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    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 23rd Dec 17, 6:58 AM
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    Buying reduced items/discount items in 2018
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    • 23rd Dec 17, 6:58 AM
    Buying reduced items/discount items in 2018 23rd Dec 17 at 6:58 AM
    I have decided to see how much I can actually save myself by trying to buy as much as possible in 2018, which is yellow stickered or reduced and keep a tally of the savings. Just to see how much I will save ;

    I will start this on January 1st 2018
    Please join in if you would like to.
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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 9th Jan 18, 11:30 PM
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    A Mr T late shop tonight. arrived 6.50pm, left two hours later. Had to wait for the man to sticker it all up, there was such a lot of it. Just totaled it up, I paid £9.09 for £76.31 worth of food. Total shop was £28.86, I had a few other things as well, cat food,milk shake, cheese, eggs, soya and rice milk, fruit juice.

    My yellow stickers were vegetables, fruit whole and prepared, salad, mushrooms, bread, hot cross buns, dips, yogurt, pasta salad, vegetable bakes, mushroom rice, potatoes. There was 5 or 6 people waiting, plenty for everyone. I shall give some of mine to friends. It really is worth making the effort to shop late and waiting if it is not ready.

    Ilona
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    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 10th Jan 18, 10:37 AM
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    totally agree with you Ilona!! always worth putting in the leg work!! I too went to tescos, this was at 5pm. bit of a bun fight but came away with £65 of goodies and paid £11!! freezer now topped up again!!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Jan 18, 11:30 AM
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    Would love to join in too please, already YS active, but actual savings would be interesting.
    Originally posted by mrsnicewriting
    I love this expression!

    I shall be following this thread with lust and admiration. A combination of being in the wrong location and long hours means that mega-reduction YS items will be a rarity for me. I did get a load of goodies at a Morrisons on the other side of town last week for a song, but that was a one-off. And I gave them away.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 10th Jan 18, 12:55 PM
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    My neighbours were pleased this morning. B was chuffed with the hot cross buns, potatoes and mushrooms, he is making a shepherds pie later, and there was cooked meat for the dog. C was pleased with the potatoes and cookies, she gave me some broccoli and leeks, so a good swap. She was in Mr T a few days ago and everything was 10p.

    Ilona
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    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 10th Jan 18, 2:55 PM
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    We have also been YS active for many years and have learnt to curb the desire to buy something just because its pence. We have had opportunity to try foods we don't usually buy and discover what we do like without risking more than pennies.

    Have similar arrangement as others that we share some of our treasures with family, particularly mum, and often receive a little something another time they have found reduced or grown, baked etc. We enjoy helping each other out as all live on small budgets.

    Incidentally, our Morrisons started spreading their reductions over the entire day. Not unusual now to see f&v or chilled cabinet products reduced to 7p or 8p by 11am. They then can be found again at usual teatime and 7pm ish.
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 10th Jan 18, 3:08 PM
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    We have also been YS active for many years and have learnt to curb the desire to buy something just because its pence. We have had opportunity to try foods we don't usually buy and discover what we do like without risking more than pennies.

    Have similar arrangement as others that we share some of our treasures with family, particularly mum, and often receive a little something another time they have found reduced or grown, baked etc. We enjoy helping each other out as all live on small budgets.

    Incidentally, our Morrisons started spreading their reductions over the entire day. Not unusual now to see f&v or chilled cabinet products reduced to 7p or 8p by 11am. They then can be found again at usual teatime and 7pm ish.
    Originally posted by cheerfulness4

    I've noticed that about Morrisons, went in the other day about 1pm and they had loads of fish at 20p and bread really cheap as well. Will have to keep going at that time and see what else I can find.
    DMP started March '15 - £57,549 Now approx..£44,651. DFD 2031! Based on current figures, but hope improve on that.
    Emergency fund #231... £17/£1000.
    £2 Challenge #43.... £14. 20p Challenge #104... £2.40
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 10th Jan 18, 3:10 PM
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    Love reduced items, except for Co-op....even when they reduce things it is still cheaper elsewhere, no wonder they always have so much left.
    I will definitely be joining in and letting you know my finds. Most of mine are normally from Morrisons or Asda, but it seems as though Mr T might be worth a look sometimes, don't normally shop there.
    DMP started March '15 - £57,549 Now approx..£44,651. DFD 2031! Based on current figures, but hope improve on that.
    Emergency fund #231... £17/£1000.
    £2 Challenge #43.... £14. 20p Challenge #104... £2.40
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 10th Jan 18, 4:44 PM
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    My best time at Mr T is just before 7pm, when they put the third and last sticker on. They start just after lunch with the first sticker, and 3pm for the 2nd sticker. I take a chance by going late, sometimes there isn't much left, other times there is loads. Meat I think is discounted early because it has to be sold asap. I don't buy meat.

