How Would You React Losing Out On A Bargain!?

Yesterday I was in Tesco and did my usual rounds of the reduced sections. It seemed as if the tinned food/household bargains had just been topped up and there was loads to rifle through. I was about halfway through when another shopper came running up to the shelves and loudly started shouting ‘NO, NO, NO!’. I turned round to see her frantically searching for a reduced item that I can only assume that she didn’t put in her basket earlier and regretted it. It was weird to see someone get so crazy over a bargain, especially something from a supermarket – it can’t have been something that expensive in the first place. I saw her looking in my trolley and I stated to think I’d picked up whatever it was she wanted – I hadn’t – phew! Not that I would have given it to her anyway… Finders keepers! Anyway, the woman then proceeded to crazily push items off the shelf in a bid to find whatever she was looking for. I’ve never seen anything quiet like it!

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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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Back To Bargains

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Hello!

For anyone that checks my blog regularly or is subscribed to my email list, you’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted anything new in almost two weeks – that’s quite some time! And for the super eagle-eyed, you will have also seen that I’ve been posting less over the past month or so.

It’s not been intentional and I’m still bargain hunting, but I’ve recently been knocked out of my usual routine by my heath condition. I wont go into great detail because that’s not the topic of my site but as part of my illness I suffer with what I can only describe as super chronic fatigue. I’m always in pain and tired, but over the past few months I feel like I’ve been trampled by elephants and dragged backwards to Timbuktu all while feeling like I’ve got a massive hangover. So with that and just about managing to go into my ‘day job’, I normally flake out on the couch when I get in most evenings and play catch-up on my days off to feel a little more normal.

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A Little Biscuit Recipe!

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I don’t know about you, but there once was a time (many years ago I might add) where I didn’t look so fondly towards own-brand products. Why is that? You might wonder- well, I’m not quite sure myself. Value products have been looked down upon in the past by so many people – I remember if I did buy a cheaper version of something, I’d make sure it was hidden amongst the rest of my shopping cart so nobody saw. Nowadays though, I find myself buying mostly own-brand products and I’m proud of how much money I’m saving for doing so. Supermarkets have also become pretty savvy themselves by widening their ranges and revamping their packing from drab to fab to try and entice us.

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Amefa Cutlery 85% Off!

If you’ve been following my blog then you’ll know that I’m super organised when it comes to buying presents and I do so in advance via the sales and clearance sections. I’ll make a list of things that I hope to pick up so that I don’t stray too far from my budget. One of the things I really wanted to get both my Mum and Dad was a nice cutlery set for each of their homes. When I was shopping in the Christmas sales for this years gifts, I didn’t come across any so I bought other things instead. Strangely though, I was drawn to an Amefa cutlery set which was £50. Although it was full price when I first saw it, I had a hunch that I should keep an eye on it. Sometimes when I pop into Tesco I’d go down that aisle… Just to check if the price changed. Since January they’ve been reduced on and off by 50% on a special promotion, but seeing as I’m already set for gifts for my parents this year, I wasn’t drawn in by the discount.

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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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Post-Easter Bargains!

Easter is yet another holiday/celebration where you are guaranteed some good discounts on themed goodies once it’s over and done with! I was working the day after Easter and because the shops had shorter opening hours, I couldn’t see what was reduced to clear. I heard that people got some great stuff though.

Today I was off work, but short of time so I didn’t pop to all of the places that had cute Easter decorations that I wanted – I went with Tesco as that’s where I did my food shop. There was a surprising amount of Easter eggs left, but not so many of the smaller treats. Unfortunately for me there were hardly any decorations on offer, which I was kind of dissapointed about.

It was pretty busy in the store today and the Easter clearance section was just cer-razy! Of course, I love a bargain but I don’t act like my life depends getting one! Some people were pushing others out of the way over a 75p chocolate egg! I took a step back to watch the madness unfold and when I got a chance, picked up a few bits.

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A Thrifty Easter Treat!

Like many others, at Easter I make corn-flake ‘nests’ – I don’t remember a year that I haven’t made them! They’re so easy to do and you can go to town on the decorating if you’re all about the aesthetics. I’m much more of a ‘bare minimum’ type-person in the presentation department, but taste is very important.

I’d normally use Kelloggs cornflakes, Cadbury mini eggs and some kind of branded chocolate to make my treats, but this year I thought I’d go a bit more budget.

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Make The Most Of Tesco Clubcard!

For a long time I went without a Tesco Clubcard because I didn’t think it would be worth it. When I shop in Tesco it’s normally on reduced items so my spend doesn’t equate to many points.

I actually ended up getting their points card to be able to quality for the Tesco Orchard product testing program, and now I always use it when I shop!

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I was pleasantly surprised to get a voucher through the door the other day for £3 from Tesco, which I ‘earned’ with my points. Although it’s low value I wasn’t going to turn my nose up at it!

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