We collected my new glasses today, and it was lovely to have clearer vision the minute I put them on!
However, I was not wearing them when we went shopping, but that didn’t stop me noticing a few things.
We had quite a bit to do in a variety of shops, so I did some comparisons, mainly on carrots as I refused to pay what was asked in three of them.
They’ve gone up from 29p to 57p locally since Christmas, but in some of the larger supermarkets were 60p or £1 for a kilo bag. I could have got a kilo and a half for 79p, but they didn’t look that good and would probably have gone off before I got to use them.
Maggie’s food was on special offer at £5 a bag instead of £6.50, but the interesting thing was toilet rolls.Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’ve got a thing about toilet rolls, but it’s something used every day and I want to get value for money.
The roll size is now 200 sheets not 210 as my last ‘survey’, and they come in packs of 4, 9, 12, 16, 18 or 24 now. Not all supermarkets stock all outer sizes by the way.
Today, a four pack was £2.00, and the 9 pack I usually buy £5.25, though I buy them at £3.50 or less on special. A 16 pack was £8, but a 12 pack was……………….. £4.50.
Kitchen rolls are something else I buy on special, like £5 for 6 large rolls, but at the moment my preferred brand is £3.50 for 2, £4.50 for 3 or £6 for 4. We’ve tried cheaper ones, but it really is false economy because they don’t absorb anything very well and I get through a roll in 2 or 3 days compared with a week of the ones I like.
Breakfast cereal was next as our neighbour had asked us to get her some Weetabix.
Hubby used to like this and we tried a cheaper alternative but it was, well, gross is being kind, so I don’t usually buy it now. However, a 12 pack was £1.50 and a 24 pack £2.80. The 48 pack was £5.50, but you could buy 2 packs of 24 for £4, so you can guess what we bought for her.
Some things have come down though, grapes for instance obviously weren’t popular with the recent hike to £1.49 and have reverted back to £1.24 for a 500g pack, and the stew packs were reduced to 79p this week instead of their usual 97p. We’ll be having that over the next three days, so more meat free dinners.
I bought some frozen sprouts at £1.10 for a kilo (up from the 89p I paid at Christmas, but I haven’t been able to find them elsewhere and fresh ones are over £1 for 500g). The basics of yogurt, eggs, milk, bread, dog chews and the frozen fruit I like are all the same as my last purchase.
All in all though, the food sheet is looking pretty good for January, slightly less than last year, but I did buy toilet rolls, milk and dog food that I didn’t really need this month so that will save on February.
I’m in the process of preparing my sheet for Brexit before and after as it might prove interesting…………… or not!