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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 12th Jun 18, 1:39 PM
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    Prepping for Brexit thread
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    • 12th Jun 18, 1:39 PM
    Prepping for Brexit thread 12th Jun 18 at 1:39 PM
    Hi guys
    Iím pretty well resolved to the fact that Brexit is going to affect us all. I donít want this thread to be a good or bad, right or wrong type thing.
    Just a positive, what can we prepare to make life easier, less expensive, less disruptive when it does happen.

    My aims are to stock up on items I think are going to get more expensive. Also to try and save up an emergency fund ( that will be slow going as OH took early retirement due to illness) and Iím unemployed at the moment.

    So my aims are to work out what items need to be stocked up
    To look for a job
    To live as frugally as possible while eating healthily
    To make sure the savings we have already donít get touched

    So guys please feel free to join in and list anything you think may be affected. Or just to comment. That way we can help each other.

    Hope to hear from you all soon
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Jan 19, 6:21 PM
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    Seed potatoes will definitely be in short supply. I got an email back in October from the people I always order from asking if I wanted to reserve (and pay, of course) immediately because they already knew they would not be able to meet normal demand because of the poor potato harvest.
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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 7th Jan 19, 7:16 PM
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    I've been catching up with the thread tonight. It's an interesting read.

    I have some stuff put by, mainly for DS who has autism and struggles with food. We also have extra other stuff as I do like to keep stuff in just in case of emergencies.

    The comments about essential meds was interesting. I'm currently undergoing chemotherapy and it has crossed my mind about what may happen if the drugs become scarce. It probably won't but these things do cross my mind. I've been doing lots of reading on nutrition and effects on cancer. Perhaps finding another way to fight this if it should come to that. As a keen gardener with a large veg garden a plant based diet would be ideal......if only I could beat the overwhelming exhaustion. Roll on spring and planting season.

    Anyway if all is ok many of us wont have much shopping to get for a while.
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    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 7th Jan 19, 7:21 PM
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    Had to go to Al*i for some bread rolls for tea ( hot dogs which the DGC had requested ) and added to stores 2 Ibruprofen, tin of corned beef, baby wipes, bread flour and yeast. At least if we get cut off for a week because of snow ( living half way up a mountain it's more than a possibility ) I can make my own bread and be able to have a corned beef sandwich . I am also trying to help my Dad prep too as he's 90 this year and not so clever on his feet these days, mind you he's probably got more tinned stuff ( especially potatoes ) and toilet rolls than me .
    On the milk front there seems to be plenty around here, but we have our own welsh milk company ( Llaeth Cymreig ) perhaps that's why our shelves are full.
    The cancer meds are a concern but to go private is too expensive for us as DH's injection alone costs nearly £250 a time.
    Last edited by nannywindow; 07-01-2019 at 7:24 PM.
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    • pennywitch
    • By pennywitch 7th Jan 19, 7:26 PM
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    I noticed when we went to Aldi (on a Friday, not a Monday) that they only had one packet of Paracetamol left on the shelf. There were lots of other things that were short too, notably the cheap teabags we buy, which were out of stock for the second week in a row. The previous week there had been no cheap teabags in Asda either, but they must have had a delivery since then as this week there were three boxes on the shelf and so I picked up two of them.


    I'm not sure what's going on with that, but I don't think most people are laying in for a Beast from the East yet. We drink long-life milk all the time and so I usually get a few extras in early at this time of year as the first mention of potential snow typically sees stocks of long-life milk vanish from the shelves, but they were pretty much normal on Friday.


    One thing I've noticed shortages of for the last couple of months has been frozen Brussels sprouts, but the prospect of that was pretty well publicised after the hot summer. On the other hand, I usually buy two bags when I do see them, so if everyone else is doing the same then that could well be why there's a shortage of them
    • tastyhog
    • By tastyhog 7th Jan 19, 10:29 PM
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    May be one to watch, Morrisons be s discounting "essentials" by up to 20% for the next 12 weeks.

    I wonder if they've had advance warning about a press release that may be due about stocking up your cupboards.


