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      28.03.2013 19:05
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      a rather flavourless curry.

      I bought this ready meal for myself, hoping it would satisfy my appetite after a busy day. I usually don't eat ready meals, but it was cheaper then a take away. For a £1 in Asda you really can't go wrong. The packaging is very appealing, with a picture on the packaging looking like it came from a take away. The instructions on the packaging were very clear and easy to understand.

      On visual appearance after being cooked, it looked like a curry I woud make at home. The rice was fluffy looking and the curry looked scrumptous. On tasting the curry it was very bland, I could not taste any of the spices and it did not have a creamy taste. However, the curry did have a lot of chicken which was a bonus. From past experiences, curry ready meals are mainly sauce rather than meat.

      Overall, personally I would only eat this curry again if I had no other choice. It could be that I am fussy because I prefer homemade curry, or it is just a poor microwave meal. I definitely expected better quality considering its a Birds Eye product.

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      • Asda Duck Spring Rolls / Snacks / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        28.03.2013 18:35
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        A delicious spring roll and excellent value for money.

        I bought these as I wanted a chinese meal without the chinese takeaway price tag. The duck spring rolls were to accompany two chinese mains and some other sides. I have tried many supermarket spring rolls. Compared to the others I have tried these were delicious.

        In the packet there are 16 spring rolls, I was expecting them to be quite small. However, to my surprise they were quite big. I think you could easily divide the spring rolls by 8, allowing people to have 2 each. The spring rolls only take 15 minutes to cook in the oven, which in my opinion is not long.

        From outside appearances they look very appetising. Once cooked they are a golden/light brown colour. On taking the first bite, there was a crispiness which I was not expecting. The filling is very generous. With the price of the product there is a lot of meat and the right quatity of veg. The taste of the product is as authentic as a chinese restaurant spring roll.

        I would definitely recommend this to people who are looking for restaurant quality chinese products at supermarket prices. They make a delicious accompanient to a chinese feast.

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        19.03.2013 18:36
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        A lovely pasta sauce for pennies

        I consider pasta to be one of the staple evening meals in my house. I bought this sauce as a cheaper alternative to Homepride and Dolmio. I have used the sauce for many purposes, such as a sauce for plain pasta and also as the sauce to make spaghetti bolognese in a slow cooker.

        I am an advocate of the basics products, I believe the sauce is the same as Dolmio but just in disguise. The taste of the sauce is delicious, it has a rich tomatoey taste and the herbs add another dimension to the sauce, a luxurious taste. The texture of the sauce is thick and silky, you only need a little to make it go along way. Just from my portion sizes I would say the sauce would serve four people at least. Depending on how much sauce you like.

        Overall, if you were serving the sauce to someone who had never the basics sauce before they would think it is a prenium brand. If you are looking for convenience and to save pennies but not lose out on the taste then try this pasta sauce.

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        • Tesco Value Orange Juice / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          16.03.2013 22:00
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          A bargain price for an everyday staple.

          I am always looking for ways to save money and be healthy. I thought Tesco Value Orange juice would answer both these requirements. At 65p a carton its a brillant product. It contains all the vitamins you need and acts as one of your five a day.

          The orange juice comes in Tesco's trade mark Everyday Value packaging, but that does not automatically mean that the product is rubbish, in fact the opposite. For starters the packaging might not be very appeasing to the eye, but is very practical. Cut one corner off the packaging at the top and its ready to pour.

          The taste and texture of the orange juice is to an excellent standard. I am not very keen on orange juice with bits in the liquid. This orange juice is smooth with no bits in it, the flavour is very fruity and doesn't taste very watery like you might expect it too. My husband has said he can't tell the difference between Tropicana orange juice and Tesco's Value version.

          I think this orange juice is great for anyone who is not bothered that its the value version. Considering for many people this is a staple of the family, why pay more for the name on the label?

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          16.03.2013 21:25
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          A great naan bread at a bargain 80p

          I bought the naan bread to accompany a curry, at 80p a packet you can't really go wrong. They come in a packet of two designed to serve for two people. However, as they are generously proportioned there is easily enough for four people.

