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Although like many people at the moment,we are trying to cut the family shopping bill there are some savings that we are not prepared to make! One of these is our choice of soap. For our family it has to be Dove!
Dove soap is easy to recognise by the dove emblem. The soap itself is pure white and oval shaped. Dove is unlike other soaps in that it dosn't leave any soap scum. It has a lovely smell,sort of clean and pure if you know what I mean.
Dove soap is very creamy to use and can be used on your face as well as your body. The lather it gives is soft and it rinses of well. The only downside to Dove cream bar soap as far as I can see is that it does tend to disolve quickly. If you leave it in water for any lenght of time it will simply disappear!
Dove cream bar soap is widely available and costs around £1.73 for 4 100 gram bars or 46p for a single 100 gram bar.
I love French cuisine and for me one of the best preserves on the market has to be St Dalfour fruit spreads. St Dalfour are a French company with their headquarters in the Loire valley. Whenever we go on holiday to France St Dalfour is always on our breakfast menu.
Although St Dalfour costs more than other brands of preserve I think it is well wrth the extra cost.There are lots of lovely varieties to choose from in this range but my all time favourite has to be the black cherry. St Dalfour black cherry fruit spread is made without the addition of any sugar. Its sweetness comes from unsweetened grape juice. In addition all St Dalfour fruit spreads contain around 50% fruit,you really do get what you pay for! St Dalfour spread come in 2 size jars,28 grams and 284 grams. They are widely available and a 284 gram jar will cost you around £1.60.
St Dalfour black cherry fruit spread really does taste of black cherries. I love the fact that each jar has plenty of big juicy cherries. Its colour is as you would expect dark red.St Dalfour spreads don't contain any artificail flavours,colourings or sweetners.
Not only do these fruit spreads taste great on bread or toast but they are wonderful drizzled over ice cream or into a bowl of porridge. St Dalfour fruit spreads are delicious but don't take my word for it!
I started usuing Colgate toothpaste about 2 years ago. I suffer from sensitive teeth and my dentist suggested I switch to colgate as it is less harse than many other brands. Until that time I had always used whatever was on offer.
Taking his advice I switched to Colgate and although my teeth are still a bit on the sensitive side they are nothing like as bad as they were.
Colgate comes in either a tube or the more convenient pump dispenser. It is easy to spot on the shelf by its red and white tube. Colgate contains flouride . There are several different versions of Colgate tothpaste including fresh mint and one for sensitive teeth. I usually buy the Colgate for sensitive teeth.
I like the taste of Colgate and have never found it too strong ,unlike some other brands! Colgate also make an excellent mouthwash.
Colgate toothpaste is widely available and I pay around £1.99 for a pump dispenser. The tubes are slightly cheaper but I find them very messy. If you sufer with sensitive teeth then give Colgate a go-it may well help!
I have banked with Lloyds TSB for many years now and have mainly been happy with the service I have received. I am not going to go into lots of detail to write about how a bank works and what services are on offer at Lloyds as I am guessing most of you will already be aware of both ! Lloyds offer all the usual facilities including current accounts,saving accounts,insurance,foreign currency and pensions to name a few. The best way to find out whats on ofer is to either visit your local branch or the Lloyds web site. I am more interested in writing about my experiance of banking with LLoyds.
I think it has become increasingly important for banks to work hard on their customer service in these days of choice. There are lots of incentives on ofer for switching your bank account and banks are desperate to attract new customers at the moment. Lloyds have always,in my view,had excellent customer service. I go into my local branch at least once a week and am always greeted by name and treated with respect.
Llloyds have worked hard to keep queues to a minimum and offer fast pay in facilites. When I recently wanted to discuss an issue I was immediatelty ofered a private room .
On another occasion I was having huge problems with pay pal. Pay pal told me that it was my bank who had refused to pay a request for money. Lloyds phoned pay pal and sorted the matter out for me. This was something they didn't have to do as it was not their fault.
I am very happy with Lloyds and would recommend them!
There is one product that all of us buys-toilet rolls! I have been writing about some cheaper alternative products our family have been buying lately in a bid to cut down our growing food bill. However there is one economy I refuse to make and that is on toilet rolls. We have always bought Andrex toilet rolls ever since I can remember. Compared with other brand Andrex is the no 1 brand.
Andrex is stronger than most of its rivals for a start. This matters if you don't want to find your toilet tissue breaking when you use it. Andrex has 241 sheets on every roll,more than many other cheaper brands. It is soft to use but dosn't block the loo like some of the quilted brands seem to do! I have a friend who is a plumber and he tells me the no 1 cause of blocked loos is quilted toilet paper!
Andrex comes in a variety of colours if you are interesed in matching your loo roll with your bathroom decor as my partner is! We always buy white .
Andrex toilet tissue is often on special ofer with money off or free toilet rolls. At the moment Tesco are seeling 9 roll packs of Andrex for £4 or 4 rolls packs for £2.25. I will always be loyal to Andex no matter what the cost!
