Sunday, 1 January 2017

A New Year & A New Challenge


Yesterday I went out for my afternoon walk, I had to go into Asda to get some more milk and as I went in the door crates were being moved to the front of the store.

Taking a closer look it was items which had damaged packaging and some ends of lines.

I got some very good bargains.

Walkers six packs of Crisps, 20p, Snack a Jacks 15p.







Self Raising Flour 26p
Caster Sugar 25p
Non Stick Foil 25p

I confess I have never purchased a 'dented' tin before, but I have read up on what is safe and what's not.

Lovely Ambrosia Custard for 10p.


Some more 10p tins.


 Razor blades for my Husband, was £6.00 down to 60p.
I also spotted these Olay Ladies Shaving Foam for 50p, my Husband will happily use them.



Bread 10p.
Crackers 20p

Chicken Breasts 50p a pack



10 metre rolls or wrapping paper for 25p each.



These were £2.50 I got two of these, I was going to keep them for the gift drawer, but I expect I will use them myself.



One thing I have never really bought before for the simple reason they are expensive and also I do my own Indoor Bulb Planters, I always do Hyacinth's, I have several pots all at different stages, the idea being when one has finished another will be starting. But I saw these last two on the shelf.

Would have cost £14, I didn't mind paying £3 , so I have planted them up, and at least I can use the pots and plant them up again next year also.





Look what I spotted today.

Easter is appearing already. 



So back to the new challenge for the year, I have given myself a grocery budget of £120 a month but I really want to get it down to £100. This will include everyday toiletries and cleaning products.

Am I mad ? Can I really do it?
What do you think?
I think it is possible,as you can see how well I do on the yellow stickers.
I am going to give it a go, and I also use shopping apps and coupons.
I also have cupboards crammed full from all the bargains I regularly pick up and they are all in date, I never waste anything.

So it's the 1st of the month, the above shop will not count for the challenge as it was purchased yesterday.

I did make a few purchases today.

Bramley  Apples 9p

Chopped Tomatoes 10p a tin - 6 tins. 60p



Pate £1.50 
Meats 75p
Roquefort £1.17

I shall be keeping note of any purchases.

Total spend so far £4.11




I will be doing a store cupboard check and tidy up over the next few days so you can see what I already have and also a fridge/freezer inventory. 


38 comments:

  1. Fabulous bargains yet again, especially the razor blades!

    I've been writing down all our spending since the end of September, so revealing!

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    1. It is, I shall also be doing it for everything.

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  2. Great bargains! I never find deals like those and over here most places throw out near-to-date items and dented cans. The only 'bargains' I find are mark down meats and even those aren't rock bottom prices.

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    1. Such a shame, we are very lucky here.

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  3. Well done, some really good bargains there. I like Baylis & Harding liquid soap and shower gel but they are expensive so I only get them when they're on offer.

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  4. Excellent bargains. Bent tins are all right as long as the seam of the tin isnt damaged. I did have a tin of tomatoes that exploded, so you might want to use yours up fairly soon!

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    1. Thankyou , yes I will, I will use them first.

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  5. Excellent work. I'm sure you'll do brilliantly at it. It would be fascinating to see how much you've saved too by buying at the marked down price from the original one.
    Arilx

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    1. Thanks Aril, very good point, I will write down all the original prices as well and will update on that also x

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  6. That is an amazing amount of things for such a small amount of money. I've never had tinned custard, I always make my own with milk and Bird's custard powder, but a bargain if you like tinned. And I only make my own soup, but those tins were certainly bargains. But, oh dear, Easter things on sale already and we've not even taken the Christmas tree decorations down yet! But do take care with dented cans, that they're now 'blown' - I always understood never to buy a dented can just in case it wasn't safe. Husband has an electric razor so doesn't need shaving stuff, but bargains if you're a wet shaver.
    Margaret P

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    1. Thankyou Margaret, I always have birds in as well, and yes you know I also make soup, but for 10p it will do for lunch, I thought the same on dented cans I would only buy them at that price but I did read on whats safe and whats not, I shall use them quickly and also if they don't look or smell right I certainly won't use them.

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    2. Relieved to hear that, Marlene. The problem is with some bugs, they have no smell or taste - I believe botulism (is that the bug I mean?) in cans of meat carries no taste or smell. That is why many people are made ill - if the food tasted off, they'd not eat it. It's the stuff that doesn't taste off (such as eggs that carry salmonella) that one needs to worry about. But I know you'll take care with the dented cans.
      Margaret P

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    3. Hi Margaret I probably won't buy any more as we don't use that many tins, it was just because they were so cheap.
      I found this:
      Push On The Top And Bottom Of The Can
      If the top or bottom of the can moves or makes a popping sound, the can’s seal has probably been broken and air has made its way inside. Popped cans should be thrown out.

      If the can does not make a noise or move when pressing on the top and bottom, it is probably safe to eat (the seal is still good).



