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    • redfox
    • By redfox 16th Jun 16, 8:27 PM
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    Elite 11+ shopping and chat thread
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    • 16th Jun 16, 8:27 PM
    Elite 11+ shopping and chat thread 16th Jun 16 at 8:27 PM
    Welcome to a new long lasting Elite 11+ glitch and chat thread.

    Please see post number 2 for all the relevant information on the thread. Savvybuyer's excellent lists are in the subsequent posts.

    It's a great group and community so enjoy!
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    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 13th Oct 16, 10:17 AM
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    I am going into tesco.......may blow the months budget....wish me luck
    Frugal November £100 for 4 adults (one of which has a huge appetite!) fingers crossed.
    • diluvsdiscounts
    • By diluvsdiscounts 13th Oct 16, 10:22 AM
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    Enterprise good luck today I hope you have the same weather as us for their move it's beautiful here.
    Lejc I have quite enjoyed being a frocker and as I have already said it has reconfirmed that I liked the way I shopped and will continue to do so. We still have a pile of loo rolls from when they were on offer at Amazon months ago and dh thought I was mad as the boxes were delivered but have I needed to dash out and buy loo rolls since.....nope.
    I didn't let the wine offers pass me by purely because it tastes so much better at £3 a bottle.
    I am going to town with Dd today I don't really need food as I'm making a good effort at eating out to f the freezers although we are now down to three but I'll be stocking up whenever there is a decent offer on anything that I would normally buy. I've been lucky that we had plenty of barm's, wraps, thins in the freezer and I got milk delivered with my wine the other day so I haven't needed to go to the supermarket.
    I have been there as you described were it's a case of do we pay the bills or do we eat and it's not nice I think it makes us appreciate what we have now but at the time it's hard. We were so broke when we first had Dd but we lived on love haha. Wouldn't change the past for anything but I'm also not saving for my future either, within reason. I intend spending what we earn and enjoying life here and now because who knows what tomorrow brings. I'll still be a frocker this month but only on my groceries.
    Last edited by diluvsdiscounts; 13-10-2016 at 10:26 AM.
    SPC9# 517 target £365. £692 SPC10 #. Target £365
    The wisdom you seek is already within you.
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 13th Oct 16, 10:29 AM
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    Yesterday my nightmare tenants finally moved out.....
    The positive is that they have gone...the reality is it's going to take time and money to reinstate and clean the flat to its former glory.

    interesting comments from I think it was matty or maybe marbett...sorry i forget! last night regarding a LL/Tenant situation that they were moving on from...I could show you all the other side of letting where the tenant ignores any check out cleaning but quite frankly the pictures I have taken are disgusting and my tenant will be losing all their deposit and potentially facing a claim for more.
    But thats the life I lead as a LL and I need to take the rough with the smooth.,.....there are always two sides to each letting story but ultimately I do believe that there are good tenants who respect property and those that use it as a place to live and even abuse caring little for the state in which they return it.

    At the end of the day thats what the deposit can be used for is to help rectify damage and cleanliness....some get their deposit back because they respect that fact and some dont.


    today I will be cleaning a bathroom that has not been cleaned for 8 months and even has mushrooms growing around the mould of the bath...interesting to wonder what anyone would need to be paid to do this job????
    Last edited by LEJC; 13-10-2016 at 10:32 AM.
    participating in frugal October...£45.59 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!
    November spend £41.01 of £40
    Am I brave enough to track what we spend on Dec/Christmas food.....
    • Tinyshoes
    • By Tinyshoes 13th Oct 16, 10:32 AM
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    Good morning all...

    It's been really interesting reading everyones updates on being frugal and the october challenge.
    I for one didnt realise just how many little things I buy probably just because they are on offer or seem a good deal.
    It's also interesting reading everyone else's experiences and seeing how now we are almost half way through how much others may have thought they were likely to spend and have gone over or are heading in that direction...me included.
    I suspect a lot of us have faced a dilemma about something during the time and have each resolved it in the way we saw fit...mine so far has been the using of vouchers for a meal out...but could so easily have been the same as Tiny and perhaps not including a wine purchase!
    It's so easily done to step off the challenge when we can in our own way justify the reason....but for the purposes of the challenge we did set our own rules and what I do admire is the way that so many are having a go and those that are not are at least supporting and perhaps thinking of the deeper message behind how each shop.....as mhoc said yesterday everyone has their own perceptions and it's easy to judge someone by your own standards to decide what is frugal or not...but at the end of the day its about having what you want at a price you can afford and being comfortable with it.

