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The Tyranny of Loyalty

We arrived at week three of our "spend £20 get £4 off vouchers" and I found it really hard to write a list. There are some things that I can't get or won't buy from the supermarket because they're just too expensive. So to get up to the minimum spend became quite hard, the balancing act of buying things we wanted/needed without spending more on individual items than I usually would, or just buying for the sake of it was hard. It really has made me wonder how I have burned through the grocery budget in the past. 

Switching this month to a cheaper supermarket has helped of course, but I wouldn't want to, and couldn't afford to just shop at one place all the time. By the time we got into the car to go shopping I still hadn't reached £20 worth of groceries, Dan kindly offered to have a bottle of beer and some falafel to help things along. It did help and we were all happy. 

Just next week to get through and then it's over. We received some decent till spits this week too, £1.47 price match, which I assume is something to do with soy/ almond milks and some bonus points for things we buy anyway.  It's been a worthwhile project and has given me lots of insight into our shopping habits, I can now see why the extreme coupon people get excited!

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  1. I think they are sent to us just to suck us in, we often throw them away rather than try and use them, which always ends up with us spending more than we set out.

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    1. I agree with you. We don't usually buy much from Sainsbury's but we did some of our Christmas shopping there so the coupons are to suck us in to shopping there all the time. It has been really worthwhile doing it, and I can't say we haven't saved money - I used one of the vouchers to get another £4 off a speaker for Dan's birthday for example.

      I know I have time and inclination to shop around but I wouldn't like to be stuck with only one shop to buy everything.

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  2. Just a pity the couponing system here isn't quite so generous in this country. I do enjoy the supermarkets' battle for customers when I can benefit by using the vouchers. I aren't really loyal to any one of them these days, more like loyal to my pocket taking the best deal I can get from whichever supermarket is offering it.

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    1. This month has been an eye opener, but there are so many things we buy from the healthfood shop, home bargains and independent shops it would be very hard for me to shop at just one place.

      Having said that, I am glad for the brand match policy supermarkets have as I just can't face Tesco as the one closest to us is just so big, and I find Asda a bit grim if I'm honest, I think it's the lighting in there.

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  3. I find our ASDA soulless place to shop - rows of the same stuff, our nearest Tescos is just an express shop and I have a personal dislike to it. We do have a sainsburys, although their items seem less plastic (I mean the fresh stuff) again I am not taken by it. Well done for pushing through and getting to week three. We've tried extending our weekly shop by one day each week making things last one day extra - so far so good :)

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    1. That's a really good idea, I think I'll try that.

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  4. Shame that coupons are so time consuming - any tips you have on this would be much appreciated? All we do is collect the price difference receipts and then use them at the minute.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. Hi Lizzie. this all started with some vouchers we received from Dan's Nectar card, which prior to this month we mainly used for petrol. It seems the more you use a loyalty card the more vouchers you receive. We only decided to use these vouchers as they were quite high value.

      I haven't delved into the land of manufacturer's coupons or anything like that.

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  5. WE're Aldi converts; cheap, reasonable quality and a no-frills approach in the shops. You don't go there to see loads of staff, but the savings can be very good. And often the items on special can be a bargain, as long as you needed them in the first place!

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    1. We've only had an Aldi for a year or so in the town. I have recently started going there quite often, there are some things I just love from there. I've never tried doing a full shop there though.

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  6. I so agree with you about the way they 'suck us in' - if I do a big shop at the ut of town superstore, and get a '50p off your next shop' type voucher, my OH loads up the car, while I go straight back in and buy a small milk or pack of marg to keep in the freezer.
    I have visited 2 Asdas recently, and agree that their lighting is somehow depressing. Why is that??

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me noticing the lighting at Asda, I have no idea why they choose that odd level. I think I'd have a constant headache were I a member of staff.

      That's a really good idea about small value coupons. I only have one more week of the £4 off £20 vouchers so after that I'll use your technique, thanks.

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  7. I've not really got into the habit of using vouchers BUT I had a cheeky thing I'd do in Sainsbury's it our local coop. I'd go and pay for one item in my basket at the self service till and it would give me a money off voucher for my next shop (e.g.£1 off £10 or £3 off £20) I'd then go and pay at the serviced checkout with the rest of my items and use the till voucher!!! Always felt smug!!!

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    1. That's another really good idea, thanks!

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  8. We only shop at one grocery store here mainly because they sell the best meat. A bit more expensive, but excellent quality.

    I am seriously considering shopping at another store for our produce as this store sometimes does not have the quality I look for.

    However I would need to take into account the time and gas needed to drive there.

    It is something I will have to ponder a bit more.

    God bless.

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    1. The time and travel factor is certainly something to take into consideration. If there's something important to you, like the quality of the meat, I understand why you'd visit that one place.

      I know I'm lucky that we visit the supermarket in the next town once a week, but for the bargain shops and other bits and bobs I have time before my shift at the charity shop to buy those things, so I'm not going out of my way.

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  9. I use all the different supermarkets too and Home Bargains and B&M. The more you do, the more you know what you need in the different shops xxx

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    1. Exactly. I have my Home Bargains-Superdrug-B&M-Aldi circuit in the town, the weekly supermarket trip, the once a month health food shop and the other occasional shops like Waitrose, the farmers market and places we nip into for certain items when we're in that town.

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  10. Smiled at the idea of Dan offering to have a beer to make up the £20. What selflessness!!! x

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  11. I've been using Aldi for a good couple of years now. The few things we can't get there I will go to a 'normal' supermarket so we rarely get vouchers any more. How very generous of Dan to help you out! xx

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    1. I think that may be the direction we go in after this month. I'm going to try Aldi for more than the bits and bobs I buy now anyway and as you say, fill in with other things from other shops.

      We used to live near a Lidl and I used that a lot, now the nearest one is miles away.

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  12. Ha, love the offer of beer spend! I shop at Aldi as there is one a couple of miles away and I can sometimes go on the bike too (not recently with the bad weather, I'm a fair weather cyclist). I did go to Lidl the other day when I was near my Mum's and it has gone so upmarket lately, they even bake their own bread on the premises. I don't have one nearby otherwise I would guiltlessly flip from there to Aldi regularly.

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    1. I've been past a few of the newer Lidl stores and they certainly look a lot more modern and fancy than the one I used to go to.

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  13. I loathe Asda, I feel really uncomfortable in there :|

    We didn't use our last £8 Waitrose voucher, there was just no need as we'd stocked up prior to Christmas.

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    1. That's how we are usually. I have been able to buy a few things for the house this month thanks to the vouchers we have, exciting things too like an oven glove and a bath mat! Should we receive any next month I think we'll just ignore them, I can't buy just from one shop just for the sake of it.

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