Great "Best Generic Products" Hunt

MSE_Martin
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Generic products are much cheaper than expensive brand names, so I want to tap MoneySavers’ knowledge to find which own-brand goods are the best.

Which cola tastes as good as Coke, which bog roll is softer than Andrex and which biscuits are yummier than Jaffa cakes?

Please put your recommendations for the best own brand/value products than are much cheaper than the real thing.

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  • neiljc_2
    neiljc_2 Posts: 258 Forumite
    okay then to start it off

    Asda`s brand of diet cola tastes as good as Diet Coca Cola if not better.

    My favourite sweet is Marathon(Snickers-go back to America) and Asda and Tescos versions are just as nice and half the price.

    Neil
  • pulliptears
    pulliptears Posts: 14,575
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    Lidl's Iron Brew is identical, if not nicer than Barr's Irn Bru, and only 29p a bottle :)
  • LOOYATES
    LOOYATES Posts: 68 Forumite
    HI A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I WORKED IN AN ICE CREAM FACTORY, ALL THE CHOC ICES WE MADE SUPPLIED MOST OF THE TOP SUPERMARKETS, CHEAP PRICED AND NOT SO CHEAP WERE ALL MADE ON THE SAME LINE, SAME WITH MAGNUMS ETC AND STORES OWN BRAND, BOTH THE SAME, JUST PACKAGED, DIFFERENTLY, HAD TO LEAVE THOUGH, WAS GETTING FAR TOO FAT EATING STAFF SALES TO FIT INTO MY LOVELY BOILERSUIT AND WELLIES, RESEMBLED AN OOMPA LOOMPAH!:eek:
    pats :T
  • I used to drink Gaymer's Olde English Strong Dry Cider. Then they increased the price and decreased the strength in one fell swoop.

    I looked for an alternative and I reckon Asda's Premium Strong Dry Cider is actually Strongbow. Same strength (5.3%), same colour and for me, same taste. Yet Strongbow sells for as much as £3.99 for 2 litres (Co-op) with Asda's own being just £2.42 for 3 litres. At just over 80p per litre, it's almost as cheap as apple juice. Cheers!
  • I like Asda's own brand 'Shades' loo roll. I used to use Andrex and I find the Asda stuff is stronger, but just as soft, while being a fraction of the price! It usually works out cheapest in the 24 pack, although there are often '% extra free' offers too. :)
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  • zcaprd7
    zcaprd7 Posts: 1,079 Forumite
    Tesco value toilet roll, I'm sure this stuff has got better?

    And, at 10p a roll when you get a 12 pack its a big money saver - everyone "doubles up" anyway!
  • laura1976
    laura1976 Posts: 298 Forumite
    Sainsburys stain remover is great, the one that's in a tub like vanish oxy. Don't like own brand washing up liquid though, never found anything nearly as good as fairy.
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  • adewton
    adewton Posts: 89
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    zcaprd7 wrote: »
    Tesco value toilet roll, I'm sure this stuff has got better?
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    And, at 10p a roll when you get a 12 pack its a big money saver - everyone "doubles up" anyway!

    I concur!

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  • Danni
    Danni Posts: 345 Forumite
    Asda's Smartprice Cookies are the nicest I've ever tasted, and at 29p a pack are a good price, too :)
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  • Slickman
    Slickman Posts: 19 Forumite
    At larger Tesco stores you can buy 'Own Brand' Diet Cola with Almond, which to me tastes identical to Dr Pepper!

    It only costs about 43p for 2 litres.
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