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Prepping for Brexit thread

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • humptydumptybitshumptydumptybits Forumite
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    The Health Secretary has admitted there could be deaths because of drug and medical supply shortages. Not much we can do to prep for that.
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    Who remembers the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign of the seventies I think it was the reaction to all the 'world shortages' we had It seems whatever you wanted to buy in the shops you couldn't because of 'World shortage' something to do with the oil crisis I think.
  • humptydumptybitshumptydumptybits Forumite
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    I think it was Simon Dee who started it wasn't it? I can remember him on a Saturday evening telling us to Back Britain.
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    edited 21 December 2018 at 7:59PM
    I am feeling a bit of a fish out of water on this thread. I am not trying to be political, just practical.

    I have lived through the 70's with bread strikes, gas and electricity cuts, lived through parts of the early 80's with not much money when food was genuinely more expensive (found it very difficult to find food of any kind I could afford as no Aldi etc and loaves hadn't decreased in price - remember when they were 9p each lol, cardboard but if no budget, they filled a hole). Now it seems relatively easy to manage on a restricted budget. I was a student in the 90's and lived on veg chilli cooked with whatever I had, I just managed.

    And yet on here, people seem to be thinking we need to stock up on rice, tea and coffee, lentils etc. None of which are solely grown in Europe. Tinned tomatoes I can understand.., but rice supplies suddenly being cut off?

    Prices might well rise.., but well we have such cheap prices for food now, I think we will manage.

    What people seem to be forgetting as well is that if so many items are imported into this country, we can be assured the other countries will be looking into ways to continue to do so. They can not afford to lose us as buyers as so many people are imagining.

    I'm not saying we should take no precautions but all this reminds me of the post 2000 computer chip bug everyone was expecting to bring the country to its knees. Wasn't even a whimper. No problems at all. I suspect some prices will rise (can't believe how much branded cola companies managed to raise their prices - so now I use a soda stream - there are always ways around things).

    We will manage. I don't think the shortages will be as extreme as imagined. If they were, Europe would go bust lol.

    Having said all that I will be buying some bacon products and freezing them, just in case!
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    There's nothing to lose deanna - at the very worst then we'll have got food at a lower price. As long as we buy and stash what we eat. :)
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  • humptydumptybitshumptydumptybits Forumite
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    Aren't the expected problems about hold ups at customs not about things being from Europe or people not selling to us. For some fresh things a hold up at customs will mean things going off. That's what I though.t
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    Deannatrois - that's the sugar tax you've noticed which has increased prices and reduced the size of colas.

    I think there will be short term shortages, which we can deal with, but it's the long term all round price rises which I think will have more of an impact.

    My grandmother always allocated a third of their income for food, so I wonder whether things will return to that level.
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    I always have a big store cupboard in the winter not for any other reason than icy pavemen ts. I can cope with snow but my pavement isn't gritted so I can't get to the main road which is gritted. I was a student in the early 70s and remember not having gas or electric. Freezing cold in Aberdeen and walking up to Rosemount to get a gallon of parrafin. A tilly lamp to fill as well.Didn't do my figure any harm but was so cold .
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    edited 22 December 2018 at 9:03AM
    firebubble wrote: »

    My grandmother always allocated a third of their income for food, so I wonder whether things will return to that level.

    How many mouths was that one-third of income feeding?

    I'm picturing grandmother as being a member of the last generation that had big families (ie didn't have modern-day contraception).

    Or was that a normal size family - ie one or two children?

    (one-third of my income going on food would be eek! level - as I am a single person household. But one-third of my income going on food if there were, say, 6 or more mouths being fed would possibly be "fair enough/that's what it costs").
  • humptydumptybitshumptydumptybits Forumite
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    grunnie wrote: »
    I always have a big store cupboard in the winter not for any other reason than icy pavemen ts. I can cope with snow but my pavement isn't gritted so I can't get to the main road which is gritted. I was a student in the early 70s and remember not having gas or electric. Freezing cold in Aberdeen and walking up to Rosemount to get a gallon of parrafin. A tilly lamp to fill as well.Didn't do my figure any harm but was so cold .


    I live at the top of a very steep hill, it is murder in bad weather, I'm scared driving down it and scared walking down it. The brilliant news is that Lidl have got planning permission for a new store, 5 minute walk away but I don't have to go down the hill. Wish it was opening now but at least this time next year I will be less worried about snow and ice. I've never shopped at Lidl so not sure what to expect.
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