    You need to visit your chosen supermarket at different times, watch what the staff do, ask them when the yellow sticker trolley will come out. Each store has it's own system. Some will leave the items on the shelf so it's spot the stickers in every department. Some will put them all in one place so no hunting. Some will wheel them out from the back on a trolley, then it's grab what you want. It's all quite civilized at my store, a few people know the system. No pushing and shoving.

    Ilona
    Originally posted by Ilona
    Hello Ilona

    Many thanks for this, you've explained it well, I can see I will be spending time lurking in the local supermarkets after 3 p.m. My first attempt with the lamb shank wasn't a huge saving, I am obviously a novice, so need to keep visiting or asking staff for when the best time is...

    I will update on the next venture.....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 11th Jan 18, 10:22 AM
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    A Mr T late shop tonight. arrived 6.50pm, left two hours later. Had to wait for the man to sticker it all up, there was such a lot of it. Just totaled it up, I paid £9.09 for £76.31 worth of food. Total shop was £28.86, I had a few other things as well, cat food,milk shake, cheese, eggs, soya and rice milk, fruit juice.

    My yellow stickers were vegetables, fruit whole and prepared, salad, mushrooms, bread, hot cross buns, dips, yogurt, pasta salad, vegetable bakes, mushroom rice, potatoes. There was 5 or 6 people waiting, plenty for everyone. I shall give some of mine to friends. It really is worth making the effort to shop late and waiting if it is not ready.

    Ilona
    Originally posted by Ilona
    Hello Ilona

    Wow, you are like a yellow-sticker guerilla! You are now officially my YS guru, and I salute you. T

    I hope to graduate from YS novice, to YS activist, to YS mentor, with any luck.

    Note that I have managed a YS steak (was £3.52 reduced to £2.20) which is a £1.32 saving, but I feel this wasn't reduced enough....? Works out around 1/3 off I think. Maths isn't my strong subject. So only around 30% reduction for something I think was pricey anyway.

    Think going vegetarian would be the best, money-saving way, although might be a challenge for me.....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 11th Jan 18, 4:29 PM
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    Morrisons in Hinckley has so more bread than I have ever seen with YS's on today....all good stuff from the bakery counter. Got 4 loaves and some baps all at at least 50% off...the baps were 60% off. Would have bought more but freezer full. Anybody in the area, get down there quickly.
    DMP started March '15 - £57,549 Now approx..£44,651. DFD 2031! Based on current figures, but hope improve on that.
    Emergency fund #231... £17/£1000.
    £2 Challenge #43.... £14. 20p Challenge #104... £2.40
    "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day"
    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 11th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
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    Irenadler- once you get on friendly terms with the ones that do the reducing they can be really helpful. For instance mine will tell you if they intend to mark down a reduced item again if you've picked it up.

    Last week the fishmonger saw me looking while he was reducing and told me to bring him things I wanted to mark down and I paid no more than 8p per item. I got plaice, cod, bream, cooked mackerel filets etc. Some lovely fishcakes, too.
    Enjoyed a lovely chat with him too as he worked away with his labeller.
    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 11th Jan 18, 5:20 PM
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    First YS purchase of the year;

    Triple Sandwich Selection - Now 0.95p Was £1.90 Saving 95p
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    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 11th Jan 18, 6:21 PM
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    Irenadler- once you get on friendly terms with the ones that do the reducing they can be really helpful. For instance mine will tell you if they intend to mark down a reduced item again if you've picked it up.

    Last week the fishmonger saw me looking while he was reducing and told me to bring him things I wanted to mark down and I paid no more than 8p per item. I got plaice, cod, bream, cooked mackerel filets etc. Some lovely fishcakes, too.
    Enjoyed a lovely chat with him too as he worked away with his labeller.
    Originally posted by cheerfulness4
    Hello cheerfulness

    Thanks for that - I will need to go on the charm offensive...

