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  • I buy ready meals when they are whoopsies, as I live on my own, otherwise it's bulk buy creals when £1 a box. My daughter rang me from Sainsbugs yesterday and said that they have Typhoo T-bags 24o's for £2.49 instead of £5.99, so she bought me two packs, they keep for months.
    I Believe in saving money!!!:T
    A Bargain is only a bargain if you need it!




  • gailey_2gailey_2 Forumite
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    I think its fab idea have tried to do itmyself last 2years and failed to do as well as I would like due to following reasons

    1)timing although each chain suppost to have set reductions policy and markdown timetable it really does seem to be staff dependant. I have been in tesco and morrisions late evening and theres either nothing reduced or measly markdowns.

    2)much more competative these days some days almost hostile as everyones after a bargain.

    3)finding the time to do them all sometimes right place right time.
    last boxing day went to late as they did meat markdowns at 12 and i went in at 3.
    but also been in to early for final cut so it really is luck you cant rely on it all time.

    Our largest supermarket nearby is sainsburys but the reductions are rubbish like 20-50p off so rar;y get a bargain in sainsburys.

    Our local morrisions equally seems as stingy maybe its regional
    iceland stopped reducing
    lidls dont really reduce as such they have markdown offers.
    marks occasionally has odd bargain but usually a readymeal.

    The best ones here is the large co-op as they often get too much in as they big store, low turnover and really do fab markdowns but they pricey so only buy offers or stickered never fullprice unless desperate!

    As my 6year old says if its not reduced or on offer mummys not buying it! teaching her well.
    I also have a routine that works for me in store that sometimes means circling 3times.

    as i go in through door if they have a lot of reduced bakery or produce they pop on trolly at front of store thats rare unless its bank hols or sunday.

    Then there specific spot/crate in produce on end of section but mostly thinsg cant be frozen like stir frys, dmaged fruit.

    Top tip to get most out of produce reduced as its usually section they knock quite a bit off is

    with fruit past its best

    bruised bananas-make bananan cake /bread or smoothies!
    bruised berries-again smoothies or berries freeze welkl in freezer bag but do go mushy so only really suitable for smoothies or baking.
    Blueberries often reduced-could make up batch of blueberry muffins and freeze them individually in freezer bags and they dont take long to defrost ideal for lunchtime treat.
    blackberries/apples-can make crumbles to eat then or again crumbles freeze well in the foil trays with cardboard lids.
    If lot of apples and have other ingrediants huge batch of chutrney its so easy to do and cheap.
    makes good pressies too.
    Or for the brave you coukd make jam.

    The prepacked veg mix-usually very cheap blanche which just means boil for few mins, cool then drain and place in airtight freezer bags.

    salad stuff judge by look of it but its usally ok for few days after its date.

    Then I go straight to end for meat and fish reduced.
    but I aslo check out main meat section as sometimes stickered items amongst them , same with cooked meats and readymeals.

    Then i hit bakery if its a little its bottom shelf on end with reduced cakes too.
    if a lot its on torlly by deli.

    Top tips bigger supermarkets is hit fresh bakery counter as they have best reductions especially end of night as its a daily line.

    Things I look out for is

    muffins-cut in half add tomato/puree make instant mini pizzas
    crumpets again kids love and ideal brekkie when on school run
    i tend to split pack and freeze in pairs
    Scotch pancakes always reduced kids like with honey and fruitas a dessert.
    if see naan bread always buy a few for freeze as we probably have currys twice a month.
    pitta breads-often reduced as are wraps useful change for luncbox.
    french bready/crusty bread does not really freze well but use on the day and make french bread pizza or 1/2days later when slightly stale to make bread and butter pudding.

    if bread reduced and good reduction we stock up as know it will get used.
    garlic bread i bulk up on recnetly got fresh triple packs for 35p each so brought 5packs.

    The best section is chilled which admit is hot and miss quite a few fancy desserts, hams and readymeals but broight a few at 30p and 65p as useful standbys for freezer only because they were cheap.
    remember you can freeze milk.
    you can also freeze cheese.
    ham says not to as think already prefrozen but i make cheese and ham quiches or pasties then freeze.
    bacons fine to freeze.

    last but not least the grocery bric brac section with discontinued and battered packaging occasion odd surprise got battered weetabix last time 36 for £1.30 for damaged box as tried cheapy weetabisks and dident like the value ones are rank!

    once i been roubd once i go to beggining to check

    I not missed anything
    further markdowns not been made.
    I do watch the reduced ladies and which direction they go in so sometimes by time i come back they marked down more generally they dont appeciate hovering people.

