Thrifty Thursday: Value for 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.
The special buys today include a fold-able work bench for 10.99. I might take a look at those. It’s not that often these days I would use one though. So is it value for money?
The Sunday special buys at Aldi include lots of things for the kitchen. I need some canisters for my tea, coffee and sugar, because I broke one of mine. I’ll check that set of canisters out for 6.99. Are they value for money? It depends on the quality…
It can be very difficult checking for value for money. I bought a new coat online; it wasn’t cheap and I expected the fabric to be much better quality. I’ll make sure I buy in-store next time. I haven’t seen a better one for the same price though and so I think I would have to pay a lot more for a better quality coat.
Value for money when buying food is difficult. It depends what you enjoy, but most snacks seem poor value for money. You have to consider how nutritious the food is and how healthy. If you’re hungry, it’s easy to get drawn to junk food that is expensive when you’re out. I tend to eat before I go out, even eating before you go shopping in the supermarket can make the cakes, biscuits and chocolate seem less tempting. Check your bill too, any ‘food’ that has 20% VAT added to it, might not be good value for money.
In electronic goods, televisions offer a lot of entertainment for the money. I saw one 84 inches wide and costing £15,000 yesterday, that might not be such good value. Buying a DVD at 14.99 for less than 2 hours of entertainment isn’t good value, but buying a game for a games console that you will play over and over again, does seem good value to me. I think games consoles are very good value for the entertainment they provide. My laptop provides a way of writing this blog post and it has many other uses and so seems to be good value. My cell phone is poor value by comparison, despite being a ‘smart’ phone. Even my camera which cost nearly as much as my laptop is used less and so is not such good value. So a measure of value is how much we actually use something. Another measure of value is how much we really enjoy using the product when we do use it. I get a lot of pleasure from photography and so that adds to the value. I suppose many people get pleasure from playing games on smart phones and texting their friends, so they might get better value from them than me.
Music can be hard to evaluate when it comes to value for money. We do listen to it over and over again and quality is important. It can be worth buying a CD if you think it will remain a favourite for some time. Personally, I own classical music on CD, but not popular music, which tends to be frequently replaced by something new.
Pandering to the latest fashion or trend doesn’t seem to be good value for money. I rarely see the latest movie, but I see it eventually, either on DVD or on television. Why do people need to see the latest movie? Usually to tell all their friends about it!