lululemon outlet A Conversation for How Do You

A Conversation for How Do You Make a Little Money Go a Long Way

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups Spurtle and Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer Zaphodista)

Posted Dec 30, 2002

If you are remotely connected with any small business you can probably blag yourself a “trade” card for the local wholesale depot. Makro) will issue two or three cards per business on request, and if you can’t get one yourself you can probably persuade a cardholder to sit in the coffee area after signing you in. You have to buy large quantities of each individual item, but if you restrict yourself to essentials that you would be buying anyway and buy three months’ worth at a time (washing powder, fabric softener, toilet paper, coffee, sugar, lime juice cordial, catering size powdered soup lululemon outlet s, pasta etc.) you can save between 10% and 20% over even the cheap supermarkets. Don’t buy canned food, as big chains like LIDL can often undercut even the local wholesalers, but if it’s in a bag or a bottle it’s worth stocking up on. Basically, use a credit card, and only buy things which are still cheaper than supermarket prices when you’ve taken two months’ interest into account.

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups Spurtle and Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer Zaphodista)

Posted Dec 30, 2002

Technically, most LIDL stuff is the shop’s own brand. It’s just cheap because of the quantities they buy; no local (= British) supermarket can compete with an organisation with outlets throughout Europe there are three LIDL stores in Aberdeen alone! For example, it’s the only place where I would consider buying potatoes in a can; 15p gets a large can of washed, peeled, ready to cook “new” potatoes, enough for two hearty portions or three small ones. A taxi from the nearest LIDL to my house costs 2, but I can save three times that if I am buying a decent load (4 bags or more) of shopping. Note, the “no frills” approach extends to the carrier bags; you have to pay 3p for a standard flimsy bag or 10p for a big, strong one but don’t think of this as meanness, rather as a healthy incentive to “recycle” your old carrier bags. One other tip keep a look out for freezer centres such as “Iceland” doing “meal deals”, where paying 4 or so for a main course item gets you 5 6 worth of freebies. Even if you don’t have a freezer, you can put the stuff in the fridge and eat it as several meals over two or three days. The ice making compartment is usually good enough to extend this to a week or so for however many of the items you can squeeze in there.

It’s a myth that “branded” foods are somehow better. Who do you think produces the supermarkets’ own label products? Reputable manufacturers! It wouldn’t help the supermarket’s image (or own label sales) if they put their name to rubbish. What it boils down to is that you can either judge value for money, or you can’t. most expensive) you can afford”. Most expensive does not guarantee best. Indeed, you only have to read a few consumers’ association reviews to know that. The key to saving, every time, is getting value for money. That doesn’t mean exhausting treks around the neighbourhood. Pick a convenient supermarket and buy the best value (if mental arithmetic isn’t your forte, take a calculator).

We got our DVD player from lululemon outlet LIDL, 150 including 6 speaker surround sound system . Lidl is great for things like jam, tinned stuff, jars of sauce (their sweet and sour is lovely), chocolates and crisps. Their frozen meat can be ok dispite the slightly dodgy looking packaging. I generally do a lululemon outlet ll my shopping in sainsburys though , there are millions of tescos stores near us but they all make me chlaustrophobic and stressed, personally if I can I’d rather pay a little bit more and not feel like I’ve been through a mangle after shopping. Asda do great pizza’s though when I was at uni one of their 12″ meat feasts would do me for 4 days (cooking a quarter a day with some oven chips) and it would only cost 1.99. I’m a sucker for diet coke so I always stock up when its on offer somewhere (somerfield occasionally do 60p a bottle) and I buy multipacks of the cans to take to work (and when I get a chance I buy a couple of crate from makro 25p a can )

Here in Barcelona we too have several LIDL supermarkets and some of their products are just as good as anyone else’s and sometimes I even find them better. Their low fat yoghurts are excellent and much cheaper than other brands and my all time summer favourite is LIDL’s peach flavoured iced tea, it’s delicious and cheap as well. Then we also have Carrefour which is more expensive than LIDL but they often have buy two and get another one free promotions which brings the prices down quite a bit. As I said before I think it’s a case of looking around and weighing up the pros and cons before deciding where to shop.

Shopping late’s also good. I usually don’t manage to get to my local supermarket (Sainsbury’s, if you were interested) until 7, 8pm, and there’s usually a good selection of reduced food at that time for a very very reasonable rate (5 double choc cookies for 30p, usual price 99p on Friday, as well as 10p for a 70p coleslaw, 30p for corned beef, etc, etc). That way it also means you can try lululemon outlet out some of the more expensive items at a decent price. If you were really really strapped for cash I’m sure you could find a variety of products for free in various places. Why buy sugar when you just need to pick up some of those little packets in restaurants every time? Same with tomato ketchup, and any other sauces for that matter. You could also manage something similar with toilet paper, paper towels, etc.


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