    Im always polite chatty and freindly. occasionally i ask if its that days date and measly reduction if its going down anymore and they oblige.:D

    I try share the love and inform other customers with some looking at me like im crazy! Not sure if I annoy cashier as takes longer as some dont scan sometimes they seem amazed at final total themselves one told me well done other day.not quite exteme couponing but its ok.

    My other haunts an odd one my ludicrously expensive small local spar its near school often pop in they have small chilled section yesterday got 12pack white rolls 30p brought 2packs as thats 2weeks packed lunches sorted. Alsp philadelphia 80p pack dated end of feb as off plan so reduced to clear .There was quite a bit choc lindt bears might be ok for xmas or could met some down for rice krispie cakes add mini eggs easter sorted. eggs one cracked so got 11 for 78p.

    ocassionally corner shop sells out date beer and pop .
    beer and wine can be used in cooking.

    I do have chest freezer.
    i do sticktake what we have reguarly
    i meal plan around what we have not mealplan they write shopping list that way I incorperate reductions into way I know they will be used

    examples- brought reduced wraps
    have faitta packet mix
    so now on eye out for diced chicken/turkey managed to find some last week
    comebined with rice meal.

    Nearly always buy mince reduced as ones i like are 2 for £5 as like lean mince.
    I prefer freedom/free range poultry always get that reduced.

    stirfry -only get when reduced.

    other night hubby brought 4packs cocktail suasages for 25p a pack and i froze so tonight reduced rolls cut in half make perfect mini hotdogs.

    Might do sausage casserole pack 2.

    brought cooked meat tiika and bbq/sweet chilli normally quite pricey £3 a pack was 75p a pack and brought defroisted nite before add reduced lettuce and on offer wrap-perfect lunch.

    reduced allows me to treat family other day pack donuts 50p qand family trifle 38p cant usally get single yogurt for that price combined with on offer icecream.

    Hubbsy really got into it last 18months as its only way we can have what we like and not feel deprived.

    we have tried shopping around and do

    lidls twice a month at least
    farmfoods once a month- multi buys, frozen veg, milks good deal. we get vouchers for £5 off 50quid shop or £10 off 100 its fab value.
    If im in town get cereal or crisps for £1.

    we shop the promo ends on all areas checking we not missed anything

    biscuits either on offer or value
    crips on offer, own brand or value
    coffee-stock up when on offer.
    we try and buy butter and cheese when on offer.

    deals go in cycles so every other month baby bels and philadelphia usually on offer

    we grow some veg and fruit in garden.
    we forage the hedgerows for freebies
    we buy lot of value lines but notice big increases recently so reduced becoming more important.

    The petrol stations with mini supermarkets often have really good reductions as its daft ranges and low footfall good reductions tesco express better than big store.

    Our local paper has fliers with whats on offer
    you could also look at my supermarket.

    I genrally know in big co-op if somethings on offer too much will come in and will end up reduced if its on offer-used to work for them so know they useless.

    If somethings really expensive and i have my eye on it i note date it goes out date and stalk it! did that with tiramsu last year.

    anyway waffled enough trick is shop around, cook as much from scratch, meal plan, bulk buy and hope you get some good bargains but its labour intensive on time and I have 3 young kids.

    I do invest in good freezer bags
    notebooks
    labels
    good frezer bags to ensure can wrap and protect my haul.

    right waffled enough. good luck
    pad by xmas2010 £14,636.65/£20,000::beer:
    Pay off as much as I can 2011 £15008.02/£15,000:j

    new grocery challenge £200/£250 feb

    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON:D,Onwards and upward2013:)
  • victoryvictory Forumite
    16.2K posts
    Thank you. Very much excellent post thank you
    Misspiggy wrote: »
    I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory :)
  • gailey_2gailey_2 Forumite
    2.3K posts
    Thanks victory.:D

    Forgot to add

    be creative with meals and reductions think outside the box,
    thinking putting coctail sausages in yorkie puds with gravy mini toad in hole.

    If you have kids-they love mad meals/combos.
    reduced veg cooked and pureed for baby

    When you buy think

    can I freeze this?
    if not what can I do with it?
    I always have rough idea when buying what will do with it

    its either packed lunches
    evening meals

    by meal planning around what you have and whoopsies theres money saving.

