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Thrifty Thursday: Jersey Royals

You know spring is well under way when those delicious Jersey Royal potatoes arrive in the supermarket. They seem cheaper this year and so we can all afford to enjoy them. Sunday lunch could be special this weekend… (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Supermarket price war?

The Aldi super-six this week are baby plum tomatoes (250g), baby corn (135g), salad potatoes (1Kg), rhubarb (400g), fun-size pears (8) and chestnut mushrooms (250g).   They are all 69p each.  I’ll have the salad potatoes… That offer runs until the 21st of May. The new offers will start on Thursday, 22nd of May. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Bluetooth earphones

Today’s special buys at Aldi includes some bluetooth earphone, which would be good for listening to music or using you phone hands free. They are 29.99 and the other special buys are mostly items to do with running, food and gardening. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Chasing bargains

The Aldi super six this week are red onions (1kg), garlic (4), celery, lemons (3), carrots (1Kg) and little gem lettuce (2). They are all 59p each and the offers run from today until the 9th of April. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: February bargains

The new Aldi super six, starting today are lemons (3), swede, leeks (500g), Mangetout (150g), fun-size pears (8) and carrots (1Kg). They are all 69p, except the carrots which are 49p. Lots there to make a nice winter stew.

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Thrifty Thursday: special buys and bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are little gem lettuce (2), garlic (4), celery, tomatoes (6), chantenay carrots (500g) and button mushrooms (150g). Those are 49p each and the offer lasts until the 26th of February. There is still 28 days of winter to go, so think about nice warming soups and stews. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Valentine bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are little gem lettuce (2), garlic (4), celery, tomatoes (6), chantenay carrots (500g) and button mushrooms (150g). Those are 49p each and the offer lasts until the 26th of February. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Bargains this week

Aldi

The Aldi super-six this week are braeburn apples, oranges,  blueberries, salad potatoes (1kg), mild onions (4) and baby plum tomatoes (250g). Those are all 69p each and the offers last until the 12th of February. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Chinese spring festival

The Aldi super-six this week are braeburn apples, oranges,  blueberries, salad potatoes (1kg), mild onions (4) and baby plum tomatoes (250g). Those are all 69p each and the offers last until the 12th of February. (more…)


Will this sunshine last all day?

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It’s Sunday and so my thoughts today are with photography. I can see a blue sky and sunshine! I have to do some shopping though, I’m running out of food and essentials. I have a busy week planned too, so it would help if I could get the shopping out of the way. I tried yesterday but there was a queue of cars not only trying to get into the supermarket car park, but trying to get out too. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: January bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are butternut squash, onions (1Kg), swede, Chantenay carrots (500g), baby potatoes (750g) and tomatoes (6 pack) They are all 49p each and that offer continues until the 30th of January.

The super-six meat offers this week are Southern fried chicken goujons 99p a pack, British lamb shoulder joint (5.99/kg), gammon steaks (1.49 a pack), British pork fillet (6.49 Kg), Simon Howie wee black pudding (99p – 200g) and fresh haggis (1.29 a pack). (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: A New Year

It’s a new year and so start as you mean to go on, by saving money! The Aldi super-six until the 15th of January are little gem lettuce (2), cucumber, savoy cabbage, garlic (4), spring onions and celery. They are all 39p each. They are now doing super six meat offers too, click that link to see those.

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Christmas Bargains

FUN ART AT CHRISTMAS

Aldi is closed today and I think Lidl is too, but most other supermarkets like Asda are starting their Christmas sales.  You can find Aldi’s Christmas opening hours on their website. The special buys have been moved from Thursday to Friday. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Christmas Countdown 6 days

The super six at Aldi today are clementines (600g), Brussels sprouts (750g), Maris Piper potatoes (1.5Kg), parsnips (750g), carrots (1.5Kg) and lemons (5). They are all 69p. That offer lasts until the end of the month with new offers beginning on the 2nd of January. That’s the same as last week.

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Euromillions: Birmingham 12 million not claimed

In the UK, people buying a Euromillions ticket also get a number for the Euromillions Millionaire raffle. One ticket sold in the Ladywood area of Birmingham has won 12 million pounds and hasn’t been claimed.

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Christmas is coming

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Christmas is coming and it’s getting colder in the UK. The energy companies are increasing the prices of gas and electricity as usual. If the people running these companies or the regulators had any morality at all they would at least increase prices in the spring or summer. Like the government they are immoral.

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Thrifty Thursday: Christmas countdown 33 days

The super-six at Aldi today are tomatoes (6), broccoli, swede, chantenay carrots (500g), onions (1kg) and lemons (3). They are all 49p.

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Thrifty Thursday: Christmas countdown 40 days

The Aldi super-six this week are Royal Gaia apples (6/7/or 8), sweet pointed peppers (2), persimmon (4), large flat mushrooms (250g), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g) and conference pears (6 or 7). They are all 89p each. As you may have guessed from today’s title there are just 40 days now to Christmas.

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Fags, faggots and Facebook

Teddy Grays

My local readers will recognise the shop in today’s picture. Teddy Grays is famous in the Black Country. They sell a delicious selection of sweets. When an International student visited me last Christmas, I gave her mice made of sugar from Teddy Grays, Cadbury’s miniatures and a few other delights that we used to find in our Christmas stockings as children. We’re never too old for Teddy Grays…

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Thrifty Thursday: Supermarket bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are Royal Gaia apples (6/7/or 8), sweet pointed peppers (2), persimmon (4), large flat mushrooms (250g), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g) and conference pears (6 or 7). They are all 89p each. That offer runs from today until the 20th of November. If you’re wondering like me what a persimmon is, it’s a fruit. Make sure it’s ripe before you eat it.

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Sunday musings

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I’ve been experimenting with my pictures again. I made this one sepia and gave it a perforated edge like stamp. Artistic? I think it’s better than some art I see that looks like a pile of bricks or paint thrown at a canvas. Ordinary people with their feet on the ground would want a picture like this on their wall, rather than the work of some over-rated artist who pickles sheep in formaldehyde.

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Barclaycard: Could do better

I have finally ordered myself a new mobile phone, complete with car charger. I might be able to get a signal now. I will be able to update Facebook, tweet and maybe even Skype too. I used my Barclaycard, because I get the legal protection on a purchase over £100.

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Iconic buildings: who pays?

The Public

I’ve started with a picture of an ‘iconic building’ today. Just down West Bromwich High Street, is another iconic building; the old town hall. That’s a Grade II listed building, but its not good enough for the councillors, they had to have a new civic centre with crystal chandeliers, miles away in Oldbury . (more…)


How to budget with personal accounts

Accounts Book

We all have money coming in and going out and it helps to keep track of all your money on paper or a computer.  I prefer a simple accounts book. It doesn’t have to be a a special book. I use a simple hard backed book from Poundland. (more…)


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