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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 2nd Nov 18, 12:41 PM
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    Boffins uncover secrets of yellow-sticker shopping success - MSE News
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    Boffins uncover secrets of yellow-sticker shopping success - MSE News 2nd Nov 18 at 12:41 PM
    Supermarket bargain-hunters require a unique set of "skills and knowledge" spanning both shopping and cooking to truly make the most of yellow-sticker discounts, according to a group of academics who analysed nearly a thousand MoneySavingExpert.com forum posts...
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    • maisie cat
    • By maisie cat 2nd Nov 18, 1:47 PM
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    Don't forget freezer space, the only thing that prevents me making the most of YS bargains
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 2nd Nov 18, 2:11 PM
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    Don't forget freezer space, the only thing that prevents me making the most of YS bargains
    Originally posted by maisie cat
    Do what I did and get an extra freezer, my YS hunting/savings paid for the new freezer in less than 5 months
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    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 2nd Nov 18, 2:13 PM
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    The "academics" are proving as usual they might be bright in academia studies but lack common sense and street savvy.

    They basically concluded they have no idea in their findings. What a waste of time. About as useful to the world as other notable "academics" degree study casework, like "why do cornflakes go soggy in milk" (i'm not joking, they did do such "research" and other such things!). Good use for university money and a positive benefit to a future employer they are! lol


    Here are some other worthless studies, just the tip of the icebrug: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275060

    Yellow stickers are (I might be wrong) the colour Asda use (and red ones for damaged packaged items), some other supermarkets use red; so "discounted on the day stickers" would be more accurate a description.
    • theblagger
    • By theblagger 2nd Nov 18, 3:36 PM
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    The "academics" are proving as usual they might be bright in academia studies but lack common sense and street savvy.

    They basically concluded they have no idea in their findings. What a waste of time. About as useful to the world as other notable "academics" degree study casework, like "why do cornflakes go soggy in milk" (i'm not joking, they did do such "research" and other such things!). Good use for university money and a positive benefit to a future employer they are! lol

    Yes...seems like they studied at STBO
    (State the bleeding obvious)

    Here are some other worthless studies, just the tip of the icebrug: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275060

    Yellow stickers are (I might be wrong) the colour Asda use (and red ones for damaged packaged items), some other supermarkets use red; so "discounted on the day stickers" would be more accurate a description.
    Originally posted by Bacman
    Nearly all supermarkets use yellow stickers...
    The Tesco nearer where i live was up to a year ago very lively on reductions...remember a Tesco employee standing there waving a shelf stacker stool shouting back back to a angry mob trying to get at the reduction trolley!!!, like a lion tamer...in a tescos!!...now its more pleasant , as its not reduced much and goods/Food are left on the shelf
    I refer to my byline below ...

    Ad hominem
    An attack upon an opponent in order to discredit their arguement or opinion. Ad hominems are used by immature and/or unintelligent people because they are unable to counter their opponent using logic and intelligence.
    • edinburgher
    • By edinburgher 3rd Nov 18, 2:56 PM
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    Nearly all supermarkets use yellow stickers...
    The Tesco nearer where i live was up to a year ago very lively on reductions...remember a Tesco employee standing there waving a shelf stacker stool shouting back back to a angry mob trying to get at the reduction trolley!!!, like a lion tamer...in a tescos!!...now its more pleasant , as its not reduced much and goods/Food are left on the shelf
    Originally posted by theblagger
    Lidl use orange, I believe Aldi ones are red too
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 3rd Nov 18, 11:59 PM
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    I remember when I moved to my current town, going into local Asda one day and these foreign people were there (relevant as people tried saying excuse me but the people didn't understand due to lack of English) they shoved 2 trolleys at the reduced section and took things out of the staff members hands despite people patiently queueing up, they knew this as the one person who was filling 2 trolleys for him and his friends saw people looking and gave a blank look, he got about 15-20 steaks reduced from £10 to 50p, filled up both trolleys with reduced stuff and the patient other people left with nothing!

    When I go I do tend to take a lot but if I see someone behind me I ask if they want some of the items, I also stand back from staff when they are reducing and talk to them and ask if its ok to take the item they have just labelled.

