My Top 10 Own Brand Products From Sainsbury’s

Disclaimer: The prices quoted in this blog post were what I most recently paid for the item, so it is possible they have changed since then. Also this blog post is entirely of my own doing and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sainsbury’s in any way.

As a student I almost exclusively shopped at Sainsbury’s as it was the biggest supermarket nearest to where I lived. I was not aware at that time that Sainsbury’s had a reputation for being upmarket and therefore expensive until someone I worked with asked where I shopped and when I said Sainsbury’s they said in disgust ‘Huh, you’re rich’

(Despite the fact I only bought Sainsbury’s basic products and was from a low income family, the people I worked with thought I was rich because I chose to shop at the supermarket I could get to on foot, and they were sending their kids at University money each month whereas I was working two jobs just to survive. C’est la vie.)

Anyway, as my funds decreased I had to become a bit more savvy about where I shopped in order to get the best deal, and Sainsbury’s rarely made the cut.

I generally no longer shop at Sainsbury’s unless I feel like treating myself, because Sainsbury’s do genuinely do some nice, what I consider ‘fancy’ products, and I felt bad neglecting a supermarket that had served me well for many years.

As I am long out of the habit of shopping regularly at Sainsbury’s I have gone for some old favourites and it is possible that Sainsbury’s has a much wider range of quality own brand products, this is just what I have chosen.

#1 Sainsbury’s Instant Vegetable Flavour Noodles

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I chose these for a few reasons. One, they were a large part of my student diet. Two, they, unlike so many instant noodles, are vegetarian and three, they use sustainable palm oil.

And they taste nice too.

RETAIL FACTS – 40p for a 90g pack

#2 Sainsbury’s Indian Style Poppadoms

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I am not fussy about poppadoms, so I chose these because they are the cheapest poppadoms I have seen. As you know from my weekly financial reviews the boy and I get through a lot of poppadoms!

RETAIL FACTS – 95p for an 8 pack (typically about 64g)

#3 Sainsbury’s Fruit/Herbal Teas

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Sainsbury’s have a great selection of herbal and fruit teas, there is really nothing wrong with any of them, but I chose these two as I love anything with apple or blueberry in it and these two flavours compliment each other well.

RETAIL FACTS – 75p for a 20 bag pack

#4 Sainsbury’s Free From Ginger Crunch Biscuits

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Aside from not eating meat, I will generally eat anything and everything and can only think of two things I don’t like – tinned macaroni cheese and lychee’s.

But, some of my friends aren’t as lucky. I have a lovely friend with coeliac’s disease, and another friend who is intolerant to dairy, wheat and gluten. Therefore due to my need to be the world’s best hostess, I always try to have some soya milk and a treat of some description in stock for when they come round.

I chose these as they have always been well received by my friends and are crucially free from the bad trinity of dairy, wheat and gluten.

Sainsbury’s are pretty good with free from products, and I think they have a wheat/dairy/gluten free lasagne, so go them.

RETAIL FACTS – £1.30 for 150g pack

#5 Sainsbury’s 5 Beans

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For when you are feeling a little decadent and normal beans on toast just won’t cut it.

RETAIL FACTS – 40p for a 390g tin

#6 Sainsbury’s  Spiced Squash and Red Pepper Soup

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We are now going to enter the convenience portion of this blog post. As a student I wasn’t a confident cook at all, I knew my way around a pasta dish and soup, but that was about it. I lived with someone who was an amazing cook, to the point he later quit his film degree to train at catering college. I remember being entranced by his array of spices, but now I have a collection to rival his.

I am generally happy to pay a little bit more for soup as long as it has some hint of being nicer then your bog standard vegetable soup. Yes, I could make my own for about 15p, but sometimes you are busy.

RETAIL FACTS – 50p for a 400g tin

#7 Sainsbury’s Vegetable Chilli

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Ok, so before you all come after me with pitchforks as vegetable chilli is the easiest thing in the world to make, let me explain.

I love a good bean chilli.

The boy hates all beans and pulses.

Therefore I rarely bother to make bean chilli as it would take up too much space in the freezer if I batch cooked it, and it would be just me eating it.

So sometimes a tin of the stuff is what you need.

RETAIL FACTS – £1 for a 400g tin

#8 Sainsbury’s Bombay Potatoes and #9 Sainsbury’s Vegetable Curry

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Sainsbury’s has a great range of tinned products, and I am saving my favourite for #10. The vegetable curry made up a large part of my diet during busy times, and the bombay potatoes are something I love but the boy doesn’t, therefore I rarely get to eat it.

RETAIL FACTS – Both £1, both 400g tins.

