Thrifty Thursday: Christmas Countdown 26 days
The super-six at Aldi today are tomatoes (6), broccoli, swede, chantenay carrots (500g), onions (1kg) and lemons (3). They are all 49p. Those offers continue until the 11th of December. They have lamb and pork chops on offer this week too.
The Sunday special buys include candles and tea lights. I read instructions this week about how to make a room heater with some tea lights and a biscuit tin. We are getting desperate! I’ll stick to more sensible ideas and wear a body warmer. A few layers will help you keep warm and allow you to turn the thermostat down one degree. That should knock a couple of quid a week off you energy bills.
They are doing special buys on Wednesday’s now. This week’s were mostly Christmas inspired and they will probably still be in stock. Next Wednesday’s specials are mostly in the dairy cabinet and include cheese and ham. I have to buy cheese for Christmas. I never know what kind to buy. I think one of the selection packs might be better. While you’re in the part where they sell the ham watch out for the ham trimmings, they’re cheap and taste nice. You’re going to cut the ham up anyway! That ham is OK for those of you still on the salads and trying to lose a few pounds to make room for the Christmas turkey.
I went to Poundland yesterday. I got some Christmas decorations. They also have the roller ball and gel pens in stock now and I even got the paper plates for Christmas. I bought a little box full of what looks like a string of gold beads. It must be over 20 feet long. I might go back for another one, it’s ideal for room decoration or decorating a tree. I bought a notebook that is divided into sections, they are great for projects. Students writing a dissertation can make make notes on each section or you could use one to plan your finances, using a different section for each sphere of your financial affairs.
They have Mr Kipling mince pies in Poundland too. The ones in Aldi have been rated really good too.
I just looked at some tangerines (or something) on the Asda website. They work out to 20p each and they say 2 is one portion of fruit and kids need 5 portions a day. That’s £2 a day for each child, £14 a week; £56 a month. Do you think Britain’s kids are getting enough fruit and vegetables? Me neither… Maybe this is why people are going to Lidl and Aldi that do try to cut the price of fruit and veg?
It can be difficult comparing prices from different supermarkets, but as one of my friends keeps telling me how good Sainsbury’s is. I did a price comparison on a twin pack of unsmoked back bacon. Sainsbury’s pack was 2 X 225g for £4.00 compared to Aldi’s 2 X 300g packs for £2.75. Someone will probably tell me the Sainsbury pig is free range and organic now… On a positive note the Mr Kipling mince pies are a pound, so they have matched the Poundland price… I don’t eat them, but I am a shareholder in the company that makes them; so I just love them…
That’s all for this week. I am sorry I am publishing late today, but I had to wait for some special offers and today I had to wait 2 hours for Microsoft to finish updating my computer. Why it can’t do it when I’m not using it is beyond me.
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