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    themaccas
    What won't you compromise on in your bid to become debtfree?
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:05 AM
    What won't you compromise on in your bid to become debtfree? 9th Apr 06 at 9:05 AM
    Just wondered if there were things you continue to spend the same money on pre lightbulb and if yoou have are you happy with the alternatives or do you see it as one compromise too many?

    I thought I had made loads but I was surprised to see during my weekly shop that I am still buying a lot of the same stuff I bought before and I still shop in Sainsburys!! I noticed I bought - Extra virgin olive oil (use this for all frying/cooking), taste the difference Fish, expensive one cup filter coffee sachets, the list goes on... I do buy a lot of BOGOF but only if I need the product and a lot of the basics ranges too but no wonder my bill is never below 70!
    Another thing is my haircut and colour I just won't change that and will keep that going although I have stretched the time I go from 2 months to 3 months.

    So, anyone else with this problem!

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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 9:17 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:17 AM
    Mine are:
    Wont stop buying - Finest sausages , Recycled toilet paper, Fairtrade tea/ coffee/ sugar
    I wont buy value meat.
    I wont give up my charity payments of 5 a month.
    Im Still smoking....

    Not a lot else really, weve shifted from colgate to mccleans toothpaste as its half the price in wilkos, not noticed the difference yet, and plenty of other downshifty type things that have made no difference whatsover to our lifestyle
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • dudleyboy
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:45 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:45 AM
    Mine are very much like lynzpower's. It's that compromise between value for money and personal ethics. I've had to cut back on a lot of things but there are some things that i'm still prepared to pay more for.
  • Chortle
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:49 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:49 AM
    Nothing :confused:

    I do still smoke, but I smoke roll-ups, so the cost has dropped from 5+ p/day to 5 p/week! I've found that almost everything I buy is available cheaper somewhere else, and I've not noticed any real difference in quality if I buy cheaper brands.

    I resent spending money on things if I know that there are cheaper alternatives, and not just because I am trying to get my debts cleared - its more to do with a total change in attitude to money!
    Highest Debt (Sept 04) -> 41,300
    Debt Free - August 2006!!


    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 9:54 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:54 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 9:54 AM
    I still buy wine and beer as we dont go out. Also I will only buy free range chicken as i cant bear the thought of eating something that has had such a miserable life in a cage. Also we have supermarket curry every Saturday as a treat and sometimes roast beef on Sundays. I buy Twinings tea bags. My shopping bill is not as cheap as other people but I justify this by saying that our meals are part as our entertainment as we never go anywhere or do anything and we havent had a holiday for a few years now. Oh dear im relapsing into self pity.
    • heppy23
    • By heppy23 9th Apr 06, 10:01 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 10:01 AM
    I don't drink much but I won't compromise on that. I won't drink what my cousin calls "sh1te lager".
    I always have decent coffee and cereals.
    I've got a thing about getting bacon from the local butchers where they cut it there and then rather than getting it in a packet. You never have all the water coming out of it and it doesn't shrink quite so much.
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 10:06 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 10:06 AM
    one economy ive made is Carlsberg Lager rather than Bud. Its quite a lot cheaper but we enjoy it just as much.
  • aliwatts
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    • 9th Apr 06, 10:11 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 10:11 AM
    Baked beans, cant eat any other than Heinz, and I wont compromise on cereal, cant buy shops own brand, you really can tell the difference !

    I am sure there are loads of other things I could do but I dont go out either so cant possible spend as much as those that do, so that makes me feel better.

