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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    • 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 7:32 PM
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    Hi, newbie poster though long time lurker trying to adjust to being an empty-nester and due to some substantial changes income-wise in the next couple of months trying to cut my costs and adjust my shopping to mainly solo dining. I abhor waste so good that way and do cook from scratch/batch cook the vast majority of the time. I do "sort of" meal plan but it can be a bit hit or miss depending on my health is on any given day. I'm reliant on on-line shopping so can't take advanage of aldi/Lidl etc. What (if any) changes did you make when changing to a single-person household?



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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 9th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
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    The per against g/kg gets me angry. They should have to do it in a universal way. Then we as the customer have the knowledge needed to help us budget.

    At my local they have the weighing scales. I just think they should change them to electric. That way people have an easier time of budgeting if buying loose. At the moment it's more like 'i think I have £x.xx of *item* but I'm not sure...I'll round up to be sure' it drives me mad. How does that help people on a fixed budget?

    I know the times for good reductions in my local. I'm sad I know but needs must.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jun 17, 12:58 PM
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    Most of my supermarket shopping these days is at T*sco.

    So I think there's probably more loose stuff there than in some other supermarkets. I hadnt thought re the weighing scales. I know I've used them before now to check pricing/quantities. I can't say I recall noticing them recently - must check next time I'm there.
    ploughing my own furrow...

    They have lessons in schools these days on resisting peer pressure
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jun 17, 2:47 PM
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    Afternoon everyone,


    I have just had to dry myself off and change my clothes having got caught in torrential downpour walking home from my first ever Aldi trip with trolley. I am pleased to be able to say that trolley it totally waterproof Shame I'm not


    I like Aldi, I think I will be shopping there quite a lot, they are so much cheaper than the supermarkets that I have used prior to buying trolley. I think that having the trolley will totally change my shopping habits. I'm looking forward to the food spend for June being the lowest for a number of years


    Breakfast this morning was banana pancakes.
    Lunch has been a tuna and mayo sandwich with some salad (still using up the opened tin of tuna).
    Dinner is going to be a small piece of sirloin steak that I found at the bottom of the outside chest freezer. I dread to think how long it has been lurking there, but I've defrosted it and it looks/smells ok and there is no freezer burn even, so I'm going to eat it. I'm going to have this with some potato wedges that were also in the freezer and mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and a small side salad.
    Pudding will be a rhubarb crumble and cream.


    It will be interesting to see if Aldi or Lidl reply to the tweets about loose veg. I didn't look at the fruit or veg in Aldi today because I didn't need any.
    Last edited by Hollyharvey; 09-06-2017 at 2:54 PM. Reason: typo
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Jun 17, 2:48 PM
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    I always thought scales were a legal, not optional, requirement? They would of course be well hidden, but they need them for the online shopping pickers and YS pakers to weigh stuff up as well, like bunches of bananas

    A thought about ready bagged, it also speeds up the on line shop pickers, they can just grab the top bag / packet, can't have staff wasting time & money individually putting carrots, spuds etc in a bag

    I suppose loose is often dearer because us rotten shoppers pick over the food and leave the manky ones behind for them to chuck away

    It is alos a legal requirement to have price per g/kg/litre/ml on shelf edge. Of course SMs put this this in font size 6 if possible, you are not really supposed to look & check, and to help you get more confused the price is often shown in grammes or ml on the assumption you are incapable of mental arithmetic

    Lidl do sell some loose veg, like cabbages, cucumbers and, oddly, nuts. Not carrots, good news PN, aubergine are loose and on offer next week from 15th , also loose bakers on offer 49p kg [or should that be 0.49p per gramme in SM speak ]?

    It was Lidl this morning, just exciting stuff like bread & milk. No YS that I was interested in

    No breakfast

    Lunch was cheese salad sarnie, followed by slice of brad & thick tangy marmalade 'cos I was still peckish

    Dinner will be some LO pizza, with probably the loaded skins, give them a try, maybe some apple pie if I still fancy something, or the marmalade is getting near the bottom of the jar and may just need "using up"
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
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    Lunch: Chilli .... rice/peas. HUGE portion, just to try to get it over and done with. Two more huge portions to go. In total I'll have eaten it 4x by the time I've finished, but there was really 6 portions in the pot.