    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-6563419/Britains-Morrisons-cuts-prices-New-Year-salvo.html


    Timing seems odd and the 12 weeks takes us to brexit day.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 7th Jan 19, 11:21 PM
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    Seed potatoes will definitely be in short supply. I got an email back in October from the people I always order from asking if I wanted to reserve (and pay, of course) immediately because they already knew they would not be able to meet normal demand because of the poor potato harvest.
    Originally posted by maryb
    They are prioritising commercial growers this year, The feel of this years mild winter could lead to the same issues this year so may be worth saving your own seed, as if we do have another wet spring and dry summer next years seed prices will rocket.
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    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 10th Jan 19, 9:25 AM
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    Very good piece on Newsnight last night highlighting the worries with medication. I think it really did show the problems.
    • kah22
    • By kah22 10th Jan 19, 10:38 AM
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    What no Brussel Spouts! Itís the EU trying to tell us Christmas will never be the same again 😆
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 10th Jan 19, 1:18 PM
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    Uhm. I don't need the EU for sprouts... a bit of manure yeah but no EU.
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    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 10th Jan 19, 5:13 PM
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    Ok, uses for tinned sardines.... I mush them up, add chives and a dash of lemon juice or vinegar, spread them in hot buttered toast, put a bit of grated cheese on top then nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese. Any other suggestions?
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    I am a vegi so don't eat them, but my husband sometimes eats the ones in tomato sauce.

    Make-up some cous cous (add whatever you like), heat the sardines and then mix them into the cous cous.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 13th Jan 19, 9:49 PM
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    Drugs Shortages pre- and post-Brexit
    Our MP had the eighth of his Brexit open meetings this afternoon and came up with a factoid I hadn't heard before.

    We're all aware that there have been discussions about drugs shortages post-Brexit, and we've been told that the government has asked the drug companies to stockpile them for use after 29 March. According to our MP, what that's meant is that they've had to increase the price of drugs they're currently selling because they don't have the cashflow to fund stockpiling. That has then meant that pharmacies providing NHS drugs can no longer afford to buy the drugs, leading to the shortage of supplies now, before we leave.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Jan 19, 9:58 PM
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    I imagine that a lot of companies must be stockpiling in one way or another which is obviously increasing the amount of money they have to spend on ingredients, components and packaging up front. If their cashflow is limited, this is obviously going to cause some of them to get into financial difficulties and if they're holding back goods and not able to sell them immediately this is will impact on their cash flow and profit.


    With public companies having to give profit warnings up front, I can foresee many companies running on very thin ice financially over the next few months. This could impact on their share price. And many peoples' private pensions and ISA savings are invested in stocks and shares, so the impact is going to spread in unanticipated directions for many people.
    • Goldiegirl
    • By Goldiegirl 14th Jan 19, 3:41 PM
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    Good point Primrose.

    We have SIPPS and stocks and shares ISAs. We haven't got huge sums invested, but we want to protect our money as best we can.

    It will likely be very rocky, but I've told myself that it's long term savings, so I'm sitting tight at the moment. Our portfolio is diverse - we have money in various funds with a mix of stocks and bonds, and a broad geographical spread as well.
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    • Vegastare
    • By Vegastare 14th Jan 19, 4:39 PM
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    BBC2 lunch time today had thread on possible shortage of toilet rolls....if no deal, back to cutting up newspaper and threading through a piece of string
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 14th Jan 19, 5:42 PM
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    BBC2 lunch time today had thread on possible shortage of toilet rolls....if no deal, back to cutting up newspaper and threading through a piece of string
    Originally posted by Vegastare
    Don't go there! Newspaper will just block up your sewer and you'll be spending a fortune on Dynorod ! If it comes to that, cut up some tatty old towels, use them damp for wiping and store in a plastic bag in a bucket until they can be washed.

    And before anybody thinks "Yuk", remember you would be faced with similar or worse options if you were in a refugee camp or worse. Cheer up, when spring comes dock leaves will be growing again and you can use them
    Last edited by Primrose; 14-01-2019 at 5:44 PM.
    • Vegastare
    • By Vegastare 15th Jan 19, 11:25 AM
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    Primrose you have brought a big grin to my face....plus I have a naughty thought of dock leaves and my late Gran rubbing them on nettle stings.....just to elaberate slightly, can think of a few policticans I would like to hear (not see) using dock leaves and nettle stings in certain areas.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 15th Jan 19, 11:54 AM
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    As my husband grumbled this morning, he would like a general election just in our constituency as he obviously didn't realise at the time what he would be voting for ! But politics aside, we just all have to keep a cool head during this chaos. The sun will still continuing shining (sometimes hopefully) and for many people, life will probably continue pretty much as normal for the day to day aspects of their lives.
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 15th Jan 19, 12:22 PM
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    One of the biggest things i think people fail to prepare for is preparing for opportunity.

    Im all for storing things and softening blows but the reluctance to take risks can and does have a real impact on people lives. Im not saying invest a load of money in shares or buy gold or anything like that i just think people need to look out for ways to adapt and overcome and not always just to persevere.

    Its easy to get stuck in a negative mind set if youre always preparing for the worst. Which can make you reluctant to open new doors. Its worth remembering sometimes that with risk comes reward. For all the doom and gloom that has been reported and that might come to fruition there will no doubt be opportunity for people to improve their position and better their lives. If youre not prepared to do that, well, youre unlikely to be one of the winners thats for sure.
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    • dreaming
    • By dreaming 15th Jan 19, 1:18 PM
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    One of the biggest things i think people fail to prepare for is preparing for opportunity.