    I have 2 children and my weekly shop is usually between 75 - 100, is that good or not?
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 10:15 AM
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    • 9th Apr 06, 10:15 AM
    I hope all of you have had a look at the thread in Shop but dont drop of "the great own brand hunt"- certainly opened my eyes to not buying the more expensive *name* as in a LOT of products, the packaging is all thats different. Quotes from people whove worked in various factories, marketing, procurement etc.
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • Broken hearted
    The childrens activities swimming, dance and youth club. Dance classes are free though so that helps. Nescafe coffee, Tetley tea, fruit and veg.
    I have almost given up the dreaded coke/pepsi down from a can a day to one aw week.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 10:16 AM
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    lynzpower
    Ali watts, isnt it COS you are spending 75-100 a week on food that you cant afford to go out. thats certainly whats happened with us, what we spends in my sig, and we have gone out more now than ever....
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 10:22 AM
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    tesuhoha
    I spend about 100 a week but my son eats me out of house & home. I shop on line at tesco and use a voucher every week, points or money off. i am going to try some own brands. I buy Ariel washing powder still as ive tried others that leave stains on the clothes. I only buy Coke at holiday times though and then its got to be on special offer.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 10:54 AM
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    lynzpower
    Tesuhoha
    Def have a look at the thread I mentioned before. REally worth while. Personally, I use tescos own colours liquid wash ( about 2.00) and it works everytime I only use half of the amount. No residue from poweder either
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 10:58 AM
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    tesuhoha
    Will try that when present supply runs out. (have only just bought some as it was on special offer). Am still looking for own brands thread, have not yet found it, but found a lovely recipe for chicken casserole though
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 11:05 AM
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    lynzpower
    here is is gang http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=23002
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 11:07 AM
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    tesuhoha
    Thanks youve been such a help to me. Ive been looking in the wrong place under Money Saving Old Style, should have read your message properly but theres so much to read on here i cant keep up with it all!
    • miss_angie1
    • By miss_angie1 9th Apr 06, 11:11 AM
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    miss_angie1
    I did a little shopping experiment on this when I went shopping a couple of weeks ago in Sainsbury's and decided to replace whatever I could (within reason) with the basic no frills stuff. It was actually very difficult as I spent time comparing ingredients and while some items are okay others are full of artificial additives etc which I'm not prepared to buy just to save a few pence. I did get the budget baby wipes which were fine just a bit thinner than the sainbury's own brand. Quality food is important so I can't scrimp on that especially having kids.
    I stick to the cheaper houshold things instead.
    My mantra is "Never pay full price!"
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 9th Apr 06, 11:14 AM
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    tesuhoha
    Am going to try Tescos Value Jaffa Cakes and Tescos Mayo. Heard they are just as good.
    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 9th Apr 06, 11:37 AM
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    VickyA
    I still buy my meat from our local butcher - everything that he sells comes from farms of a 10 mile radius of the shop! Traceability and fantastic quality - and it's not that expensive.
    I could never give up my season ticket for my rugby team - they need all the help that they can get at the moment, poor cherubs
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  • amosworks
    Eeek, all this talk of premium foods this, finest foods that. I shop at Lidl as with my new DFW eyes, I see Tesco like how I used to see Marks & Sparks. I never realised how many of you still have money to burn (can I have some, pretty please, you might as well, you're giving it away anyway)

    There are only 3 things I won't compromise on:

    Free range eggs - I too won't eat anything or the product of anything that spends its entire life unable to move or even stand up

    Giving money to charity - There will always be someone much worse off than I am regardless of how "bad" things get. Mainly animal welfare charities are my biggest concern.

    Phonecalls to my gran - I don't care how much it costs, you can't put these sorts of things off until you're DF, as by then it might be too late and you could find there's nobody to phone.

    Now, I know I'm gonna upset a few people probably, but boy - how many brand snobs are there in here?! La de da indeed! Get you with your "I can taste the difference this" and "added chemicals that" .

    Seems as though those brand manufactures have still got quite a few of you well and truly wrapped around their fat corporate little finger. I actually pity you in all honesty. Of course different products taste slightly different, but nothing actually tastes so foul it's not fit for human consumption. Your brain is so totally wired for expensive = better.

    I wreckon that the true-hearted DFW's/OS's/MSE'ers should try a few brandless taste tests with their OH/DS/DD tonight and try and put some of this brand snobbery back where it belongs - on the shelf!

    If you're so up on "this isn't just a carot -- it's a hand reared carrot from the Queens finest highland range stock that has been waited on since birth by authentic virgins and was frozen within 5 seconds of it being picked to preserve its divine goodness" then I suggest you grow your own veg and get the real finest quality with the real cheapest prices.

    End of lecture.
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