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Finding the spring bargains #thrifty

There has been a big shift in recent years to online shopping and that has changed our high streets. We still have to shop locally for fresh foods like fruit and vegetables. You can shop around and the small shops have lots of bargains but struggle to compete with supermarkets that bulk buy. The bigger shop can also do loss leader which can save us money on our shopping bill. Watch out for spring bargains on fruit and vegetables that are just coming into the season. In Aldi this week the super-six were just 19p. I had the leeks and cauliflower. The super-six has changed again today and has fruit and veg on offer at 45p. I might have the onions when I shop at the beginning of next week, warming soups are still worth cooking in spring.

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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…)


Value for money #thrifty

Being thrifty isn’t about buying cheap stuff, it’s about getting value for money. Expensive designer clothing is made in the same low-wage countries as the budget clothing. Food might be marked as value, but it might a little less perfect than the more expensive line. You have to use your own judgement when shopping around. (more…)


Black Friday week? #thrifty

Black Friday is s discount day in the US but seems to last a week in the UK. It is mostly US owned companies that make the offers such as Amazon who have deals on goods that have low production costs and a high markup like CD’s and DVD’s. Asda, according to their website, has ended their event… (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…)


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…)


Sweet deals and bargains

They have a sweet deal on at Poundland this week; two bags of sugar for a pound! They have a money belt for a pound too; just the thing for us stingy types! (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…)


Summer bargains #thrifty

I had another good weekend, going to  events. I went to a community project and photographed a model railway, then on to West Bromwich Manor House on Saturday. Then on  Saturday night I went to a Big up the Black Country Event and photographed some local performers. (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 | Bargains for the bank holiday

The Aldi super-six this week are celery, cucumbers, lemons (3), spring onions, tomatoes (6) and garlic (4). They are all 49p each. They haven’t changed from last week, but their website has. There is a lot more on there.

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Thrifty Thursday | Looking for Spring bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are salad potatoes (1Kg), green beans (220g), oranges, pineapple, large vine tomatoes (450g) and cauliflower. They are all 69p each. The same as last week.

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More Thursday Thrifty shopping

The Aldi super-six this week are braeburn apples (6), mango, kiwis (8), plums (400g), pineapple and oranges (6). They are all 69p each. Those are all packed with useful vitamins. We all need extra vitamin C now the winter is finally coming to an end. Spring begins with the Spring equinox, next Wednesday.

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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…)


Thrifty ideas for Valentines Day

The super-six at Aldi this week are; savoy cabbage, mild onions (3), beetroot (500g), lemons (3), carrots (1Kg) and broccoli (350g). They are all 39p each. That’s the same as last week. I had the broccoli last week; packed with vitamin C. I like the turkey mince and that was reduced from £1.75 to £1.25, so I have a few packs of that in my freezer now.  That’s quite versatile, you can make cottage pies with it or even do stir fry.

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