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I feel a mild obsession coming on...
Mon 1-Mar-10
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mike.
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I just love going round the out of date fridges and shelves in the supermarkets. I'm always a bit disappointed when there isn't anything worthwhile there.

My best find was last year in Tesco when they had overstocked on shoulder of lamb. They had reduced them from around £10 to just over £1 - similar value to BS's salmon (I'm jealous, BS, that was an amazing find). My OH doesn't eat lamb and we only have a small freezer so I could only realistically buy one of them Frown

Our local morrisons used to sell 'mystery bags' for 50p - these could contain anything from jars, tins, crisps, tea, pet food. You usually couldn't tell what was inside til you bought them. Even if there was only one item you really wanted, it'd still be good value. We'd keep the human food and donate the pet food to the local rspca. Sadly they stopped doing the bags a few years ago.

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Have you tryed dog food just make a nice rich gravy and bob's your uncle. the meat is bland and pasty when cold so not nice out of the tin.might go well with cold bake beans. Big_Laugh

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Please tell me you are joking.     LaughLaughLaughLaugh   And please do not mention this at your interview.  Big_Laugh

Now you all know I love cold baked beans, but Mutley I can tell you I will  NOT be trying it with any dog food ever, ever, ever!   I don't even give my dogs that tinned meat.  Ugh  Eeek

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Can't wait till the xmas hamper Whistle Big_LaughBig_Laugh Eeek

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Oh you cheer me up almost every day Mutley!    Cheers  Wine   Champagne

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Glad to be of servis Cheers im squeeing out the seeds from the rose-hips what a boring job and so messey 5 down 49.995 to go. going to be here all day and i got no beer or wine to help.

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Brilliant banter!

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Good fun eh!

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Vagabondic said:Am I the only person who feels guilt/shame when everything in the basket is marked down?


We like to think we're confusing the data Tesco collect on us. I'm a fan of the CFC, the BOGOFs and similar because it leaves us some spare cash to spend on the luxuries. So we've had baskets full of 10p cartons of chopped tomatoes, reduced bread and bargainitous meat; along with a really nice bottle of Campo Viejo rioja 🙂

I like to think I'm getting the most out of our food budget that way. I could have bought ready meals and full price bread (best before the day after instead of best before the day!), but there'd have been no wine and a lot more processed food.

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LOL Mutley. I never know when you are serious and when you are joking. Like Danast said, please do not mention dog food at your interview. NO JOKES. GET THAT JOB !! Cool

Spot on, Shereen. Although I tend not to thinks of the money saved, rather the far better supper we can have rather than the one we planned to have. Same difference, really.

Bobquail, I had to laugh at myself when I read your story of being able to buy only one of those lamb joints for £1. I confess that I am bargain greedy. I think that is how budget airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair make their living. People get greedy when the see a bargain and I am the same. Fiona had to beg me to stop bringing home CFC bargains last year because there was no more room left in the freezer. I have become more discerning now but the tug is still very strong. 25 turnips at 0.10p each? Sold to the bloke with the funny accent! (me!)

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I will try well a bit anyway,not lol. its in my nature, its about a 5 mile bike ride so can drop jade off to school then go. back in time to get seedlings out in the sun then off to work and start de-seeding the rose hips.

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Vagabondic said:Am I the only person who feels guilt/shame when everything in the basket is marked down?


Yes – I'm pretty sure the stupormarkets feel absolutely zero compunction about ripping us of left ,right and centre so I take a great pleasure in having as many things marked down as possible.  Plus Michelle's point about the wastage incurred if it isn't sold is very true too.  Have to say I haven't been brave enough to try freeganism yet!

One of my faves was a £4 block of mature cheddar that my friend saw on offer for 99p.  She got herself one and me one than had to ram it through the letterbox as I was out.  I loved the image of them bashing at this massive block of cheese to fit it through!! 

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My daughter gets most of her food from bins, I think one her favourite freegan experiences was in New York when visiting similarly inclined chums, they seem to have fun sneaking round food bins...she has done it here too, creeps out late at night whilst staying with us. Suddenly my fridge is full of cheese scones and custard from the bin outside our M&S foodstore...it is shocking what gets thrown away, a lot of it not even at it's sell by date. V. disappointing on Christmas Eve though- their stock control for Christmas is clearly v.efficient! We were hoping for some treats...

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Ruthdigs said:

Vagabondic said:Am I the only person who feels guilt/shame when everything in the basket is marked down?


Yes – I'm pretty sure the stupormarkets feel absolutely zero compunction about ripping us of left ,right and centre so I take a great pleasure in having as many things marked down as possible.  Plus Michelle's point about the wastage incurred if it isn't sold is very true too.  Have to say I haven't been brave enough to try freeganism yet!


I would feel guilty if we were to pick up any CFC stuff but that is because our little supermarket is struggling in the Latvian financial crisis and there are folks in our village who would benefit far more from the bargain than I would and I don't think there is such a problem of using up out of date food here. Ok

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Well,  have to say I am most miffed, it seems since I recognised my slight obsession developing and started this thread, my local Co-op have put a stop to this and have been severley lacking in the bargains department. I used to be able to grab a chicken for little over £3 but now - nothing, not a sausage, all full price! They must've known! Grrr.

The only bargains I seem to have picked up are 2 garlic baguettes for a £1! Hmmmm not amused Confused Anyway, I shall persevere. Tesco is no good, their CFC never has been remotely interesting, Co-op seemed dare I say it - exciting?!

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