    That's what happens when you try to use stuff up, sometimes you just load up .. and plod on .. knowing there will be fewer events to endure.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jun 17, 3:14 PM
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    .... my first ever Aldi trip with trolley. ...
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    When it comes to winter/nearer to Christmas, don't forget that (once a year or so) it is allowable to put some of your "savings" you've made from having the trolley towards a one-way taxi trip from the supermarket to home if you've overdone it.

    Not every time, or that defeats the object ....but don't forget that is an option "in case".

    If you've got there... bought everything you expected ... and 1-2 other bits and pieces... then discover that while you were shopping a blizzard started and it's nasty ..... don't just grit your teeth and think "I chose this .... I must endure this." Just call a cab (just the once, because you CAN and you're worth it).
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jun 17, 4:13 PM
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    Right - just done my research whilst on Tesco shopping trip. That being re the fruit/veg that is only sold in packs (or otherwise).

    SOLD LOOSE
    apples
    pears
    oranges
    limes
    lemons
    grapefruit
    mangos
    satsumas
    kiwis
    pomegranites
    bananas
    carrots
    aubergine
    onions
    courgettes
    sweet potatoes
    cabbage (red or green)
    broccoli
    cauliflower
    avocadoes
    standard tomatoes (but not specialist ones)
    standard mushrooms (but not specialist ones)
    fennel
    peppers
    turnips
    parsnips

    ONLY SOLD IN PACKS;
    potatoes
    shallots
    sweetcorn
    leeks
    spring onions
    runner beans
    mangetout
    romaine hearts
    radishes
    chicory
    broccoli spears
    broad beans
    garden peas in pods
    spinach
    kale
    asparagus
    baby corn
    peaches
    apricots
    blueberries
    blackberries
    plums
    grapes
    blueberries
    cherries
    sharon fruit

    There were scales for people to be able to measure quantities.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 09-06-2017 at 4:16 PM.
    ploughing my own furrow...

    They have lessons in schools these days on resisting peer pressure
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jun 17, 4:59 PM
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    When it comes to winter/nearer to Christmas, don't forget that (once a year or so) it is allowable to put some of your "savings" you've made from having the trolley towards a one-way taxi trip from the supermarket to home if you've overdone it.

    Not every time, or that defeats the object ....but don't forget that is an option "in case".


    I agree, I am so 'worth it'

    If you've got there... bought everything you expected ... and 1-2 other bits and pieces... then discover that while you were shopping a blizzard started and it's nasty ..... don't just grit your teeth and think "I chose this .... I must endure this." Just call a cab (just the once, because you CAN and you're worth it).
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Yes I will, I'm none too keen on getting caught out in snow/blizzards I feel the cold
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jun 17, 5:19 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Still caught up in the fridge/freezer saga..... so today has been interesting to say the least. Put it this way I will never trust my Dad to measure anything again. The space it needs to go in is quite small so not much wiggle room size wise. Unbeknown to me my Dad had measured his old fridge/freezer in inches and then incorrectly converted it to cms why he didn't use the measuring tape with both I don't know or at least give me the inches measurement. He had used 2.84 cms to the inch and told me his old one was 59.5 cm and there was an inch of space on either side. Anyhow 60 cm wide ordered which of course didn't fit or could have been rammed in but there would have been no ventilation space. So a panicked phone from my Dad first thing ensued with me trying to get my act together to balance enough to get a taxi to his house. The guys took the new one away and gave us a number to call and said not to worry. I have to say AO have been brilliant, I phoned and explained and another one is coming tomorrow. No extra charge for delivering again and they were extremely sympathetic and helpful. Needless to say there has been no CFO today just a quick sarnie made late morning.

    I'm not CFO tonight - I was going to make pasta bake for me & my son but he managed to have pasta at lunch time (the team works on take turns to bring lunch in for their colleagues most Fridays and today it was pasta salad) so we are having breaded haddock from the freezer with HM wedges and salad.

    Interesting re the loose fruit/veg, I usually buy packs of veg but apples, pears and bananas loose as I don't get through a pack even if it is dearer. Tesco here do loose "seasonal" potatoes as well as well a loose baking and sweet potato but everyday spuds are only in bags.
    Last edited by caronc; 09-06-2017 at 5:22 PM.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jun 17, 7:26 PM
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    Cause of Death: Starvation from Guilt.

