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    Milkmen - They can be cheaper
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    • 5th Apr 06, 12:41 PM
    Milkmen - They can be cheaper 5th Apr 06 at 12:41 PM
    Here's a thought......who has cancelled their milkman because it is 8p cheaper a pint at Tesco's? I did at my previous house. I have now moved and taken on a milkman for the following reasons

    - it comes straight from the farm at 40p a pint and doesn't go through a factory process of homogenisation
    - it is 40p delivered in all weather - a top line increase spend of just 80p per week.
    - by not making a couple of quick trips outside of the weekly shop I save a round trip of 20 miles worth of fuel
    - here's the clincher - who can actually go into a supermarket and just buy milk - no highly profitable deli items, no impulse buys etc etc

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  • bulchy
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    • 5th Apr 06, 12:50 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 12:50 PM
    Never though of it this way before. Its true that I could never go into a supermarket and just buy milk, but I usually buy my milk during the week from my corner shop, which I found out yesterday sells it cheaper than my co-op. £1.15 from co-op, £1.10 local shop. Might have a think about going back to the milkman, its been a long time since I did this. Another thing to get used to is the collection on a friday, having to remember to have his money put to one side. My sister has her milk delivered and says her milkman isnt very reliable for his collections, and she sometimes ends up having to pay him £20+ which I would with struggle sometimes.
    Worth thinking about though.....
    Sue
  • Loadsabob
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    • 5th Apr 06, 12:55 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 12:55 PM
    Does anyone get organic milk from a milkman? I only buy organic dairy these days (put off by the beastlies and antibiotics) and I would LOVE to use a milkman, but I imagine I'd have to live near an organic dairy with their own milkmen? Does anyone know different?
  • filigree
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    • 5th Apr 06, 1:36 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 1:36 PM
    Does anyone get organic milk from a milkman? I only buy organic dairy these days (put off by the beastlies and antibiotics) and I would LOVE to use a milkman, but I imagine I'd have to live near an organic dairy with their own milkmen? Does anyone know different?
    by Loadsabob
    My local milkman used to sell it a few years back, it would be worth finding out. I bought it for a trial period and then cancelled because it wasn't worth over 50p a pint!

    I shop little and often so it's cheaper and easier to buy milk from the shops.
    • troll35
    • By troll35 5th Apr 06, 1:54 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 1:54 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 1:54 PM
    Depending on the milkmans source of milk your doorstep delivery may be a lot fresher than supermarket milk! Part of my family are farmers with their own milk rounds. They also supply several local shops and other milkmen. The milk on my doorstep this morning left the cow yesterday afternoon. If I bought it at the supermarket it would have spent upto 24 hours with the farmer then at least another 24 to 48 hours being processed by the dairies and distributed onwards.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 5th Apr 06, 2:03 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:03 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:03 PM
    We buy three pints of milk a week from the milk man. Only OH takes milk I don't have it at all.

    Even at that he drinks whats left instead of drinking juice and throwing the milk away.
    Well he does now we're OS anyway
    • k_bagpuss
    • By k_bagpuss 5th Apr 06, 2:06 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:06 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:06 PM
    I also use my local milkman! Even though I call into the supermarket on a regular basis cos I live on my own so I don't do a "weekly shop" I also like the fact that I am supporting a local businessman
    • magni
    • By magni 5th Apr 06, 2:25 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:25 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:25 PM
    I use my milkman too. I only get 4 pints from him though and the rest I buy wherever is the cheapest. At the minute it's 79p for 2 litres in the local garage. I also like supporting local businesses but we go through gallons of the stuff and I need to try to keep costs down.
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  • stefbate
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:57 PM
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    • 5th Apr 06, 2:57 PM
    I dont think we have a milkman in our street, i never see milk on peoples steps anyway. I buy 4 pints every day, they get through loads of the stuff. Theres only 4 of us too. Well i suppose its better than fizzy pop, so cant really complain.
  • Petal
    We've just had a milk round started in our area and I get Rachels Organic milk delivered.

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  • Rachel021967
    We've had a milkman for the past 2 years. We order 14 pints a week for the 5 of us. Our milkman has a franchise with Dairy Crest and we have had organic milk from him in the past. My husband didn't like the packaging and thought it was more environmentally friendly buying the ordinary milk in glass bottles. Our milkman is very friendly and knows all that is going on in the area so it's a good way to catch up with the local gossip as well as been more environmentally friendly.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 5th Apr 06, 4:48 PM
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    Stompa
    I wish our milkman only charged 40p a pint, it's actually 49p. He's also reduced the number of days that he calls - was 5, then 4 and he's just cut down to 3.

