Trapped In A Lift While Bargain Hunting!

Two Sundays ago I’d planned to do a little yellow-sticker shopping to top up my freezer. It was a gloriously sunny day and in the town where I live there were a number of events on, so I thought that my local Tesco would be pretty dead. In my mind this would hopefully equal lots of highly reduced food.

I set off at 2pm, the shop is only a 5 minute drive up the road and I was feeling pretty confident. This Tesco is a new fancy one which has a travelator and a lift that takes you up to the main floor. I almost took the travelator but at the last second I changed my mind.

I was in the lift with a few other customers – I pressed the button and off we went. Or so I thought. After the doors shut nothing happened! Eventually we started to move upwards… And then suddenly we dropped down. I felt like I was on a real-life Tower of Terror ride. Thankfully, there wasn’t much of a drop but it became apparent that we were very much stuck in the lift. Although it was a bit scary, I pressed the alarm button and we thought we’d soon be rescued. I pressed it again. And again. And again. No one responded and I started to panic a little! It was really hot and I was feeling faint – I did not want to pass out but I sure felt like I was going to. We got our our mobiles to try and call the store but none of us had signal. The guy in the lift with us tried to force the door open, but to avail. I know it’s dramatic, but I thought we’d never be found and die in there! One of the ladies in the lift started to press all of the buttons again – I’m not sure if it was that or the lift just started to behave itself, but we finally moved upwards again and got out. Nobody on the outside seemed to have a clue that we were stuck in there!

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The Shop That Changed My Life Forever!

Can any of my fellow bargain hunters remember the moment that they found their bargain-hunting groove?!

I’ve always loved a sale but after moving out and living on my own in 2014 I was extremely conscious of what I spent – literally right down to the penny! I hadn’t really considered shopping in the reduced section and instead stuck to a strict shopping list and bought the cheapest versions of things that I could. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this and I still do it!

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Surprise Yellow-Sticker Finds

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!

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Another Tesco Yellow-Sticker Haul!

Following my last yellow-sticker food haul a few Sundays ago, I was really surprised to get some more mark-downs just a few day later.

I’m pretty late in posting this up but I know some people like to see what bargains there are to be had, and I wanted to show you!

This shop was done in a big 24 hour Tesco, just outside of Portsmouth. I popped in on the way up to see my Dad. I normally pick up a few goodies when I’m going that way!

It was about 7pm, and normally by 6pm all the food is reduced for a second time if it hasn’t sold, but this day was different. Perhaps the store was short-staffed, but they didn’t start reducing things further until about half an hour later – by which time I had to go. I still managed to pick up quite a lot though, so I was still a happy bunny.

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Latest Yellow-Sticker Food Shop!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to do a proper food shop (all reduced items, of course). That’s because my last yellow-sticker shop was ma-hoosive! I’ve also been picking up the odd reduced item here and there to top up my freezer.

I decided to wait until Sunday to do my shop – I feel I have the most luck on this day. The stores near always reduce at different times of day so it’s trickier when they don’t close until much later.

Anyway, after my last terrible Sunday shopping experience where Tesco had reduced everything earlier than expected, I arrived no later than 2pm. There was quite an abundance of reduced food but it wasn’t priced down as much as normal. I was still happy with the discounts however, and popped some things in my basket.

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I got chicken with cheese and bacon – £2.36 instead of £4, hunters chicken – £2.36 instead of £4 and gammon steaks – £2.60 instead of £4. I also took advantage of the ‘3 for £10’ deal as it still works on reduced items. This got me an extra £2 off this lot!

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Co-Op Portsmouth: Closing For Refurb Goodies!

If anybody lives in Portsmouth and are around today, I’d fully recommend popping down to the Co-Op on Eastney Road. They’re closing for a week and having a refurbishment – this means that they need to get rid of short dated items fast. They’re also reducing products that are well in-date but that won’t be stocked any more in their store.

I popped down at 11am and there was still quite a lot to be had – here’s what I got…

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These Typhoo teabags were £2.39 a pack reduced to 59p and they’re in date until 2018. I also picked up two bottles of Fentimans ginger beer for £1.50 each instead of £3 – these are best before 2017.

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