#10 Sainsbury’s Chickpea Dhal

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This is probably my favourite ready meal of all time. I love this so much that I frequently will enter a Sainsbury’s store to exclusively see if this is in stock.

Yes, again I could make this myself for about 7p, and most of the time I do, as you well know from my previous experiments with Dhal’s. But sometimes I need something like this in stock, particularly for Monday nights when I return from counselling emotionally wrought and need to make something quick for dinner, and having a tin like this in stock will stop me from buying a mega cheesey pizza (also usually from Sainsbury’s funnily enough).

And call me shallow but I like the purple labels on their Indian tins, they look regal and lovely.

RETAIL FACTS – £1 for a 395g tin

So there you have it, my favourite own brand products from Sainsbury’s.

Are there any supermarkets or stores you would like to see similar blog posts for? Let me know in the comments.

 

My Top 10 Own Brand Products From Morrisons

Disclaimer: The prices quoted in this post are based on the price I most recently paid for said product, and they may have changed since then. Also this post was entirely created by me and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Morrison’s in any way. I merely wish to share my love of these products.

#1 Morrisons 100% Peanut Butter (Available in smooth and crunchy)

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I love this product so much that I recently shouted out about it on Twitter (yes I have Twitter now, my name is @Jillettuce based on a stupid nickname my friend Joel gave me).

You know me, I love peanut butter (please see proof here and here) and my love of peanut butter is matched by my hatred of palm oil. And having principles is often expensive.

But Morrisons are (to the best of my knowledge) the first supermarket to introduce an own brand 100% peanut, peanut butter, so well done Morrisons.

RETAIL FACTS – £1.78 for 340g

#2 Morrison Prawn Crackers

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The boy and I like a Chinese ‘Fake Away’, or we like to cut costs on our Chinese takeaway by having prawn crackers in stock.

And because I am both a glutton and a cheap skate I know that these are the cheapest prawn crackers based on price per gram (or they were before inflation occurred). And they are yum.

RETAIL FACTS – £1 for 80g

#3 Morrison Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Pies

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The boy likes a gravy based meal on Sundays, and pies feature heavily.

As I don’t eat meat (I’m a pescetarian) I need a suitable substitute so I don’t get food envy, and these bad boys do the job.

Filling and tasty, and good in gravy.

RETAIL FACTS – £1.42 for 2 Pies (360g)

#4 Morrison Frozen Diced Swede

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The boy and I love a bit of swede, usually in our Sunday ‘Gravy Based Meal’, and I think this is the best based on price per gram. It is yet to fail us.

Things to do with Swede. Scones and Cous cous.

RETAIL FACTS – 60p for 500g.

#5 Morrisons Savers Family Size Facial Tissues

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These are the best value facial tissues from a supermarket (that I shop with). Cheaper then Tesco’s own brand equivalent and one more tissue a pack.

RETAIL FACTS – 65p per 226 tissue pack

#6 Morrison Curry Flavour Noodles

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The boy likes these noodles. Also available in various other flavours.

RETAIL FACTS – 28p per 85g pack.

#7 Morrison Savers Pasta Sauce

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In my post about my favourite Tesco own brand products I divulged that the boy (and again, ‘the boy’ refers to my 36 year old boyfriend) doesn’t generally like pasta unless it is cooked in a gross sugar and salt enhanced ready made sauce (whereas I like my home made sauce ). As I refuse to waste my money on something I could make for pennies with a tin of chopped tomatoes, this is our compromise. The boy likes it, I like it. And it is cheap and tasty.

RETAIL FACTS – 38p per 400g Jar.

#8 Morrison Soup

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These three, plus the Carrot and Parsnip soup I would have featured had The Boy not eaten it, make up a frequent staple of my food shop with Morrisons. They are very cheap but do not lack in flavour and they were for my emergency lunches at work when I had been too busy to batch cook something.

RETAIL FACTS – 45p per 400g tin.

#9 Morrison Savers Mature Cheddar Cheese

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My favourite cheese. It packs a punch. Some own brand mature cheddar cheeses are basically quite mild in flavour, this is strong and mighty.

RETAIL FACTS – £5.50 per 1KG.

#10 Morrison No Added Sugar Summer Fruits Squash

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The boy’s favourite squash is Summer Fruits flavour. Every supermarket has a Summer Fruits squash. I chose Morrison’s as being the creme de la creme as it is double concentrate (therefore it lasts longer), comes in a 1.5 Litre size bottle (which is usually what the boy and I get through in a month) and is almost always on a multi buy offer.

Well done Morrison’s.

RETAIL FACTS – £1.24 per 1.5 litre bottle (frequently on a 2 for £2 offer)

So there you have it, my favourite own brand buys from Morrison’s.

Do you have any supermarkets you would like me to investigate what the best products are?