    My freind does reverse gets recipies and goes out with list paying mostly full price for everything.

    Due to reductions I make sainsburys feed your family for fiver look expensive!:rotfl:

    But remeber to make reductions work keep a good storecupboard full of staples

    herbs/spices
    cooking oil
    salt/pepper
    passata
    tinned tomatoes
    tinned tuna
    tinned veg
    naan
    poppodoms
    eggs
    rice
    pasta-
    noodles-oriental
    soy sauce
    plain flour -biscuits/pastry
    bread mix-bread/pizza dough
    self raising flour-cakes
    cocoa powder-cakes
    oats-brekkie/biscuits, flapjacks-bulks out meals
    red lentils-bulks out meals/mince
    coffee
    sugar


    packet mixes own brand or swartz/colmnasn 3 for 2 are very handy as can transform reduced meat into meals

    In the freezer oven chips always handy if no reduced poatoes
    frozen veg good stanby too
    icecream to go with reduced fruit/desserts and crumbles


    The idea is if you have well prepared backup options if theres no reduced that week you not screwed.

    But if there is reduced you have enough staples to go with it and transform into tasty meal.

    Just relying on reduced will be hard so do

    shop the offers too.

    for me its reduced
    offers
    value.

    Also look around see what you can forage im city and have blackberries, plums and cherries.

    Start small it does get easier. once you get into habits and observe times where people reduce near you it gets easier.
    pad by xmas2010 £14,636.65/£20,000::beer:
    Pay off as much as I can 2011 £15008.02/£15,000:j

    new grocery challenge £200/£250 feb

    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON:D,Onwards and upward2013:)
  • HEISENBERG wrote: »
    Don't start and get a life?

    Have you considered that you are on the wrong website?

    OP, no, not a chance for us to do that, but we are trying to get more and more reduced stuff and are looking for ways to do it - might even just try doing the weekly shop at 8pm in case there are more bargains!
  • victoryvictory Forumite
    16.2K posts
    Have you considered that you are on the wrong website?

    OP, no, not a chance for us to do that, but we are trying to get more and more reduced stuff and are looking for ways to do it - might even just try doing the weekly shop at 8pm in case there are more bargains!

    It is about the money on this site or rather the lack of it to go out and pay full price for everything and as I have said before it tastes just the same bought on a yellow sticker than it does wasting money and paying full price for it, for the full price it stops me saving or spending money elsehwere where it is more useful:D

    gailey has got it so right and has made me feel less of a failure because I had to cave in and buy full price cereals, thought I had let me down but no the fantastic posts gailey has put up is excellent advice and should serve us all:D

    I know I am certainly going to be cannier thanks to them thank you:D

    I have always hated waste of any kind, the bin should be for the wrappers the food came in not the food itself, I Always think I paid for that I am going to use it, otherwise would you just chuck ££ into the road because food wasage you may as well and I have no ££ to chuck away, they have to function each one ofthem not be throwm out:D
    Misspiggy wrote: »
    I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory :)
  • victory wrote: »
    Do Tesco not offer you the yellow stickers reductions then?

    Yes...but I am on a supermarket ban..therefore cannot buy them! (tho the temptation will be strong!0
  • gailey_2gailey_2 Forumite
    2.3K posts
    victory wrote: »
    It is about the money on this site or rather the lack of it to go out and pay full price for everything and as I have said before it tastes just the same bought on a yellow sticker than it does wasting money and paying full price for it, for the full price it stops me saving or spending money elsehwere where it is more useful:D

    gailey has got it so right and has made me feel less of a failure because I had to cave in and buy full price cereals, thought I had let me down but no the fantastic posts gailey has put up is excellent advice and should serve us all:D

    I know I am certainly going to be cannier thanks to them thank you:D

    I have always hated waste of any kind, the bin should be for the wrappers the food came in not the food itself, I Always think I paid for that I am going to use it, otherwise would you just chuck ££ into the road because food wasage you may as well and I have no ££ to chuck away, they have to function each one ofthem not be throwm out:D

    VICTORY-dont beat yourself up.

    bargain hunting should be fun!
    I love finding something unusual in reduced section and working out a use for it im giving food a good home and minimising supermarket waste,
    My eldest loves the spot the sticker game.

    In buying something its only good value if you like it.
    I tried 2different brands of value weetabisks was like cardboard so now i buy original when on offer or other day dented packaging.

    I do shop at lidls but dont think cereals are best value.
    best places for cereals are poundshops as oft5en get branded boxes for kids for £1.

