Hugh's War on Waste

edited 4 March 2016 at 11:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • wishuswishus Forumite
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    Oh, I've been known to use my clean lunchbox that I happen to have in my bag for leftovers, because I won't waste food and am afraid of being embarrassed by refusal to put leftovers in a doggy bag!
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  • Rainy-DaysRainy-Days Forumite
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    GreyQueen wrote: »

    The amount of council tax spent on refuse and recycling per household is pence per week but, because it's every household in the borough, those pence add up. The really big ticket items are education and social services. If people only had fewer children.


    Come on GQ - the truth is allot more pertinent than that don't you think ? A substantial sum goes on salaries and the biggest kick up for council tax payers is that 40% goes towards pensions!

    Three years Northumberland CC got rid of their CEO he had a super golden goodbye handshake of £170,000.00 plus a super topped up pension pot! Only this summer the very architect of the previous CEO's departure then takes over the realms of CEO, again on a super inflation busting £189,000.00 salary with perks! Yes, we are hopping mad about it, but the waste of resources across councils throughout the country is disgusting! The biggest area is the pensions that the council tax payers are rightfully resentful about paying towards! There needs to be a re-think on how it is dealt with!
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    This is an observation more about shopping habits rather than food waste.

    Just come back from a small shopping trip to our local Tesco Extra, I wanted some button mushrooms for the stroganoff I'm making tonight and my local greengrocer only had big ones that I know would have cooked up more mushy than I'd like.

    I was near the onions and saw 3 people pick up a net of three 'brown' onions.
    I looked at the price - £1.45 per kg.
    Loose onions were 70p per kg.

    Is it me who doesn't get it?
    Am I missing something here?
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    Pollycat wrote: »
    Am I missing something here?
    Only millions in the bank and no sense of home economics!

    You must be grateful for the common sense God gave you, seems he misses a few out :)
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    My council provides free fox-proof bins for food waste, free degradable food bin liners and a weekly mixed recycling collection. And yet my neighbours still can't be bothered and instead fill a wheelie bin with general waste, leaving several bags piled up around it (which the foxes enjoy ripping open for food scraps, and then trailing packaging around my garden). They also offer a free bulky item collection service, and yet people dump their tellies, mattresses and broken pushchairs out. As they say in Clerks; "bunch of savages in this town."
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    I've often found that the loose fruit and veg in supermarkets is more expensive than the prepacked.

    One I remember was baking potatoes. I needed four. The pack of four was something like 67p a kilo, but they were quite small, so I decided to get the loose ones as they were a decent size, until I noticed that they were over £1 a kilo.
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    Gigervamp wrote: »
    I've often found that the loose fruit and veg in supermarkets is more expensive than the prepacked.

    One I remember was baking potatoes. I needed four. The pack of four was something like 67p a kilo, but they were quite small, so I decided to get the loose ones as they were a decent size, until I noticed that they were over £1 a kilo.
    I always check prices of packaged versus loose veg/fruit if I need to buy in a supermarket (I prefer giving my custom to a greengrocer - which might be slightly more expensive but will have probably have done less mileage to get to the shop).

    What I can't get my head round is shoppers picking up stuff when it's much cheaper to buy very similar at half the price.

    Maybe I've just got too much time on my hands. smiley-confused013.gif

    But I've probably got money in my bank account than those shoppers. :rotfl:
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    edited 16 November 2015 at 2:46PM
    Rainy-Days wrote: »
    Come on GQ - the truth is allot more pertinent than that don't you think ? A substantial sum goes on salaries and the biggest kick up for council tax payers is that 40% goes towards pensions!

    Three years Northumberland CC got rid of their CEO he had a super golden goodbye handshake of £170,000.00 plus a super topped up pension pot! Only this summer the very architect of the previous CEO's departure then takes over the realms of CEO, again on a super inflation busting £189,000.00 salary with perks! Yes, we are hopping mad about it, but the waste of resources across councils throughout the country is disgusting! The biggest area is the pensions that the council tax payers are rightfully resentful about paying towards! There needs to be a re-think on how it is dealt with!

    I wouldn't go with that one personally - as I do firmly believe that everyone is entitled to a decent job pension (ie enough to actually live on - rather than just keep bare "body and soul together" on).

    The vast vast majority of ex public sector staff do genuinely need that job pension (on top of their State pension) to have enough income to live on. Been there.....done that...am in that position personally.

    The Basic State Pension is NOT enough to live on and thankthelawd I don't have to try personally:eek: - at long bl**dy last from having "bridged that damn gap" between my Retirement Age and my Revised State Pension Age........

    I would agree, however, that there are the Fat Cats out there expecting loadsamoney at everyone else's expense - but there is a question as to exactly where that Dividing Line lies between the perfectly ordinary "Person In the Street" and the greedy little Fat Cats. Judgement of Solomon time and I would personally regard those expecting a pension over and above Yer Average Salary Level as being those "Greedy Little Fat Cats".

    There are indeed many of us ex Public Sector people on way less than Yer National Average Salary - darn it! This is the thing - ie making that "clear blue water" between the Fatcats and Yer Ordinary Person In The Street.
  • edited 17 November 2015 at 8:56AM
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    edited 17 November 2015 at 8:56AM
    Everybody is entitled to a state pension of course, as you rightly say, but the reality is that the enforced pensions for everyone, which is now underway, I believe, will mean that in the not so far off future, (possibly 20 years or so) is that ultimately there will be no state pension. It will come down to means testing.

    I am in every essence ex public sector staff, but I will not get the pensions that Local Government staff receive, despite working in high risk areas! There are many people who have no pensions, or have had to live on less than the national living wage, but still contribute full council tax payments. Is it right and just that they have to pay for the pensions of these town hall staff?

    I feel it is morally repugnant and in Scotland the figures are worse - representing practically half of all council tax payments being taken up in their pension contributions.

    The issue is not about the pensions that they receive, but the very point about the fact that so much of the council tax payers money is diverted into their pension pots and the lack of contributions they make towards it!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512940/Quarter-council-tax-goes-funding-town-hall-pensions--5-7bn-handed-past-year-goes-paying-retirement-incomes.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/9896822/More-than-half-council-tax-swallowed-up-by-pensions.html
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    edited 16 November 2015 at 4:13PM
    I have been very well aware of where a minority of people choose for our money to go for about the last couple of years now........:cool:

    However.....I cannot answer for all ex public sector employees...but I know that my own/my colleagues salary was lower precisely because they were taking into account the fact that we got a Job Pension on top of our State Pension come the time. There were many of us that got VERY little on top of National Minimum Wage. The reason for that was precisely because they took into account of Job Pension when working out what salary they had to pay to get enough people to fill that (low paid) grade:mad:

    They took the benefit of paying us so little - not us...the poor b&ggers that got paid so little.

    Add the fact that latterly - ie for many years - and we were having to quite directly pay towards our job pensions.

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    ....and that's before one starts going into the territory of the public sector way of dealing with "surplus to requirements" employees is to "make their life hell and hope they will resign of their own free will" and there is all that to put up with. At least the private sector just plain makes unwanted employees redundant - rather than being thoroughly nasty to them over a prolonged period of time and hoping that they will manage to exert enough pressure on them that they will resign and said public sector employer can sit back and tell everyone else "They made a personal decision to resign - and its nothing to do with us". Yeh - right....:cool:

    Quite frankly - and the reason why no-one thinks anything bothers some of us (ie me) any longer is because we've been on the receving end of so much Major Hassle from our own employer for so long that everything else after that boils down to "No Big Deal" in comparison quite frankly....
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