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Price wars and dumping #thrifty

Price wars

The price wars between supermarkets continue to hold the prices of many basic foods down as the big supermarket chains try to hold on to their market share against stiff competition from discounters. Some products just get dumped into the market for various reasons; sometimes they aren’t very popular or supply outstrips demand. This applies to special buys in the discounters and also to many offers in the pound shops.

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Searching online for bargains #thrifty

Searching online for bargains

You can find lots of bargains online but you don’t have to buy online. You can find the bargain and then go to the store to check out the quality or see what else is on offer. Searching online for bargains can save you pounds!

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Should children be taught life management skills?

When I was a child, girls were taught ‘domestic science’, a fancy name for cookery and boys were taught woodwork and here in the Black Country, we were often taught metalwork too. Many people these days can’t cook and don’t know one end of a screwdriver from the other. Should children be taught life management skills at school, that includes basic cooking and how to look after their finances?

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The value of money #thrifty

Many people shop with little thought about what things cost. They don’t check or compare prices and feel they are just entitled to things. They also don’t think about people who are less fortunate than themselves. We can actually take money for granted and then we don’t appreciate the value of money.

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Habitual savings #thrifty

We are creatures of habit and marketing people rely on this to sell us products and services. We can make this habitual tendency work for us, though. If we make comparing prices habitual it can save us money, not only on our weekly grocery shop but on more expensive items like car insurance.

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Cooking up some savings #thrifty

You don’t have to do much cooking when we have summer weather, but here in the heart of England, the rain has returned. The forecast for the weekend is better and so the salad days may return. In Aldi this week the iceberg lettuce, spring onions, celery  and radishes are just 29p each so a healthy salad might be on the menu this weekend.

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Are food prices set to rise? #thrifty

The economy is still recovering from the Brexit vote, but the pound is still down. There is still a glut of oil worldwide and so we can expect rising food prices just like in 2008 but at least this time petrol prices shouldn’t go up too much. It’s not only imported food that could rise in price but home produced food too as farmers face rising costs. The rising prices could be offset by the supermarket price war, but they won’t be cutting prices across the board.

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Look after the pennies #thrifty

The old adage, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves was true when there were 240 pennies to the pound and it is still true today. Those small savings add up and add to the discretionary income that you have left after buying all the essentials. That is the money you have to spend on luxuries and a little penny-pinching can mean you have twice as much to spend on enjoying yourself.

Thrifty Thursday - look after the pennies

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Summer savings #thrifty #summer

Summer savings on clothing

I did some laundry this morning, so I have clean tee shirts for the weekend. In the hot weather, we not only need to change our clothes often but also be careful about colours. Lighter colours reflect the sun and so we keep cooler. I bought 3 black tee shirts for £9 not long ago, but I won’t be wearing them this weather. You can make summer savings on clothing by shopping at discount stores like Matalan, they have basic tee shirts for around £4 or more stylish one cost a little more.

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Price wars? #thrifty

Food and energy

Food and energy prices soared after the 2008 credit crunch and we are likely to see the same now the markets are in turmoil again. It’s is a good time to look at how you can save money on energy bills, food and travel costs. Remember when petrol and diesel prices soared and came close to 150 a litre? Price wars between filling stations have reduced prices but for how long?

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Summer days #thrifty

We are a week into summer and you can, not only find cheap days out, you can find totally free days out. The cost of transport will probably be your greatest expense. Look for summer days out in your community. I went to a great open mic evening at my local library and took photos on Tuesday.

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Invest and save #thrifty

Multi buys

There are lots of ways to invest and save money. Multi-buys is just one way. In the big supermarkets they often offer three chickens for £10 and offers like that. If you can cook one and freeze the other two, you can save money.

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More lies and statistics #thrifty

Why do we shop around and try to save money? Why do we invest and try to increase our investment and savings income? Are we right to feel financially insecure? Judging by the lies and more lies being bandied about in the run-up to the European referendum we are right to be worried.

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Value hunting #thrifty

value hunting on a Thursday

I like a bargain, but mostly I look for good value. Value hunting is a skill that means learning about materials and the way things are made. I check for the quality of fabric and look at how good stitching is. I also check the quality of steel and plastics. Plastics can be quite brittle on some cheap consumer good as break easily. Plastics used for quality cameras will usually take quite a knock. Value hunting means looking for quality at an affordable price.  (more…)


Online bargains #thrifty

online bargains can save you a trip to the store

Finding online bargains is fairly easy, just search using Google or go straight to eBay and see if they have what you want. You can find all sorts of bargains but you have to be careful, particularly with private sellers. (more…)


Pre-loved savings #thrifty

pre-loved

Pre-loved is the modern term for used items that have been looked after by their previous owners and covers everything from baby clothes to well-maintained cars. Lots of goods are available online these days and it can be worth checking out local buy and sell groups on Facebook as well as Ebay. (more…)


Price war #thrifty

Price war

I’ve been checking out different supermarkets to see if the price war between them is making any difference. This week I went to Morrison’s and things don’t seem to to have changed very much. (more…)


Summer Living #thrifty

summer living

It’s not long now to the summer solstice on Monday the 20th of June, then we can start out summer living with picnics and barbecues. We can if the weather stays nice anyway! Can we do our summer living without spending too much money? (more…)


Status symbols #thrifty

status symbols

We are all aware of status and we all pander to it to some degree. Jeremy Corbyn may deny he uses status symbols when he dresses down to attend parliament, but on the street, it is a different story. At those left-wing political rallies, he dons his left-wing rebel leader outfit and looks more like Che Guevara than a serious British leader; which is a little worrying. (more…)


Aware of value #thrifty

aware of value

When we are shopping or buying anything, we can save money just by becoming more aware of value. The cheapest products aren’t always the best value. The expensive products aren’t always the best quality, either. (more…)


Luxury for less

luxury for less

We all like a little luxury,  a nice meal or fashionable clothes. When we go to a posh restaurant, what is it we are actually paying for? We pay not just for food but for an experience. We can create our own ‘experience’ for a lot less. (more…)


Free day out #thrifty

Free day out

Free day out

I went to two local nature reserves on Sunday and apart from the cost of getting there, it was a free day out. I sometimes take a drink and you can take food and have a picnic. Now the weather is improving I will go out more. (more…)


Cooking up savings #thrifty

 

Thrifty Thursday cooking

Mcdonalds

I went into Mcdonald’s the other night with friends and paid nearly a quid for a cup of tea. I’m not used to such places, I do a lot of cooking and so I mistook the large fries for small. That wasn’t the only mistake I made, just going in there was a mistake and then I compounded my errors  by driving out the wrong way… (more…)


Bamboo underwear? #thrifty

Thrifty ideas including bamboo products

Yes, I’ve been testing out bamboo underwear. No, not famous brands. I just wanted to find out what it was like. You might think it would be uncomfortable from its name, but quite the opposite it is very comfortable. (more…)

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