Hi huns, I am so excited for today’s post as it is something so unique to my blog. The other day I was scrolling through my posts from a year ago and it made me realise how much I am slacking with my content game at the moment. I used to upload posts that I was so passionate about and plan my posts well in advance so they were varied but now I find myself posting more generic ‘easy-read’ content as I know more people in my physical life are reading my blog. And as much as I preach about how I love being honest, open and raw, I still find myself second-guessing what I am saying and how I would handle judgement from the people I see on the daily, which means that I am sticking to ‘safe’ content and avoiding what I would much rather be posting about.
So from now on, I am focusing on bringing more original and unique content to my blog and attempting to not let the anxiety take over. As you can tell from the title, today’s post is a challenge! I have seen this challenge float around on Youtube for a while now and I absolutely love watching people do it so I thought why don’t I do it too but write about it instead? When I go shopping I typically buy Asda’s own brand but never the super cheap food from the Smartprice range so today’s post will be so interesting!
I struggled to find anything from the Smartprice range down the breakfast aisle, so I opted for the Golden Syrup Porridge Pot as it was the cheapest thing I could find at only 35p and when you compare that to brands like Quaker Oats where they are usually around £1-£2, so the Asda one is a lot more affordable.
I am not normally a breakfast kind of gal, but I feel like this is the perfect quick breakfast before work if you are in a rush. The Asda porridge pot is just like Quaker Oats and tastes very sweet and delicious – I can’t recommend enough. The only issue with these on-the-go pots is the use of plastic compared to buying a bag of oats and making it yourself!
Star Rating: 4*
Would I Buy Again? Yes if I need something quick!
If you know me then you know that I may have a slight noodle addiction, so of course, I had to grab a packet of Smartprice Chicken Noodles for only 14p?! F.o.u.r.t.e.e.n pence, I could not believe how much of a bargain that is.
I actually quite enjoyed the noodles and would eat them again! I can’t say that they are as tasty as brands like Super Noodles, but for 14p they were amazing. One thing I did notice is that they contain fewer calories than most packets of noodles I eat, which is handy if you are calorie counting and still want a treat. The only bad thing I can comment on is they are not as flavoursome as other noodles I eat, but for the price, you can’t complain.
Star Rating: 4*
Would I Buy Again? Definitely!
For my drinks today I have a 2-litre bottle of lemonade that cost me only 17p and I am on the fence of whether I like it or not. It is certainly good value considering the price, but the lemony flavour isn’t there at all, it tastes more like carbonated water. When I drank the first glass I did enjoy it, but after that, the fizz seemed to vanish and I had to mix the lemonade with squash to make it enjoyable. Is that cheating the challenge? Possibly.
Star Rating: 2*
Would I Buy Again? I don’t think so, no.
I cannot go without snacks throughout the day, I wish I was one of those people who stick to 3 meals and that’s it but no, I constantly have a cereal bar or biscuit to hand haha! When I was in Asda I noticed a majority of the Smartprice range was unhealthy food, so the two items I picked up were Chocolate Chip Cookies for 39p and Milk Chocolate for 30p!!
The Chocolate Chip Cookies weren’t that great if I am being honest. I can imagine they would be ideal if you were hosting a party and needed affordable biscuits, but if you’re not on a budget then these definitely aren’t the ones to buy. The biscuits don’t have much flavour and they’re certainly lacking on the chocolate chips – so these are now dedicated tea dunking biscuits.
Star Rating: 2*
Would I Buy Again? No, I won’t be.
This chocolate brings me back to my childhood, I used to always walk down to the corner shop during sleepovers and buy the cheapest chocolate I could find. When I was in the supermarket there was an option of milk, white and dark chocolate so I opted for milk! It is not as creamy when you compare it to brands like Cadbury’s and Galaxy, but reminds me of advent calendar chocolate, which I personally love.
Star Rating: 4*
Would I Buy Again? Yes!!
I was surprised to see such a wide range of ready meals in the Smartprice section, there were pies, curries and pasta dishes so I (being the carb-aholic) opted for the Bolognese Pasta Bake. The first thing I noticed was the very long expiry date, it makes me wonder how many preservatives are in the meal and question how healthy the dish is.
I don’t really know how to word this politely, but this really isn’t the best ready meal I have ever had. In fact, I had to throw it away and cook something else (maybe I am just a fussy eater?!) But you could tell how cheap the meat was, so in the future, I might try a veggie meal from their range because I think it is the meat that was putting me off.
Star Rating: 1*
Would I Buy Again? No way
The total cost for my meals and snacks came to £2.45, which I think is very affordable and proves that you can shop on a budget. Admittedly some of the products in the Smartprice range I wouldn’t repurchase, but I can’t fault the noodles, chocolate and the porridge!
I hope you enjoyed this new style of post and if there are any other challenges you would like me to do, please let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
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