Many people believe there’s a way to save money on everything, and while this may be true in a lot of circumstances, in certain situations it really pays to draw the line somewhere. As we all know from experience, there comes a time when buying a cheaper version of a more established brand or line-up can not only result in worse results, but can effectively make the cost-saving exercise a complete waste of precious cash.
So, for the things you need to buy every week or month, what should you pay a little more for? Here’s our guide…
There’s nothing worse than buying a bin liner to specifically contain waste, only for it to tear when you’re getting it out of the bin, or worse – it completely giving way on the way to your wheelie bin, in the middle of your kitchen or outside on the driveway. Remember that you may not change a bag for up to a week, and anything wet or mulchy can degrade a bag from the inside. You don’t need to get anything as heavy duty as rubble sacks, but it pays to buy the second or third-cheapest option.
Well, this one goes without saying. Granted, you’re never going to get 1970s school-style toilet roll in supermarkets, where its makeup is more that of tracing paper than toilet paper. Whatever you do, don’t make more of a mess with a bargain purchase here.
While you may not be a fan of the cost of brands such as Fairy Liquid, it’s usually on offer somewhere, or its rivals will be competitively priced. It lasts a lot longer too, owing to the smaller amounts needed. Think about how long a better brand lasts compared to a supermarket-own equivalent – as well as the better work it does for your dishes!
Why should your cat or dog suffer the consequences of a tightening of belts? The statistics speak for themselves; cheaper food simply contains a lot more filler material designed to make pets feel full, but not give them the nutrients and vitamins they need to stay healthy. Granted, you’re not going to eat it yourself – but look at different types of food (such as dry options you can add water to, and buying it in bulk) instead of buying whatever’s on offer.
Cheaper deodorants tend to lack anti-perspirant – something really important to many – but they can also smell generally poor, or leave huge white marks that could ruin some clothes, even if they’re white!
Last but not least, this one’s pretty darn obvious. Unless you’re actively aiming for a cheaper cut of meat – say, chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, or rump steak over sirloin – chances are that cheaper deal on your chosen meat is cheaper for a reason. Be careful, whatever you do; cheap meat can bring a whole lot of health problems if you’re not careful.