For those that don't have the foggiest what I'm talking about - the premise of the challenge then - if you normally buy a store's premium own brand goods, then you try dropping those to branded. If you normally buy branded, you drop to store own-brand, and if you usually buy own-brand, then it's the good old budget ranges for you. Good idea, eh? There's even a special section on the Money Saving Expert site with a calculator thingy with clever sliders that you can use to see how much you might be able to save.
|Orkney - Easter 2013|
|Constipated Unicorn at Hampton Court|
|Turnstones on the beach - Balranald, North Uist.|
So - the value products then - which are worth trying and would you not go near? We find value or cheapy washing up liquids are a complete false economy, and always now buy Fairy. We keep our eyes open for special offers, BOGOF deals etc, and buy only on special offer. The same applies to coffee - MrEH has tried various other brands, but he likes Nescafe - so we stock up when prices are good. Cream crackers - Tesco own brand are nicer, we think, than their pricier Jacobs counterparts, and value fruit and veg is nearly always worth a look - although sometimes the bag sizes mean that again, you need to do the maths around whether you will actually use than many carrots before they go soft and bendy. (If you have freezer space, then carrots make delicious soup, would be my tip!) The best suggestion is to give it a try - if you don't like a particular item you don't have to buy it again, and the good thing about the value ranges is that you're very rarely going to spend a fortune on anything! Over to you then - any recommendations for us?
Ps - yes, random unrelated photos again this week - enjoy!