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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 7:51 pm

    When shopping, what 'store brand' products will you not buy?




    I wont buy store brand hair products, toilet paper, potato chips, fizzy, juice and icecream (I may think of more later).

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 7:59 pm

    I've never thought about it but...I dont usually buy storebrand - maybe storebrand flour and budget brand butter? That's about it.

    Apart from the fact it is never the cheaper option for my groceries.... we dont buy alot of junk food/chips/biscuits, which is where I think you'd usually make savings by going store-brand.

    I buy hair products at the hairdresser, toilet paper on special (so bulk amounts of a good brand), potato chips so rarely I may as well get the ones I love, fizzy drink rarely (and it would be Coke if we did), juice never, and icecream so rarely I may as well go super flash (and added bonus, smaller packaging).

    Our main spend (outiside fruit and vege and meat - not from supermarket) items are tinned veges, pasta, baking stuff, cheese, butter, coffee, bread, and lunch stuff (bread, ham, museli/fruit bars).

    We try and spend $90 a week at the supermarket - and the rest on fruit and vege/meat.
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    Post  relict on Sat May 29, 2010 8:03 pm

    Waireka wrote:When shopping, what 'store brand' products will you not buy?

    I wont buy store brand hair products, toilet paper, potato chips, fizzy, juice and icecream (I may think of more later).

    There is none I would never buy if they fit my other criteria. For example:
    * if I buy juice, I like freshly squeezed, not reconstituted. I'd rather buy any brand fresh than good brand reconstituted
    * I'd rather buy any brand local or organic or in glass or with an ingredient list that makes me happy, than good brand without (to try, but if I tried and found some reason against, like taste or quality, then I'd look further next time)

    I don't buy any of the store brand products you mentioned.
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    Post  ChelseaT on Sat May 29, 2010 8:06 pm

    My luscious locks are all thanks to the 20L vat of Budget Shampoo. When my mum came to visit she was like "can I use your shampoo and conditioner?"

    Wtf is conditioner?
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    Post  relict on Sat May 29, 2010 8:06 pm

    ydekm wrote:We try and spend $90 a week at the supermarket - and the rest on fruit and vege/meat.

    How much would you spend total per adult per week, if that is not too nosey? Others can answer too, if I may thread jack.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:08 pm

    ydekm wrote:Our main spend (outiside fruit and vege and meat - not from supermarket) items are tinned veges, pasta, baking stuff, cheese, butter, coffee, bread, and lunch stuff (bread, ham, museli/fruit bars).

    I get homebrand pasta (for quick pasta), baking stuff, cheese, butter and bread.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:10 pm

    relict wrote:
    ydekm wrote:We try and spend $90 a week at the supermarket - and the rest on fruit and vege/meat.

    How much would you spend total per adult per week, if that is not too nosey? Others can answer too, if I may thread jack.

    Total? Around $70 per week per adult(2) which is 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. Can be more depending on the price of fruit and vege but we try to eat in season.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:11 pm

    ChelseaT wrote:My luscious locks are all thanks to the 20L vat of Budget Shampoo. When my mum came to visit she was like "can I use your shampoo and conditioner?"

    Wtf is conditioner?

    I have really sensitive skin so I have to spend a bit more on cosmetics sadly. Otherwise I would totally join you.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:11 pm

    I spend $160 a week (not inc. fruit and vege, we get that free).

    $60 is spent on formula, $25 on V.

    We have meat with every meal (even breakfast when we actually eat breakfast), which bumps it up I guess.
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    Post  relict on Sat May 29, 2010 8:11 pm

    relict wrote:How much would you spend total per adult per week, if that is not too nosey? Others can answer too, if I may thread jack.

    The reason I'm asking is I used to not budget, and spend anything, and justify it by saying some of the stuff would last for several weeks and I'd spend less next time. Haha!
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    Post  83T'na on Sat May 29, 2010 8:12 pm

    What do you mean when you say 'store brand'?

    I buy a lot of Pam's baking products, but that's only because I usually shop at Pak n' Save. Budget butter is just a good and usually cheaper than others.

