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Buy good stuff cheap
Fri 8-Jan-10
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Danny
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I guess this could belong either in this forum or the one below "Easy ways to be frugal".

But Fiona and I reckon that a very important tactic in eating like a king on a tight budget involves buying good food at a low price.

I like the section of the blog, in the right-hand sidebar entitled On this Day in Past Years. The post from 08-Jan-2009 was an especially important one, IMO.

Best great budget recipes for 50% or less: Cottage Smallholder 2009 Challenge

Maybe we are lucky because I have to travel into Newmarket almost every evening, so it's easy for me to go to Tesco or Waitrose and trawl for reduced items. But it really does work brilliantly as long as you have a freezer to toss the bargains into.

Really great if you are into drying and storing food using a dehydrator. That means that you are almost guaranteed to have all the ingredients to hand for almost any stew, hotpot or casserole.

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Sat 9-Jan-10
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Waitrose faggots 3 for 2 this week- fabulous in the slow cooker with beans and veg...

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Mon 31-Jan-11
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I bought a big bunch of fresh coriander reduced to 19p in Morrisons yesterday.  This morning I sorted through it and fished out the (few) manky bits, then spread it all out on a tray and put it in the bottom of the Rayburn for a couple of hours to dry out.  I've just scrunched it all up and put it in an airtight container.  Will be useful in my cooking for 3 or 4 weeks and much cheaper than even supermarket refill packs. 

 

They had fresh mint also reduced to 19p, but that was well past its best, unfortunately cryyell

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Wed 9-Feb-11
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I, like most people here love to live as frugally as possible but love to live like a king if i can! i rarely but anything at full price and all the bargains get rammed into every corner of the kitchen and freezer - i've started to spill into the dining room squirreling away in a cupboard now......

i found this little gem though and just had to stockpile a little more.

 

http://www.approvedfood.co.uk

 

some stuff in date some stuff out of date but if you're careful you can grab smore real bargains!

my last little stash was 2 catering siize ginger cake mix, a catering scone mix ( delicious ) catering sponge mix, a flapjack mix ( see the trend here-cake cake and more cake) some dried herbs and a box of thrntons chocs ( nom ) all for under 6 quid.

now delivery is a standard fiver so the bigger the order the better, next time i shall split an order with a pal.

give it a whirl if you dont already know about this little frugal gem.

 

smile

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Wed 9-Feb-11
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STEVEN: Many thanks for this info.

Have had a look at their web site and will keep an eye on it for the future too.

Please keep us posted if you have any more of these 'up your sleeve' many thanks etc.

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Thu 10-Feb-11
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I had a look at that site but couldn't see anything that I would buy, unfortunately.

I'll try that again!

Thu 10-Feb-11
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wave I had a look too, but my postage would be £10.50, so I might give it a miss.  dalek

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Thu 10-Feb-11
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That's steep Danuta.  Is it because of your living in Scotland?

I'll try that again!

Thu 10-Feb-11
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wave  My postcode is always classed as Highlands, even although it's not  actually  in the HIghlands. eeek

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Thu 10-Feb-11
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That seems unfair.

I'll try that again!

Tue 24-May-11
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I think iv'e just had the best skutty buying experience EVER !!

went to tesco's for a loaf knowing it was skutty time and low and behold the reducing man was at it with the reducing machine (oooow luvly!!)

chicken breasts £4 a pair .reduced to £1 per pair lovely. me thinks there 's a freezer filler , so we had 6 packs plus a couple of tuna steaks for £1.20 and a boned out joint of lamb for two quid (marked up at £12).

and a basket of speciality bread for pennies each

then when we got to the till it automaticaly did the multy buy on the chicken ,wich was buy 2 get one free ( but at full price ) so they were paying us to take them away good job we had the other stuf for we would have had to explain a refund to the till manager

i love it when the skutty man calls

MOS kisskissokrunawaydevil

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Wed 25-May-11
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Crikey Mikey, MOS, I think you have hit the all time record.

Take the Gold Medal.

The skutty man? big_laugh

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Wed 25-May-11
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Good grief MOS!  That certainly has to be the winning haul of all time, well done!

I'll try that again!

Wed 25-May-11
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'Skutty man'? And hwo do you know when things will be reduced?

 

Sorry for the daft questions; I'm a bit new to this stuff.

Wed 25-May-11
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Hi Ruth and welcome wave.

Having worked in a supermarket, I can tell you that they (and it seems to apply to most supermarkets, even the smaller Tesco Express or Co-op corner shop types) generally have 3 or 4 reductions spread throughout the day/evening.  They start off with a small price cut of around 10% in the morning, then subsequent reductions at higher percentages (the store's Head or Area office set the amounts).  Obviously, the best reduction is in the evening, but it's a matter of luck as to what is actually left by then!  Meat, if there's any left by the evening with that day's sell-by date, will generally have a massive reduction, as the store will have the price of the unsold 'waste' goods taken off their profits, so they want to sell it!

Would be worth asking a member of staff what time they do their reductions, and being there at the appropriate time to snaffle them up! 

Hope this helps.

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