    A very nice haul for pennies!
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 11th Jan 18, 6:24 PM
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    First YS purchase of the year;

    Triple Sandwich Selection - Now 0.95p Was £1.90 Saving 95p
    Originally posted by I Love comps
    Hello Ilovecomps

    Nice - every thing helps, that's a decent 50% off, haven't got a trip out yet, but, I am thinking of nipping out now to the local supermarket to see if there's any goodies.....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 12th Jan 18, 1:54 PM
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    Iceland had price king prawn selection down to £2.50, lobster thermidor down to £7 and huge xmas puds with brandy sauce in the middle were £6 now 75p!!!!also purple chips!!?? 25p a bag!! cant say our diet isn't varied!! will try anything once especially if its reduced!!
    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 14th Jan 18, 1:36 PM
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    yippee, went out to buy a cheapo loo brush from b and ms, bought 2 packs of ham, pack of meatballs for 10p a pop, and loo brush only cost £1.29, result!!
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 14th Jan 18, 2:19 PM
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    We have a Cash and Carry which sells near to or out of date food. I pop in when passing, on my way to town. Yesterday I got five bashed tins of red kidney beans for 20p each. They normally sell them at three for £1, the shop price is more than that, and these aren't even out of date till the end of the year.

    Also two 450 grm bags of Kellogs Musli for 50p each. No idea what the normal price is because I never buy them.

    I got some small Sheba pouches from Wilko, on offer at £1.25 pack of six. Top price is £2, but you can normally get them at the discount stores for £1.49.

    Ilona
    I love skip diving
    • logician
    • By logician 14th Jan 18, 2:29 PM
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    A Mr T late shop tonight.
    Originally posted by Ilona
    Mr T - reductions

    Sandwich 14p
    Quiche 14p
    Stir Fry Mix 11p
    Courgettes 9p
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 14th Jan 18, 6:05 PM
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    Argh!

    I have tried to thank other posters on this page and it keeps saying I don't have rights? I am doing something wrong? Also, when I post, it keeps flashing a message saying I've sent it twice, when I haven't, I have only pressed the button once....

    Anyway, still a newbie at this, went to local Mr S at 20 mins before closing and got:

    Pack of 8 wholemeal tortillas reduced from £1.05 to 69p = 36p saved (in freezer)
    Minty 4 bean salad (2 servings) use by 15th Jan From £1.65 to £1.10 = 55p saved - eating it now!
    Melon and grape snackpot (2 servings) UB 15th, From 1.95 to £1.30 = 65p saved, will have a bit after the beans.

    Total saved: £1.56
    Percentage: about 30% off....

    Still not finding the bargains. Asked a member of staff at Mr T's yesterday when they reduce items, and he replied a bit impatiently 'It's already done'. Sigh. I obviously lack the ninja-qualities of Ilona.....

    Hope this post, er, posts!
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 14th Jan 18, 7:02 PM
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    Argh!

    I have tried to thank other posters on this page and it keeps saying I don't have rights? I am doing something wrong? Also, when I post, it keeps flashing a message saying I've sent it twice, when I haven't, I have only pressed the button once....

    Anyway, still a newbie at this, went to local Mr S at 20 mins before closing and got:

    Pack of 8 wholemeal tortillas reduced from £1.05 to 69p = 36p saved (in freezer)
    Minty 4 bean salad (2 servings) use by 15th Jan From £1.65 to £1.10 = 55p saved - eating it now!
    Melon and grape snackpot (2 servings) UB 15th, From 1.95 to £1.30 = 65p saved, will have a bit after the beans.

    Total saved: £1.56
    Percentage: about 30% off....

    Still not finding the bargains. Asked a member of staff at Mr T's yesterday when they reduce items, and he replied a bit impatiently 'It's already done'. Sigh. I obviously lack the ninja-qualities of Ilona.....

    Hope this post, er, posts!
    Originally posted by Irenadler
    Some stores don't reduce further if they have signed up to community food groups to give their food to. My Tesco does do the reductions to pennies around 7pm but the one in the next town doesn't
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