      Bulging And Bloated Can
      If the can of food is bulging and bloated (unlike an ordinary dent), it is not safe. Cans will bulge and bloat when bacteria begins to produce gasses which push the can outward.



      Rusted Can
      Rust will weaken the integrity of the can and may allow air and bacteria to enter, particularly if the rust does not simply brush off.



      Does The Can ‘Spray’ Out When You Open It?
      When you open the can – when you puncture the lid with a can opener, it should not spray or explode (as in being under pressure). If it does spray, do not eat the food because it may be contaminated with bacteria. Safe dented cans will open the same as non dented cans

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  7. I'm sure you'll manage it Marlene. I've had a £100 per month budget for a good few years now ( since 2012 I think) I rarely get yellow stickered items because I hardly ever go to a supermarket and when I do it's usually stuff that we don't eat that is reduced. For around 12 months that £100 fed 4 adults and covered all toiletries, loo roll, cleaning products etc. It's much easier now that it's just the 2 of us. Some months I spend a bit more, other months I spend hardly anything so it evens itself out in the end.

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    1. Thankyou Scarlet, I am sure I can, and well done you, you are an inspiration to us all x

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  8. Wow! They are fantastic bargains. Good luck with your challenge. I'm sure you will manage it with your knack for using vouchers and yellow sticker purchases. X

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    1. Thankyou Jules I will give it a good go x

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  9. Happy New Year Marlene
    Glad to see the Creme Eggs back again! Earliest I found them was two weeks before Christmas, so I bought one and ate it just because I could! Then I blogged it.
    ~~~Deb xo

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    1. Thankyou Deborah, I have to admit I do love a creme egg, x

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  10. I have every faith you will do it! I'm aiming to save more - trying to use up the excess food first both in the cupboards and freezer. We now have a wedding to contribute to in 2018!

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    1. Thankyou, Weddings are expensive, good luck with your saving.

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  11. I have every faith you will do it! I'm aiming to save more - trying to use up the excess food first both in the cupboards and freezer. We now have a wedding to contribute to in 2018!

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  12. Some great bargains, I rarely see things reduced by so much in our Asda. I've also bought reduced wrapping paper plus some cards and gift tags ready for next (this) Xmas. Have a Happy New Year, love Helen xx

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    1. Thankyou Helen and happy new year to you, well done on your bargains, x

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  13. Amazing bargains.
    I actually got bargains from T***o the other day 4 bags organic white potatoes 8p each. Having tried them I have to say that anyone who pays full price for them wants their bumps feeling. They are just tasteless and don't make very good roasties, 2 large bags of carrots 2p each and four bags of sprouts 5p each-x-

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  14. I live on an island, so food is expensive, yellow tag superdeals rare and our range of supermarkets limited. But I'm doing what I can to save. I did a freezer inventory a month ago and its made meal planning so much easier. I can't put off my store cupboard inventory too much longer though, and I think I'll find a lot of very out of dates in there :-(.
    Your blog is inspiring!

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    1. Thankyou for your kind words Mary,I must do some meal plans, x

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  15. What a great start to the New year and new Challenge. You are so lucky picking up those sorts of bargains. Our local stores never seem to do anything like that. I think your challenge will be a success, I've managed to do it. The thing is I've got to a point where I have got to use the stuff I have rather than keep adding to it.

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    1. Thankyou Tania.
      I will be using up the stores because I do have so much.

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  16. Judging by the bargains you bought I think you will manage it.I think it depends on the manager of the shop on how low the reductions go. When my eldest daughter worked at our local Co-op many years ago the manager said he would rather the food was thrown in the bin than go for 10p an item. What madness! Good Luck with your challenge and Happy New Year. Jane xx

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    1. Thankyou Jane and Happy New Year to you, not a good attitude from the manager, xx

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  17. Wow. Especially razor blades my husband has gone to twice a week shaves as they are so expensive. Good luck with the budget. I wonder if that supermarket manager got a bonus for effective stock management in 2016?

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  18. Thankyou Trish, I am sure I can do it, shaving is expensive, cheaper to grow a beard.

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  19. Such an impressive haul, you certainly do well with the yellow stickers. It is a rarity to get meat on a yellow sticker here but I do well with fruit/veg and bread products. I would be interested to learn more about some of the apps you use for discounts. I will certainly be keen to know if £120/£100 is achievable. Have a wonderful 2017.

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    1. Hi I currently use Checkout Smart and Shopmium, Checkout Smart is the best, if you use it when the product is on offer (I search my supermarket) you can very offen get the product for free or very little.

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  20. If anyone can do it, you can. I have no doubt of that whatsoever.

    Blimey though, your Asda churns out some bargains, it is rarer than rare for my Asda to have anything at bargain prices. That's why when I find things like the ironing water I almost have a fit! ;o)

    xx

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    1. Thankyou Sadie vwe are on the last hurdle so it has to be done.
      I do seem to strike it lucky at Asda, xx

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