    Price is my first criteria, unless I want something like baked beans or spaghetti - I can't stand the 'store brand' recipe and always buy Watties, if it's on special.
    I'm the same with hair products and toothpaste - you never know what's in the cheap brands.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:12 pm

    Oops, that's for 4 adults.

    ydekm wrote:
    ChelseaT wrote:My luscious locks are all thanks to the 20L vat of Budget Shampoo. When my mum came to visit she was like "can I use your shampoo and conditioner?"

    Wtf is conditioner?

    I have really sensitive skin so I have to spend a bit more on cosmetics sadly. Otherwise I would totally join you.

    I have really african hair, so I have to spend huge amounts on hair products.
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    Post  ChelseaT on Sat May 29, 2010 8:13 pm

    Waireka wrote:
    ydekm wrote:Our main spend (outiside fruit and vege and meat - not from supermarket) items are tinned veges, pasta, baking stuff, cheese, butter, coffee, bread, and lunch stuff (bread, ham, museli/fruit bars).

    I get homebrand pasta (for quick pasta), baking stuff, cheese, butter and bread.

    I've just remembered someone telling me about Homebrand products being the most volatile in regards to quality. I think they said that their contracts (I don't know the term for it) is only a year long, so one year you can be getting Watties baked beans and the next year it'll be something really shit. Pams from Pak n Payforbags have a 10 year (or some other equally long time) contract so you know that if their product is shit (or grand), it's not going to change for a while.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:14 pm

    We shop at Pak n Save - so we have Budget or Pams as the equivilent 'storebrand' I guess?

    But it's not usually cheaper - so I dont often buy it.

    Pasta - there is a blue brand that is usually the cheapest (I'll only eat fettuchine so that's all we buy).
    Tinned veges - usually Watties or italian brand tomatoes (I swear they taste better) but Budget brand for Creamed or Whole Kernal Corn.
    Butter, flour, baking powder is all Pams/Budget.
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    Post  relict on Sat May 29, 2010 8:16 pm

    ChelseaT wrote: Pams from Pak n Payforbags have a 10 year (or some other equally long time) contract so you know that if their product is shit (or grand), it's not going to change for a while.

    1. LOL
    2. Interesting! Didn't know that.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:17 pm

    We've just done a massive rebudget because we were spending an excess of $600 a month on food for 2 people.
    So we shop for fruit/vege and meat first - and aim to have one or two meat free meals a week (easy in soup weather like this). And it makes the supermarket shop less impulse buy and more planned.
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    Post  Sassydot on Sat May 29, 2010 8:18 pm

    I buy Store Brand just about anything Laughing Some stuff Home Brand, some stuff Signature Range/Select.
    There are a few things I won't buy of Home Brand, eg their bacon, but I buy the Signature Range bacon (streaky) cos it's made by beehive. Unless Beehive happens to be cheaper that day.

    Oh, Select frozen broccoli is FOUL, won't buy that again.
    And I don't think I'd buy the Home Brand meat pies, but I'll buy the Pams ones if I happen to go to New World and they're the cheapest.

    I'm not too fussy, it often comes down to what's cheapest overall on the day.


    I used to manage the chilled/frozen section and have a lot to do with the dry goods section, of Foodtown in Hamilton, so I know for the Progressive chain, who makes what.


    OH I thought of one. Baked beans. I will not buy anything but Watties baked beans.



    Relict - we spend $250-270 a fortnight for 2 adults and 2 kids. I just get everything from the supermarket. They eat more than I do so its effectively 4 adults LOL. That includes their lunches and usually mine, but Ross usually buys his lunch. Oh and the cats, but they're like $15 a fortnight so not a biggie.
    Mostly all of that is food though, I don't buy a lot in the way of the health & beauty aisle nor the cleaning aisle. I make a bottle of spray n wipe last MONTHS.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:18 pm

    Hmmm, our Home Brand products are usually significantly cheaper. So I definitely buy a lot of Home Brand.

    Our Home Brand bread tastes better than the $4 loaves and it's only $1.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:21 pm

    Waireka wrote:Hmmm, our Home Brand products are usually significantly cheaper. So I definitely buy a lot of Home Brand.

    Our Home Brand bread tastes better than the $4 loaves and it's only $1.

    I splurge on bread - otherwise I wont eat it. Unless it's for cheese rolls or a spare loaf in the freezer for desperate times.
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    Post  Sassydot on Sat May 29, 2010 8:23 pm

    Waireka wrote:Oops, that's for 4 adults.

    ydekm wrote:
    ChelseaT wrote:My luscious locks are all thanks to the 20L vat of Budget Shampoo. When my mum came to visit she was like "can I use your shampoo and conditioner?"

