Trying really hard to OS but the prices keep going up

hi all,
im sure im not the only one, but im fed up with the nearly weekly price rises in the shops. im on a v v tight budget, and notice quite a few of my ordinary buys have increased overnight by 30-40p. I regularly buy 'clover' spread. the 1kg has increased from 2.67 to 2.97 overnight. anyone know of an alternative cheaper i can use to make cakes (except stork as dont like taste). read on side of the 'own brand' spreads but doesnt say you can bake with them only shallow fry.
im just peeved that everythings going up, not by a few pence. whens it going to stop eh?
to be honest, i never took much notice a few months ago at prices, they may have increased at the same rate for all i know, i spend so much longer shopping, as i go to tesco, asda and sainsburys to get the best deals. just trying to look after my pennies as best i can.




  • lucasmum
    lucasmum Posts: 324 Forumite
    I use whatever shop I'm in's value spreads for baking and it always turns out fine. Couldn't tell you what price I pay but its under £1. But I do also use stork and never noticed the taste so you may well find the same problem with the value stuff.
  • kippers
    kippers Posts: 2,053
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    I've used the value Tesco Marg to cook with and to make bread and its been fine
  • Kaz2904
    Kaz2904 Posts: 5,797
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    I get a huge tub from Tesco 1 or 2 kg for about £2.
    Actually yes flora (see below) in mine is 60p but has a 30p off coupon inside the tub.
    I know what you mean about the prices though- they're getting worse.
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  • moo2moo
    moo2moo Posts: 4,694
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    Flora is 1/2 price at Tesco at the mo. 66p per 500g.
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  • ravylesley
    ravylesley Posts: 1,105
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    I use the 2kg Soft Margarine from Asda.Be careful of the Tesco ultra cheapy marg as it does say on the tub not for use in baking or cooking and I didnt notice until after I'd made a rather nasty cake with it.So best to avoid this one

  • jordylass
    jordylass Posts: 1,078
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    I use that one from Asda too, fine for baking and it has no hydrogenates in it.

    I also get the spreadable butter for bread though, and thought the best price was Asda £1.70 for 500g, but money is tight at the moment and i was looking around. Sainsburys OB of this is £1.54 and Aldi had it for £1.39
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  • Skint_Catt
    Skint_Catt Posts: 11,548 Forumite
    I know :mad: Tesco's white vinegar has just gone up from 44p to 52p (IIRC) along with the cheese I buy £1.98 to £2.20!
  • aimme13
    aimme13 Posts: 458 Forumite
    AH!! this explains why the cake I made just seems a bit weird, have always just bought the value stuff but just checked and the tescos value spread does have in very small writing 'not suitable for home baking' oh well my son just had a slice and liked it:D

    Dont even get me started on the price rises!
  • I was doing the price changes at work this morning and was very shocked to see kit kat went up 10p. I agree about the price rises. I use sainsburys soft spread 2kg suitable for baking. Quite cheap compared to the others sorry I can't remember how much. I only like president unsalted butter on my bread but buy what ever is on bogof for the rest of the family. There is usually utterly butterly or clover at the co op or the spar
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  • DonnaP
    DonnaP Posts: 458 Forumite

    Is anyone else finding it hard getting into a food shopping routine now trying to be moneysaving? :confused:

    I used to do a weekly shop on a Tuesday at Morrisons (about 5 miles away) which pretty much sorted us out food wise. I meal planned for the week and bought what I needed from Morrisons.

    We topped up with milk from the shop around the corner and topped up with fruit and veg from the local Friday market.

    I knew where I was and got into a routine. Now I am trying to get the best price, I seem to be always shopping. I now do a 'weekly' shop at the local Aldi (I say 'weekly' as I can't get everything from there). I refuse to shop in the local Co-op as their prices are sky high, so I then have to pick item x up from here and item y from there as it is cheaper. Milk is cheaper from the farm shop, so I call there, and so it goes on.

    TBH it is starting to get me down and I am not sure if it is really saving that much and is instead taking up a lot of time. My twin DD's started school last September and all I seem to do is housework and food shopping and preparation. :eek:

    I don't know, perhaps it's me, but I feel fed up. It wouldn't be so bad if my local supermarket was Tescos and I could do a weekly cheap food shop where I could get everything, but Aldi is limited (even though it is cheap).

    Any suggestions or thoughts??


    P.S. Forgot to add, I am also only buying meat from the butchers and the best one is 6 miles away.
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