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#16 Nov 08 Bride

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:03 AM

Good thread .. i'll be buying some more no name stuff after reading these reviews smile.gif
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:26 AM

We buy homebrand for most things. I really like the Safeway homebrand cheese (1kg block for $6.99), prepackaged bacon 1kg for $6.99, flour, sugar, butter (we use butter not margarine), bread, pasta, canned tomatoes, milk etc etc etc!

We tried Aldi's dishwasher powder this week, it was only $2-$3 and it works great. There is a thread somewhere in the Money section that has what people have tried and liked/not liked at Aldi, if you've got one nearby that might help smile.gif

Dishwashing liquid and laundry liquid we use Earth Choice, it's just over $2 a bottle and lasts us ages for the dishwashing liquid and a good 2-3 weeks for laundry.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:04 AM

There are a few things that I only like my particular labels, but mostly I will try to get the generic for as much as much as I can.


Flour/Self Raising
Corn flour
Sugar
Jasmine Rice
Icing sugar
Brown Sugar
Vinegar
Honey
Peanut Butter
Golden Syrup
Tomato Paste
Tinned tomatoes
Tomato soup
Cheese Slices
Cheese block (if no better brands are on sale)
Grated Cheese
Corn Spears tin
Corn Kernals Tin
Jar of Gerkins
Jar of Sundried Tomatoes
Frozen Peas
Frozen Whole Beans Woolworths (not sliced)
Apple Juice
Olive Oil
Cream
Milk
Aluminium Foil
Bleach
Domestic Cleaner (like domestos)
Butter (for cooking only)
Party Mix lollies (Woolworths)

Woolwooths Select have a dishwashing detergent that I love, its called 'Ultra Concentrate' it's great because you only have to use a couple of drops each wash & it lasts ages.

Another thing is Panadol & Nuerofen, buy Chemist brands & it's heaps cheaper. I buy a pack of 100 panadol for $2 from most Chemists, it will last for ages. I can take a couple of sheet of tablets into work & keep one in my bag leave the rest at home.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:44 AM

We too buy heaps staples but my fave finds are the Coles Smart Buy Cling Wrap( better than glad!) and the Homebrand dishwashing tablets and rinse aid.

We also use HB vinegar as fabric softener, truly soft and fluffy towels!

Oooh and HB tinned tomatoes, yummy thick and rich...if not to steal another brands catch phrase wink.gif

ETA Coles Smart Buy Microfibre cleaning cloths they come in a 2 pack for $4.50 and are amazing!! One damp and one dry gives you the best streak free windows and mirrors, I use them multiple times a day even for cleaning the car, they wash wonderfully too!
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:03 PM

I work at Coles and pretty much everything I buy is You'll Love Coles or Coles Smart Buy brand... really the only things I buy brand names of are ones Coles doesn't have a home brand alternative. I don't think I've ever had a problem with it (and I'm not just saying that coz I work there tongue.gif). It was the same when I shopped at Woolworths. A lot of the time I actually prefer the home brand versions of things... most of the time there really is no difference, except for the packaging which is what makes up the price half the time!

And in actuality, there are a lot of brands both name and no name that are owned and made at the same place, by the same company and just a different label is put on it. I had a customer a couple of years ago tell me Steggles chickens were by far the best chickens and she wouldn't buy our home brand chickens, and ours are actually from Steggles so I think she's on crack, haha. I have a feeling Black and Gold brand stuff comes from the same place Nestle or some other big brand comes from too


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:20 PM

I LOVE the Coles home brand garlic bread - I know I should make my own ph34r.gif but it tastes great.

I also agree that they are great for staples like flour, salt etc. The milk is good too.

The only things I've found to be awful are paper towels - last time I bought them they disintergrated as soon as they touched water. And Woolies peanuts - they had some weird taste thing going on unsure.gif and ended up in the bin.


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE(Bridget_A @ Mar 28 2010, 10:04 PM) View Post

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)

Agree with these, and if you shop at Coles the white brand (no idea what it is) has the cheapest tin tomatoes with pretty much no additives in it, unlike the other brands.

QUOTE(xxEmxx @ Mar 29 2010, 12:20 AM) View Post

Only thing I WON'T buy homebrand for is cocoa powder and choc melts/choc chips for baking.

Completely agree, just does not taste the same.

QUOTE(**Vanessa** @ Mar 29 2010, 01:06 AM) View Post

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.


I love that they do this, really helps you realise that even when they are on special, some things still arent cheaper, where as before i would probably get it because it is on special.

QUOTE(**Vanessa** @ Mar 29 2010, 01:15 AM) View Post

I don't like Homebrand cling wrap, it is sooo frustrating. So I do buy glad wrap.

Agree again, everytime we have ever had it ive gone close to throwing it across the kitchen.
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 04:49 PM

I buy home brand dry goods and canned corn from Woolies or Coles.

I buy a fair bit from Aldi such as their twisties brand, their 'jatz' biscuits, honey, their cotton wipes, their toothbrushes (made in the Netherlands), rubber gloves, some cleaning products...

