Quality versus quantity – it’s a constant balancing act in so many areas, and not least of all the supermarket. I’m curious: what do you scrimp on?
People generally say to buy budget rice, pasta and so on. I’m a fan of basmati/jasmine rice, though, and I usually manage to pick those up on special. We also tend to buy branded sauces, frozen foods, tuna, eggs, crackers and biscuits, usually on sale.
Where we do tend to go for price over name, though…
Bread: we usually buy the house brand for $1.44, or the next step up at $1.79 (which is SO much nicer).
Toilet paper: we tend to buy Earthcare recycled TP when it’s $1.99 for four, otherwise it’s Kiwisoft at 12 for $3.79. I draw the line at Budget TP, though.
Canned vegetables: Tomatoes, chickpeas, corn. Anywhere from $1-1.70 a can.
Cooking oil: T goes way overboard with the oil when cooking, IMO.
Milk: We go through it like water.
Dried pasta: It’s all the same to me. T likes to buy the expensive stuff, though, so I let him pick every once in a while.