    Im all for storing things and softening blows but the reluctance to take risks can and does have a real impact on people lives. Im not saying invest a load of money in shares or buy gold or anything like that i just think people need to look out for ways to adapt and overcome and not always just to persevere.

    Its easy to get stuck in a negative mind set if youre always preparing for the worst. Which can make you reluctant to open new doors
    . Its worth remembering sometimes that with risk comes reward. For all the doom and gloom that has been reported and that might come to fruition there will no doubt be opportunity for people to improve their position and better their lives. If youre not prepared to do that, well, youre unlikely to be one of the winners thats for sure.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    That's an interesting point of view - although I have to say that I think making some sort of preparations actually makes me MORE optimistic. Having lived through a number of difficult times in my life, knowing that I have a "fallback position" is quite comforting. Even when those things you can't prepare for hit (and there have been some of those too) then having a well-stocked cupboard means I can forget about the day to day stuff for a while and concentrate on the problem. These experiences have given me the belief that I can ride out most situations, and also help others if I can. However, because this sort of prepping is second nature to me I don't really spend that much time thinking about it. I read a broad range of press reports to try to tease out my own thoughts about the political situation; I try to keep up with economic predictions both in this country and globally; I keep my eyes open when I am shopping for "on offers" which I can use to add to my store-cupboard; and I try to keep my house and possessions in good order. I actually don't really think of myself as a "prepper" - just someone who is doing what she has always done. In the 70's my exH used to call the cellar of the house we lived in "Dreaming's nuclear bunker" because I used to store my extra tinned stuff down there (no room in the kitchen). He saw the sense in it though when he lost his job and we had 2 small children. So for me it is just common sense to "prep" - whether that be some extra cans of food/cleaning stuff, or thinking ahead so I can use my savings and limited income to the best of my ability - and then I can get on with having some fun in the knowledge I have done what I can.
    I do realise that for some people the current situation is weighing very heavily on their minds. It is a really major concern to feel that your life (or your loved one's) may be compromised if medical supplies are disrupted, and others may hate the idea that life as they know it may change. I can't do anything about those things unfortunately except sympathise and offer some help with those things that can be prepared for. I actually am optimistic that it won't be as bad as many think. I also think that many problems are being blamed on Brexit when they are the result of the ongoing economic problems that many other countries are experiencing - but that isn't for this thread.
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 15th Jan 19, 2:10 PM
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    That's an interesting point of view - although I have to say that I think making some sort of preparations actually makes me MORE optimistic. Having lived through a number of difficult times in my life, knowing that I have a "fallback position" is quite comforting. Even when those things you can't prepare for hit (and there have been some of those too) then having a well-stocked cupboard means I can forget about the day to day stuff for a while and concentrate on the problem. These experiences have given me the belief that I can ride out most situations, and also help others if I can. However, because this sort of prepping is second nature to me I don't really spend that much time thinking about it. I read a broad range of press reports to try to tease out my own thoughts about the political situation; I try to keep up with economic predictions both in this country and globally; I keep my eyes open when I am shopping for "on offers" which I can use to add to my store-cupboard; and I try to keep my house and possessions in good order. I actually don't really think of myself as a "prepper" - just someone who is doing what she has always done. In the 70's my exH used to call the cellar of the house we lived in "Dreaming's nuclear bunker" because I used to store my extra tinned stuff down there (no room in the kitchen). He saw the sense in it though when he lost his job and we had 2 small children. So for me it is just common sense to "prep" - whether that be some extra cans of food/cleaning stuff, or thinking ahead so I can use my savings and limited income to the best of my ability - and then I can get on with having some fun in the knowledge I have done what I can.
    I do realise that for some people the current situation is weighing very heavily on their minds. It is a really major concern to feel that your life (or your loved one's) may be compromised if medical supplies are disrupted, and others may hate the idea that life as they know it may change. I can't do anything about those things unfortunately except sympathise and offer some help with those things that can be prepared for. I actually am optimistic that it won't be as bad as many think. I also think that many problems are being blamed on Brexit when they are the result of the ongoing economic problems that many other countries are experiencing - but that isn't for this thread.
    Originally posted by dreaming
    From personal experience. Ive turned down jobs for stability that in hindsight can be argued was irrational and even easier to argue was detrimental to my current position. Id imagine its a bigger issue with things like property and investments.

    I think storing a certain amount of food is just prudent. I was really glad when cryptosporidium broke out in lancashire that i could just get my bottles of water from under the stairs rather than boil and wait for the water to cool down, particularly with a little one on formula. Just made things easier.
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