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10 Substitutes for Big Brands

March 12, 2014 by Financefox in Money Saving Tips

I guarantee you that you’re unnecessarily spending too much. Advertising Wizards’ job is to get you feeling as if only the most popular brand will suffice. But we’ve broken the trance and compiled the simplest ways to circumvent the effects of their spell, to save you a wedge without compromising on quality.

Especially with Supermarket purchases you’re being targeted by expertly devised visual merchandising and display techniques, as well as the higher costs necessary to cover the major-brand supermarket suppliers’ pay slotting fees…

The following list may cost you a bit more time or thought than sticking with your current spending habits will, but if convenience is truly of paramount importance to you then consider that saving a whole bunch of money will probably afford you an entirely new and extensive range of conveniences currently unavailable to you.

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NO. 10 – Subway
Save money by:
Making sandwiches at home. You’ll dodge whatever they replaced Azodicarbonamide with as well.
Spend no money by:
Take buffet butties from events, and put them in the freezer.

NO. 9 – Beers
Save money by:
Concocting a homebrew. You can even print off your own labels.
Spend no money by:
Not drinking alcohol at all.

NO. 8 – Branded Sweets
Save money by:
Getting newsagents’ Pick ‘n’ Mix, plus you can choose whatever selection you like.
Spend no money by:
Noticing where they are, they’re in the impulse buys near the till. Do you really want them at all?

NO. 7 – Magazines
Save money by:
Going on the internet. The printed word is obsolete, keep up.
Spend no money by:
Taking phone photographs of the pages whilst in the shop.

NO. 6 – Packet rice
Save money by:
Bulk buying. Do you know how much rice you can buy in a massive bag for so little?
Spend no money by:
There’s no real free option here unless you don’t require food

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NO. 5 – Razors
Save money by:
Getting, and learning how to use, a straight razor. After a few weeks the savings will have effectively paid for it.
Spend no money by:
Growing a triumphant, middle-finger-to-commercial-consumerism beard.

NO. 4 – Starbucks
Save money by:
Making your coffee at home and flasking it up. You’ll get 15-20 cups for every 1 Starbucks’.
Spend no money by:
Weaning yourself off caffeine. You’ll feel a hundred times better for it.

NO. 3 – TV
Save money by:
Going on the internet. On demand, catch up, and YouTube have rendered the television redundant.
Spend no money by:
Looking at real life. Depending on where you are, it’s often comparable to your favourite soaps.

NO. 2 – Gym Membership
Save money by:
Getting equipment for a home gym. For the price of a few months membership you need never leave the house to exercise again.
Spend no money by:
Embarking upon frequent Rockyesque montages and running about with logs on your back.

NO. 1 – Bottled Water
Save money by:
Bottling tap water.
Spend no money by:
Bottling tap water. Literally you have a tap in your house from which water appears. It costs less than 1p to make the plastic bottle for an Evian. Why would you pay for one more than once?