Thursday, 2 April 2015

Seriously?


I noticed this sign in the town today - never let it be said we're behind the times!

Anyway, this is nothing to do with my fun and games at Radio Shack. Whenever the adverts for Aldi or Lidl are on I complain at great length to Dan that I'm sure we all get the message that they're cheap but great quality - we all know that by now. Pretty much everyone I know at the mere mention of either place can name their top 3 products. My Father, for example, like the rosemary crackers plus any tools available, he also has a serious LED torch buying problem. 

I don't go to Aldi very often - mainly because it's packed but I do ask my parents to pick me things up as they shop there all the time. I haven't been to Lidl for ages because it's not all that convenient for me. Today I was in the queue at Sainsbury's, Scarlet mentioned the other day that their veggie mince was nice, I don't usually buy it but thought a change is as good as a rest. The couple in front of me were packing their shopping into their sturdy Lidl bag(s) for life and paid with a stack of coupons, the ones that Sainsbury's send through the post. The couple behind me started commenting on their carrier bags and that she was using vouchers! "It must be the earnings freeze" he said, and she replied "I know, I'm sorry for some people" then they had a little giggle. 

Firstly, rude. Secondly, are you bonkers? Carrier bags and loyalty vouchers do not make you poor, they don't make you anything. I wonder if they had any thoughts about me, I had as many as four items from the Basics range and a shopping trolley with pictures of dogs on. Who knows. 

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  1. coupons and reuseable bags make you a richer person and cleverer, as you are keeping more money in your own pocket for other things. Silly people!!!

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  2. Hmmm, I should imagine they'll be the ones with debt up to their eyeballs on several credit cards and a couple of bank loans. I popped across to see if there was any news on the non eating bunny, I do hope he's ok.

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    1. Thank you for coming over for an update, very kind, I appreciate it.

      We administered a thorough massage last night and left her a about 1.30 having eaten a few strands of hay and having used the litter tray. I got up this morning and she was at the door waiting to be fed. She's under close supervision today and tomorrow as she's still a little quiet (although I don't know if she's ill or just in a bad mood) if there's any change it will be straight to he vet.

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    2. I always find it so frustrating that our pets can't explain what's wrong with them. It's up to us to mind read and work it out for ourselves. I'm sure she'll be fine, it's a good sign that she was waiting for her breakfast when you got up this morning. They do cause us some worries, don't they?

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    3. Thank you, yes they cause lots of worry as well as pure joy! This is an occasional problem so we do keep an eye out for it. Rabbits seem to like to up the drama when they're ill, one minute fine, next minute really really poorly.

      Today she is hogging the radiator and eating hay.

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  3. I don't care anymore what anyone thinks of me in the supermarket, hence why my daughter hates coming shopping with me, as I'm not frightened to complain if I'm not happy about something. You don't really come across the kind of attitude you talk about in Lidl or ASDA for that matter, as I think everyone is trying spend as little as possible. I do find the kind of smugness you describe here a little irritating and come across it quite a lot in more expensive shops. I just tend to think more fool them for thinking that way.

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    1. I think it's the town, rather than the shop here, some people seem to have a very high opinion of themselves. People occasionally ask for me to change the carrier bag I've put their stuff in at the charity shop - they don't want one from a cheap shop. To the extent that they'll pay for one of our plain, bought in bags, rather than have a free from a "cheap shop" one.

      The phrase more money than sense springs to mind!

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  4. What twits!!! Why on earth did they feel the need to comment? I like the rosemary crackers too and the 85% cocoa solids chocolate and the tinned pineapple!x

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    1. I know, talk about not having anything better to do.

      Yes, the 85% chocolate is nice, my parents bought me a chocolate reindeer last year and that was very nice (although I have to say I'm not all that fussy). I used to like Netto, about 10 years ago I paid £1.99 for some thinsulate-lined knitted mittens, I still use them whenever it's cold, brilliant buy.

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  5. I get annoyed with people almost apologising that they go to Aldi or Lidl! I've been going to both of them for years even when I didn't need to. I mainly shop at Aldi as it is my nearest supermarket with an ASDA on the same site but there are a few things I buy from ASDA that Aldi don't have. Lidl is the other side of town and I only call in if Im passing. I NEVER apologise for saving money, either by savvy shopping or charity shop bargains.

    I really think people like that need their own superiority bolstering! How sad they are. It probably made them feel good in front of the others in the queue. I never seem to get coupons though? Im not sure why that is.

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    1. I agree with you, they're just shops! Same as when people say about going to somewhere more fancy - you don't have to declare your net worth to get in, if you want to go then go, if you don't, don't.

      Dan gets vouchers because he has a Nectar card, we don't use them all that often as they're not always relevant.

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    2. I have a Nectar card which I get points mainly from diesel but can't remember getting coupons. I'l have a look next time I get a statement but they don't come very often. I do get vouchers from Pets at Home but they're mainly for stuff I don't buy.

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    3. I'm not sure how often we get them as it's Dan's card, he's very efficient with recycling!

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  6. How rude! Clearly not very savvy themselves. The rich didn't get rich by not looking after their money, and it's said that the Queen is pretty thrifty herself. I remember seeing a photo of the Royal family in which Prince Edward was wearing trousers that had clearly been ' let down' to get more wear out of them.

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    1. It's so rude, I have all the time in the world to think about whatever I like, but even I don't have time to worry about the type of carrier bag someone uses!

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  7. P.S . Hope you enjoy the mince!

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    1. Thanks, I'm looking forward to it.

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, it looks like she's back to normal, she's happy as can be today.

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  9. I haven't been to Lidl or Aldi but I wouldn't apologise if I did. I have been shopping in Sainsbury's now for about 30 years after switching from Asda and I don't feel the need to apologise for my choice of a more expensive supermarket either. I go because it was the closest at the time and now I am used to it and quite happy there I don't feel the need to switch to another one even if it might be cheaper. Because I go after work one night I often treat myself first to a hot chocolate in the cafe before I begin my shop and I buy a lot of their own brand food. The pharmacist there always gets my particular brand of Thyroxin for me and a good 45% of my clothes come from Sainsbury's too. If we had village shops again I might try to shop locally and support them but sadly Morrisons moved into our village and the small independants were forced out. I don't think it matters where you shop or how much you spend as everyone is different and living by different means. I still like to save money but not at the expense of the foods I like - I just wait for them to come on offer - having said that I know there would probably be items I might enjoy from the other supermarkets if I tried them. I have never come across anyone making comments before when I am stood at the checkouts - it seems like these recent credit crunch times have brought out a kind of shopping snobbery!

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  10. I only go to Sainsbury's for things I can't get at my usual supermarket. I've never heard any snobby comments at my usual supermarket which I think some people might think is more fancy than most.

    I like it because there's no music, it doesn't sell clothing, electricals and all that other stuff, they stock local and seasonal foods and the store is small.

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  11. Our closest one is Knutsford and I believe parking there is quite tight. It's also about 15 miles away from me. I have been a couple of times though to the cafe to meet some of my cycling friends there, quite a few years ago.

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    1. Supermarket parking is stressful to me, and I'm only ever a passenger!

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