Happy New Year – The secret to bargain-basement shopping

A supermarket trolley full of groceries. Image shot 2001. Exact date unknown.

There is nothing worse than trading down to one of the bargain- basement brands, Asda’s Smart Price, Tesco’s Everyday Value, Sainsbury’s Basics, Morrisons’ M Savers & The Co-operative Foods Simply Value, and you find that the dog might, but you or your family won’t or can’t eat it!

The secret to a bargain-basement shopping trundle  is to know the supermarket shelves where you can put the ‘cheap as chips’ products  in the trolley, and the ones that you should leave it on the shelf… for someone else to throw away!

The shelves where you can put the bargain-basement products in the trolley:

Fruit & Vegetables: The bargain-basement brands on the fruit & veg. shelves are just as healthy and you’ll hardly notice the taste difference.  The very best organic and fairtrade producers will deliver a product with an extra layer of flavour, but in many cases there is little taste difference! I challenge anyone to taste the difference between a Bargain Basement Banana and an Organic and/or Fairtrade Banana.

Dairy & Eggs: The bargain-basement brands on the dairy & egg shelves are just as healthy and you’ll hardly notice the taste difference.  The very best organic and free-range producers will deliver a product with regional nuances and an extra layer of flavour, but in many cases there is little taste difference! See if you can taste the difference between The Co-operative Food’s Simply Value Free Range Eggs and their regular free range eggs.

Food Cupboard: The bargain-basement brands from the ingredient shelves are just as healthy and you’ll hardly notice the taste difference. Check out the spices, dried fruits, flour, rice and pasta.  I challenge anyone to taste the difference between Tesco’s Everyday Value Ground Black Pepper and Saxa Ground Pepper.  The tinned fruits, vegetables and fish are always worth a punt.  Check out the tinned pineapple, sweetcorn and the tuna chunks and the pickled jars of gherkins, onions, beetroot, mustard and honey.

Cold Drinks: The bargain-basement brands on the water and juice shelves are just as healthy and you’ll hardly notice the taste difference.  Check out the sparkling & still water and the orange juice.

Alcoholic Drinks: The bargain-basement brands on the Spirit shelves are cheaper alternative to the leading brands, especially if you are drinking it with a mixer. Most drinkers are unable to taste the difference between a premium Vodka and a bargain-basement Vodka when mixed with Red Bull, likewise with White Rum & Coca Cola, Gin & Schweppes and Blended Whisky & Ginger Ale.

At Tesco: Below is my ‘just as tasty and healthy ’bargain-basement trolley trundle at Tesco. You’ll see I saved trolley-loads!

You don’t shop at Tesco? You can push your trolley down the aisles at: Asda, Morrisons, The Co-operative or Sainsbury’s with a similar result!  Waitrose, Ocado and Marks & Spencer don’t do a ‘cheap as chips’ range.

Below are some of the  many bargain-basement products that are on the Can I Eat It? iPhone App. and on the supermarket shelves. Buy the App and scan or enter the barcode/s below. Enjoy

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Barcode: 5000128789905

The Co-operative Food Simply Value Free Range Eggs
Want a cheaper alternative to the leading brands for cooking and baking? If the price and size fits – put a box in the trolley.
Competing Brands: Wood Farm, Farm Pride, Happy Egg, Big & Fresh & Golden Lay

Not forgetting:
Barcode: 27535004

ASDA Smart Price Sparkling Water
This does not have the regional taste nuances of the leading brands, but if you want a thirst quencher or an untainted water to make your tea or coffee – then put a bottle in the trolley.
Competing Brands: Highland Spring, Perrier, Evian, Volvic & San Pellegrino

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