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Money Moral Dilemma: Is it OK to fill my freezer with 'yellow sticker' bargains?

edited 18 February at 3:07PM in Food Shopping & Groceries
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edited 18 February at 3:07PM in Food Shopping & Groceries
This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

I occasionally see large quantities of meat (20 or more packs) reduced heavily in the yellow sticker section. Is it wrong to take all of them and freeze what I don't need today, or should I only take a few and leave the rest so others can get a bargain too?

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  • DigForVictoryDigForVictory
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    I wouldn't, I'd take maybe four family meals worth & leave the rest for others. Enough to save money, not enoughj to do other families out of the chance,
    YS stuff can be variable in quality as well - I wouldn't want to fill my freezer with something that turned out not to defrost too well.
  • annieshbannieshb
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    Question is do you use it all or do you pop it in freezer then forget about it? 
    Like most items n a shop it’s first come basis and so not a  moral dilemma I hate waste though.
  • WizzbangWizzbang
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    This is hardly a moral dilemma! You are free to buy what you like, unless the shop imposes limits. However, I would urge caution - I buy less and less yellow stickers, they're not good value because they're so close to their date, they go off in the freezer. I got sick of removing bread or baked goods, only to find the were covered in green mould. Or worse, smelly meat. It's not very money-saving and you really should freeze food when it's as fresh as possible, not on its last legs.
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  • Gingerscot_2Gingerscot_2
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    My main problem is making room in my freezer as it is usually stuffed with reduced produce. Also, I have had meat in the freezer for well over a year and, once defrosted, have never noticed any difference from the fresh stuff and I've never had bread go mouldy in it.
  • mixiahmixiah
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    Depends how desperate you are. Some folk will really rely on surviving on reduced stuff so maybe take what you need rather than buying all 20. Especially if it's a regular thing and you're confident you can get more soon. 
  • abelldabelld
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    Take as much as you can deal with. Don’t waste it. 
  • elsienelsien
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    Good luck fighting your way through the yellow sticker mob to grab that many at once. You'd need body armour and tear gas in my local stores to get a couple of packs, let alone the multitudes you seem to be talking about. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
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