Emma’s Top 5 Tesco Everyday Value Products

Miss Thrifty10 April 17, 2014

Top 5 Tesco everyday value items

Emma is a Miss Thrifty reader who blogs at From Aldi to Harrods: a treasure chest of money-saving ideas. Seriously: if you haven’t heard of this canny blog yet, you have to take a look. If you don’t love it, I’ll eat my soap nuts.

Naomi’s recent post about the Top 5 Sainsburys Basics Products proved popular. I wanted to take a similar look at Tesco’s Value range…. but we don’t have a Tesco here. (True fact: ours is the only postcode in mainland Britain without a major Tesco store.) Fortunately, Emma is a time-served Tesco shopping DEMON. She has kindly agreed to shared her (ahem) Value-able secrets…

For the longest time, Tesco had the monopoly where I live, but this has all changed in the last couple of years and we now have an Aldi and a Sainsbury’s to choose from. That said, I do enjoy their Exclusive Food Evenings and there are some items from the Tesco Everyday value range that we wouldn’t be without. Here are my top 5 products.

1. Tesco Everyday Value Stock Cubes – 20p for 10

Tesco stock cubes

Once upon a time these were just 10p, but even at 20p I can’t resist buying them. They are available in beef, chicken and vegetable and really add flavour to soups, stews and any mince based meal (chilli, spag bol, etc). They can be a little salty, so if I’m just making a meal for two of us (with no leftovers) I’ll use half a cube.


2. Tesco Everyday Value Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce – 24p a tin

  Tesco beans

This may be heresy to some, but I really prefer the taste of these beans over brand names. They aren’t as saucy, and the sauce is creamier and the beans themselves are firmer. They are great on toast.


3. Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes – 34p a tin

  Tesco tomatoes

A staple in our cupboard that forms the basis for most of our pasta dishes. Slow cooked pasta sauce made with these tinned tomatoes, some herbs and spices is delicious. Is there really a difference between value tomatoes and the more expensive brands?


4. Tesco Everyday Value Penne – 29p for 500g

  Tesco penne

It’s dried pasta. Unless you’re buying wholemeal, the taste really doesn’t change between this 29p pack and the brand names that are 3-4 times the price. It’s about what goes with the pasta that really gives it the taste. This is a staple in our house and pasta forms the basis for at least two of our meals in the week.


5. Tesco Everyday Value Grated Cheddar – £2.50 for 500g

  Tesco cheese

I feel as though I’m letting you in to a massive family secret here. But did you know that, unless you’re buying the “extra large” 1kg Everyday value cheddar cheese, the grated cheddar is cheaper per kg than buying a block? A 500g block of cheddar cheese is £5.60 per kg, whereas a 500g bag of already grated cheese is just £5 per kg. And with grated cheese, I’m able to control our portions better than leaving someone to cut slices – oh sorry, did I say slices? I meant bricks – of cheese.


Well, Thrifties, what do you think of Emma’s picks? The cheese intrigues me: why is it cheaper when grated? Or does the weight include the air in the packet? If you had to pick just 5 Tesco Everyday Value products, would these be your choices? And if not, what would you choose instead?

Disclosure: I have a vested interest in finding out what the best bargains are as, after planning battles reminiscent of a Norse saga (only with grocers instead of Vikings), Tesco finally has the go-ahead to start building here later this year.

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10 Responses to “Emma’s Top 5 Tesco Everyday Value Products

emma says:

I actually prefer these baked beans to the branded ones such H….!!
Emma 🙂

April 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm


I get the beans, tinned toms and the pasta but have never tried the cheese and stock cubes. I shop in cheaper shops for them! I do also like the Everyday value ready salted crisps, fruit and veg and the sweets!

April 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Kat says:

I get the everyday value frozen veg, stock cubes, bourbon creams and chopped tomatoes. If I can’t make it to Lidl I also get the orange juice and apple juice. I used to get the everyday value gloves but they don’t seem to do them anymore.

April 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Lisa says:

I buy the Tesco value Jaffa cakes, custard creams, cookies and bin bags

April 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Cathy Park says:

While I love saving money and am all in favour of spending as little as I can on everyday shopping, I also care about ethics. And I don’t like Tesco’s ethics, neither their food production ones, nor their policy of moving in and wiping out the opposition. So I almost never shop with them, except if we are away from home and can’t find an alternative.

April 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I can vouch for the tinned tomatoes, they do what they say on the tin 😉

I can’t believe people pay 5 times the price for some of the brand name stuff!

April 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Hi Emma,

With these 5 products, how much cheaper would you say they are compared to similar offerings from the most popular brands? And, does the price reflect the quality compared to the branded ones would you say (I mean, is the taste reflected by the price)?

April 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

laura says:

I think the Tesco value dishwasher tablets are really good – they re about £1.70 for 30. Often I just use half a tablet if I haven’t got very greasy dishes and they work great.

April 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Vicki says:

The wholegrain hoops cereal are good and exactly the same ingredients (I checked) but cheaper than the other Tesco box beside them on the shelf but with cartoon character on the box. Cheeky Tesco!

May 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Michael says:

The tomatoes are spot on. It likely holds true for any fruit actually. I used to work at a place that made dried fruit. When it came time to package it, all the same fruit went into three differently branded bags.

October 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm

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