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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2017, 12:39 
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The problem I have is more with fresh fruit and salad. It doesn't usually keep for a week. I wish it would, because I haven't got time to go to the main supermarket more than once a week, so I have to nip into the "express" branch opposite my office to top up, and I'm sure they charge more for the same stuff :banghead:.

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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2017, 13:15 
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Do you have a market within travelling distance, Alison? Sometimes you can get fresh food much cheaper at a market - plus supporting local traders!

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PostPosted: 27 Mar 2017, 14:09 
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We have several markets :D, but it's no better with them than it is with a supermarket - I'd still only be able to go once a week because of being at work. Someone needs to invent a strain of fruit and vegetables that keeps :D .

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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
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I like the idea of going plastic-free - but where is there a butcher who doesn't put the meat into a plastic bag? Ordinary milk is always in plastic bottles now.....and things like salt are plastic packaged, not to mention non-food stuff like toothpaste, and shower gel.
There are those fancy bags you can buy that claim to keep fruit and veg fresh for ages - but they are made of plastic!


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PostPosted: 27 Mar 2017, 16:21 
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Alison, I keep my fruit and veg in the fridge, apart from bananas.

It does keep then.

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So do I, but they still seem to go off after about 4 days :roll:. Well, some do and some don't. Strawberries seem to go first, which is very annoying because they're my favourites.

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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
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Caty wrote:
I completely acknowledge that going plastic free would be nigh on impossible for most people. I do wonder if you could stick to one supermarket shop a week (with maybe a milk and bread exemption), how much you could reduce your overall spending?
I've just asked SLOC about this, and we both feel that you probably would reduce it, but in our particular case it's inconclusive, though I can't help thinking it does eliminate a certain amount of waste. Knowing I'm not buying any more 'main' food till Friday makes me more inclined to finish things up, and less likely to duplicate perishables by accident.

We do also run a 'spares' system for the staples like rice and oil and loo roll, just so we don't run out, and that needs both enough space to put the extra stuff and the money to fund it, but I'd be uncomfortable not doing that after all this time.

Alison, the problem with fresh fruit and veg is that nearly all of it has been (a) refrigerated to death while it's in storage and (b) it's often handled carelessly before you get it, and bruised fruit and veg will keep less well. I don't know the answer!


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Yes, it's a tricky one. Do you like fruit cooked, Alison? Or some fruit can be frozen quite successfully; you might lose some of the texture but you'll get the flavour and the nutrients. Actually, often if you buy frozen fruit, it's kept more of its nutrients than when you buy it fresh, because it's been frozen almost immediately instead of spending days in transit and storage. Sometimes it's even cheaper; it's rarely more expensive.

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Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries all freeze well but not strawberries


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Strawberry puree freezes well, but not the whole fruit.

Fast freeze raspberries on a tray, then bag them, that way you avoid a large clump of raspberries sticking together.

Frozen raspberries and grapes are as good as sweets, so try that method if you're trying to lose weight.

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On a different tack, we had a happy surprise this afternoon - when we come in, we put any loose change in an empty bottle, and hadn't emptied it out for quite a long time. On counting it today, we realised all over again what a good habit it is, and the vital importance of the 20p coin. They tot up really quickly, and are scarcely missed - if I saved only one coin, that would be the one!


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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
PostPosted: 28 Mar 2017, 19:49 
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To anyone else following Noreen's habit with loose change: the new £1 coin is out and the old one will cease to be legal after October this year, so any money boxes or piggy banks need to be emptied!


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Indeed - that's what finally prodded us to count the money!


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That news also prodded me to check the purse of sterling change I brought home after our last trip so I could give any one pound coins to my daughter when she visits next month and not risk being stuck with them after they cease to become legal tender. Does anyone else think that the interval between bringing out the new coin and the "old model" ceasing to be legal tender seems very short?


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There've been some complaints about the hassle and expense of having to change payment machines yet again. A lot of them still won't accept the new £5 notes. Banks are still going to take the old ones for a while after 15th October, though.

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Where is there a butcher who doesn't put the meat into a plastic bag?

If you go to a proper poncy butcher they will wrap meat in brown paper and tie it up with string like on a Nigel Slater programme.

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 Post subject: Re: Money saving tips
PostPosted: 29 Mar 2017, 15:02 
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Doesn't the meat juice leak through? And how would you wrap mince, though I bet poncy butchers don't sell mince! Would you be ok to put bloodstained paper in the recycling? And yes, I am nitpicking for the fun of it....


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They put sort of greaseproof paper between the meat and the posh paper....

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Would you be ok to put bloodstained paper in the recycling? And yes, I am nitpicking for the fun of it....
What your local authority will take in recycling varies according to the contract they have with the recycling firm, but mine (and I would bet most of them) would say no to paper stained with any sort of food residue, so no. But then what they want is products that are good enough quality to be worth recycling, and a lot of the paper used to wrap food isn't.


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On the other hand, paper that can't be recycled is still a lot better for the environment than plastic!

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