Someone else’s shopping

Our friend is feeling a little better today, so to save him going out into a damp atmosphere, Hubby and I walked the dogs in the quarry this morning.
our quarry 1We lost Bud on the way back to car as he heard the calling of the moles from the field opposite and the next thing we knew he was three feet under a pile of dirt!
Hubby ended up getting the tow rope out of the boot, legging it over the stile, and slipping the makeshift lead over his head.

Back at the house, we had breakfast and then went off to do our friend’s shopping.
He has a huge check list and only marks the items he needs, so rather than carry his A4 piece of paper with various lines and crosses on it, I made a specific list so as not to confuse myself (it’s not difficult these days 🙂 ).
trolleyOur friend frequents one of the discount supermarkets, but not the same one as we do, so it was interesting to compare prices.
Armed with said list, two large shopping bags and sixty quid (it was a long list), we set off.
My aim was to give at least twenty pounds back as I was convinced that we could get everything at a reasonable cost.

I have known people shop for others with the attitude ‘anything will do’ and not take any notice of prices.
cartoon shopperBoth Hubby and I are very money conscious, especially when shopping, and even more so when we’re spending someone else’s money!

Basically, price differences were within a few pence of what we pay, nothing like the comparison we did the other day.
We eat as healthily as our budget will allow, as does our friend, but his loaf of specialist bread was more than four times the price we pay for a sliced white, and he has a preferred brand of corned beef, so we had to go to the Co-Op for that (£2.69 a tin, ouch, when we’d make do with one for a £1.59).

Today we purchased bread, eggs, butter, corned beef, a tin of Chilli con Carne, dog food, sugar, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, baked beans, jam, honey, greek style yoghurt, bacon, milk, toilet rolls, and kitchen rolls, plus a chocolate gateaux for dessert and three jam doughnuts for elevenses.

We would have spent £35.19 for the same/equivalent items, but as it was I gave him back £20.14, so I felt pretty pleased with myself having stayed (just) within the £40 budget.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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