    Do remember one food store though where the guy there was a miserable sort, really snooty and I remember standing back and waiting for him to reduce for 10 minutes as I didn't want to shove, then a woman arrived with a trolley with about 20 whole chickens in, and he asked her if she wanted ALL the pizzas he just reduced and she said yes, she can use them for her grandkids, so me with a empty basket who waited 10 minutes got ignored and I felt annoyed as it felt like he was calling me greedy when I had nothing, at same place there was a guy who shoved in front of people and went in daily, even smarmily saying "first come first served" when I picked up something first once he tutted at me and moaned I took everything "2 packs of chicken" I turned to him and said "first come first served"

    People can be so greedy.
    • Bacman
    • By Bacman 4th Nov 18, 8:23 AM
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    I've not done this but if people are being bullish and taking all the discounted stuff as stated above, ie loads; bear in mind legally because the items are in their basket does not mean they own it or have right to it; the trolley is the supermarket's and not the shoppers and the items are not theirs until the items are paid for, putting items in your trolley is an intention to buy not ownership as it is still the property of the supermarket at that stage. So, in other words if someone is really taking liberties, why not follow them around the store and remove some of the discounted items from their trolley when they aren't looking - it isn't theft as at that point they do not own the items, only "reserved" them with intent to buy. Just don't get noticed!
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 5th Nov 18, 8:22 AM
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    I can tell you why people buy yellow stickered food without doing any research.* Does that make me cleverer than the boffins?

    I hate the plague of locusts you get when the staff start reducing stuff. My OH loves buying YSF but doesn't always have a plan for it, he bought a pheasant half price a few days ago, just before it's use by date. It's still sitting in the fridge and both freezers are full.






    * It's to save money
    • elsien
    • By elsien 5th Nov 18, 8:27 AM
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    Do they mention having no shame at all while you body slam everyone else out of the way to get to the 10p courgettes?
    Having seen the treatment given to the poor staff and security having to get involved, I've decided I don't want to be involved in that sort of behaviour.
    Last edited by elsien; 05-11-2018 at 8:29 AM.
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    • martinbuckley
    • By martinbuckley 5th Nov 18, 10:30 AM
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    I've noticed that old folk suddenly develop the ability to shift themselves quickly when the prices get reduced.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 6th Nov 18, 2:25 AM
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    I've noticed that old folk suddenly develop the ability to shift themselves quickly when the prices get reduced.
    Originally posted by martinbuckley
    Yes, weve trained for years just for that
    • The Miser
    • By The Miser 27th Nov 18, 4:05 PM
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    Yes, Murphybear. I train hard because my local Sainsburys uses yellow stickers on the normal shelves but there is a separate small set of metal shelves in the veg area where they put stuff which has reduced the already yellowstickered stuff**. I get in at 7am before I have to pay for parking (starts 8am) on the way back from the gym and before othrs get to the doubly reduced stuff. **Lidl is even cheaper but not when I pay for petrol

    "The early bird gets the really cheap veg."
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 27th Nov 18, 4:53 PM
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    I've not done this ... remove some of the discounted items from their trolley when they aren't looking
    Originally posted by Bacman
    I might have, once or twice

    Excuse me, can I just reach over your trolley to get a ...
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 27th Nov 18, 7:40 PM
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    successful yellow-sticker shoppers need "storage and preparation and cooking and recipe knowledge."
    I don't. I only buy stuff that comes with instructions on the packet. They're the expensive value-added product and so have the biggest discount.

    Yes, I will buy a 25p pepper when there's one available, but the £5 pizza for £1.50 is a much better saving.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • The Miser
    • By The Miser 28th Nov 18, 12:26 PM
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    Do what I did and get an extra freezer, my YS hunting/savings paid for the new freezer in less than 5 months
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    On my freezer the door wouldn't close properly so it was icing up very fast. Eventually we replaced it but put it in the (cold) garage with a rope around it to hold it shut which is effective.. Opeing it is a bit of a drag but it holds bulk stuff which we transfer to the new freezer as required.
    • The Miser
    • By The Miser 28th Nov 18, 12:38 PM
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    I don't. I only buy stuff that comes with instructions on the packet. They're the expensive value-added product and so have the biggest discount.

    Yes, I will buy a 25p pepper when there's one available, but the £5 pizza for £1.50 is a much better saving.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    You quoted:
    successful yellow-sticker shoppers need "storage and preparation and cooking and recipe knowledge."

    If it is preprepared then yellow stickers would be on the original packaging with instructions (if the original had them).

    If there are no instructions then meat and veg will have recipes on the internet. IF you are seriously into saving money then using the internet for help/recipes costs nothing above your normal subscription.
    WARNING: Do check the real cost of what you buy. Generally I work from nearly scratch (I haven't worked out the oven electric cost element in bread) but when the ingredient cost of a £2.50 shop cheese sandwich comes to under a quid ---- 'nuff said?


    All it takes is willpower, organisation and a little bit of time.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 28th Nov 18, 6:16 PM
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    when the ingredient cost of a £2.50 shop cheese sandwich comes to under a quid ---- 'nuff said?
    Originally posted by The Miser
    I can manage making a sandwich
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
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