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    Sarah_Jayne
    Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:16 pm
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    I am not sure if anybody would be interested but a thread over in the budget cooking/OAMC forum got me thinking. It is Score At The Store where people are sharing what deals they have found at supermarkets.

    Obviously, it is an American themed thread. However, with everybody needing to watch their budget a bit more I thought maybe some folks would be interested in doing something similar with a British slant. With British supermarkets as they are the deals in a chain are largely going to be the same in their branches around the country. We don't all shop regularly at all of the chains so it might be nice to get a heads up if one of us spots something particularly good at one of them.

    For example, on Christmas Eve I could have come in here and said that when I went to my local Morrisons in South East London I got a large package of hot smoked salmon for �2.25 down from just under �5. It goes off on the 26 but you can freeze it so I grabbed it and stuck it in the freezer.

    It could just be something you spotted in a circular too.
    Panda Rose
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:42 am
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    Good idea, Sarah-Jayne. We could all do with saviung a few pennies here and there. My bills at the supermarket seem to be sky high at the moment and I bet they don't come back down again when this credit crunch is over.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:00 am
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    This is a great idea. Back home in Canada, the grocery shops sent out weekly flyers showcasing all the weekly specials and it sure helped with the weekly shop. I find that doesn't happen over here, or at least not where I live. Mind you our local shop is Waitrose. We have to drive a distance to find a Tesco's and then it is a very small one and not everything it available. Further away still are Sainsbury's and a Morrisons and Asda's is really far. My grocery bill has sky-rocked this past year and I know I'm not the only one. We really cannot afford to eat the way we have been and I am looking to really claw back if I can in the coming year, but I still want to be able to eat half decently. I didn't get a raise this year. Will be the first time in five years. I am just happy I still have a job though so am not complaining!
    Sarah_Jayne
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:03 am
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    Panda Rose wrote:
    Good idea, Sarah-Jayne. We could all do with saviung a few pennies here and there. My bills at the supermarket seem to be sky high at the moment and I bet they don't come back down again when this credit crunch is over.


    What has been annoying me is the way they are 'playing' with prices. I have noticed that if the price of something which had previously gone up goes back down then something else which is a weekly staple for me goes way up for that week. I do a lot of my shopping on Tescos online (which I love) and so I guess I get to see actual prices printed in front of me each week to notice. For example, dog food. Some weeks the store brand stuff I get for my two small dogs will randomly double in price and then back down the next week.

    Don't even get me started with the way the price of tuna has sky-rocketed to it nearly being a luxury food now.
    HeatherFeather
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:12 am
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    Yes, smoked salmon is something that has been on sale a lot lately, so I have been grabbing some and my family eats right through it faster than I can replace it.

    One thing I have paid attention to for a while now is the pre-cooked lobster/crab/prawns section, which is right near the smoked salmon in my Waitrose. One day I was in the aisle getting salmon and 2 guys were talking about how Waitrose marks the fish down on certain days, and the one guy was pointing out to his friend the lobster that had been marked down to half price, it was expiring the next day.

    Anyway, when they left the aisle, I grabbed one of the half price cooked lobsters and my DD and I had a very nice lobster sandwich that night. Ever since, I have made a point to swing by that section to see if there are any good reductions on any of the fish items that we like to eat.

    Another thing... sandwiches, and any convenience meals get marked down after rush hour. While I don't tend to buy these items on a regular basis, if you are already planning to have a late dinner and just need something to grab... those all getting marked down very low... and it turns out a bit healthier than many take-aways and cheaper too.
    Sarah_Jayne
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:15 am
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    MarieAlice wrote:
    This is a great idea. Back home in Canada, the grocery shops sent out weekly flyers showcasing all the weekly specials and it sure helped with the weekly shop. I find that doesn't happen over here, or at least not where I live. Mind you our local shop is Waitrose. We have to drive a distance to find a Tesco's and then it is a very small one and not everything it available. Further away still are Sainsbury's and a Morrisons and Asda's is really far. My grocery bill has sky-rocked this past year and I know I'm not the only one. We really cannot afford to eat the way we have been and I am looking to really claw back if I can in the coming year, but I still want to be able to eat half decently. I didn't get a raise this year. Will be the first time in five years. I am just happy I still have a job though so am not complaining!


    I wish they would do coupons over here but they pretty much don't. If they didn't I would be a coupon clipping queen.

    I have a morrisons in my near area, I hope online at Tescos and I have a lidls right across the street. People might not know that Lidls can actually be a bit of a find for foodies. They often have 'visiting' ranges from their stores around Europe. At the moment, mine has a ton of really fancy pastas from Italy. During the past year they had a Greek week, Portuguese week, Italian week, Asian week and more with good quality and pretty low priced items from those places. If you don't go there often you might not know those deals are about.
    Sarah_Jayne
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:22 am
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    Ah, another thing I think is a deal at the moment is nuts. Usually unsalted nuts are really expensive and come in these tiny packets in the baking isle or with the dried fruit. At Christmas though most of the major chains do some sort of party pack thing. So, at Morrisons, I got two 400g trays of mixed unsalted nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts in shells, hazelnuts, whole almonds - for 1.49 each. I have gone through them and separated out the different kinds of nuts (yes, I am sad) and put them into separate storage bags. I have a handful of unsalted nuts with my breakfast most days to that is a big save. Plus, sometimes I just want a 1/4 cup of a certain type of those nuts now and then anyway.
    Sarah_Jayne
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:36 am
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    HeatherFeather wrote:
    Yes, smoked salmon is something that has been on sale a lot lately, so I have been grabbing some and my family eats right through it faster than I can replace it.

