Best Value – Jan 2014

January 3, 2014

My philosophy in shopping is to buy the best value available. That doesn’t always mean the cheapest. I will not buy something that i don’t like just because it’s cheapest. I generally buy the bulk of my shop in Aldi but there are a few branded goods that i like so i tend to buy them in bulk when there is a Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGOF) or 50% off promotion. These brands include Hellmanns Mayonnaise, Heinz Beans and Ketchup, YR Sauce, Lakeshore Mustard and Orla B Satin Floss.

If it’s not too expensive than the best value item i buy local, fairtrade and organic. I review this list from time to time to make sure the prices are current and If i don’t have something listed them i’m still hunting for a best-value product and currently buy whatever’s on offer.

Beauty

  • Shampoo & Conditioner – Aldi / Tesco (Carina €1.39 for 400ml or Alberto Balsam €1.39 for 400ml)
  • Fragance Free Body Moisturiser  – Any chemist (Pinewood Aqueous Cream approx €4.22 for 500g. It’s also Irish which is great. Aldi sometimes have 500g tubs on special for €1.99)
  • Fragrance Body Moisturiser – Tesco (Own Brand €1.59 for 400ml)
  • Roll on Deodrant – Aldi (75 cent)
  • Petroleum Jelly – Dunnes Stores (Healthcarepoint Brand €1.79 for 200g)
  • Sudocrem – Tesco’s own brand (€1.99 for 150ml)
  • Talcum Powder – Tesco (Johnson & Johnson Brand €1.48 for 200g)
  • Paracetemol – DocMorris (€2.49 cent for 24)

