New Years Eve Shopping Fail!

This post has taken a bit longer to write up than I had intended, but I thought I’d still go ahead and post it for everyone to read.

I had been debating whether or not to take a trip to the shops on New Years Eve – I was in two minds: Would it be a great time to pick up yellow sticker bargains like on Christmas Eve? Or would be like any other evening in the clearance section?

The stores shut at 7pm that evening so I decided on having a quick scoot around – I didn’t want to be out for long because the weather was pretty rubbish and all I wanted to do was get home and be cosy before embarking on my NYE plans. So I jumped into my car at 5pm and off I went.

My first stop was Asda. I zig-zagged my way through the crowds of party-goers who were stocking up on alcohol. Ahead of me I could see food piled up being yellow-stickered – what perfect timing!

Unfortunately I didn’t quite make it to the clearance shelves. Well, I almost did, but not in the way I expected. Between me and the bargains was some yogurt on the floor which I didn’t see. I managed to slip up and fell pretty badly. It was not one of my finest moments – wriggling around on the floor in pain like an eel with my skirt up around my waist. I can only apologise to the other shoppers for the sight they saw that evening. I’m so glad I chose to wear tights with my outfit! While all of this was happening, a crowd was forming – not around me (thank goodness), but around the discounted food. To cut a long story short – it took a while to get myself okay’d by a first-aider and fill in all of the paperwork that goes with it. By the time I was done, most of the good stuff had gone. I was so annoyed!

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I did luckily  pick up these three things – two packets of spicy beef (normally used on the ‘make your own pizza’ counter) £6.69 each reduced to £1 and peppered mackerel flakes, £2.30 reduced to 50p.

As I left the store I did start to take a bit of a funny turn and probably should have gone straight home. I didn’t though – how silly of me – and I went to Tesco instead.

Because of ‘yogurt-gate’, I missed that wonderful time of the day that Tesco bring out all of their reduced goodies and there wasn’t much left to pick from by the time I arrived.

There was however a silver lining to this – there were two ladies working that evening who offered to reduce two of my yellow-sticker items down even further. They really didn’t have to as I was going to buy them anyway but I thought it was really very nice of them. We got chatting about reduced products and they said how they have quite a number of regulars who come just for the discounted food. So it looks like I’ve got some competition!

I still got a few good things –

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The Yorkshire puddings were 75p reduced from £1.50 and the smoked haddock tarts 68p reduced from £4.50.

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These mini bagels were 80p reduced from £1.60.

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I paid 75p instead of £5 for the roast chestnut and onion stuffing and 75p instead of £3 for the barbecue chicken chunks.

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I passed the fresh meat and fish counters while I was there and was really surprised to see that there was still fish left to buy at 50% off. I thought I’d give the fish pie mix a go – something on my ‘hit list’ to make –  I paid £1.65 instead of £6.60. I ended up talking to the lovely guy who served me.  He told me how I should come to Tesco a bit earlier next time to check out these counters first before trying my usual haunt of the clearance shelves. Apparently this is where most people grab their best bargains. I thought it was really nice of him to share this information with me and an added bonus was the fish pie mix ended up being 75% off! I must say, this particular Tesco has some really friendly people working there!

So my high New Years Eve bargain hopes weren’t met in reality. It may not have been the most successful evening but I certainly won’t forget it any time soon!

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My Asda shop came to £2.50  instead of £15.68, which is a 84% discount!

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My Tesco shop came to £5.38 instead of £22.20, which is a 75% discount!

 

 

 

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