    One thing I have paid attention to for a while now is the pre-cooked lobster/crab/prawns section, which is right near the smoked salmon in my Waitrose. One day I was in the aisle getting salmon and 2 guys were talking about how Waitrose marks the fish down on certain days, and the one guy was pointing out to his friend the lobster that had been marked down to half price, it was expiring the next day.

    Anyway, when they left the aisle, I grabbed one of the half price cooked lobsters and my DD and I had a very nice lobster sandwich that night. Ever since, I have made a point to swing by that section to see if there are any good reductions on any of the fish items that we like to eat.

    Another thing... sandwiches, and any convenience meals get marked down after rush hour. While I don't tend to buy these items on a regular basis, if you are already planning to have a late dinner and just need something to grab... those all getting marked down very low... and it turns out a bit healthier than many take-aways and cheaper too.


    The fish isle is the first one when you come into my Morrisons and they have a section in there for things that are near their sell by dates. I find that if I go there Saturday afternoon (which I try not to do but happens sometimes) there is a lot in that pile because they will be shut early on Sunday. Most of it can be happily frozen.
    Panda Rose
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:13 am
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    Sarah_Jayne wrote:
    Ah, another thing I think is a deal at the moment is nuts. Usually unsalted nuts are really expensive and come in these tiny packets in the baking isle or with the dried fruit. At Christmas though most of the major chains do some sort of party pack thing. So, at Morrisons, I got two 400g trays of mixed unsalted nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts in shells, hazelnuts, whole almonds - for 1.49 each. I have gone through them and separated out the different kinds of nuts (yes, I am sad) and put them into separate storage bags. I have a handful of unsalted nuts with my breakfast most days to that is a big save. Plus, sometimes I just want a 1/4 cup of a certain type of those nuts now and then anyway.


    I buy nuts at this time of year when I think they are fresher(?) and I freeze them. They only take a few minutes to defrost. But I actually eat the pecans straight from the freezer when I am looking for something for dinner.
    Nic
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:21 pm
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    Great thread - I'll keep my eye out for good deals! icon_biggrin.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:29 am
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    Hi everyone

    This is a great idea for a thread....haven't had to do any more shopping yet icon_biggrin.gif but I have a little tip for you....after any special holiday or even just a regular bank holiday, keep a look out for things like whole salmon which are reduced dramatically on the day the shops reopen. Sometimes they are just in the fridges but sometimes in the fresh fish counter. I always get them and then either cut them into steaks or get them to fillet it and cut those into individualportions and freeze. I can usually get about 10-12 portions which work out a very reasonable price each and are bigger than the ones you buy already pre packed.

    Salmon is what I look out for, (sides of smoked salmon too yummy.gif) but I'm sure this will apply to other meats as well.
    ann teapot
    Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:41 am
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    I am the ultimate supermarket nerd, don't get me started. Anyway, the only way to economise, is certainly, if you really don't have to...is to shop online.

    It might take a bit more effort but the only way to save money is not to have a shopping list and work completely in reverse. Whatever is on offer, that gets cooked.

    I am assuming that we are all on this site because we love cooking etc, well thats it.

    I never go into a supermarket with much idea, exepct for things like soy sauce, stock powder, basic things, and whatever is there thats what we have.

    I get fanastic bargains, although I must say that Somerfield, if you have one, is one of the best.

    yesterday in Sainsburys, the carrot batons were 9p and brocolli too, the packets of ham and pork were 39p, I think they were closing earlier and pizzas were 79p

    You almost have to develop a relationship with your supermarket and there is always one of 2 people doing the mark down and they will definately "help" you out if they see you a lot and you talk food to them (shmooze)

    Anyway it works for me, I had to get my husband to pick me up yesterday, they were giving so much away.

    And even Waitrose a generally up market store, well there are wonderful bargains, but you do have to look hard, but definitely a better quality of bargain.

    over to you now, or Ill go on forever.

    and who would have thought Wilkinson, great bargains, I got Yeo Valley organic yoghurt, large tubs in there the other week for 69p (I think it may have been a mistake butI got it.
    Panda Rose
    Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:39 am
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    Patchwork Dragon wrote:
    Hi everyone

    This is a great idea for a thread....haven't had to do any more shopping yet icon_biggrin.gif but I have a little tip for you....after any special holiday or even just a regular bank holiday, keep a look out for things like whole salmon which are reduced dramatically on the day the shops reopen. Sometimes they are just in the fridges but sometimes in the fresh fish counter. I always get them and then either cut them into steaks or get them to fillet it and cut those into individualportions and freeze. I can usually get about 10-12 portions which work out a very reasonable price each and are bigger than the ones you buy already pre packed.

    .


    I did this today! Thanks PD, I compared the prices and realisd that the difference was enormous between a whole salmon at 4.49 kg and already portioned at 14.49 kg.
    So we are having balsamic baked salmon tonight!


    Last edited by Panda Rose on Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:24 am, edited 1 time in total
    Sarah_Jayne
    Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:07 am
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    Here is a question I have wondered but I am such a wimp that I never just go up to the counter and ask. Does anybody go to Morrisons and know if they will debone their fresh fish for you? I have little confidence with myself for getting all the bones out of the fish on my own.
    Panda Rose
    Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:27 am
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    I am not sure Sarah_Jayne. The salmon I have just bought was in a bit of a mess. I asked for it to be filletted, but they hadn't de-scaled it . There were quite a lot of pin bones I had to get out. Fortunately I have a pair of forceps from when I was nursing many years ago! So when I had done all that there were a few scrappy looking bits.
    Nevertheless I got 12 very good sized portions out of it, which works out just over 1 per piece. On the counter there was an offer of 2 (tiny) pieces for 4. I can now give 1 piece each instead of 2 tiddly bits and know I have some in the freezer for another time.
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