Well, my system works and of all the things on my list, the only thing we didn’t get today was tinned pineapple.
Spending the grand total of just under £26, I bought cheese, fresh fruit and veg, baked beans, minced beef for a spaghetti bolognese, baked potatoes, a red pepper, 8 cartons of milk, 2 tins of curry, ginger spice and stock cubes.
Tinned pineapple prices have rocketed. And I mean almost to Mars.
Why for heaven’s sake? You can buy a fresh one for less than a pound if you want to faff about preparing it, getting juice everywhere and throwing the tufty bit and core away.
I also manage to find cuts I never knew I had and get an ulcerated mouth into the bargain, but saying that, I do love fresh pineapple. However for what I wanted, ie our store for future sweet and sours, it wasn’t a practical option.
The other day we noticed the shelf of our normal ‘own brand’ choice was empty.
Not surprising at just 27p a tin for 420g, but for the next one along 75p which was actually smaller, and a tin the same size as what was missing £1!
Leaving said items on the shelf, we drove to our other supermarket (shopping in both today anyway) and their tins of 300g were 65p.
In desperation we went to The T word (a supermarket we avoid unless absolutely necessary) and even they wanted 70p for a 300g tin.
I have one in the cupboard and we will be looking for reinforcements each time we shop now.
Either that or I shall be thinking of something alternative to pineapple to put in my sweet and sour mix. Any suggestions?
Photos: left: sweet and sour chicken. Right: sweet and sour peppers