          The naan bread are very big on flavour. On tasting the naan bread you can taste the garlic and corriander. You can see on the surface of the naan bread the little coriander seeds that add to the texture and taste. The flavour would complement a more spicy curry such as a Jalfrezi. Though there is nothing wrong with eating the naan bread with a korma, like I did.

          The texture of the naan bread is very pleasant as well. The bread is quite dense, fluffy and soft as well as being absolutely scrumptious. The naan bread easily tears which makes it easy to tear it small enough to dip in the curry sauce.

          Overall, the naan bread at 80p is a steal. It works out at 20p a portion if divided between four people. It matches up to the restaurant standard of naan bread I have tried. It is pleasant accompanient to any curry.

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          16.03.2013 20:44
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          A bargainous packet of poppadoms.

          I bought these poppadoms as they were on offer in Tesco's for £1, they were the cheapest on the shelf. We were cooking for friends and thought these poppadoms would bulk out the meal a bit more. There are 8 in a packet and 2 each are easily enough to satisfy anyone's apetite.

          The packaging is very appealing to the eye, with the pink and purple colours on the clear packaging. I found it very aesthetically pleasing to the eye to see the product, as you can see what your buying. The packaging is extremely to get into, with just a peel back wrapper on it.

          The poppadoms look very appealing to the eye with the size they, the colour of them is a light golden brown and ripples and uneven appearance adds to authentic feel of these poppadoms. When snapped in half there is a satisfying snap which just demonstrates how crispy the poppadoms are. The only disappoint is the flavour. The poppadoms are very plain in taste, which is huge let down considering their appearance. To me they are very dry in taste. The poppadoms would taste great with a bit of mango chutney.

          Considering these poppadoms were only £1 a packet, they are brillant. Really except for the taste, which is personal preference, the appearance is very appealing. To accompany a curry they are great.

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        • Boots Baby Wipes / Nappies & Wipes / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          16.03.2013 17:15
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          These wipes are ok but not as good as huggies

          I have tried many brands of wipes including Huggies, Pampers, Tesco's, Sainsbury's and of course Boots. Using baby wipes is a bit of a minefield considering all the different types. For me its about getting the best value for money as well as the best for baby's bottom. I bought these while on offer, 2 for £1.70, thinking these were good value, to me they are not the best value for money- in terms of they don't do what it says on the packaging.

          From the outside the packaging is very attractive. The packaging is pink with blue decorative features on the front. There is clear text on the front of the package that is informative. It claims the wipes are 98% pure water and are approved by doctors, all of which I find hard to believe.

          Boots claim that their wipes help prevent nappy rash. Up until I started using these wipes on my little boy he had no sign of nappy rash. But in a space of a week he has developed nappy rash since using these wipes. Additionally, the wipes are not very moist. Using these wipes with a dirty nappy is a real nuisance, as you get through alot of wipes because they don't clean the dirty area very well. I find myself using probably twice as many wipes as I would with Huggies wipes. For me this is a false economy and I would end up buying twice as many wipes.

          Overall, yes for some people they might do the job, but for me its just wasting money buying these wipes. I think when it comes to baby wipes its personal preference. I prefer Huggies, they are slightly more expensive, but they are good quality and I don't have to use many of them, making it cheaper in the long term for myself.

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          15.03.2013 19:13
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          An okay steriliser

          I was given this steriliser as a present before my little boy was born. After doing much research on the various brands of baby equipment, Tommee Tippee was the most reviewed and cheapest option. The steriliser cost £24.99 on offer from Morrisons.

          When I first opened the box I was surprised with how big the steriliser was. It is a bit of a bulky item and does take up alot of the kitchen work top. The steriliser itself has two racks, one to put the bottles on the bottom and one to put the lids/teats on. The steriliser is really easy to use. I wash all the bottles, put them in the steriliser, pour the water in the bottom of the steriliser, put the lid on and switch it on. The switch goes orange to tell you its on.

          If I leave the room, the steriliser makes a slight clicking noise when it is finished. This is useful to know for when your not in the kitchen, as then you know when to switch it off. The light also goes off.