    What I am finding difficult is the being spontaneous with purchases and even I am missing the odd take away coffee or impromptu meal out "just because".
    It is difficult living to a budget and I find that things need regimental planning and is taking up more time than I would really like it to.

    I will be glad when the challenge is over,but there are elements that I will adjust into everyday life going forward and I think it has made me realise that living on a very tight budget is not fun,its restricting at times and I would go as far as to say if done long term has the potential to isolate you from people purely because to go out for a coffee and cake costing £2.50 could present the choice of eating or not going forward in the week.

    Today I do need to shop,but it will be for basics and hopefully at A where I can use a couple of small wombles.
    Originally posted by LEJC
    Morning LEJC,

    I feel today like I failed miserably yesterday. I already bought 4 of those BB creams when they were £2.50 down from £9.99. One each for me and the girls and even then I had similar stuff already stashed. At one point before the free gift started my local had 3 on the shelf rtc £1 but I resisted and left them there. Since the free gift was advertisied I looked and they were down to one so I still left it, didn't add another cheap item for the free gift which I could have done. But seeing 3 on the shelf yesterday in another store and knowing that I would get the free gift for buying 2 even though I have no reason whatsoever to justify getting any more other than it was a bargain I was tempted.

    I definitely would have been out for lots more tea and cake I didn't realise quite how much I just pop in here and there. There is a lovely caf! in town that does homemade cake and tea for £3 of an afternoon, I used to take my mum there so often go in on my own but I haven't this month yet. If DD3 had not fancied a takeaway the other evening I would have gone without, but seemed unfair for her to miss out because of something I made a choice to do. But she was happy with the reduced amount we got it satisfied her want...

    Thing is I do know what it is like to be on a very tight budget. When the girls were younger before I had DD3, we lived in a one bedroom flat, loads of negative equity, mortgage rates sky high. Once we had paid all the bills we had £3 a week left, decision for cakes, bottle of wine or beer for a treat. Going out wasn't an option. Xmas/birthdays were on credit. It was how I first found MSE when things had picked up enough that we no longer needed to spend on the CC and wanted to clear it. I was a CC tart, think that's what they are called. Was here I found the cheapest deals to transfer to and then stumbled across the forums. The rest is history....
    I'M A FROCKY
    Total spend for Frugal October £201.75/£100 for 3 of us. Wine glitch and M&S sale my downfall.
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 13th Oct 16, 10:37 AM
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    You've not failed in any way Tiny....we set our own rules so they were there to be broken or moved as the goal posts allowed!

    I always said yours was an ambitious amount and perhaps you did set something based on what you would like to spend rather than using any proof of spending...I know I just plucked a figure out of thin air based loosely on what we spend on takeaways per month.

    but its made us think....thinking is good but dont get too down over it you have not failed you have learnt.

    If its any consolation...I'm missing the cake too!

    I think its a case of we may have all been there with living cheaply in the past....I shudder at the thought of even how we managed on the salaries we had when we first married...but I think as things move on you do adapt,ans as pay rises and change of circumstances happen things improve so you get used to a lifestyle....
    elite has taught me a different way to shop and I do stockpile when cheap but I just think that for me now its a case of remembering that we are going back to a 2 person household so there is not so much need to buy things in the quantities I may have done a year or 2 ago.
    Last edited by LEJC; 13-10-2016 at 10:42 AM.
    participating in frugal October...£45.59 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!
    November spend £41.01 of £40
    Am I brave enough to track what we spend on Dec/Christmas food.....
    • Tinyshoes
    • By Tinyshoes 13th Oct 16, 10:37 AM
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    Tinyshoes
    with pics....Morning ALL!



