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#1 liza_jane79

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

Apologies if this has been done but I couldn't find anything on it...

In the interest of saving $$$ I have started to consider Homebrands/no name stuff.... forgive my ignorance but I've never really bought this stuff before and thus have no idea about whats good and whats not but I believe you can make real savings by buying alot of it.

So, what would you recommend?
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 08:56 PM

We use a bit of homebrand stuff.
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Honey
Orange Juice
Tiny bears (like tiny teddies)
dry pasta
any flours/sugars
frozen vegetables
butter
milk
cheese

sure there is stacks more, just not thinking too well...

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 08:57 PM

Are you after particular products, or just whatever?

The generic products we usually get are:
flour (s/r, plain)
sugar (caster, raw, regular, icing)
dry pasta
salt/pepper
cocoa powder
milk
rice

We haven't found any real difference in quality/taste/flavour, mainly because it all gets cooked/baked before we eat it.

We usually get generic paper towel, too, but we don't use very much anyway.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:00 PM

We shop at Aldi before we shop anywhere else as they tend to be cheaper across the board and most things are good quality. BUT you can't always get everything you need there.

We do the rest of our shop at Woolworths/Safeway and I get their homebrand/own brand for a lot of things and it is a rare occasion that I've been disappointed with the quality. My suggestion would be to give it a go – if you don’t like it you can always go back to your preferred brand but if you do like it you’ll save yourself a lot.





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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:02 PM

We consistently buy homebrands for the following -

tuna in springwater
dry pasta
tomato soup
sugar
flours
grated cheeses
multigrain bread
cotton buds/balls

I'm sure I could think of other things...
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:04 PM

Hmmm, I'm trying to think what we get.

Firstly milk... it tastes the same as name brand milk (I was always very scared to try anything other than name brand, but so glad I did... saves heaps)
Tinned Tomatoes
Pasta/Rice
Any cleaning products (like dishwashing liquid or dishwasher powder)
Yoghurt (we buy You'll Love Coles)
Bread
Savings brand biscuits (wafers, nice, etc) - HEAPS cheaper
Muesli Bars or Oven Baked Fruit bars (You'll Love Coles brand are great)
Minced ginger or garlic
Soy Sauce

I'll be back if I can think of any others. All you can do is try something once. You'll either like it or not.
But I've found most You'll Love Coles products are excellent (if you shop at Coles - otherwise Woolworths "Select" brand I think are comparative). smile.gif


ETA - I second honey, sugar, flour and grated cheese smile.gif


ETA Again - something I remembered from when Jeremy was a baby... don't buy the "baby" cans of pureed fruit. If you don't want to do it yourself, you can buy pureed fruit from the same section as Diced Fruit and get the You'll Love Coles brand. Exactly the same stuff, works out heaps cheaper smile.gif
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:59 PM

I have found homebrand pasta good.

Also the homebrand (woolworths) family mince pie is good too.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 10:44 PM

We get very few brand names actually. Unless they are on special.

Definately any dry goods for the pantry, so spices, flour, sugar, pasta (unless you need a specific shape), cake mixes, cocoa, salt, pepper etc I swear that Woolworths home brand chunky pasta sauce (in a tall bottle) is the best. I now I dont do my regular shop at woolies, I go out of my way to stock up on the stuff.

Milk, butter & Marg, cheese, all good. I like Woolies tinned spaghetti, but I dont like the coles one. We tried the home brand budget bacon last week and thought it was quite good.

I like alot of the You Love Coles things too. Althought DONT get their version of Bounty, ergh.

With Rice i buy a big 5kg bag of basmati which works out pretty cheap. And you can re use the bag for whatever.

Basically, like the other girls said, try various products, and if you like it, get it again and save yourself some $$$.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:20 PM

for all the pantry basics, flours and other baking stuff, tinned fruits and veg, pasta packs, rice, pasta etc... we use all homebrand.

My mum always buys the home brand juice concentrates, they are quite nice and makes 2L for just over $1!!

Only thing I WON'T buy homebrand for is cocoa powder and choc melts/choc chips for baking.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:30 PM


We shop at Coles and generally go for the "You'll Love Coles" or "Coles Smart Buy" products for pretty much everything, I can't think of anything that we haven't been happy with. The only named products that we really buy are Weetbix as the homebrand one is a bit bland from memory and SPC Baked Beans/Spaghetti because they are the ones that DH prefers.

It is worth keeping an eye on the specials for other brands though, as sometimes they can be the same or cheaper than the homebrand products. Not sure about Woolies but Coles now have price per kg etc on their labels, which makes it easier to work out what is cheaper when comparing different sized packaging. Buying larger packages of things that you use alot of usually works out cheaper in the long run too smile.gif
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:06 AM

Agree with all the pantry basics and staples.

I also have the homebrand cooking spray and it does the job.

Through supermarkets they are introducing unit pricing. So you will see how much something costs per gram, or litre or whatever. Makes it a lot easier to see which product really is the cheapest.

Also with mince I just buy the cheapest and drain the fat once it is cooked.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:15 AM

I don't like Homebrand cling wrap, it is sooo frustrating. So I do buy glad wrap.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:19 AM

QUOTE(Vaalentine @ Mar 29 2010, 01:11 AM) View Post

However, we don't buy washing powder, butter (too fussy & prefer Devondale), dishwashing tablets, dishwashing liquid.. to name a few. They are probably ok to use though. Not sure why I haven't made the switch.

Actually when we bought our dishwasher, I did a bit of research as to the best poweder to buy etc and came across an article in CHOICE magazine which basically said from the most expensive 5 in 1 tablet to the least expensive no name powder, they all do pretty much the same job. We buy the logix tabs from Aldi. I just like the tabs for the convenience.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:28 AM

I have started shopping at Aldi hun and haven't looked back. Shopping for the same stuff at Woolies would cost me about $170 a fortnight (minus f&V- Meat) and at Aldi I can do the same shop for under $100 a fortnight - F&V there is really cheap too - I normally go to the F&V shop but last shop bought from Aldi and saved even more. There baby products are pretty good - they baby food is made by Heinz they only have a small variety but I get Liam's apples and custards from there. Their wipes are great $2.99 a packet - nappies are great toom however I have discovered Snugglers which are now improved just as good as Huggies - I had a pack of 67 from Chemist Warehouse for $18 sometimes cheaper when on special:) Chemist Warehouse is great for getting formula, baby products, shampoo & conditioner too - we save alot of money there..

Ok I have gone of track at bit laugh.gif ping me hun if you have any questions - I have some really tasty yummy healthly cheap recipes aswell if you want them

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 08:42 AM

I do a lot of our shopping at Aldi also, but not everything there is great, there are some things that I tried once and never ever again!

When the weeks supermarket catalogues come out, I check to see what is on special that week (and when I say special, I only look for things with a significant saving, not 30c) and then stock up on that, that way you can get name brand stuff for the same price as homebrand

Be careful and check all prices though, I've found that sometimes the homebrand stuff is more expensive or only marginally cheaper than the branded stuff.




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