Hugh's War on Waste

edited 4 March 2016 at 11:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
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    fuddle wrote: »
    That's the same phrase you used to comment on my DH's handyman skills Mr_Singleton

    Oh, I remember you.... the person that thinks that shops should give everything away at a loss. Just because your husband can make something for a few quid doesn't mean a shop can.
  • Rainy-DaysRainy-Days Forumite
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    Oh, I remember you.... the person that thinks that shops should give everything away at a loss. Just because your husband can make something for a few quid doesn't mean a shop can.

    Whats your problem?
    Cat, Dogs and the Horses are our fag and beer money :D :beer:
  • CaterinaCaterina Forumite
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    He is in the habit of posting controversial stuff and often offends. Better ignored.
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Fab post RAINY I so agree with what you say! We the public have been conditioned by advertising to continually want new and 'better' things, we're bombarded by adverts for 'the latest car models', 'the latest fashion look' 'the latest interior d!cor and furnishing colour scheme' ' the latest must have phone' ' the latest incarnation of computer, laptop, tablet, notebook' 'the latest celebrity chef food fad for Christmas' all with catchy tunes, all with one aim that is to keep you wanting, wanting, wanting and giving the message that you can have it all in time for Christmas.......the most disturbing thing is that you're made to feel a failure if you don't climb on the bandwagon and buy into the hype!

    I wouldn't pay £15 for a chicken but I wouldn't pay £2 for one either, if I buy a chicken it will be a corn fed free range one for a price somewhere in the middle of that range and I will use every scrap of it that is useable and then make some good stock from the carcass. I don't waste what can be used, I can't afford to like most others of us here on MSE. I certainly won't be paying stupid money for a meal for Christmas either we had the W8rose brochure through the door and some of their Christmas meats were up to £85 for just over 4 kg of meat (can't remember what the meat was) it was totally OTT for one part of one meal on one day of the year and that would cost a great deal more than I would normally spend on a whole weeks worth of food for the two of us. I agree totally that what is taught as home economics in schools these days is NOT what we were taught which included scrubbing tables and general kitchen hygiene before we were even taught how to make tea. DD2 did Food Tech which was all about developing a shelf stable product even down to the wrapper and bar code is it then any wonder that younger people live on ready meals having had no introduction to food prep than that?
  • Rainy-DaysRainy-Days Forumite
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    Thanks for the heads up Caterina - obviously it clearly accounts for his username Mr_Singleton then :D all rather Freudian don't you think :D
    Cat, Dogs and the Horses are our fag and beer money :D :beer:
  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
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    Rainy-Days wrote: »
    I am sorry to say that your assessment is way off the mark and I will tell you why!

    The manufacturers have made the situation easy for us to become constant consumers, by discontinuing models and associated parts for when the machine breaks down so the cycle of having to buy new (rather than make do and mend) means it generates more revenue for the manufacturer.
    Definitely an interesting point of view but not a sustainable one. Looking at the washing machine example shows why. Its perfectly possible to buy a machine that'll last 10 years and have the parts available should it need a repair i.e Miele offer 10 year warranties and a guarantee to have parts for a minimum of 15 years. Now lets compare that to a cheap brand say Beko who offer a mean 1 year warranty and no parts guarantee. Now lets look at the prices- the cheapest Miele is 450% more expensive than the cheapest Beko. Beko recently said that they were the biggest supplier of washing machines in Europe by volume.

    So what have we learn? Even if people have the option of getting a good quality long lasting washing machine they default to the cheapest. Manufacturers are in business to make money and money is in CHEAP, LOW QUALITY CRAP. Hence thats what they produce as that's what the market wants.

    Things are way way too cheap!

    Agree with the Naomi Klein book.
  • torbrextorbrex
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    If the average family throws away £700 worth of food each year and I throw away zero food each year, who is throwing away the extra?
  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
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    Rainy-Days wrote: »
    Whats your problem?
    Read what I posted!
  • Rainy-DaysRainy-Days Forumite
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    Read what I posted!

    I did, it was offensive and downright rude - and you need to apologise to Fuddle! We might not all agree with one another, but when we get it wrong none of us on here are too proud to say sorry we screwed up! I did it today and if I can, then you should as well!
    Cat, Dogs and the Horses are our fag and beer money :D :beer:
  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    torbrex wrote: »
    If the average family throws away £700 worth of food each year and I throw away zero food each year, who is throwing away the extra?
    :D I don't spend £700 on food in a year, so am not throwing away my share, either. There must be some terrible wasteful beggars out there. Probably no one who'd be reading MSE old style, however.

    Have just made bread rolls and am about to cook from a mixture of shop-bought and home-grown veg. There will be some veg waste such as the cores of the red peppers and the stalks of the courgettes I grew, plus the skins of the h.g onions, but they're not the edible bits. I shall compost them on the allotment and turn them into the makings of new veg.

    Nature is the ultimate recycler, everything food for something else, right down to the micro organism. Only we create this thing called waste.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)
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