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    victory
    Buying yellow sticker/reduced 2012 challenge
    • #1
    • 4th Jan 12, 12:15 PM
    Buying yellow sticker/reduced 2012 challenge 4th Jan 12 at 12:15 PM
    I came up with my own challenge to only buy food that is on whoopsy/yellow sticker, reduced to clear, or half price or BOGO1 etc and already failed

    Went to Morries and got loads of sausages/chicken/korma/curries on yellow sticker and their 50p veg pots/carrots etc so that was going o.k until I needed shreddies and cheerios (always buy them when they are 1 or half price but had run out of the stash) all full price so very begrudgingly put the shreddies in for 2.75 and the cheerios were the same price so that was going to be 5.50 just on cereal, made son put it back so back to 2.75 for one pack of shreddies, had already bought the 1 milk from iceland , the half price 60p white bread from morries, so was doing ok really.

    It ended up very long looking all the time and hard work

    I am off to Asda in a bit to buy their 50p toms in tin and 50p pot noodles in bulk as the noodles have gone up a lot and 50p for a standby quick snack seems very reasonable.

    Anyone else just live off yellow stickers and reductions? Care to join the challenge and give hints and tips along the way?
    [QUOTE=misspiggy;51404641]I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory
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    • matty17r
    • By matty17r 4th Jan 12, 1:16 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 1:16 PM
    Have you tried asdas own shreddies and cheerios? The cheerios imo are so much nicer than nestle! I too am addicted to yellow stickers but unfortunately cereal doesn't usually have these on. Try to wait until cereal is 3 for 2 at tesco when own brands work out really cheap. By the way asda shreddies are 3 for 3 whereas they are 1.59 a box in tesco. Still you can always do a price check for asda if you pay for them separately.
  • Heisenberg
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    • 4th Jan 12, 1:52 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 1:52 PM
    Anyone else just live off yellow stickers and reductions? Care to join the challenge and give hints and tips along the way?
    Originally posted by victory
    Nah - I just check the prices and get the best deals from the specific supermarkets as and when I need them and if there is something that I want or need in the reduced section when I pass I will pick it up.

    I'm quite averse to people that get obsessed with picking up a "bargain" as my dad was like that. Never used to see him because he was always in Tesco. He never actually bought the things we needed but used to come back with these "bargains" which more often than not ended up uneaten and chucked.

    He always assumed he was getting one over on the supermarkets when in fact he had a problem and we all actually missed out on anything remotely "normal".

    I think it is sad beyond belief to shop like that but each to their own.
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 4th Jan 12, 5:01 PM
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    Ilona
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    • 4th Jan 12, 5:01 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 5:01 PM
    I have been doing this for ages. My diet is based round what I have picked up in the reduced section. Remember me on Hunt for Britains Tightest Person, Channel 4. The key is to be flexible with what you eat. The only rules I have is I don't eat meat, and very rarely have convenience food and junk food. I eat loads of reduced vegetables.
    Ilona
    I love skip diving.
  • victory
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    • 4th Jan 12, 5:31 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 5:31 PM
    Have you tried asdas own shreddies and cheerios? The cheerios imo are so much nicer than nestle! I too am addicted to yellow stickers but unfortunately cereal doesn't usually have these on. Try to wait until cereal is 3 for 2 at tesco when own brands work out really cheap. By the way asda shreddies are 3 for 3 whereas they are 1.59 a box in tesco. Still you can always do a price check for asda if you pay for them separately.
    Originally posted by matty17r
    I always buy the cereal in bulk when at half price or for 1 had just run out and it just coincided with no deals o nthem. tried Aldi cheerios kids said they tasted like cardboard
    [QUOTE=misspiggy;51404641]I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory
  • olliesmummy06
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    • 4th Jan 12, 7:36 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 7:36 PM
    Have you checked Amazon for cereal? I get both shreddies and cheerios from there, they were 4.77 and 3 respectivley for a 5 pack (shreddies) and 4 pack (cheerios), the only difference is they are catering packs and come in bags inside a branded box.

    As for yellow stickers-it is rare i buy anything 'full price'. I tend to go twice a week to Mr T and at present have 46 meat potions in my freezer, all under 30p each. From rump steak, mince, casserole steak, chicken, lamb shanks/chops/mince/diced, pizzas, party food to salmon ( i was actually paid to take 8 packs away last week as they were down to 60p each but when buying 4 you got 4 off as a multi-buy, so 40p off my shopping for each one i bought.) I never buy full price veg and just tailor meals to what i have got, lunch tends to be reduced humous (i usually pay between 1-6p) or fresh carton soup-no more than 20p and does 2 meals.

    I buy milk from either costco 1.49 for 2 x 4pt or our local asian supermarket for 69p for a 4pt. Crisps are whichever is on offer as are biscuits and bread. Eggs again from our local asian supermarket at 69p for 6 lg free range. I am pretty sure i will have missed loads of stuff out. As i don't work i want to make our money go as far as possible and if it means spending a couple of hours twice a week in Mr T getting bargains then so be it.

