roll!)…
Don’t: Value curry or sweet & sour sauce (hell no), value cereals – with the exception of Tesco own muesli (which we add more raisins to) the rest (to us) taste pretty vile!
Trolley-watchers: people who will risk neck injury craning to see what you have in your basket/trolley.
Brand-snob: Someone who isn’t able to be out and proud with their own brand shopping due to real or imagined social pressures.
Top-up shop: Where you go for 2 – 3 items and spend £20 on crap and dubious bargains you really didn’t need.