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Sainsbury’s Back To Basics Challenge

I’ve never hidden the fact that I usually spend an awful lot of money on our weekly shopping, partly because my family are brand snobs and partly because I like to ensure that we eat the best ingredients that we can afford.  When I found out about the Sainsbury’s back to basics challenge I was very eager to take part for two reasons the first being that I don’t buy basics range food from any supermarket and was curious to see how it compared to other brands and secondly because I never shop in Sainsbury’s as I’m a Waitrose girl.

I went to Sainsbury’s armed with my £10 voucher and was surprised at how vast the basics range was, I knew I would only be willing to use certain items from the range so straight away meat, processed food and eggs were out of the equation.  I purchased white rice, digestive biscuits, black pepper, mixed herbs, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and butter and spent the rest of the money on cooking chocolate, golden syrup and maltesers.

I am of the mindset that by purchasing certain cheaper ingredients you can spend more on other good quality ingredients necessary to your recipe.  I think I made good choices with my selections especially as they were to be used to make cakes, tray bakes and Chilli Con Carne.  The butter, biscuits, kidney beans, tomatoes and herbs tasted exactly the same as big branded products and most were half the price if not more.  Out of everything that I purchased the only item that I wouldn’t buy again would be the rice as it was very stodgy and didn’t cook as well as the basmati rice that I would usually buy.

Sainsbury’s basic range offers fuss-free packaging, lower prices and great quality and with over 500 everyday products there really is something for everyone. Click the video below to see how I used my basics ingredients, don’t forget to check back on Madame Gourmand for recipes.




*Disclaimer: I was sent a £10 sainsbury's voucher for the purpose of the challenge, my review of the basics range is honest and impartial*



Feed The Family for £3.87

After promising photo’s yesterday I’m afraid I don’t have any again today, I’m sorry!  In all fairness it wasn’t my fault!  As soon as plates were loaded I didn’t get a chance to access my phone before forks hit the plate!

Breakfast was the same as yesterday,  Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, I had placed an order with the milkman for some Channel Island milk (It’s so creamy) so our breakfast worked out at £0.49.

Lunch was Tuna Salad sandwiches using a tin of tuna from the store cupboard, I had purchased this when It was on offer and each tin worked out at about 50p rather that the £2.45 it would have been separately and salad left over from yesterday on Tesco Finest Oat Bread £0.95

Dinner worked out cheap as chips just like yesterday. Mini Gourmand had a Chicken Leg from Aubrey Allen butchers (See yesterdays post).  I made potato cakes with some of the leftover veg from yesterday and fried with some onion, this was served with some broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn (yellow stickers) This meal cost £1.15.  Baby Gourmand and myself we’re not particularly hungry so dinner for us was Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese which was satisfying and came in at £1.12

Snacks were the same as yesterday, some Tesco own brand Nice biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £3.87 on food today, my tip for today is to bulk buy when possible.  If you are a brand snob like me look out for offers on tinned goods like Tuna, Beans, chickpeas, Tomatoes etc as you will really benefit from it in the long run.