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Reduced bargains and yellow stickers shopping

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Food Shopping & Groceries
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Mammy0f4Mammy0f4 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Food Shopping & Groceries
If you went to the supermarket with a fiver to spend on bargains how much stuff would you typically expect to come home with?
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  • Unfortunatly it's all about luck, i've come away with 4 carrier bags of stuff for £5 before but that would depend on if you were in the right place at the right time which is getting rare these days. You have so many others looking for the bargains most of it has already gone before it goes down to 20p prices.
  • HappyMJHappyMJ Forumite
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    Pure luck...I might just come back with what I went for...a loaf of bread and milk. Sometimes 4 carrier bags full of stuff....then wondering where it's all going to go.
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  • MeadowsMeadows Forumite
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    Mammy0f4 wrote: »
    If you went to the supermarket with a fiver to spend on bargains how much stuff would you typically expect to come home with?

    Depends what I am after, mostly mine would be fruits and vegetables which I need to have a long life so I would only opt for reduced if I need ed to use it straight away.
    Cheese there is no point buying as again I want it to last a while.
    When it comes to meat and fish I am quite picky and some things look grey and awful.

    Also I will not buy for the sake of it if it has a reduced label on it especially when they only take a few pence of, always gets me when a fresh item would be 2 for X and the reduced item ends up more expensive or no savings as it is a solo item.

    Realistically something would have to be still looking quite edible and around 50% off for me to pick it up!
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  • surfsistersurfsister Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    BEST SHOP FOR ME Morrisons Christmas eve one year back as the shop was due to close. i only wanted an extra loaf but came away with chickens for 10p 4 pintas 2p gammon 20p etc the manager was at the door encouraging people to indulge so the excess was not wasted!!

    it was a new store and think they overstocked!!

    also at co-op one year fresh expensive small or huge turkeys £2!!
  • eagle_eyeeagle_eye Forumite
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    I have been doing this for 5 years now and nearly half my shopping is yellow label. I rarely if ever come back with nothing, provided I get to the shops before 6 p.m. However I'm fortunate in that I now have a Co-op, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and M&S all within 2 miles so I tend to do at least 3 in one hit and often 4 of the 5.

    Different shops are good for different things. Waitrose is very good for cheap bread. M&S if they have anything it's often cheap milk. Sainsbury's are good for chilled stuff and Tesco generally have cheap fruit and Veg. You have to be prepared to wait,watch and listen. If you can't do that then it is a matter of luck. For example by looking at other shoppers trolleys you may see a bargain you missed. I did that the other day and got wine reduced from £9.99 to £3.09. Also I now instantly recognise the sound of the PDA's reducing stuff in Tesco.

    You also need to have a good idea how much fruit and veg you have waiting to be used at home and how much room you have in the freezer and fridge. No point in buying cheap if it ends up getting thrown away.

    When buying yellow label I tend not to buy anything that's over 40% of the original price unless it's something that's not normally reduced - like a long life item or an item that's desperately needed like milk.

    You can make your own luck - if I'm waiting for items to be reduced I will look at the stock that's about to expire in the next 2 days. If there's a lot of a less popular item that I like I will make a note of visiting that store that day.

    We will all have our limits and I can get away with the bar being set this high because I am prepared to do the leg work and go to the shops every other day on average. Not everyone will have that time or patience.
  • EdwardiaEdwardia Forumite
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    If I took £5 to a supermarket in the expectation of getting some YS organic food, I would be sorely disappointed 99.9% of the time.

    Very occasionally I have gotten reduced mushrooms, carrots, chestnut mushrooms, spinach, watercress and apples. Nothing else.
  • It depends which store I visit and what time.

    Yesterday at Sainsburys, I picked up 2 chicken breasts wrapped in pancetta, mozerella (sp) and basil for £1.50 and bag of satsumas for 30p.

    In Asda, I buy things in their reduction chiller which I cannot find normally in the chillers.

    I sometimes do a 'whoopsie' evening meal by just having what is available in the two supermarkets I drive past to/from work.
  • edited 16 March 2013 at 11:49AM
    Steve059Steve059 Forumite
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    edited 16 March 2013 at 11:49AM
    Again, it depends. Some "bargain shelf raids" are better than others. Sometimes, you can find items you planned to buy anyway plus a complete meal, side dishes and dessert. Sometimes, the cupboard is bare.
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  • CupOfChaiCupOfChai Forumite
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    Mammy0f4 wrote: »
    If you went to the supermarket with a fiver to spend on bargains how much stuff would you typically expect to come home with?

    I wouldn't expect to come home with anything! Like people say, it depends and you can't count on getting anything.
  • It depends. Can always always get cheap bread in our local Tesco Extra. Sometimes there is a bit of a scrap on for the cheap veg - sometimes lots of people after it, sometimes barely anyone.
    It depends on who is managing the store that night - sometimes you get 25% off, sometimes 90%, just depends.
    I tend to pop into whatever store I'm passing but I always go to T Extra for bread.
    I do save lots though, couldn't buy many yellow stickers last month and shopping bill went up by £80 for that month!
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