    Originally posted by locarr
    Wow fantastic whoopsies, you hit lucky there.
    I'M A FROCKY
    Total spend for Frugal October £201.75/£100 for 3 of us. Wine glitch and M&S sale my downfall.
    • aau1
    • By aau1 13th Oct 16, 10:42 AM
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    Free hot drink

    1. From the 10 October myWaitrose members who wish to enjoy a medium free tea or coffee from one of our coffee machines in the following branches,Clifton, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich and Swaffham, will need to make a purchase in branch prior to qualifying for a free hot drink. Restrictions apply please see clause 6. Exclusions apply see clause 12.

    2. From the 19 September myWaitrose members who wish to enjoy a medium free tea or coffee from one of our coffee machines in the following branches, Mountsorrel and Billericay, will need to make a purchase in branch prior to qualifying for a free hot drink. Restrictions apply please see clause 6. Exclusions apply see clause 12.

    3. From the 07 September 2016 myWaitrose members who wish to enjoy a medium free tea or coffee in Hazelmere, Battersea, Bagshot Road, Roehampton, Burgh Heath, Burnt Common, Petts Wood, Sceptre, Ealing, Horley, Ken Gardens, Broxbourne, Tubs Hill, Headington, Guildford, will need to make a minimum of £30 spend on fuel. Exclusions apply see clause 12.

    4. Offer available to all myWaitrose members on presentation of a myWaitrose card in store. Cardholder must be present.

    5. myWaitrose members who wish to enjoy a free tea or coffee in one of our Caf!s, Bakery counters with seating areas and Deli counters with seating areas will need to make a purchase in the caf! or bakery prior to qualifying for a free hot drink.

    6. One per myWaitrose member per day.

    7. Only Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Tea, Mocha and Espresso (Decaffeinated versions, Mocha and Espresso available in selected stores only) qualify as a free hot drink.

    8. Selected stores only, excludes online, petrol filling stations, Shell and Welcome Break.

    9. Subject to availability.

    10. Cannot be used in conjunction with other caf! or hot drink offers.

    11. At any till the myWaitrose card must be scanned to activate the offer. Quickpay customers must scan their myWaitrose card at any point during their shop.

    12. ‘Excluded Items’, infant formula, single use carrier bags, tobacco, stamps, mobile top ups, e-Top up vouchers, lottery tickets, gift vouchers, cash back, car park charges, fuel and delivery charges.
    Originally posted by zippydooda
    cool. My store's not affected, and even if it was it still sounds like you could buy a 1p piece of ginger to activate the offer
    Apparently, everybody knows that the bird is the word a moorhen
    • Tinyshoes
    • By Tinyshoes 13th Oct 16, 10:49 AM
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    You've not failed in any way Tiny....we set our own rules so they were there to be broken or moved as the goal posts allowed!

    I always said yours was an ambitious amount and perhaps you did set something based on what you would like to spend rather than using any proof of spending...I know I just plucked a figure out of thin air based loosely on what we spend on takeaways per month.

    but its made us think....thinking is good but dont get too down over it you have not failed you have learnt.

    If its any consolation...I'm missing the cake too!
    Originally posted by LEJC
    I did pluck £100 out of thin air, more disturbing is I really thought I could do it.

    Anyway no veg box being delivered this week so no big increase in my total on Friday. We still have plenty from last week and tomatoes/cucumbers in the hot house. Sweetcorn down the allotment.

    I'm not really missing the cake if I am honest it has made me realise I pop in more than I should. I was proud of myself on Tuesday as went into Caf! Nero for my free hot drink with O2 priority but all the codes had gone by the time I went to click on the offer luckily I hadn't asked for anything...I walked straight back out and didn't part with any money. My cake that day was my free graze snack box from Boot on 02 priority.

    You are doing so well with your food shopping LEJC, nearly half way there I reckon you will do it.

    Wonder how SSM will get on today. Can't wait to see her total later.
    I'M A FROCKY
    Total spend for Frugal October £201.75/£100 for 3 of us. Wine glitch and M&S sale my downfall.
    • Tinyshoes
    • By Tinyshoes 13th Oct 16, 10:53 AM
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    Right I should not be here, I am meant to be clearing the caravan and Mr TS is meeting me there later to take the awning down.

