Our best home-grown bargains. . .
The prices of Irish-made brands we bought were more or less on a par with competing imported brands, judging by our quick scan of prices at our local Tesco and Aldi.
If you exclude the €22 bottle of Coole Swan that we splashed out on, we still managed to save about €10 on our weekly shop. Not a bad saving, and we supported Irish jobs into the bargain.
We kept an eye out for special offers and bulk deals, and buying any Irish-made items from Aldi where possible.
A couple of examples:
- Pat the Baker wholegrain sliced pan at a special offer price of €1.31, compared to UK brands Hovis or Kingsmill at €1.79 or €2 respectively.
Or €1.19 for Lynch's multigrain barrel in Aldi.
- Tesco's 'Irish Free-Range' skinless chicken fillets (2) at €3.50 rather than its UK-produced, 'Organic' brand versions at €8 -- our biggest saving by far.
In some cases, it wasn't always possible to save money, but we were able close the price gap by enough to make opting for the Irish brand a no-brainer.
- A 400g tin of Tesco red kidney beans costs 89c, but Batchelors had a special offer of two tins for €2.
- A 200g block of Charleville mature cheese, produced in the UK, cost €2.89, while the Dubliner or Kilmeaden varieties cost €2.95 and €3.19 respectively.