          On the instructions it states the sterilising time takes five minutes, however I have found the steriliser generally takes longer, up to 10-12 mins. But this could be down to the variation of how much I put in. Usually, I tend to measure the correct amount of water, but even then it still takes longer. Which is a real pain with a hungry baby.

          Additionally, the steriliser takes a considerable amount of time to cool down. If I am in a rush and need to get a feed ready asap, I can't let it cool down. But as soon as you lift up the lid you get steam coming out, which has burnt my fingers before. Also, it seems in the lid of the steriliser excess water collects and you have to watch when lifting the lid you don't get water everywhere.

          Overall, if you are planning on using tommee tippee bottles I would definitely recommend using the steriliser as well. I would never consider buying it full price but if its on offer in a shop then buy it. It does what its meant to do. Its nothing fancy.

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        • Sainsbury's Basics Teabags / Tea / 14 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          14.03.2013 20:44

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          Great value cuppa

          I love tea! I drink gallons of the stuff. I started buying these tea bags as I was spending a small fortune on them. I originally bought these in the hope that I might be able to save money. And I was able to.
          These tea bags are bloomy brillant.

          I know the packaging is nothing fancy to look at. But no one is going to notice if you keep them in a cupboard. I put the teabags in a canister and no one knows the difference. I do believe a lot of the basics are just the prenium brand in the white and orange wrapper. At the end of the day a teabag is a teabag.

          With these teabags it helps if you like a weak cuppa, you get more cups of tea for your money. Otherwise you might need a couple a time to make a really strong cup. But if you strain the tea bag long enough thats helps as well. On flavour I would say it compares to some of the prenium brand teabags. It does not have a bitter taste or does not a nasty after taste.

          If anyone is like me and drinks a lot of tea, these are worth a go. You will not notice the difference and you save a fortune.

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          14.03.2013 20:09
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          a great family staple on a budget

          I buy a number of the Sainsbury's basics products, including the pasta. I love pasta as its a filling, quick and cheap meal to prepare. I have tried all the supermarkets value, medium brand and labelled pasta. I have to say Sainsbury's pasta is ok but not great. Basically you get what you pay for!

          For starters, a prenium brand pasta cooks in 10 mins, where as I find the basics pasta takes a minimum of 15 minutes and up to 25 mins. The time is not too bad if you are not in too much of a rush to eat. I also find the texture of the cooked pasta isn't that great. The pasta is rather chewy, which can be compensated with a delicious pasta sauce covering it. Otherwise on its own its would taste a bit rubbery.

          Other downsides is the size. It is quite small and requires half a packet to make a reasonably sized meal for two people. Also this is a little trivial, for some people its important, there is only one variety of shape. But all in all thats a bit irrelevant.

          Overall, for people on budget's it is brillant product. It certainly helps the food bill being 30p a packet. And jazzed up with pasta sauce and a sprinkling of cheese no one would know the difference.

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        • Huggies Pure Wipes / Nappies & Wipes / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          12.03.2013 14:57
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          These are brillant wipes that do their job well

          I bought these Huggies wet wipes during my pregnancy as I had read so many good things about them on parenting forums. I have always bought them when on special offer, so making them extremely good value. I have tried virtually every single brand on the market and Huggies pure wipes are the best.

          For starters, they have more wipes in a packet than any other brands which is great as you get through alot of wipes with a baby. I also like the texture of the wipes, other brands I have tried are slightly rough in texture, where as Huggies are soft and delicate in texture, good for babies delicate bums. As it says on the packaging the wipes are 'like cotton wool and water'- I agree with this statement.

          Additionally, other brands seems to have less moisture on the wipes then Huggies. Moisture is key for me as moisture makes cleaning a dirty baby's bottom easier. It allows the wipe to glide effortlessly over the dirty area, making changing a nappy an efficient, stress free event.

          Overall, when on offer these wipes are a bargain. Everything Huggies claims these wipes to be they are. Even when these wipes aren't on offer I would still buy them as I believe these are the best wipes on the market.