    Wtf is conditioner?

    I have really sensitive skin so I have to spend a bit more on cosmetics sadly. Otherwise I would totally join you.

    I have really african hair, so I have to spend huge amounts on hair products.



    Best thing I EVER did for my hair was to stop using shampoo.
    Felt manky for a couple weeks, then my scalp got over it. I run a decent conditioner through it 1-2 times a week to get the dirt n stuff out, and otherwise just a bit of water.
    Hairdressers always go, wow, your hair is in such good condition for it being so curly, what shampoo do you use, and I say "I don't" Laughing
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    Post  relict on Sat May 29, 2010 8:24 pm

    Sassydot wrote:I make a bottle of spray n wipe last MONTHS.
    Laughing

    Yep, me too. I only use it if something won't clean with water first, or water-detergent - ie, usually if something is oily or greasy, which it usually isn't.

    On the other hand, cleaning is so much easier with no kids in the house.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:28 pm

    Sassydot wrote:Best thing I EVER did for my hair was to stop using shampoo.
    Felt manky for a couple weeks, then my scalp got over it. I run a decent conditioner through it 1-2 times a week to get the dirt n stuff out, and otherwise just a bit of water.
    Hairdressers always go, wow, your hair is in such good condition for it being so curly, what shampoo do you use, and I say "I don't" Laughing

    Curly haired people don't believe that when I tell them.

    I straighten mine, so I like it to be really clean when I do it. It only gets washed every 1.5 weeks. Like you said, the scalp deals with it fine, it doesn't look bad until the last day (as long as I don't exercise or touch it too much).

    Hairdressers are always suprised by this too, saves me a fortune and time on not washing it daily too.
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    Post  ChelseaT on Sat May 29, 2010 8:35 pm

    Sassydot wrote:Best thing I EVER did for my hair was to stop using shampoo.
    Felt manky for a couple weeks, then my scalp got over it. I run a decent conditioner through it 1-2 times a week to get the dirt n stuff out, and otherwise just a bit of water.
    Hairdressers always go, wow, your hair is in such good condition for it being so curly, what shampoo do you use, and I say "I don't" Laughing

    Every hairdresser I've seen in the last five years has said something along the lines of: "Oh, you shouldn't have straightened your hair, if I wash it, it'll go curly again but I can straighten it for you afterwards if you want?"

    No. Just no. I don't own a straightener. Shut up and cut my hair.
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    Post  Waireka on Sat May 29, 2010 8:37 pm

    ChelseaT wrote:
    Sassydot wrote:Best thing I EVER did for my hair was to stop using shampoo.
    Felt manky for a couple weeks, then my scalp got over it. I run a decent conditioner through it 1-2 times a week to get the dirt n stuff out, and otherwise just a bit of water.
    Hairdressers always go, wow, your hair is in such good condition for it being so curly, what shampoo do you use, and I say "I don't" Laughing

    Every hairdresser I've seen in the last five years has said something along the lines of: "Oh, you shouldn't have straightened your hair, if I wash it, it'll go curly again but I can straighten it for you afterwards if you want?"

    No. Just no. I don't own a straightener. Shut up and cut my hair.

    Haha flat hair.

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    Post  ydekm on Sat May 29, 2010 8:39 pm

    ChelseaT wrote:
    Sassydot wrote:Best thing I EVER did for my hair was to stop using shampoo.
    Felt manky for a couple weeks, then my scalp got over it. I run a decent conditioner through it 1-2 times a week to get the dirt n stuff out, and otherwise just a bit of water.
    Hairdressers always go, wow, your hair is in such good condition for it being so curly, what shampoo do you use, and I say "I don't" Laughing

    Every hairdresser I've seen in the last five years has said something along the lines of: "Oh, you shouldn't have straightened your hair, if I wash it, it'll go curly again but I can straighten it for you afterwards if you want?"

    No. Just no. I don't own a straightener. Shut up and cut my hair.

    My hairdresser has to straighten my hair to cut it - just because it's so thick.
    She's Iranian so she understands the dilemma of super thick straight hair. Cut it wrong and you look like a triangle head.

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