It feels like such a long time since I’ve done a good yellow-sticker haul! I swear that the best finds happen when you least expect them to. I popped into Tesco today purely to pick up some BBQ sauce and brioche buns to make pulled pork burgers- I promised myself I’d only be 5 minutes especially because I had just realised that I’d left candles lit at home and I was imaging returning to a burnt-down flat…
I restrained myself from looking at the two main reduced-to-clear areas which have fresh food, but I just so happened to pass by the ‘other-stuff’ clearance shelf. There were so many things that they had to put one of those tall trolleys piled high right next to it. I noticed some BBQ sauce reduced -that sucked me in to looking at everything else! There was another lady who, like me had a basket that became over-flowing. She was really kind and got us a trolley each. The discounts were really good in this section, I think because of the huge amount of stock they wanted to clear quickly.
By the time I had finished making my choices, there were quite a few people around. I saw one lady pick up a case (a box full of boxes) of Cadbury fingers which were reduced to 30p each… I don’t blame her, it’s a great deal!
I didn’t spend very long in Tesco, but I’m really pleased with the surprise bargains that I got. If I’m honest, I’ve gone over budget for this week by buying these bits, but I know in the long run it will be worth it!
My favourite purchase of today – Heinz baked beans! I eat baked beans with loads of meals, and perhaps I really am being stingy here, but I think branded baked-beans are expensive. So I snapped up two six-packs for 90p each instead of £3 each.
McCoys steak crisps are one of my favourite types, so I couldn’t pass them up! There were only 5 packets in the bag (instead of 6), but I paid just 30p instead of £1 for them which more than makes up for it. I saw this 4 pack of caramel Snack-a-Jacks too and it reminded me of my school packed lunches. I used to really love these and for 50p instead of £1.50, I thought I’d get them to eat at work.
I’m always buying bottled water to drink at work (our taps are very old and the water isn’t the freshest), so I snapped these up for 42p – their full price was £1.40.
This item was a bit of a gamble, but I’m feeling hopeful! I’m not intolerant to gluten, wheat or milk but these Free From pizza bases looked like a great idea. They’re a very thin base and smaller than a ‘regular’ pizza. I’m working on portion sizing at the moment – I know I over eat – so these could be perfect. I paid 90p per pack, rather than £1.80.
Next up are some things I had in mind that I wanted or needed to get in the coming weeks. I’ve had a really big craving for hot dogs recently, so when I saw that they were 51p instead of £1.69, I couldn’t resist. The Blue Dragon crispy chilli beef kit was only 30p instead of £1, the BBQ sauce was 27p instead of 89p, the tuna chunks cost 23p instead of 75p and finally, the rice was 36p instead of £1.19. The prices on this lot were really good and even if I ended up not liking something, at least I didn’t pay much. I’m normally a massive fan of Tesco own-brand but I’ve already tried the BBQ sauce and I was left disappointed. It was one of a number in the range so I assume they all have slightly different ingredients, but this one didn’t taste nice at all. It was very sweet but also sharp at the same time – there was no smokey barbecue flavour to it which wasn’t what I expected at all.
Next up are Thirst Pockets. I normally buy own-brand paper towels and I’m always happy with the results, but with these being reduced to 90p from £3 I just couldn’t say no! These will last me ages.
Last but not least, I stumbled upon these. I wear tights every day and so I get the odd casualty that needs to be thrown away. Both of the Cotton Soft tights actually came up as £1 each instead of £4 each, and the ‘luxury’ ones were just £1.50 instead of £5!
So as you can see I got a random mix of things. This little lot cost me £10.89 – if I was to buy it all at full price it would have cost me a whopping £35.02! That’s a difference of almost 70%
Also, upon returning home I discovered that my flat didn’t burn down and the candles had behaved themselves, phew!