QUOTE(MissNic @ Mar 29 2010, 03:20 PM) View Post

I LOVE the Coles home brand garlic bread


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:05 PM

I love the You'll Love Coles chocolate blocks...even more than cadbury ph34r.gif I almost cried the other week when I wanted some of their mint chocolate and I discovered our Coles is now a Foodworks sad.gif

I buy some generic things, I buy the quilton toilet paper as I find it better than Klenex, and it isn't much more expensive than homebrand paper. Generally you can get 20 rolls for $9.

Dishwashing tablets I buy the Morning Fresh ones, as I found them better than Finish. My friend recomends the Aldi ones, so I will try them next time.

Flour/Pasta/Sugar/Milk/Grated Cheese I buy homebrand. I can't tell the difference.

I hate the Woolies cheese slices, I can never get them to seperate properly. I always get half of 3 other slices mad.gif
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 03:59 PM

We buy mostly generic brands of things

In fact the only things I don't buy homebrand are:
Toiletries
Drinks
Biscuits
Pasta sauce (hubby whinges about anything except 1 flavour of five brothers)
Eggs (I only buy free range eggs from farms that ONLY have free range chickens, not both)



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Posted 31 March 2010 - 04:25 PM

I shop at Coles, I am in Perth so there is no Aldi around.

I used to be a brand snob ph34r.gif However since dropping to 1 pay 16 months ago I realised I couldn't just buy the expensive brands just because I wanted to. There isn't much we have tried that we haven't liked. My parents have seperated recently and my Mum is now struggling so I am trying to convert her to try the cheaper home brands as well.

Alot of the products I use in the Smart Buy or You'll Love Coles brands have already been mentioned.

One thing I wouldn't compromise on is soft toilet paper. I only use Sorbent or Kleenex (I think they are the brands). However Coles have introduced an 8 pack of Supreme Soft Coles toilet paper about $4 and I think it is softer than the 2 brands above. I sometimes buy Quilton as well when on sale.

I cannot believe how much money it saves us on our grocery bill buying the no name products, or even looking at the products that are on sale by a decent amount.

Miss Jen - hubby did 8 years at Coles and said the same thing about brands. He spent about 2 years trying to convert me to the cheaper brands that were often produced by the same companies. I know that about the chickens too smile.gif

Vanessa - I like the unit pricing as well, saves alot of time when I used to stand there and try and compare this and that and end up confused.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:26 AM

QUOTE(..::*Miss_Jen*::.. @ Mar 29 2010, 03:03 PM) View Post

A lot of the time I actually prefer the home brand versions of things... most of the time there really is no difference, except for the packaging which is what makes up the price half the time!

And in actuality, there are a lot of brands both name and no name that are owned and made at the same place, by the same company and just a different label is put on it. I had a customer a couple of years ago tell me Steggles chickens were by far the best chickens and she wouldn't buy our home brand chickens, and ours are actually from Steggles so I think she's on crack, haha. I have a feeling Black and Gold brand stuff comes from the same place Nestle or some other big brand comes from too


Exactly, I learnt about this at uni in a marketing subject. Sometimes the biggest proponent of the price of a product is its marketing. If you don't create special ads just for dishwashing liquid etc the price drops heaps. I try and try and try to convince my mum and my mother in law, but they won't have it.

Woolworths drried pasta even cheaper than Aldi.

Oh, and Aldi sometimes has some great stuff to splurge on. Just yesterday I bought a bath mat that converts our lovely big but boring bath into a spa bath. Wonderful!

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:14 PM

QUOTE(Lollies @ Mar 29 2010, 10:04 AM) View Post

Another thing is Panadol & Nuerofen, buy Chemist brands & it's heaps cheaper. I buy a pack of 100 panadol for $2 from most Chemists, it will last for ages. I can take a couple of sheet of tablets into work & keep one in my bag leave the rest at home.


100 tablets for $2?!?!?! I am so going to get these next time I visit the chemist!!

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 10:24 PM

We bough the coles brand oven chips the other day, yummo and they were only about $2.
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Posted 03 July 2010 - 11:53 PM

I was laughing to myself last shop at how many generic things we use so glad im not the only one smile.gif

We usually go to aldi but if we go to woolies/coles we get generic
* tinned vegies (tomatos, beetroot, corn, kidney beans etc)
* pantry staples (pasta, rice, sugar, flour etc)
* Bread love the you'll love coles 9 grain bread i think it is
* Milk & dairy unless a brand one is marked down cheaper
* foil, cling wrap, freezer bags etc
* Woolworths nappies ($18 for a box of 72..not the best i've used but doing the job for that cheap)
* Frozen vegies to go in casseroles/oven chips
* Orange/apple juice
* The dog liked you'll love coles dry food in a blue bag when we forgot his usual & DH grabbed the first one he seen, reminded me of supercoat (i think thats the one im thinking of)

I could go on i think all we buy that is brand name is
Soft drink, vegie juice, hair & body products plus anything else that is cheaper than generic that week.
We usually buy the dog food in bulk or make it ourselves which is cheaper for us otherwise we'd probably buy the coles brand in that too
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