    I'm starving .... I could/should eat that s0ddin' slow cooker stuff I made yesterday, ate yesterday and ate today .... but I simply don't fancy it. And I "feel bad" about popping out to buy something else instead.

    So I'm sitting here all alone and sad and hungry as I'm torn in so many directions ....

    And I know that anybody/everybody would tell me "you've done great... go on ... go to the shops" ....

    So I'm off to the shops ... not really sure what for to be honest!

    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jun 17, 7:29 PM
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    Cause of Death: Starvation from Guilt.

    I'm starving .... I could/should eat that s0ddin' slow cooker stuff I made yesterday, ate yesterday and ate today .... but I simply don't fancy it. And I "feel bad" about popping out to buy something else instead.

    So I'm sitting here all alone and sad and hungry as I'm torn in so many directions ....

    And I know that anybody/everybody would tell me "you've done great... go on ... go to the shops" ....

    So I'm off to the shops ... not really sure what for to be honest!

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Right decision....
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 9th Jun 17, 8:04 PM
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    The epitome of 'CFO' is what I'm having right now. A small bowl of vegan coleslaw on it's own. Just because I can. Should have had it with a jacket potato but couldn't be bothered to microwave one.

    Good luck PN, just try and avoid making more left overs or buying too much. I know I'm doing it all the time but...
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jun 17, 8:04 PM
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    Good, small, haul... deliberately avoiding anything that could become freezer fodder - so no loaf of bread and no muffins as they were too short-dated.

    Bought 2 cans of Pepsi (overpriced at 39p, but I really fancied them) + 6 crumpets + 500g honey/peanut cornflakes + 2 part-baked baguettes, 10 large eggs

    £3.22 I think that lot came to.

    So I've now scoffed a portion of those cornflakes.

    I'll probably have a crumpet later ....
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jun 17, 8:42 PM
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    So I'm sitting here all alone and sad and hungry as I'm torn in so many directions ....

    And I know that anybody/everybody would tell me "you've done great... go on ... go to the shops" ....

    So I'm off to the shops ... not really sure what for to be honest!

    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Good decision I hope that you come back with something nice.
    While you're out could you please get me something nice as well please? I don't know what I fancy, but it should only take you a few hours to drive up here
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jun 17, 9:02 PM
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    I hope that you come back with something nice.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I'm rapidly reaching the conclusion that it's fab that Ldl/ldi are my closest stores as they give me access to cheap food ... but ... I really crave the exciting variety of 45da, my "favourite" shop that I'd most like to live close to.

    I go into L/A looking for "something nice", but they routinely fail to provide.

    I think I need to start shopping at 45da, say, once every month, just to enjoy looking at their wonderful vast ranges and pretty packaging And to routinely treat myself from their wonderful selections...
    • meg72
    • By meg72 9th Jun 17, 9:26 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Still caught up in the fridge/freezer saga..... so today has been interesting to say the least. Put it this way I will never trust my Dad to measure anything again. The space it needs to go in is quite small so not much wiggle room size wise. Unbeknown to me my Dad had measured his old fridge/freezer in inches and then incorrectly converted it to cms why he didn't use the measuring tape with both I don't know or at least give me the inches measurement. He had used 2.84 cms to the inch and told me his old one was 59.5 cm and there was an inch of space on either side. Anyhow 60 cm wide ordered which of course didn't fit or could have been rammed in but there would have been no ventilation space. So a panicked phone from my Dad first thing ensued with me trying to get my act together to balance enough to get a taxi to his house. The guys took the new one away and gave us a number to call and said not to worry. I have to say AO have been brilliant, I phoned and explained and another one is coming tomorrow. No extra charge for delivering again and they were extremely sympathetic and helpful. Needless to say there has been no CFO today just a quick sarnie made late morning.

    I'm not CFO tonight - I was going to make pasta bake for me & my son but he managed to have pasta at lunch time (the team works on take turns to bring lunch in for their colleagues most Fridays and today it was pasta salad) so we are having breaded haddock from the freezer with HM wedges and salad.

