|Notice the unusual opening hours...|
Most special offers happen on a recurring cycle, the trick to getting the most for your money is to know how often they recur - so 2 Fairy Liquid washing up liquid bottles for £2 for example, which is one of the offers I spotted when I shopped, I ignored because I know it comes along quite often. Finding "Ham ends" - the scraps from the ham-on-the-bone on the deli counter, for 40p per 100g, however, happens less often, so I bought a bag full! Some things I pretty much only buy on offer - Cheddar cheese for example, costs £5 for two big blocks, and if it's not at that price, I'll either go somewhere else where it is, or I'll go without.
|This weekend I will be cheering these chaps on in their Cup Final...!|
When I'm shopping to a threshold like this, I keep a tally of the cost on my iPhone calculator as I'm going round the store, making sure I remember to add absolutely everything. I've done it in my head before now, but the calculator is easier and helps to make sure that you're not caught out by being a few pennies under the threshold at the till. It doesn't always work out though - this time round when everything had gone through it came to just under that precious £40 target, and that's when another nifty trick comes in - always have in your mind an "emergency top up item" - it needs to be something you will definitely use, and be within a 10 second dash of your chosencheckout - in my case this week it was an extra bag of the soda crystals I had already bought one pack of, costing £1.
|I'm looking forward to these making their annual appearance...|
ps - before people start shouting, I HAVE tried Ecover and similar brands of washing up liquid, but our water is simply too hard to make them economical!
(Oh yes, random photos again....)