YOU know what they say: “Buy cheap, buy twice.”
Many products can be bought for a bargain. But for others, you are better off paying a bit more to save in the long run. Here is my guide to avoiding a false economy.
Fairy Liquid: A standard bottle — £1.95 for 780ml at Tesco — may cost more than own-brand alternatives. But you need less of the Fairy concentrated, meaning a bottle will last longer than cheaper versions.
No choc swap: I love Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, no other chocolate bar tastes quite like it. There’s not much point swapping for a cheaper alternative. If you have a favourite treat, you are better off indulging in it. Just make sure you get the best deal. A 200g bar of Dairy Milk is on offer at Morrisons for £1.50, down from £2.
Squash it: When it comes to a glass of squash, you will often get the best deal by buying the more expensive double concentrate option. Swap your usual 1-litre Robinsons Orange Squash No Added Sugar, £1.50 at Tesco, for Robinsons 1.75-litre Double Concentrate No Added Sugar Orange Squash, £2. You get a bottle that is nearly double the size for only 50p more. Use half the amount per glass, so the bottle will last you far longer and save you money in the long run.
The wipe stuff: Many of us will agree that going super-cheap with loo roll is a false economy. Value brands may be much cheaper but they tend to be a lot thinner, so you end up using twice as much paper.
Bin bags: Buying budget bin liners could end up costing you more. They are prone to splitting and you may need to double up. This not only makes taking the rubbish out more of a chore, but also means your wallet is no better off.
For example, Sainsbury’s Basics refuse sacks, 75p for 20, work out at 4p a bag and have many reviews describing them as “too thin”. Meanwhile, the more expensive option of Sainsbury’s 20 tie-handle sacks, £2.70 (14p per bag), have been praised by supermarket customers as being much more sturdy.
Deal of the day
TREAT your loved one to this Chocolate Truffle Collection from finefoodspecialist.co.uk. Was £29.95, now £23.96. Offer ends Friday.
CRACK open a bottle of Bud Light on offer at Morrisons. Was £9.40, now £7.
LOOK your best in this Northlight mirror, from clasohlson.com, instead of the Hollywood make-up mirror from Amazon Prime.
Reader’s saving tip
ROSALIND WHITELOCK, from Gillingham, Kent, says: “When using shower mousse or gel, put it on a flannel or sponge because it lasts twice as long.”
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TAKE your baby for a stroll in this Joie Nitro stroller from Halfords. Was £86, now £50.
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This will be followed by Alton Towers Resort in March, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in April and THORPE PARK Resort in May.
Later in the year you will also get the chance to grab free tickets to attractions such as The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure! London, The Bear Grylls Adventure, SEA LIFE National Aquariums, Warwick Castle and more.
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You will also get the chance to pick the date you visit, making sure that none of your friends and family miss out on a great day. The perks don’t stop there — with Sun Savers you’ll get the best availability, including peak periods.
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Your favourite rides and more to enjoy: 2019 highlights
THIS year’s Superdays is going to be bigger and better than ever before, with loads of new rides at the attractions, plus your old favourites.
Collect for your Sun Superdays tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will be some of the first guests to visit the brand new Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey.
The experience, which launches in early March, brings to life yet another of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s books, following in the footsteps of the Resort’s Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
Visit the enchanted library and embark on a spellbinding adventure.
Search high and low in trees, fields and reeds helping Dog, Bird and Frog on your way to find the Witch’s lost belongings.
You will also get the chance to visit all the animals at their zoo and SEA LIFE aquarium, plus visitor favourite The Vampire Ride.
This year at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, you will be invited by Lord Vampyre to the brand new Haunted House Monster Party.
Get set for LEGOLAND’s most spook-tacular ride ever, where the whole house will be turned upside down. Opening this spring, the ride is packed with fun for the whole family.
Plus, don’t forget to visit LEGOLAND’s famous Miniland, above, where you can step into the world of LEGO and go sightseeing around the entire world.
If you’ve not yet experienced The Wickerman, then make sure to collect for your tickets to Alton Towers Resort in March.
Launched in 2018, the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster brings together cutting-edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time.
If you have little ones, check out CBeebies Land. Children can meet all their favourite characters, plus enjoy 14 rides and attractions including the Furchester Hotel Live Show and the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride.
For those feeling brave, collect for THORPE PARK Resort. Home to more than 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, it’s the ultimate destination for thrillseekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.
Reach new heights with Stealth, the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Take flight on THE SWARM, the UK’s only winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps with SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror-themed rollercoaster, featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop.
Plus, there’s loads of new rides and experiences in store for 2019 at the other attractions, so stay tuned this year to find out more.
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