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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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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…)
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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…)
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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…)
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…)
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…)