Thrifty Thursday 11
I mentioned last week that I was buying a microwave. I ended up with the stainless steel one from Comet, but it’s not stainless inside. I paid £49.99 in the end for that, so not a great disaster if it doesn’t last.
I went shopping in Morrison’s this week after my previous outing got me chicken drumsticks for £2.25 a Kg at Lidl. The chicken portions, thigh and drumstick together are cheaper than the thighs and drumsticks separately. I’m not sure why but I bought some anyway. The selection wasn’t very good and the lamb I wanted to make cottage pies was too expensive. You can also make nice cottage pies with turkey and I didn’t see any of that. I did get nectarines, 5 for 50p which was good. The potatoes were a good price for Maris Piper, too. Morrison’s is more convenient for me, parking is easy and no queue at the checkout. The prices tend to be reasonable. I forget how much the iceberg lettuce was but that was reasonable too, as was the runner beans, 360grams for £1.00. We need to get our 5 fruit and veggies a day but that can add to our food bill. I found a selection of fruit and veg at good prices and I tend to eat fresh and frozen; I also have apples from my two trees! Watch for Morrison’s own brands, they seem to be good quality, I had the own brand cornflakes.
Matalan is next to Comet and so I popped in there, the clothes are a little too trendy for my tastes but I did buy three T Shirts for £4 each. I would have had shoes but they didn’t appear to have my size.
Asda and Tesco
My neighbour got me a few things from Asda and they have Smartprice which is worth looking at. I have 15 eggs for £1.25, from caged hens, but conditions for caged hens have been improved in the UK so they have a more natural environment. I would prefer that hens were kept in nesting boxes in barns, but I’m not the farmer. I saw spicy chicken wings on the Tesco website for £17.00 a kg, which is a little expensive. I also saw chicken drumsticks on one website for £13 a Kg, they are organic and the welfare of the chickens is important, but £13.00? In Tesco check out the Tesco value items. They also have packs of meat and fish, 4 for £12.00 which are worth looking at.
This week petrol is £130.9 at my local Morrison’s and at Asda which is 2p cheaper than Total; but you don’t have to queue at Total! I am told that the petrol from the supermarkets isn’t as good as from Total, I seem to get more performance and probably more miles to the litre. I can’t use Asda, unless I am going there anyway, it’s too far away and Morrison’s always has a queue. I think I’ll fill up when it’s the turn of the Total service station to cut prices!
I also went in Curry’s this week, my friend bought a smart phone, I didn’t buy anything, but the prices were competitive. If you need electrical items it’s worth looking in there. I found the Prestige microwave was £69.99 in Curry’s and only £49.99 in Comet, so everything isn’t competitive.