    Stompa
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 5th Apr 06, 4:53 PM
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    ivyleaf
    Could be worse Stompa - ours now charges 51p a pint! I feel it's still worth it though to have the milk there on the doorstep every morning. I don't know how much longer he will be able to keep going though - he does about 4 rounds to try to make a living. A lot of people cancelled because he wasn't able to deliver the milk until after they'd gone to work.
  • Penny-Pincher!!
    Did anyone see Watchdog the other night when the Milkman was watering down the milk with water disgusting!

    40p is pretty good value but our local milkmen here charge 49p a pint. We normally buy our milk when reduced to about 10p a pint then freeze it. I do the same with bread and always get the best shop loaves (Warburtons, Kingsmill and Hovis) for no more than 30p a loaf.

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  • Wendrie
    I get my milk delivered for several reasons - I like to know it isn't all going to a supermarket, it is organic and more expensive than tescos or sainsburys, but it means I don't do impulse buys when shopping and it is more convenient - saving me time/hassle and ensuring we don't run out of milk for dh's breakfast tea.... I also like the reusable packaging <G>
    • gravitytolls
    • By gravitytolls 5th Apr 06, 5:25 PM
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    gravitytolls
    I use a milkman, it's not cheaper, but it does mean I odn't fill the fridge with masses of milk, or the kitchen with long life. It does mean that I'm guaranteed fresh milk on the doorstep 3 times a week (they don't deliver every day in rural areas cos there are not enough customers and the rounds are enormous as a result).

    It doesn't stop me going to the supermarket, but it does stop me nipping in for milk, and topping up with stuff we don't need.

    Not to mention I can always order bread, butter etc., if I know I'm not going to be able to get out.

    And lastly, it means the milk round i sstill going. My mum worked for Unigate/Dairy Crest in the office, my Dad the same, as a milkman, ditto my step father; my FIL, BIL, and on occasions, my husb all worked for the COOP. Sometimes the only person an elderly person sees regulalry is the milkman. If the milk is still on the doorstep, the milkman knows there may be something wrong.
    I ave a dodgy H, so sometimes I will sound dead common, on occasion dead stupid and rarely, pig ignorant. Sometimes I may be these things, but I will always blame it on my dodgy H.

    Sorry, I'm a bit of a grumble weed today, no offence intended ... well it might be, but I'll be sorry.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 5th Apr 06, 6:28 PM
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    Stompa
    Could be worse Stompa - ours now charges 51p a pint! I feel it's still worth it though to have the milk there on the doorstep every morning. I don't know how much longer he will be able to keep going though - he does about 4 rounds to try to make a living. A lot of people cancelled because he wasn't able to deliver the milk until after they'd gone to work.
    by ivyleaf
    I guess I should count myself lucky then! I too still think it's worth it, despite the fact that I only get the fresh milk there on the doorstep three days a week rather than every day.

    Stompa
    • Smiley_Mum
    • By Smiley_Mum 5th Apr 06, 6:41 PM
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    Smiley_Mum
    I've continued to buy milk from the corner shop where we live. I've always got it there, but on milk tokens which are soon to stop. I just pay the money up front and take my milk as normal. Saves lugging it home from Tesco and I help the sole trader corner shop rather than the huge supermarket chains that make more than enough out us as it is.
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  • Icemaiden
    I use to get 14 pts a week from my milkman but a couple of months ago I cut it down to 10pts as the price went up, I also get a tray of eggs (30) from him for only £2.80 which are really large and far superior to shop brought ones and a 25kg bag of spuds for £5.50 which we split with our next door neighbour.
    • sundin13
    • By sundin13 6th Apr 06, 9:39 AM
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    sundin13
    Our milkman is from Express Dairies and if you go to their website, www.expressdairies.co.uk they have a postcode checker to see if they deliver in your area, plus a list of other goods (with prices, and yes they're a bit higher than in the supermarket, but read the posts above for why they save you money too).

    I only started having milk delivered last year having lived somewhere where there wasn't a choice, and I love it. Our milkman is a lovely fellow - and I'm really glad that I'm not chucking a dozen plastic bottles in landfill every week.
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