Groceries

  • Chocolate Bars – Aldi, Discount Stores (but check the date before you buy in Discount Stores)
  • Cereal – Aldi (€1.19 for 375g of Rice Crispies, €1.49  for 375g Multigrain hoops, €1.19  for 375g Malted Wheaties)
  • Museli – Aldi (€1.99 for 750g)
  • Porridge Oats – Aldi (€1.39 for 1.5kg or €1.69 for 1kg of Organic porridge)
  • Flour – Aldi (€1.19 for 2kg)
  • Caster Sugar – Lifl (€1.09 for 1kg Fairtrade brand)
  • Brown Sugar – Aldi (99cent for 500g)
  • Raisens – Aldi (€1.19 for 400g)
  • Read-to-roll White Icing – Aldi (€1.79 for 454g)
  • Fondant Icing – Tesco (€1.89 for 500g)
  • Pittas – Aldi (65 cent for 6)
  • Pittas /Naan – Aldi (79 cent for 2)
  • Tortilla Wraps – Aldi (89 cent for 8 wraps / 514g)
  • Par-baked Baguettes – Aldi (.59 for 300g)
  • Vegetables – Most supermarkets have some veg on special for 39-89cent but i also like Supervalu multi-buy deals. Although i always get brocolli in Aldi at €1.09 – €1.29 for 500g, unless it’s on special elsewhere.
  • Potatoes – Tesco (€2.99 for 2kg Organic Potatoes)
  • Fruit –  Aldi & Lidl specials or Supervalu’s multi-buy deals.
  • Bananas – Aldi or Tesco (€1.59 for bunch of Organic Fairtrade)
  • Garlic – Aldi (65cent for 3 bulbs)
  • Beef / Pork- High quality, high welfare, organic meat is my preference so when i can afford it I buy, free range pork from Ennis butchers in Rialto, (it’s not much more expensive and tastes amazing), organic mince beef in Lidl at €3.99 for 380g or in Supervalu at €4.15 for 380g. When i can’t afford free-range or organic  I generally buy meat in bulk in Supervalu when in it’s on special and freeze it, although I’ve found Aldi’s and Dunnes Stores meat good too.
  • Breaded Fish – Aldi (€2.99 for 4 fillets of Haddock)
  • Fish Fingers – Aldi (€1.75 for 15)
  • Tinned Tuna – Aldi or Supervalu (89cent per 130g tin of tuna chunks in brine)
  • Prawns – Aldi (€3.65 for 357g of North Atlantic Prawns). I noticed that Aldi’s Specially Selected prawns are from Thailand and given the problem with slavery on fishing boats in this part of the world i steer clear of them.
  • Chicken  – Aldi (€5.99 for a whole free-range chicken. Save yourself a fortune by learning how to deconstruct a whole chicken. Then freeze all the parts separately so you can use them as you need. Sometimes i buy Supervalu’s Free-range thighs and drumsticks for €4)
  • Sausages – Tesco (€4.75 for 2 packs of 10 traditional sausages 454g. Their finest range has the second highest meat content to Superquinn’s own-brand sausage)
  • Mozzarella – Aldi (59cent for 129g)
  • Prosciutto – Aldi (€1.89 for 100g)
  • Parma Ham – Aldi (€2.49 for 90g)
  • Panchetta – Tesco (€1.07 for 100g)
  • Chorizo – Aldi (€1.79 for 170g)
  • Grana Padano / Parmesan – Lidl (€2.99 for 200g).
  • Sliced Ham – Aldi (€1.19 for 100g of Genoa Style Italian Ham)
  • Streaky Rashers – Aldi (€1.49 for 250g). When Supervalu have an offer on i get 180g of Oliver Carthy’s Free-range back rashers for €2.
  • Frankfurters – Aldi (€1.49 for 10)
  • Pizza – Aldi (€1.39 for medium stone baked pizza)
  • Chinese Noodles – Aldi (89cent for 250g packet)
  • Udon Noodles – Any Asian Foodstore
  • Lasagna Sheets – Aldi (99cent per 500g box)
  • Spaghetti – Aldi (95cent for 1kg)
  • Penne / Fusili – Tesco (I like the Bunalun Organic brand best and it’s generally the same price as other non-organic brands but it can be hard to get so i stock up when i find it. Otherwise any bronze-die pasta on special (bronze-die pasta holds onto the sauce best!). Tesco do 2 for 1 on the Naponlina range from time to time.
  • Tagliatelle – Aldi (€1.19 for 500g)
  • Garlic Bread – Aldi or Tesco (79cent for 2 sticks). Personally i prefer Tesco’s – more butter!
  • Rice Cakes – Aldi (€1.29 for 130g)
  • Breadsticks – Aldi (79cent for 125g)
  • Crackers – Aldi (39 cent for 300g)
  • Bread – Aldi (€1.19 for loaf of Multigrain)
  • Burger Buns – Aldi (89cent for 6)
  • Jellies – Aldi (Love their Cherries jellies at 69cent for 100g bag)
  • Dark Chocolate – Aldi or Tesco (89cent for 200g)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – Aldi (They do a basic range for 39cent)
  • Butter – Supervalu / Tesco (€1.69 for 200g of Kerrygold)
  • Fromage Frais – Aldi (79cent for 6)
  • Greek Yoghurt – Aldi (99cent for 500g)
  • Yoghurt – Tesco / Supervalu (€2.19 for 4 pots of Glenisk Organic Kids yoghurt. This brand has no additional sugar added and is organic)
  • Cheddar Cheese – Any Supermarket (I like strong cheese so my favorites are Dubliner Vintage or Wexford Vintage. Typically one of the large supermarkets have 200g block for €2 or less. Failing that i buy Supervalu’s mature cheddar 200g block for €2.11)
  • Creme Fraiche – Glenisk Organic from Tesco or Supervalu (€2.19 for 125ml)
  • Cream – Aldi (€1.29 for 125ml)
  • Soft Cheese – Aldi (69cent for 200g)
  • Ice Cream – Aldi (€1.99 for 1 litre)
  • Ice Cream Cones – Tesco (€1.29 for 21)
  • Meringue Nests – Aldi (€1.49 for 8)
  • Cream Doughnuts – Aldi & Lidl (€1.99 for 6)
  • Profiteroles – Aldi (€2.79 for 12)
  • Passatta (sieved tomato) – Aldi (59cent for 500g)
  • Tinned Tomatoes – Aldi (55cent for 400g chopped tomatoes)
  • Tinned Pineapples – Aldi (69cent for 423g)
  • Jelly – Aldi (49 cent for 135g)
  • Custard – Aldi (69cent for 500g)
  • Honey – Aldi (€1.99 per 454g jar)
  • Vegetable Oil – Aldi (€1.35 for 1 litre)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Tesco (€2.99 for 500ml)
  • Mayonnaise – Any supermarket with a special on (Only hellmanns works for me but i’ll buy in bulk when there is 50% off)
  • Ketchup – Have a passion for Heinz ketchup so buy it in bulk when it’s BOGOF or 50% off. Aldi’s is very good too but it’s thinner than Heinz / Chef ketchup and so doesn’t last as long.
  • YR sauce – Tesco (€1.79 for 250g)
  • Mustard – Supervalue / Tesco (Lakeshore brand €1.43 for 205 / 215g). Aldi’s is good too but the English Mustard thinner so doesn’t last as long.
  • Stock Cubes – Aldi (89cent for 120g)
  • Green Olives – Aldi (49cent for 240g / 90g drained weight)
  • Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce – Aldi (€1.29 for 300g)
  • Potato Crisps – Aldi (€1.39 for 135g Hand cooked potato crisps)
  • Potato Crisps (multi-packs) – Aldi or Tesco both have 6 packs for around 99cent
  • Tortilla Crisps  – Aldi (75 cent for 200g – cool flavour)
  • Cartons of Orange Juice – Aldi (99cent for 1 litre carton)
  • Concentrated Juice – Aldi (€1.45 for 1 litre)
  • Toilet Roll – Aldi (€1.49 for 4 rolls)
  • Kitchen Paper – Aldi (€2.49 for 4 rolls)
  • Tissues – Aldi (€1.09 for 90 balm tissues)
  • Floss – Tesco (€2.00 for Oral B’s Satin Floss)
  • Ear buds – Tesco (79cent for 300)
  • Adults Toothbrushes – Aldi (79cent for 2)
  • Kids Toothbrushes – Supervalu (€2 for 4)
  • Bin Bags – Aldi (99 cent for 20 multi-use tie-handle bags)
  • Washing Powder – Aldi ( €2.59 for 2.4kg box )
  • Fabric Conditioner – Aldi (99cent for 1 litre)
  • Washing-up Liquid – Aldi (79cent for 100ml)
  • Toilet Cleaner – Aldi (99cent for 1 litre)
  • Bread Soda – Tesco (€1.19 for 100g. I use this for cleaning instead of Cif)
  • Beer – Aldi (€11.99 for 12 x 500ml Saint Etienne or €1.09 per can)
  • Sparkling Wine – Aldi’s Cremant Du Jura (€9.99 for 750ml)
  • Cider – Aldi €3.49 for 1 litre or €1.19 for 500ml can)
  • Tea – Aldi (€1.49 for 80 Fairtrade Bags)
  • Coffee for Espresso Machine – Lidl (€3.99 for 500g Cafe Gold)
  • Coffee for Cafetiere – Aldi (€2.69 for 227g)
  • Batteries – Aldi (€2.99 for 8 AA or AAA Active Batteries, €3.49 for 2 x 9volt Active Batteries)
  • Rubber Gloves – Tesco (€1.65 for pair of Tesco Tough gloves)

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