These days lots of people are trying to make savings whereever they can and I am no different. As a family we are trying to cut our weekly food bill without cutting back on the quality of the food that we eat. Recently we decided to try Tesco value orange juice in place of our usual tesco concentrated juice. Tesco mainstream juice costs 88p for a 1 litre carton as opposed to just 58p for a litre carton of Tesco value orange juice.
I am no fan of the packaging of any of the Tesco value range. It looks very unappealing and I really don't see why it would add to the cost to spice it up a bit! Anyway that aside it is the taste that is really important! The carton is easy to open and the juice pours well. I really like this juice. It is not too sweet and is very smooth. The only negative is that it does taste a bit watery. However on looking at the ingredients panel the value juice consists of 100% concentrated orange -exactly the same as the more expensive main stream juice! It is only Tesco who deem this to be a value item! In face it is no diferent except for the price.
I like to drink Tesco value orange alone or it can be used as a mixer. As Christmas approaches I think you could do worse than to buy cartons of this value juice both to drink alone but especially for mixing with alcoholic drinks.
I don't eat a lot of chocolate but sometimes I really have to indulge! One of my all time favourites has to be the Bounty bar. For thoses of you who have never eaten a Bounty let me try to describe it for you!
Bounty bars come in either milk chocolte or plain chocolte. I happen to prefer the plain chocolte variety. Unfortunately plain chocolte Bountys are not so easy to find! Open the wrapper and you will see 2 separte bars . The outer chocolate covering is not too thick and inside is the most wonderful coconut centre! The conbination of chocolate and the coconut centre is very moist and fairly sweet. I like the fact that each Bounty contains 2 sepate bars so you can save one for later!
Bounty have been around for as long as I can remember. They are widely available and cost around 45p. Like all chocolate they are high in calories,fat and sugar,but as far as I'm concerned they are great for an occasional treat!
I do a lot of shopping on line and always check to see whether my chosen retailer ofers cash back via Quidco. So what is Quidco?
Quidco is the webs only cash back cooperative. That is its a site where memebers are given the full amount of cash back that the retailer pays. It is very simple to join,go to www.quidco.co.uk and follow the instructions! To join you pay a yearly fee of £5. However you will not be charged the fee until you have earned at least £5.
The web site is easy to navigate with all the participating retailers listed on the right on the page. Recently I have noticed several big name reatailers dropping out of the scheme which is a real shame. Quidco used to boast big names like Boots and John Lewis who both ofered a god percentage cash back on your orders. However Quidco still has lots of retailers ofering cash back such as Marks and Spencer who currently ofer 5% cash back on all your purchases.
The thing I like most about Quidco,apart from the generous amounts of cashback paid,is the fact that you will receive a payment directly into your bank account every month with no minimum payout.
In addition to many highstreet retailers Quido also has lots of insurance companies paying cashback for taking out policies. I also get my car insurance through Quidco and receive a tidy sum back. Last time I renewed with Lloyds I received £100 cah back! I have also been paid £20 for opening a savings account with Alliance and Leicester.
I really recomend you take a look at this site,the cash back can really add up over a year!
I like to cook and fancy myself as a bit of a chef! There are lots of cookery programes on t.v at the moment but my all time favourite has to be saturday kitchen.
Saturday kitchen is a weekly program on BBC every saturaday morning starting at 10.00am. The show is hosted by chef James Martin. Each week he has 2 famous chefs on the show and 2 members of the public. There is also someone famous.
Not only does the show include recipe demonstrations by James Martin and his chef guests but there are is also footage of other chefs cooking. This weeks programme featured Rick Stein and Keith Flloyd. Each week wines are reviewed and recommendations given.
Every week the celebraty guest is asked to reveal their idea of food heaven and food hell. James Martin then offers 2 dishes-one food heaven and one food hell. The panel are asked to vote on which dish James Martin will cook.
I find this show easy to watch and many of the recipes very useful. However sometimes the recipes featured are a bit fuusy for everyday use. This week there was a recipe usuing squid and feta cheese that I for one won't be copying!
Saturday kitchen also has a very good web site where lots of past recipes featured can be found. If you have never watched this show then give it a go-you may find you enjoy it!
I have been shopping with play.com for several years now and have always found them excellent.
Play.com,as I'm sure most people will know is a company that sells only online. They sell C.D'S,games,dvd's and games consoles. In addition Play.com also sells a range of interesting gadgets. Last Christmas I bought a radio controlled helicopter from them.
The first thing to say is that the web site is easy to navigate. I'm not going into a lot of detail about how to use the site as it really is very straightforward! To order just clink on add to basket and its yours! Payment is secure and quick.
Play.com is always the first place I look when I want to buy a new game for my ps3. The games are usually in stock and the prices are very competitive. One of the best things about this site is that delivery is free no matter how much you spend!
Before buying I do recommend you check out other sites to ensure you get the best price. Amazon is sometimes cheaper but then yopu have to pay delivery unless you spend over £19. I have always received my goods quickly and they have always been well packed. If you do have any problems then there is an email address on the site in addition to a phone number. As I have never had cause to contact their customer service I can't comment on how good they are.
