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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Great article on how to support Irish companies this Christmas.

Know your Consumer Rights

More then ever Irish consumers want to support Irish business and that means buying Irish produced food.  But at the same time more of us are buying own brand in order to save money. So when buying food this Christmas, how do you reconcile the two?

In fact many Irish producers work with the supermarkets to produce own brand products.

From Tina’s slot on RTE Radio 1’s Today with Pat Kenny 5th December 2012

How you know if the own brand product is Irish

  1. You won’t be able to look for the ‘Love Irish Food’ or ‘Guaranteed Irish’ symbols but where fresh meat and dairy is concerned check for the Bord Bia and National Dairy Council marks.
  2. Many supermarkets have their own symbols for Irish products, such as a shamrock or Irish flag so look out for those.
  3. Check the packaging to see if the country of origin is mentioned.
  4. Some supermarkets…

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Oliver Carty’s Maple Cured Free Range rashers are down to €2 from €2.99 for 150g. Oliver Carty imports certified free range pork in from Denmark as it is one of the few countries in Europe with a regulated pork industry.

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Cheap Eggs

February 17, 2012

Tesco currently have Clever Egg 6 Free Range Eggs Mixed Weight reduced to 99cent.

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Value in Tesco

February 2, 2012

Was in Tesco this morning and here were the bargains i spied

  • Kingsmill bread €1
  • 335g Brocolli €39
  • Mega Boxe of Pampers Baby Dry €13

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Value in Supervalu

February 2, 2012

Was in Supervalu yesterday and here are the bargains i spied

  • Amoy soy sauce €1
  • 480g of lean beef pieces €3
  • 450g of minced lamb €3
  • 4 basted pork chops €3
  • kids toothbrushes, 4 for €2
  • Dubliner Cheese €2
  • 8 Birds Eye Crispy batter fish fingers €1.05
  • Vacuum packed Supervalu King Praws €3
  • Jumbo Boxes of Pampers Baby Dry  €10

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Bargains in Tesco

January 26, 2012

Tesco currently have 12 Omega 2 fish fingers from Birds Eye half-price at €1.74. They also have 240g of Jumbo Scampi from Youngs reduced from €6.99 to €1.74

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Good value napkins in Tesco

January 23, 2012

These really cute napkins are only 50cent in Tesco at the moment. Ideal for kids parties.

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Deal on Nappies in Tesco

January 18, 2012

Until the 7th of Feb Tesco are selling Huggies Super Dry packs for half price (€5.69 each) and jumbo packs of Pampers Active Fit for €13.

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Cheap Huggies Nappies

January 11, 2012

Supervalu are currently running a promotion on huggies nappies. You get two jumbo packs for the price of one, saving you €11.38. I got 2 x 38 packs of size 6 Super Dry nappes for €11.38. That equates to 15cent per nappy, which is cheaper than Aldi.

BTW i find huggies nappies smaller than pampers.

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