    Snap I will PM you later are you still coming down to Wimborne on Saturday? Give me a PM because if we get everything done ok today an Elite meet could be on the cards.
    I'M A FROCKY
    Total spend for Frugal October £201.75/£100 for 3 of us. Wine glitch and M&S sale my downfall.
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 13th Oct 16, 10:54 AM
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    Right I should not be here, I am meant to be clearing the caravan and Mr TS is meeting me there later to take the awning down.
    Originally posted by Tinyshoes
    can I swap jobs with you...I shouln't be here either but a caravan seems a doddle compared to my challenge!!!

    I tossed a coin with OH...he got the kitchen to clean...still a very tall order but I think I should have done best of 3 tosses
    participating in frugal October...£45.59 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!
    November spend £41.01 of £40
    Am I brave enough to track what we spend on Dec/Christmas food.....
    • mrsmac10
    • By mrsmac10 13th Oct 16, 10:56 AM
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    Advice please


    I am looking for a moderate priced red wine as a gift


    Can anyone recommend


    TIA
    Loved the Frocky challenge I will do this again in the New Year
    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 13th Oct 16, 10:56 AM
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    Having cooked for a household for years we still find cooking just for 2 of us a struggle, getting the quantities small enough so that there are no left overs.

    Its made worse by one of us having such different tastes - OH being a carnivore and me eating very little meat.
    Summer is better as we often do salads 3 days in a row but winters are much worse.

    Some things now are never on the menu eg beef or pork casseroles as there is not a lot of point making a casserole just for one and then having to do a separate something for me as well. Some nights OH has a pork chop and I have a piece of fish so that's the comprise.

    On the rare occasions one of our offspring does bother to visit and stay long enough to be fed then there is much rejoicing in the kitchen - huge vats of mince and onions, even a pork shoulder roast with all of the trimmings - even better if they stay several nights and then we can go through our entire menu of family meals again


    You've not failed in any way Tiny....we set our own rules so they were there to be broken or moved as the goal posts allowed!

    I always said yours was an ambitious amount and perhaps you did set something based on what you would like to spend rather than using any proof of spending...I know I just plucked a figure out of thin air based loosely on what we spend on takeaways per month.

    but its made us think....thinking is good but dont get too down over it you have not failed you have learnt.

    If its any consolation...I'm missing the cake too!

    I think its a case of we may have all been there with living cheaply in the past....I shudder at the thought of even how we managed on the salaries we had when we first married...but I think as things move on you do adapt,ans as pay rises and change of circumstances happen things improve so you get used to a lifestyle....
    elite has taught me a different way to shop and I do stockpile when cheap but I just think that for me now its a case of remembering that we are going back to a 2 person household so there is not so much need to buy things in the quantities I may have done a year or 2 ago.
    Originally posted by LEJC
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • Tinyshoes
    • By Tinyshoes 13th Oct 16, 10:58 AM
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    can I swap jobs with you...I shouln't be here either but a caravan seems a doddle compared to my challenge!!!
    Originally posted by LEJC
    I would rather be cleaning a bathroom, no matter how grubby.

    Every cupboard/locker has to be emptied and packed away for the season. Lugging heavy boxes about... The awning will have to be scrubbed of leaf mould etc at home and packed away. Not my idea of fun at all.
    I'M A FROCKY
    Total spend for Frugal October £201.75/£100 for 3 of us. Wine glitch and M&S sale my downfall.
    • diluvsdiscounts
    • By diluvsdiscounts 13th Oct 16, 10:58 AM
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    Ts nobody has failed what we have all done, I think, is learned things about ourselves that we may not have realised we did. Don't beat yourself up too much, you noticed that what you bought was unnecessary but you did only spend three quid!! Had it been three dyson Hoover's @£300 each it might be a different matter.
    Hey and we're only two weeks in who knows what else we will discover about ourselves and our shopping habits in the next fortnight.
    If ssm is still in tossers she will have spent all our budgets put together picture rotfl smiley because they have gone AWOL for some reason.

