What wouldn’t you downshift on?

What wouldn’t you downshift on?

Our Downshift Challenge is all about trying dropping one brand level, as the savings can be huge. Often, you can’t notice the difference, but that’s not always the case.  And if the quality’s worse, going cheaper can (on occasion) be a false economy.

Which of these 18 common downshifts WOULDN'T you skimp on? (Only vote on items you buy.)

Results

Alcoholic drinks (9058 votes)
Skimp away 4557 votes (50%)
Quality counts 4501 votes (50%)
Baked beans (9903 votes)
Skimp away 4921 votes (50%)
Quality counts 4982 votes (50%)
Bin bags/ liners (9816 votes)
Skimp away 6542 votes (67%)
Quality counts 3274 votes (33%)
Cola drinks (8731 votes)
Skimp away 3345 votes (38%)
Quality counts 5386 votes (62%)
Fruit and veg (10186 votes)
Skimp away 5816 votes (57%)
Quality counts 4370 votes (43%)
Haircuts (using a cheaper hairdresser/ DIY) (9815 votes)
Skimp away 5502 votes (56%)
Quality counts 4313 votes (44%)
Painkillers (9932 votes)
Skimp away 9200 votes (93%)
Quality counts 732 votes (7%)
Pet food (7759 votes)
Skimp away 4413 votes (57%)
Quality counts 3346 votes (43%)
Razors/ razor blades (8786 votes)
Skimp away 4097 votes (47%)
Quality counts 4689 votes (53%)
Sausages (9687 votes)
Skimp away 1546 votes (16%)
Quality counts 8141 votes (84%)
Shampoo/ conditioner (10079 votes)
Skimp away 4909 votes (49%)
Quality counts 5170 votes (51%)
Shoes (10093 votes)
Skimp away 3600 votes (36%)
Quality counts 6493 votes (64%)
Socks/ tights (9585 votes)
Skimp away 7178 votes (75%)
Quality counts 2407 votes (25%)
Tea bags (9914 votes)
Skimp away 3424 votes (35%)
Quality counts 6490 votes (65%)
Tin foil (9772 votes)
Skimp away 8336 votes (85%)
Quality counts 1436 votes (15%)
Toilet roll (10320 votes)
Skimp away 5053 votes (49%)
Quality counts 5267 votes (51%)
Underwear (9941 votes)
Skimp away 4533 votes (46%)
Quality counts 5408 votes (54%)
Washing-up liquid (10223 votes)
Skimp away 5136 votes (50%)
Quality counts 5087 votes (50%)

           11,156 people have voted.

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.