Naomi’s Top 5 Sainsbury’s Basics Products

Miss Thrifty22 March 24, 2014

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Naomi is a Miss Thrifty reader who blogs at Slender Means: a UK site dedicated to money-saving ideas and bargain alerts. Her blog has only been going for a few months, but already she has filled it with practical advice. In particular, I enjoy the posts about Lidl and supermarket budget ranges.

It turns out that Naomi is a Sainsbury’s Basics superfan, with a keen knack for scouting out the top buys. So I asked Naomi if she would be kind enough to share her 5 favourite Basics products on the Miss Thrifty Blog, with fellow Thrifties. And here they are… 

Hello, Miss Thrifty readers! Here are my top 5 Sainsbury’s Basics products:

5: Tortilla Chips, 50p for 100g 

value tortilla chips
As far as I can tell, original tortilla chips are made out of just three ingredients: maize, oil and salt. So, these are a perfect example of a product you don’t need to spend a fortune on. We eat these chips on ‘chilli night’: half the packet with the chilli con carne at dinner time, and the rest get tipped in a bowl and munched in front of the telly. They are very moreish!

Note from Miss Thrifty: I’m a fan of the Sainsbury’s Basics tortilla chips too. A little plainer than their pricier counterparts, these remind me of the chips served up by Mexican restaurants when we lived in Arizona. 100g is a big bag.

4: Soap, 50p for 3 x 125g bars

value soap

I started buying this soap for my hubbie who likes ‘proper’ soap. By that he means ‘not Dove’ or anything similar. (I actually like Sainsbury’s cream bar – their version of Dove – but since that’s not from the Basics range, it doesn’t make it onto this list). Anyhoo, yes, the husband has more of an oily skin type and he uses this soap on his face.

The fact that it cuts through any grease or dirt also makes it an ideal household soap so I keep a bar by the kitchen sink too.

3 (I’m cheating, it’s two products): Brown Sauce and Ketchup, 30p for 450g

value ketchup

Knowing that Miss Thrifty is now a northern lass, I might be on dodgy ground when I suggest replacing a branded brown sauce with a basic version. I’m from Southsea (and you can’t really get more southern than that, unless you cross the water to the Isle of Wight) so feel free to just switch your ketchup if you consider brown sauce to be sacred!

Sainsbury’s used to sell these condiments in glass bottles and, because I can’t be doing with trying to coax the sauce out, I would decant them into squeezy bottles. However, the Sainsbury’s Basics brand has been undergoing a repackaging recently and they now sell these in squeezy bottles instead. The price went up a few pence but I’d still recommend both.

2: Toothpaste, 25p for 75g

value toothpaste
Some people might be a bit concerned about using ‘cheap’ toothpaste. Don’t be. I’m a gal who never misses a dental check-up, and when I saw my dentist in January he remarked, “Yes, nice and clean. No problems here.”

I’ve been using this toothpaste for a couple of years now so there is certainly no issue with its quality. The other thing I like about it (and this goes for a lot of Sainsbury’s  products) is that it’s BUAV approved (it has a leaping bunny logo on) so you can be sure no beasties were harmed during production.

1: Chocolate Mousse, 40p for 6 pots

budget choc mousse

These are a favourite in our house. What can I say? They are chocolatey, and yummy and cheap! Actually, there is one tip I’ll share with regard to these little treats… and that’s to turn the pack upside down before you buy them and check the container hasn’t split. The plastic is very thin and a bit delicate so be careful with them in your trolley. With this product, Sainsbury’s save money on the packaging but not on the contents…. and I’m happy with that!

What do you reckon, Thrifties? Any other Sainsbury’s Basics gems by which you swear… and which you think we should know about?


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22 Responses to “Naomi’s Top 5 Sainsbury’s Basics Products

Rae Hodgetts says:

Thanks for the ketchup recommendation. My attempt to get away with serving my sons the Co-op equivalent didn’t go down well. We love the Basics tortilla chips too and used to get the Basics houmous til it seemed to change and have less flavour.

March 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

Karina says:

Those Sainabury’s Basics Tortila Chips used to be 17p per 100g bag not so long ago, tripled in price!

March 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Haha – looks like we are all fans of the Sainsbury’s Basics tortilla chips! Wish I’d grabbed a trolley-load back when they were 17p….

