Do you share food bargains or take the lot?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Food Shopping & Groceries
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  • MothershipMothership Forumite
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    I was in Sainsburys the other day and picked up a nice wee bargain that had been reduced, it was the last one. A well dressed woman arrived to see if there was anything left and glowered at me when I placed the item in my trolly. A few minutes later as I bent down to pick something from a bottom shelf I saw her whiz past me, my wee bargain had been swiped from my trolly, a few minutes later as I was waiting at the check out, she stopped a poor assistant and started complaining about something , she was really giving her a hard time. She had her back to me so.... I swiped it back LOL!
    She turned round just in time to see it go through the check out. I gave her a lovely smile. And popped it in the bag. She was FUMING!
    Out in the car park I was loading my shopping into the boot and I saw her get into her car, a big SAAB.
    Fur coat and nae nickers.

    Boy those lamb chops tasted good! :T:T:T
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  • :D:D:D:D:D @ Mothership

    AlwaysSmiling...I'm wondering what someone would do with 15 nets of garlic??? Normally 3 bulbs in a net, 45 bulbs of garlic...garlic with every meal for weeks I guess (including breakfast :D) I guess though if you had some jars and some olive oil you could crush it, pop it in the jars and top up with oil...Or put the cloves in whole...
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  • Reading this thread makes me so glad that I don't go to supermarkets anymore. Thank God for home delivery.
  • sams247sams247 Forumite
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    I think it is simply down to manners, there is enough reduced food to go around and when I see some people shield the reduced cabinet and literally snatch the food from the workers hands after the label has been placed on, I think that it is plain selfish. I too, have also seen people hang around the supermarket for at least an hour and give back an item for it to be cheaper! From experience of you want some food to be reduced, politeness will get you everywhere!

    I agree, it is about attitude, I am a supporter of good manners anywhere, and I always think very little of people who shove, grab and are rude to shop workers.

    Mothership - I can't believe someone 'stole' goods out of your trolley - what a nerve!
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  • sams247sams247 Forumite
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    Bettie wrote: »
    I was surprised how well mashed spuds turned out after freezing - thought they might go watery but they were as good as fresh. I wonder if it depends on the type of potatoes being used??
    I've never tried freezing roast ones.

    I freeze ordinary mash, also sweet potato mash and roasted pots - these tend to seem a little dried out but plenty of gravy has them as good as new!
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  • I thought that in the initial story about M&S the woman was highly selfish. If she's shopping for food in M&S already she's probably not skint, but everyone does like a bargain. I just find it a bit rude to take everything when other people are showing an interest.
  • MothershipMothership Forumite
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    sams247 wrote: »
    I agree, it is about attitude, I am a supporter of good manners anywhere, and I always think very little of people who shove, grab and are rude to shop workers.

    Mothership - I can't believe someone 'stole' goods out of your trolley - what a nerve!

    I couldn't either LOL, I'm not usually that bold 'pinching it back', she really got my back up. Her manners, body language and attitude. were atrocious. All I could think of was 'Do as you would be done by and be done by as you did!'

    I forgot to mention that the shop assistant that was getting an earful saw me take it, then was in close proximity when the woman realised I had it, obviously she was unaware she had taken it from me.

    One RULE I always follow with reduced food if it's an OAP standing beside me looking for a few bargains I ALWAYS wait until they get what they want.
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  • Mothership wrote: »
    One RULE I always follow with reduced food if it's an OAP standing beside me looking for a few bargains I ALWAYS wait until they get what they want.
    I popped into my local Co op this morning - unlike other supermarkets their markdowns always seem to be in the morning and they are really good. When I saw a whole cabinet of reduced meat,my mind turned to this thread...what to do? As I would like lots of it- and I am there with no one else around. And every time I have gone in recently I have misssed the reductions...so maybe this was my moment?
    I took what I wanted- 2 chickens, 6 2 salmon fillet packs and 2 packs of meatballs and headed to the tillls- behind me then there was an OAP with everything else I had left and I had a pang of guilt that she wasn't getting salmon for tea. So- thanks for making me think OP! But there are so many things you can't know about whether other future shoppers are poorer or richer or more worthy than you. Perhaps I will use the money I save and give it to charity? Perhaps he will use the money he saves and spend it on drugs? Clearly I am exaggerating to make a point but...
    I'm still on the side of being polite and sharing with people who are there but if they are not there at the time, taking what you can use and freeze.
  • SoubretteSoubrette Forumite
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    Oooooo Soubrette...
    I've been thinking of doing that for sometime - making mashed potato's that is, does it freeze ok? & how do you do freeze roasties??
    Sorry this is off the thread guy's

    I freeze the mash plain with no milk, butter or anything added (so I can use it as cheesy mash, topping for shepherd's pie, mustard mash etc as I want later). I find it tends to defrost a bit watery, if I'm organised I defrost over night or even over two days in the fridge, disorganised means microwave :p I just mash it again once totally defrosted and heated up and it's fine - I then add my extra ingredients.

    For the roasties I peel, chop and blanch for 5 mins in boiling water then open freeze before bagging up. To cook I just roast with a little oil from frozen, I think they taste better this way than from fresh - really crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

    Good luck :)
  • lumpy_bumlumpy_bum Forumite
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    if its something that our household ( 2 adults, 4 children and many other waifs strays and friends oh and 2 very greedy cats)
    then i will buy whats there. charity begins at home and most the time we are on a limited budget atm :(
    i went to somerfield the other week, they had reduced 2 packs of garlic bread sticks to 25p... i had all 4 and i popped them in the freezer and i take them out as i use them. saved me a bit as i normally pay 43p for the basics ones.
    im not greedy or selfish, i share things with my friends and if i see things for my equally borassic matey then il get them for her.
    like i said
    charity begins at home :)
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