Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin have made a TV series called 'Eat Well for Less?' in which they help families cut down on their food bills by showing them better ways to shop, and that expensive brands aren't always better than cut price basics. They go to each family's home and swap their groceries for like alternatives (without telling them what they swapped it for), and they have to decide whether they like it or not, and would swap to it permanently.
Have you seen the show? Do you think their advice is good? Do you think their advice could save you money?
The problem that I have with this show is that they give these families all these different cheaper products, but then reveal that they are all from different supermarkets. They're suggesting that you get your cheese from Asda, your tea bags from Tesco, your cereal from Morrisons, and your meat from the butcher. People don't go from shop to shop to get individual items, they get it all from one place. If people shopped like this, not only would the entire day have been spent shopping, but all the money save will have been spent on petrol.
These types of TV shows are just plain unrealistic!
IMO, it's cheaper to buy your groceries' at ONE outlet, all the time. That way, you've got routine, & saving with 'specials', your time, & petrol!
Big factor for me is the staff. If they don't know you by name, they know you by sight. And that makes for a type of 'camaraderie', which in today's disconnected world is important, both socially, & psychologically for the individual.
The quality of purchases in this day & age, is pretty good. I still buy my meat from a Butcher's, usually though.