Play.com is a first class site where prices are usually cheaper that its rivals ,choice is huge and delivery is free and fast-what more do you need?
These days everyone is trying to save money. We have decided to try and cut our weekly shopping bill without giving up eating good quality food. We usually shop in Tesco ,so decided to give their value range a try instead of buying our usual branded makes.
We get through a fair number of tinned tomatoes in an average week so a god place to start was by trying the Tesco value tomatoes. The tomatoes come in a very plain looking blue and white tin. To be honest the tin did put me of buying a bit ! This just shows how I have been taken in my the advertising campaigns of the big companies!
On opening the tomatoes and pouring them into a pan I did think they seemed more watery than the usual brand we buy. On reading the bvack of the tin I noted that Value tomatoes contain 60% tomatoes as opposed to 65% for Tesco main brand tomatoes. However at only 18p for a 400 gran tin I think these are a real bargain!
The all important taste test revealed no taste diference to other brand I have tried. I have eated these tomatoes on toast as well as used them as part of a tomato sauce. Tesco value tomatoes are very versitile,healthy and cheap!
These days lots of people are trying to save money. As a family we have decided to try to cut down our massive food bill without giving up good food. We usually shop in Tesco and decided to give their value range a try. We had already tried the Tesco value tomatoes and given them the thumbs up,so when we needed to buy baked beans we decided to swop our usual Heinz brand for the Tesco value brand.
Tesco value beans come in a very plain looking tin,and I admit that I much prefer the colourful blue and silver tin my usual brand arrive in! However the fact that I,along with millions of others,judge the contents by the packaging just goes to show that we have been convinced by the advertising!
On opening the tin and tipping the contents into a saucepan I thought the juice looked a bit watery. The beans themselves looked very similar to any other baked beans I have eaten.
The most important thing for me is the taste! Tesco value beans are a bit on the thin side if you know what I mean. However I really liked the taste. They are not as sweet as some other brands I have eaten and on checking the ingredients I confirmed that they do indeed contain less sugar.
I really recommend Tesco value beans and at 18p for a tin you won't be breaking the bank!
Like lots of people I'm trying to save money at the moment. One of the ways of cutting back is by spending less at the supermarket. My wife and I decided we would buy a few of the Tesco value range products to see what they were like. Having tried the tomatoes and baked beans and been impressed we decided to try the value white bread. We normally buy wholemeal but couldn't see any value wholemeal.
Tesco value white bread comes in a fairly boring looking plastic bag,certainly what you would describe as no frills packaging!
Open the bag and the bread looks the same as any other white sliced loaf of bread. However the taste test was very disappointing to say the least!
The bread tasted awful! I can eat most things but a slice of this stuff defeated me! The bread was tasteless and stuck to the roof of my mouth in a revolting mass.
Not one to be defeated I tried toasting the bread . This did stop it sticking to the roof of my mouth but it did nothing to add any taste!
If you would like to try this bread for yourself-and I really don't advise you do,then an 800 gram loaf will set you back 30p. I will be making sure we stick with our usual wholemeal!
Now there are some things in life that I really couldn't do without.The list is firly long I might add but right there near the top are original pringles.
Pringles are not anything like ordinary crisps of the Walkers variety for example. Pringles are even pacaged differently to most of their rivals. Pringles come in a cardboard tube. The original Pringles come in a red tube so they are easy to spot. Open the plastic lid,pull back the inner cover and you will notice that Pringles are even shaped differently to other crisps.
Pringles and curved and each one fits neatly on top of its neighbour ,a bit like a set of those Russian dolls!
Next for the all important taste test. Pringles are very light and taste absolutely amazingly delicious! In fact I challenge anyone to be a ble to eat just one! I like to munch several at once for maximum taste enjoyment. Pringles also go well with various dips. They are especially good with a cheese and onion dip.
If you like your crisps in more exotic flavours then Pringles are available in other flavours such as sour cream and chives,cheese and onion and salt and vinegar to name a few.
Pringles are sold in most supermarkets and they are often on offer. Tesco has them on offer at the moment at 2 for £2.
Newcastle brown ale is one of my favourite drinks. It is very unique ale and not everyone will like it. Newcastle brown is brewed has been brewed in Tyne and Wear since 1927. Apparently it is sometimes referred to as a bottle of dog, although I've never heard it called that! The name came from the euphemism I'm of to walk the dog, meaning I'm of for a pint!
The beer comes in brown bottles with a blue star logo and is widely available in both pubs and supermarkets. The beer itself is very dark in colour and has a very distinctive sweet taste. It is strong full-bodied ale. I think the taste grows on you actually, as when I first tasted it many years ago I seem to remember I wasn't too keen!
The image of the ale has changed over the years from the drink of hard working ship builders and miners in flat caps to a bit of a trendy drink. The price of a bottle varies around the £2 mark.
If you have never tried this brew, then give it a go!