    Interesting re the loose fruit/veg, I usually buy packs of veg but apples, pears and bananas loose as I don't get through a pack even if it is dearer. Tesco here do loose "seasonal" potatoes as well as well a loose baking and sweet potato but everyday spuds are only in bags.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Oh dear aging Parents eh, my dear Mum just wouldn't be told that the new three piece suite is so wanted wasn't going to fit through her tiny hall, like 3ft square with two doors, she went ahead and ordered it, the company were not as nice and helpful as yours and dumped it in the front garden. Tears and tantrums on phone and I lived 35 miles away, but got there before it rained and had to find someone to take the bloody bay window out to get it in. But I look back and smile now because she didn't live long after getting her pride and joy and she so enjoyed it.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jun 17, 10:09 PM
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    I'm rapidly reaching the conclusion that it's fab that Ldl/ldi are my closest stores as they give me access to cheap food ... but ... I really crave the exciting variety of 45da, my "favourite" shop that I'd most like to live close to.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Even though I have got more choice now I've got the trolley, I still can't get to a Lidl because I would have to get 2 buses each way. Asda would be hard to get to either by bus or on foot because of the nature of the roads that I would have to try and walk along. I'm happy with the extra choices that I have got now I've got the trolley though
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Jun 17, 12:16 AM
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    .... extra choices ...
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    There's a Waitrose just over a mile from me; I don't go in there because it's all a bit pricey... and there's a parking fee! The trolley will enable me to walk the extra distance when I'm in that area as it's a trek from the shop and through an underpass to everything else. At some point I'll investigate their offers/cheapest few basics and might occasionally actually buy something there and then trot home with an "I shopped at Waitrose glow"
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 10th Jun 17, 4:39 AM
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    PN - well done on getting your freezer down at last, what an achievement. Wish mine was like yours just now, but it's crammed to the gunnels. Grrr.

    Caronc - oh you poor thing, you are certainly not having it easy just now. Great service from the place your Dad got the new freezer from, hats off to them.
    Had a similar issue when staying in a friends house before our furniture arrived. Measured space for FF in her house and ordered one to fit....only to find that although houses were identical, measurements within were not. Hasty trip back to the shop to choose another to fit. Valuable lesson learned, I double check measurements for everything now.

    SunnyGirl - well done on the tweets, and also to everyone else contributing to the loose/pack issue.

    Went into town with a friend yesterday, we usually go out to do a spot of shopping and have a bite to eat, once a week. I really should have taken a photo of the fruit and veg in the supermarket we went into. Not a bagged thing in site. I was very good though and only bought 4 plum tomatoes and a couple of small cucumbers, which I will go through within 2-3 days.

    Fridge temp is fluctuating all the time, should ideally be about 4C, but was 2C when I left, and 9C when I returned home, then 7, and back down to 4.
    Water is leaking through the vent from the freezer into the fridge. Will take all the freezer stuff up to my friend today and switch it off to let any ice inside the works melt, and call the repair man to come on Monday to assess the situation. Will have to rely on a cool box for my fridge stuff. Luckily there is not a lot of perishables in the fridge, and made sure that I didn't buy anything yesterday, other than a pot of strained yoghurt, which I eat every day, and will be fine in the cool box for a few days.
    Typical for this time to happen the week that the temp soars....sorry for all you ones being wet and soggy in the UK, really not rubbing it in. Just sods law.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Jun 17, 6:26 AM
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    a couple of small cucumbers, which I will go through within 2-3 days.
    Originally posted by Anne_Marie
    How?? I never buy cucumbers. I resent the fact that a half, when available, is disproportionately priced compared to a full one ... but there's so MUCH of it. I don't object to a bit of cucumber in a cheese/cucumber sandwich, but I find them pretty "pointless", just wet and tasteless. It'd take me 2-3 weeks to get through two small ones.

    .... call the repair man
    Originally posted by Anne_Marie
    If mine broke it wouldn't occur to me to call a repair man, I'd just buy a new one. I suspect a repair man would cost similar to buying new and I'd guess that the repair man would say "you need a new one", so might as well cut to the chase

    Typical for this time to happen the week that the temp soars....sorry for all you ones being wet and soggy in the UK, really not rubbing it in. Just sods law.
    Originally posted by Anne_Marie
    Here it's grey, overcast, cool. The weatherman says most of the recent winds will go, but many will have rain (I hope not me as my lawn needs cutting).
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