Value range products can be a lifesaver when money is tight. They can mean the difference between being able to feed your family and not if things are really bad. And away from food, some of the value range items we’ve brought have been really good. I don’t see the point of paying more for something when the cheap various works just as well.
The question is though which value range products are worth using and which are a false economy? Over the years we have tried almost all of the value products in an attempt to cut our spending down. We’ve found that some are OK and we still buy them now, others are not our cup of tea and we either buy the next step up, or buy the branded version when they are on offer.
What do we buy?
- Tinned chopped tomatoes
- Tinned sweetcorn
- Tinned new potatoes
- Frozen sweetcorn
- Spaghetti Hoops
- Noodles (only as an emergency but they are edible)
- Frozen peas
- Ice cream (only to put into milkshakes for Lottie and hubby)
- Fruit and Vegetables (it is wonky shaped, can be a bit smaller sometimes and you will need to wash your potatoes but it tastes the same and has the same shelf life as the more expensive stuff!)
- Baking trays (as I usually line mine anyway it makes no difference that I’ve only paid £1.50 for it, rather than £8-9
- Orange Juice
- Lemonade (we only use it to make fizzy squash anyway)
- Kidney beans
- Porridge Oats
- Cheddar Cheese (Mild)
- Cat Litter
- Garlic Bread
What we don’t buy!
Some things are definitely worth spending a bit more on. We’ve found somethings aren’t worth going cheap with and you are better buying something a little more expensive. This includes
- Teabags (I insist on PG Tips!)
- Cereals (own brand just not value)
- Dog and Cat food
- Crisps (we do buy own brand)
- Eggs (I insist that we have free range ones)
- Baked Beans
It does all come down to personal tastes and preferences. You won’t like every value product you try but some are keepers. Why not set yourself the challenge and see how many value products you like and can keep in your weekly shop? You might be pleasantly surprised. And that money is better in your pocket than in the supermarket’s!