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          12.03.2013 08:50
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          If you are in a rush then this great for chilli

          I tried for the first time today Asda 'Chosen By You' Mild Chilli Sauce. I bought this sauce as it had been approved by other Asda customers. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

          I usually make chilli from scratch, but due to being busy I was looking for a quick fix. Opening the jar a lovely aroma came out, I could smell the paprika and garlic in the sauce. The texture was thick, indulgent and a lovely maroon colour. In the sauce there was pepper and onion visible.

          The sauce on tasting was delicious. In my opinion the sauce was a little more spicier than I thought it would be, but I did not mind. If you're not keen on a slight hint of spice then don't use this sauce. The only real downside to this sauce as the pepper or onion don't add any real flavour. In my opinion, the pepper and onion are only there aethestic reasons.

          Overall, considering I have used many supermarkets own brand version of a chilli sauce, this has to be the best. The flavour of the sauce is there and you can taste the spices, unlike the other supermarket version I have tried which are bland. If I was in a rush again to make chilli, I would use this. I highly recommend it.

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          11.03.2013 18:53
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          Yummy baked beans and sausages on a budget.

          I bought these baked beans with sausages as a bit of a treat. I usually buy Sainsburys basics baked beans for 28p. I love nothing more than eating beans on toast. So when I bought these I thought this will make a good change.

          It has the usual white and orange wrapper on the can. I have to say I really enjoyed these sausages and beans on toast. By no means are they luxurious like Heinz. But the basics version met up to my expectations with plenty of sauce that was not as 'tomatoey' as Heinz. The sauce had a slight hint of tomato flavour. There were plenty of beans to split between two people. I suppose the only downside to this product was the lack and size of the sausages. They are the size of cocktail sausages and were only about 8 in the whole can. Divided by between two there is only four each so not much meat. But for one person, which I have done, its very generous.

          Overall I have always been impressed with the quality of Sainsbury's basics products, and this product is no different. The beans and sausages do not pretend to be something their not. At 34p it is a bargain. If you are looking to eat something different on top of toast, give this product a go.

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          10.03.2013 21:47

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          An amazing all round cleaner

          After reading so much about Stardrop on forums, I thought I would give it a go. I am delighted to say it is fantastic!

          Before I started using Stardrops I was using all sorts of cleaning products. I had used all the leading and supermarket brands of bathroom cleaner and kitchen cleaner. But now I only use Stardrops. I dilute Stardrops in a spray bottle with water and use it as kitchen cleaner. I do the same for cleaning the bathroom. What I love is that stardrops can be diluted and fill up the spray bottle 10 times or more.

          I have also used Stardrops neat on stains on clothes it has worked. It beats Vanish hands down. I put Stardrops on for five minutes before washing a stained piece of clothing. The stardrops absorbs into the fabric and lifts the stain out. The items comes out spotless.

          Stardrops is a fantastic all round cleaning product. You can virtually use it to clean anything and it will come up trumps. I am still amazed that Stardrops can still be used for so many things. For £1.10 in Wilkinsons you can't go wrong. If you have never used Stardrops, give it a go today, trust me, you will never look back!

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          10.03.2013 19:22
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          Baby and budget friendly

          I bought the simple baby wash whilst on offer in Boots for my baby son. It appealed to me as on the packaging it said ideal for sensitive skin and it was unfragranced. Secondly, it claimed to be a no tears product. One of my biggest worries was the potential for irritation on my son's skin.

          I was pleasantly surprised after the first use. When I first opened the packaging no dreadful chemical smell came out. The packaging is very appealing, its white with clear text on the labels, making it easy to read the details you need to know. The lid is very easy to open which means even with wet hands you can access the contents easily. I also like the nozzle, it allows a slow release of contents, as you only need a small amount, rather than coming out in a big mass causing wastage.

          The product its self is great. It does not smell of anything. The wash mixed with water foams really well, creating a thick soapy lather. A small amount of the wash goes really far, meaning the bottle lasts along time. I have been using the same bottle for three months and its still going. The best thing of all about this product, is the fact its a all-in-one wash, means you only need this product for top to toe. No need for two or three different baby products, saving the pennies. After using this for so long my son has not had any bad reactions, which is the most important thing.

          Overall this product is aimed at parents looking for a fuss free bath time. I would definitely say it does what it says on the packaging, making bath time an easy unstressful everyday occurence.

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