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Online shopping for bargains #thrifty

Bargains online

One of the first things I check before shopping online is the delivery costs. I checked out Home Bargains this morning and their delivery costs seemed reasonable but large items cost 7.99 to deliver so consider that before you order. There is only one parcel charge per order but realise your order could be split into two parcels, that is true for other online suppliers too.

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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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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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There may be trouble ahead…

Thrifty Thursday

You might think that the government, the banks and the global business community know what they’re doing with all the supercomputers and experience they have. You only look at government and the banks and you will know that they can mess up big time and we the people pay for it. (more…)


Aldi heats up the supermarket wars #thrifty

The big supermarkets have been trying to fight back against the discounters and Aldi in particular, but now Aldi is fighting back with a revamped website and more offers in store. (more…)


Prepare for another economic crash? #thrifty

It’s good to be thrifty and prepare for the worst. Remember the ‘credit crunch’ when food prices soared and petrol prices nearly hit 1.50 a litre? According to an economist at RBS (yes, the bank that messed up that we had to bail out)  another stock market crash is coming in 2016. (more…)


Think ahead to save money #thrifty

 

Where I live in the heart of England the weather has been quite mild for the time of year and so hopefully we will have smaller energy bills this year. It’s still autumn, though, so we don’t know what winter will bring. It’s worth doing warming meals like stews and wearing sensible clothing to keep warm. (more…)


Planning ahead #thrifty

I still haven’t bought any Christmas presents, but I’m looking out for suitable gifts. Many prices will go up closer to Christmas, so you can save money by getting your presents early. One idea is to buy a few smaller gifts and put them in a gift bag. You can get the gift bags from Poundland. (more…)


Halloween Ideas #thrifty

Kids want to have fun on Halloween, making masks and dressing up. This can be done on a budget and the event can be made more special with seasonal foods. Try making special soups or non-alcoholic cocktails. (more…)


Thrifty Halloween #thrifty

As usual I’m searching for bargains, but often you know which shop to go to, but the item you want is out of stock. Many shops buy in stock at a discount and when it’s gone either don’t restock, can’t restock  or are slow to restock because they have to negotiate a discount on new stock. (more…)


Autumn offers #thrifty

There are lots of ways we can save money and we don’t have to become really mean to do it, not unless money is really short. We need the basics; a home, food and water. We also need to pay taxes. (more…)


Planning for autumn and winter #thrifty

It’s the first day of October and in many government departments this is the day the heating is switched on. I switched mine on a few days ago but have the thermostat set lower than usual and I’m wearing a warm jumper more! (more…)


Rich or poor? #thrifty

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I watched a little of Britain’s spending secrets with Anne Robinson again last night. Once again it highlighted the gap between rich and poor and the discrimination against the disadvantaged. I saw a few seconds of a ‘benefits’ programme on channel 5 too, that was too disgusting to watch more. (more…)


Salad days #thrifty

This week’s Aldi super-six has a few things for those summer salads. Cucumber, beetroot (500g), spring onions (100g), radish (250g), Iceberg lettuce and baby plum tomatoes (275g) are just the thing for summer salads and are just 29p each. A nice salad with some barbecued chicken is healthy. (more…)


Fishing for bargains #thrifty

The super-six at Aldi this week are peaches (4/5), little gem lettuce (2), galia melon, large vine tomatoes, runner beans and apricots. They are all 49p except for the little gem lettuce at 39p for two. (more…)


Cash-back and other deals #thrifty

cash-back and other deals

Using the internet to find deals is a good way to save money. Some sites are dedicated to offering us good deals too. There are some with voucher codes that you can search for and some that offer cash-back. (more…)


Save, save, save #thrifty

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We all need to save some money and so we have to shop around and look for bargains. We also have to make good use of what we have and think about disposing of things too. It can cost money to get rid of junk! (more…)


Thrifty Thursday | Walsall again?

The Aldi super-six this week are celery, cucumbers, lemons (3), spring onions, tomatoes (6) and garlic (4). They are all 49p each. That’s the same as last week. I spend ten pounds this week in Poundland, which isn’t difficult.

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Thrifty Valentines day 2013

The Aldi Super-six this week are garlic (3), cucumber,  mango, pineapple, kiwi fruit (8) and chestnut mushrooms (250g). They are all 59p each. The Thursday special buys are worth looking at and include lots of gardening  items like seed potatoes and a little greenhouse. They also have art supplies, like a art set for £3.99. (more…)


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