    Lejc I don't envy you today. Dd has been in her house a month tomorrow that has flown by, the landlady didnt do anything she said she would so they still have no coals on the fire, the garage door is still broken we've rang the agents who said they would get back to us but haven't. I'm sure she still expects her full rent tomorrow though.
    SPC9# 517 target £365. £692 SPC10 #. Target £365
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    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 13th Oct 16, 11:00 AM
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    I would rather be cleaning a bathroom, no matter how grubby.

    Every cupboard/locker has to be emptied and packed away for the season. Lugging heavy boxes about... The awning will have to be scrubbed of leaf mould etc at home and packed away. Not my idea of fun at all.
    Originally posted by Tinyshoes

    not this bathroom Tiny....it is horrific...genuinely I would post pictures but it really could offend....I have industrial gloves!
    participating in frugal October...£45.59 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!
    November spend £41.01 of £40
    Am I brave enough to track what we spend on Dec/Christmas food.....
    • Sarahdol75
    • By Sarahdol75 13th Oct 16, 11:01 AM
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    Good morning everyone.
    Sealed Pot Challenge No 513 -------- £500.00
    £526.00
    • tbw
    • By tbw 13th Oct 16, 11:04 AM
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    Arbeit macht frei.
    Originally posted by sHannel
    Perhaps I am being over sensitive but I am really uncomfortable with that quote.
    ELITE 5:2
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    11st2lbs down to 9st2lbs - another 5lbs gone due to alcohol abuse (head down toilet syndrome)
    • diluvsdiscounts
    • By diluvsdiscounts 13th Oct 16, 11:06 AM
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    Advice please


    I am looking for a moderate priced red wine as a gift


    Can anyone recommend


    TIA
    Originally posted by mrsmac10
    Sorry MrsMac I don't drink red and dh likes any Cabernet sauvignon, the only thing I know is sister's run was mentioned on here the other day and I know he likes that I think it's around £7 ish a bottle.
    SPC9# 517 target £365. £692 SPC10 #. Target £365
    The wisdom you seek is already within you.
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 13th Oct 16, 11:07 AM
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    Ts nobody has failed what we have all done, I think, is learned things about ourselves that we may not have realised we did. Don't beat yourself up too much, you noticed that what you bought was unnecessary but you did only spend three quid!! Had it been three dyson Hoover's @£300 each it might be a different matter.
    Hey and we're only two weeks in who knows what else we will discover about ourselves and our shopping habits in the next fortnight.
    If ssm is still in tossers she will have spent all our budgets put together picture rotfl smiley because they have gone AWOL for some reason.

    Lejc I don't envy you today. Dd has been in her house a month tomorrow that has flown by, the landlady didnt do anything she said she would so they still have no coals on the fire, the garage door is still broken we've rang the agents who said they would get back to us but haven't. I'm sure she still expects her full rent tomorrow though.
    Originally posted by diluvsdiscounts

    How did you know I bought 3 dysons at £300 a pop each....???
    my excuse at the time was they were for the rentals.......


    get your daughter to write regarding the issues that are still outstanding from check in and ask for a time frame to resolve....its better writing than just mentioning it in passing as it makes them have to acknowledge your query because of a paper trail.....be persistent its what she pays her rent for....although at this stage she does need to pay rather than with hold any to rectify the issues.
    participating in frugal October...£45.59 of £40 food shopping spend for the 2 of us!
    November spend £41.01 of £40
    Am I brave enough to track what we spend on Dec/Christmas food.....
    • marmitelovemehateme
    • By marmitelovemehateme 13th Oct 16, 11:07 AM
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    not this bathroom Tiny....it is horrific...genuinely I would post pictures but it really could offend....I have industrial gloves!
    Originally posted by LEJC

    Plenty of bleach should do the trick LEJC...In a bucket with a broom...
    OMG, I'm rich! Silver in the hair, Gold in the teeff, Crystals in the Kidney, Sugar in the blood, Lead in the butt, Iron in the arteries and an inexhaustible supply of natural gas! I never thought I would accumulate such wealth!!
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