    My hubby laughs that we are eating like kings for pittance. Long may the yellow stickers/glitches continue. I am sure you will be able to give it a good go, good luck Victory.xx
    Last edited by olliesmummy06; 04-01-2012 at 7:49 PM.
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 4th Jan 12, 9:00 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:00 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:00 PM
    Well I'm an ok paid person and I only buy reduced meat. I know how tight it is and it will only get worse. So yellow labels and value items are the way forward. it's not about being tight it's about not wasting money, especially now. This year will be even worse than the rest.
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 4th Jan 12, 9:01 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:01 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:01 PM
    Oh and I thoroughly enjoy the meat that would cost the person who is so rude on the thread nearly double. I have a perfectly good life because I don't waste my money on over inflated items at the supermarket.
    • pinksk8
    • By pinksk8 4th Jan 12, 9:12 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:12 PM
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    • 4th Jan 12, 9:12 PM
    Oh & if you live nearby a Home Bargains or B&M, you can usually get branded cereals for a pound! My first time posting, i feel like I have met a whole bunch of soulmates!
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 4th Jan 12, 9:56 PM
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    Iiona I like the way you think. I have done the same for many years. I was actually thinking of making this a yellow year.
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 4th Jan 12, 9:56 PM
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    I just wish I had a bigger freezer
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 4th Jan 12, 9:58 PM
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    banks4u
    Btw I only buy clothes from eBay or M&S sale. Barr underwear.
    Everyone always compliments my new wardrobe only for me to resell it on eBay.
    • mkgirl1981
    • By mkgirl1981 4th Jan 12, 10:40 PM
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    also i noticed today in asda all the batchelors pasta & sauce instant pasta packets were rolled back to 50p each
    • pinksk8
    • By pinksk8 4th Jan 12, 11:15 PM
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    pinksk8
    No, I'm the woman who hassles the person with the sticker machine in Tes&co, (we filmed that bit for 3 hours), and I'm the woman who wears boys pants because they last a lot longer than flimsy women's knicks, therefore not needing replacing so often. I am proud that I know how to manage my money. Proud that I know the difference between wanting something and needing something. Proud that I have no debt apart from a small mortgage. Proud that people follow my blog from all over the world, because they say they can learn something from my money saving ways.

    I'm just back from Tes&co where most of my yellow stickers are on fruit and vegetables, I cook nutritious meals from scratch. On the contrary, yellow stickers give me the opportunity to try new foods which I wouldn't normally be able to afford. I live very well on a state pension, and post on here if I can be helpfull to people, because I know how hard it is to manage on not much money.
    Ilona
    Welcome pinksk8. Those two shops you mentioned are good for bargains.
    Originally posted by Ilona
    Im 28 but having to run a house and car, I dont feel there is a thing wrong with living like us! I go to B & M or Home Bargains first, then Ill get all my fresh stuff in the yellow stickered section and I have an allotment (only 23 per year) to grow my own fruit and veg. I think even if i won the lotto id still stick to my routine!

    Just wondered why someone so against the way we live and shop would be on this forum anyways! Ill have to watch your show on c4 catchup!
    • snozberry
    • By snozberry 4th Jan 12, 11:26 PM
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    snozberry
    I couldn't personally live on yellow stickers alone but I do bulk buy when things that I use are on offer and make damn good use of HomeBargains, poundshops, Costco and the local market.

    Bravo to people who do live off yellow stickers alone. I seem to miss the good yellow stickers in my local supermarkets as it always seems to be ready meals which I think are a rip off anyway and never fill me up.

    I'd love an allotment of my own but have to settle on growing what I can in a tiny yard.
    • pinksk8
    • By pinksk8 4th Jan 12, 11:46 PM
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    Its the best thing I ever did. I know the waiting lists are horrendous, but I happened to get lucky, and I think 23 a year is amazing, I havent bought veg for years now, I have so much extra I am forever dropping off sacks of veg to family and friends.

    If there is one nearby, you should definately get your name down!

    x x
    • banks4u
    • By banks4u 5th Jan 12, 12:24 AM
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    Don't worry about it Geordie, you know you are doing it for the best. I wouldn't care what iter people say.
    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 5th Jan 12, 7:26 AM
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    COOLTRIKERCHICK
    I personally could not soley feed our family on whoopsied food, amybe if you live alone, then you could live on a very high % of whoopsied food.

    I have been a whoopsie chase for years, and i have noticed over the last few months alot more people are now around the reduced sections...

    Funny enough we were talking this in work yesturday... and 2 of us might create a 'whoopsie chaser team' where basically i will go to one supermarket and one will go to another, and we will be in contact with each other seeing what each other wants...

    We are just about to buy a chest freezer to make the most of the reductions
    Work to live= not live to work
    • Lynsey
    • By Lynsey 5th Jan 12, 7:41 AM
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    Lynsey
    We are just about to buy a chest freezer to make the most of the reductions
    Originally posted by COOLTRIKERCHICK
    Having a spare freezer or two does help, an extra freezer will pay for itself in no time.
    It needs to be controlled though, you don't want your garage looking like Iceland..............or do you??

    Lynsey
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    • flippin36
    • By flippin36 5th Jan 12, 9:38 AM
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    flippin36
    I know we couldn't live on yellow sticker food alone but I do give it a damn good try!! Not only do I like the frugalness of reductions, I get a satisfaction that food won't be wasted whilst there are yellow sticker hunters around. I'm looking into getting a chest freezer for the garage - perhaps on ebay.

    OP I'm glad I'm not the only one who nearly had heart failure at the price of cereal in Morrisons! I refuse to pay those prices, thankfully we have an aldi in walking distance and my family are happy with those. If can't get meat at a reduced price I go to aldi for that too.

    Ilona - I do remember you! My teenage daughter was quite indignant at the gender discrimination regarding the quality of pants! Lol. Keep inspiring us!
    Last edited by flippin36; 05-01-2012 at 9:41 AM.
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