March 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Oh, and I really REALLY like the Sainsbury’s Basics popcorn too. Just as nice as the posh stuff. But I’ll shut up now, because I am beginning to sound like a terrible couch potato…

March 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I love Sainsbury’s Basics Chopped tomatoes for the following reasons: They are cheap at 35p for 400g, they are in a tetra pack which is lighter than tins to carry and store, they add value (financially and in taste!) to many dishes – chilli con carne, tomato based pasta bakes, marinara sauces, my trusty sweet tuna sauce which goes with any pasta. It’s in my basket every week alongside milk, eggs and bread.

March 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Sharon Peters says:

We think the Tortilla Chips are great value too. Also the chopped tomatoes at 34p each and the stock cubes – vegetable, chicken and beef at 20p for 10! Also the basics creme caramel – hubby loves these. Ooh and the bars of white, dark and normal chocolate! Think I’m a basics superfan too! Will have to try the toothpaste! xx

March 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I think my favourite Basics product would have to be the soft cheese. 300g for 73p or so.
I have found it is an ingredient I use again and again on, in Creamy Apples with Croutons, 37p at breakfast for example. Or at Lunchtime Olive, soft cheese and cucumber sandwich 30p. And Mains, Pancakes filled with Carrots, Onions and Peas in Soft Cheese, 21p, Pasta, soft cheese and tomato puree, 25p, Mackerel Pate and Pasta, 45p
It’s very versatile, and I’m quite a fan

March 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Lesley, Morrisons do one that is even cheaper! 59p last time I bought it. Tastes just as good as the others. Actually, all those cream cheeses taste pretty much the same, don’t they? Anyway, this wasn’t a value range one, but had a Polish name I think. I’ll keep my eye out next time I’m in.

March 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Oho: another vote for the tortilla chips, and two votes for the chopped tomatoes! Thanks Sharon and Claire. 🙂

March 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm

The stock cubes would certainly be in my top 10 list. All 3 flavours. Have been buying them for ages. They used to be 10p (a penny per cube!) Thanks for all the other suggestions. Definitely will be trying the popcorn. I’m not a popcorn fan but the hubbie adores it and usually buys the LIDL version.

March 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

Miss Thrifty says:

Are the stock cubes all right then? My issue with the value stock cubes I’ve tried to date (admittedly not Sainos ones) is that they taste really, really salty.

March 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I actually use the toothpaste for cleaning silver! Although if I didn’t have dodgy teeth I’d use it for normal purposes, it seems pretty good.
We really like the Basics popcorn. Sometimes it can be hard to track down but when you do it’s well worth it. It is only very slightly sweet and comes in a huge bag. Well worth taking to the cinema when you don’t want to pop your own in the aisles of the local Odeon.

March 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

Miss Thrifty says:

Funnily enough I have a particular interest in the toothpaste right now. I picked up a tube of the Morrisons Savers version for 25p. Looked at the label and it contains fluoride. So why, exactly, are other toothpastes several times the price? What do they DO, in terms of dental health, that the value stuff doesn’t?

I am planning on putting this to the British Dental Association, the dentists’ professional organisation, to see what they have to say. I shall report back…

Yours sincerely,

Hercule Thrifty

March 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Basics flour and pasta are items you can’t go wrong with.

March 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I always purchase the basic chopped tomatoes, I can’t taste the difference between these ones and more expensive. I also purchase basic garlic.

Last time I was at Sainsbury I couldn’t find any own brand toothpaste. Hopefully they will have some next time

April 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

Mauniat says:

Another recommendation for the chopped tomatoes! Been using them for years in spaghetti Bol, etc. tend to use lidl brand passata which I buy in bulk, although if memory serves me right it’s only 65 p for a litre. Also recommend basic frozen garden peas, which are as good and sweeter than the top named ones. Happy with basics frozen chips too, but they tend to have an odd one with black ends etc.

April 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

laura says:

I ve bought the tortilla chips 3 times since reading this article – they are really good, and just fold over the packet and they’re still crunchy the next day. Only 3 ingredients too which I like – no E numbers, flavours and preservatives etc.

April 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Hilary says:

Thanks for these ideas I always buy the Basics Bacon bits/little cubes/lardons(can’t remember proper pack name), they were £1 not sure now, I usually use half a pack to add flavour to macaroni cheese and half to maybe an omelette. If you look at several packs you are sure to find one with very little fat bits. Enjoy!

May 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Mal says:

Sainsbury’s basics muesli is good, if a bit lacking in fruit – add Sainsbury’s basics sultanas to bring it up to “top brand” tastiness. Try with the sugarless basics soy milk. Alternate with LIDL porridge.

November 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

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