Spend or Save? – Hand Cream and Yoghurt

Before you ask, no, this is not a post where I try to persuade you to save money by using yoghurt as hand cream, not even I am that thrifty. This post is the first in a new series where I compare two versions of the same product against each other.  As students, we are always on the look-out for a bargain. However, sometimes it’s tricky to know when to buy the cheapest possible, and when it’s best to spend more to get something way better. Sadly, I won’t be saving any money from these experiments as I’ll be buying both of the products, cheap and pricey, but that, my friends, is just how dedicated I am to the cause of saving you guys some pennies.

Hand Cream


I’ve never ventured into Aldi’s beauty/toiletry brand ‘Lacura’ before, but I thought hand cream was a pretty safe place to start (I won’t be trying their hair dye anytime soon…). At £2.50 from Sainsburys the Nivea hand cream I chose to test against isn’t exactly expensive, but every little helps if there is a cheaper alternative out there. I enlisted the help of the mother to decide which of these hand creams was the best, but we both agreed afterwards that there was very little in it. Both hand creams had a very similar consistency and absorbed at a similar rate. After wearing each on either hand, we both agreed that our hands felt equally as moisturized and the softness lasted all morning.The only slight edge that the Nivea cream has is that it smells slightly nicer, but overall for me it is a no-brainer which cream I will be buying again – my first dip into Lacura did not leave me disappointed!

Corner Yogurts


I am a big fan of Muller Corners, but they are so pricey that I hardly ever buy them. When I discovered that Aldi do their own version, I knew I had to try them. I was disappointed to find though that both varieties in the pack were vanilla flavoured, instead of the mandatory toffee yoghurt that I expect with my choco hoops. When comparing the yoghurts though, they were again very similar. The Aldi yoghurt was slightly more artificial tasting than the Muller, but still super yummy. After sampling each one, the fact that neither the mother or I minded which tub we finished says a lot. The Aldi versions are completely fine and for such a low price you can’t complain – for me though I will be waiting until the Muller Corners are on offer, as banana-choco-flakes and toffee-choco-hoops are too close to my heart to part with.



  1. July 26, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Loooove those kind of posts! Sometimes I do pick the “save”-version of something, but on special products I just don’t want to save. For example Nutella 😀 I would never buy a cheaper nut’s cream. Nutella is the best 😀

    By the way: I nominated you for the Liebster Award! It would be great if you would check out the post on my blog and see what’s it all about.

    Olive Apple – The Liebster Award

    Thank you 🙂

    xx Carolin

    • Emily
      July 30, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      yes, there are always some products where I have to buy the real thing!

      Wow thanks Carolin, I’ll head on over now to check it out 🙂 Thank you!!

  2. July 28, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Posts like these are so important because I always find myself deliberating when it comes to branded products or supermarket’s own brand and it’s the fear of shitty quality that has me going for the more expensive product each time. Higher price doesn’t always indicate higher quality!

    • Emily
      July 30, 2014 / 1:31 pm

      Yeah, it’s so hard to tell when you’re just stood in the shop! Hopefully these posts should start to help haha! If you have any ideas of particular products that I should do a spend or save post on let me know!

  3. July 28, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Love this idea for a series! And banana/chocolate flakes and toffee/hoops are my absolute faves too, they remind me of being a child haha – did you ever try Mississippi Mud Pie when they used to do that? It was AMAZING and I’m so sad they don’t make it anymore!


    • Emily
      July 30, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Aw thanks Bella! Yeah I was really dissapointed when I realised the aldi version only did vanilla, it’s just not the same! And no I’ve never had that, I feel like I missed out! Darn!

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