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    • Little Miss Uni-Debt
    • By Little Miss Uni-Debt 8th Aug 11, 4:58 PM
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    What's Just Not Worth Scrimping On?
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    • 8th Aug 11, 4:58 PM
    What's Just Not Worth Scrimping On? 8th Aug 11 at 4:58 PM
    Hey all,

    I always try to shop around and find a bargain, shop efficiently and cut back where I need to.

    I was just wondering if any of you have found any areas that it's just not wise to scrimp on or that you allow yourself just one last luxury in your life no matter how small!

    The only things I can think of are :-

    Washing detergent - I buy it on offer but I can't change down too many brands unless I want to go mad with itching 24/7

    Car repairs - OH does simple things like oil change etc but we never scrimp on important repairs.

    Kitchen towel/TP - Cheaper brands really do cost you more as it gets used up 2x as fast!

    Chocolate - I'd rather have 1 bar a year of nice chocolate compared with a years supply of cheaper choc. I don't drink or smoke so it's my only luxury.

    I'd be interested to hear what has stood the test of time on the shopping lists of all you hardened MSE'ers!!

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    • rdchick
    • By rdchick 8th Aug 11, 5:10 PM
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:10 PM
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    Loo roll definitely - I HATE with a passion cheap loo roll - what's the point if you almost end up using your hand because it just falls apart!!! Lol!!! xxx
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    • Smamfer
    • By Smamfer 8th Aug 11, 5:12 PM
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    • #3
    • 8th Aug 11, 5:12 PM
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:12 PM
    Good post

    From the top of my head i would have to say

    Real coke of pepsi, i dont drink this is my vice but i cant stand cheaper ones.

    Heinz tommy k, i have tried lesser and i just can't do it!

    Cheap butter i was brought up on Lurpak its my treat in life

    i agree on your kitchen roll and i have to say loo roll is often just way too thin too although i only get the real good stuff if it is on offer.

    Bisto gravy granules would be another,,, im sure theres a lot more but these spring to mind

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    • Tixy
    • By Tixy 8th Aug 11, 5:13 PM
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:13 PM
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    Moisturiser & foundation - perhaps not that small a luxury in terms of price but I won't compromise on these.
    Washing detergent here also - always buy on offer like you.
    There are lots more as well I'm sure, I'm not very good with the down-shifting challenge!
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  • topcat9
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:23 PM
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:23 PM
    Great idea, got me really thinking

    Diet Coke (has to be in a can too not a bottle - I'm a connoisseur )

    Agree with everyone about toilet roll/kitchen roll etc. Cleaning sprays/liquids as well - I buy branded on offer or good supermarket own-brands but not the real cheapo ones as they are often very dilute and you need to use much more.

    Nail varnish - I don't buy them that often and they're one of the cheaper items sold by the posher beauty brands so I'm getting a little treat without spending loads (plus I do think they last longer).

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    • RAS
    • By RAS 8th Aug 11, 5:26 PM
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    For me - decent tea (quite happy with leaves rather than bags) but I drink it very weak so can make one portion go a long way.
    And proper coffee, I would rather buy a bag as an occasional treat, given it does not last long, than drink the instant stuff

    And I buy decent wholemeal bread from the organic shop because it lasts so much longer than the Chorlton processed stuff; even if it costs more per loaf it is as cheap in the long run.
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:34 PM
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    Pedigree Chum dog food. Yes she is spoilt but it really is the only one that agrees with her and Robinsons Special R blackcurrant juice. For me not the dog!!
  • oopsadaisydoddle
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:40 PM
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    I have to agree with the kitchen roll/toilet paper/washing detergent thing. We're lucky to be able to get it from Makro at very good prices.

    I have to have proper coffee also..I bought a 'decent' instant just to keep in the cupboard and tried some the other day and it was yuk! Also it has to be Ringtons tea!

    I can't use any other washing up liquid other than Fairy and cornflakes have to be Kelloggs.
  • crazyguy
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:43 PM
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    • 8th Aug 11, 5:43 PM
    I wonder if Tesco's made value condoms would they sell many, I dont think I would use them !
    • thechippy
    • By thechippy 8th Aug 11, 5:45 PM
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    Salad cream and mayo..

    It just has to be Heinz and Hellmans.
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    lol crazyguy. I wonder how safe they would actually be?!
    • moneysavingmonkey85
    • By moneysavingmonkey85 8th Aug 11, 6:00 PM
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    teabags (recently bought a sack of 1600 from wholesaler) and washing up liquid, also I am agreeing about washing powder as have tried cheapest but now wait for offers on good ones! Coke/pepsi also. thats a lot actually, maybe i need to get less fussy!
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    • thechippy
    • By thechippy 8th Aug 11, 6:01 PM
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    I wonder if Tesco's made value condoms would they sell many, I dont think I would use them !
    Originally posted by crazyguy
    I just use dustbin liners....
    Happiness, is a Kebab called Doner.....
    • Flower08
    • By Flower08 8th Aug 11, 6:41 PM
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    Definitely washing powder and shower gel. I suffer with eczema so dont scrimp on either on these items or my skin will be red raw!!
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    • fakeplastictwee
    • By fakeplastictwee 8th Aug 11, 6:46 PM
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    Foundation - I buy lancome, 27 but it's worth it in the long run as it lasts at least 3 months, and is the only one I can find to match my skin tone. Prepared to fork out as my skin isn't particularly great. Thinking about it, it's the only thing that I really buy myself.

    Would've agreed on the loo roll thing, but Sainsbury's basics have one which is like a double thickness roll now... perfectly fine! A little bit cheaper than their normal branded stuff but you get 6 rolls instead of 4.

    Washing up liquid has to be fairy... the rest are useless.
  • Hovel lady
    Was discussing this with my OH over dinner who said "Never scrip on time spent with loved ones".
    • Flower08
    • By Flower08 8th Aug 11, 6:54 PM
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    Was discussing this with my OH over dinner who said "Never scrip on time spent with loved ones".
    Originally posted by Hovel lady

    Ahh bless. I'm afraid OH and I do scrimp on time spent together a lot, especially at the minute as he is putting in loads of overtime at work!
    Think he has 4 days off work this month.
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  • Bambywamby
    Coffee (I like organic decaf)...shampoo (Herbal Essences) cheap stuff makes me itch like mad and finally bread. Can't stand cheap, heavy bread...goes hard too quickly and tastes terrible. x x
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  • miss duke
    I used to lways say I wouldn't scrimp on teabags, washing powder, toilet roll, coke, and baked beans. However I recently have on all of these, and the lower priced products have been fine for me! Mind you, I recently went to our local market and got toilet rolls for cheaper than the supermarket brand I was buying :-)

    I stopped buying kitchen roll at all, and have ditched the diet coke habit in favour of good old tap water, as I am preggers and was worried about the caffeine.

    I honestly cannot think of anything that I wouldn't go supermarket own brand on, but I would never ever buy 'value' range nappies or washing powder.
  • los72
    I'm gonna throw a spanner in the works...

    Biccies. I only go for Tesco Value ones, you know, the pack where you get about 4/5 different sorts. I love these, can't stand the proper branded ones.
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