    I would use sainsburys onw brand rice krispies or cornflakes in cakes and kids cant tell difference.
    My fave cereal is special k red berries yes tried cheaper versions and not as nice m&s maybe being next best. anyway only buy when on offer usually £2.

    I know theres has been a few money off coupons on cereals useed when that cereals on offer makes it a bargain as saw on fb extreme couponing group. Think it was cherios for £1 a box in tesco.

    if you have the time go in every supermarket near you and cherry pick the best offers not just the reductions.

    with the reductions with full store cupboard they can complement the food you have.

    Lidls do weekend deals hopefully going later
    aldi have supersix -change every week.

    dont overlook

    food markets
    even posh delis-end of day
    local green grocer/butcher,.
    Theres a really cheap fruit and veg man at carboot in summer
    ethinic chinese/indian supermarkets
    smaller chains ;like mcolls /garages

    I think in current climate reductions by themselves will be hard
    so incoperate offer items
    when you buy an item try and ensure its not cheaper elsewhere but take into account cost travelling if far away.
    If its esential and you need it now then buy fullprice.

    Last night I had reduced turkey breasts defrosted

    but I had no rice as run out
    no potatoes
    no pasta apart from spagetti

    yes we need to do big shop.

    Although I like to make a lot from scratch currys and passatta
    fijd it handy if see jars on offer to have one or 2 on cupboard for im so tired nights and few packet mixes.

    what did i do

    diced the turkey and fried in pan
    added frozen leeks and peppers-0very cheap from farmfoods
    added chicken stock with 2cubes of chicken oxo-2 for 2 at farmfoods so got veg, chicken and beef.
    added value mixed herbs 18 at asda/sainsburys
    added salt and pepper
    spoonful plain flour
    sainsburys basic wine I use for cooking its screw top and lasts a few weeks in fridge transforms any dish makes about 4meals works ok in pasta sauces too, rissottos ect.
    But with red meat and pasta sauces love red wine.

    anyway served with reduced garlic bread baguettes.

    total cost of meal less than £2.50 and served 2 so guess £1.25 each.

    Try and have a list whjen shopping to ensure you buy what you need
    know what you have before shopping too.
    that way if you see a reduced that goes with what you have then you have an instant meal.

    Im inspired might pop in spar and co-op today too as lidls will just be offers,

    wish the big 4woukdent raise their value lines so steeply as cant downshift lower than value and its not as good value interms of size and quality lidls tinned tomatos nicer than supermarket value.

    with the downshiufting to own brands or value try things once if dont like it dont buy it again.

    I never buy cheap fatty mince always fresh and lean.

    if you like quornb than thats useful freezewr standby if no reduced meat.

    i very rarly buy

    full price mince
    chicken
    get red meats beef and bacon/sausages from butchers
    sausages nearly always reduced so buy in bulk lots sausage casserole.
    dont realy buy fullprice bread always reduced or offer.

    non foods buy on offer and in bulk im waiting for next big baby event.
    remeber with baby theres always boots and adavatntage card points much more genrous than nectar or clubcards.

    always collect the loyalty points

    right best go tidy cant belive 12pm already.
    pad by xmas2010 £14,636.65/£20,000::beer:
    Pay off as much as I can 2011 £15008.02/£15,000:j

    new grocery challenge £200/£250 feb

    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON:D,Onwards and upward2013:)
  • schteeschtee Forumite
    21 posts
    I read on one of the posts that at Sainsbury's most reductions are only around 50p off. This is true for the first reduction, but the later reductions are almost certainly half price or less. I know this is common knowledge, and most people who shop for reduced items will by now know what time your local stores reduce items to clear, but I guess it may be news to some.
  • clippertyclipperty Forumite
    105 posts
    schtee wrote: »
    I read on one of the posts that at Sainsbury's most reductions are only around 50p off. This is true for the first reduction, but the later reductions are almost certainly half price or less. I know this is common knowledge, and most people who shop for reduced items will by now know what time your local stores reduce items to clear, but I guess it may be news to some.

    This can be true but got very lucky tonight. Went there about half an hour before closing and got lamb chops £3.34 to 84p, fresh burgers £2.99 to 64p, stuffed pork joint £6.64 to £1.49 and two lots of best steak one £8 to £1.99 the other £7.50 to £1.64 well chuffed now all tucked up in the freezer. They were only just been reduced and I made DH acost the woman before she got them all off the shelves!!!!
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