Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Weather Report from Suffolk and Watch That Supermarket Pricing.

For days we've been told to prepare for some very cold weather with snow....... starting yesterday. "The Beast from the East" is what it's been called, coming in on strong winds from Siberia with the East of England getting the worst of it. I think we're ready. We wrapped up the LPG cylinders with the top of an old gazebo because it doesn't flow well in bitterly cold, we have plenty of wood and checked the oil last week so that's OK

Snow fell, starting around noon, it came down heavily for a while but it didn't lay. I'm expecting to wake up this morning to lots especially as Greater Anglia Railways decided to cancel all trains after 10pm last night - no replacement buses or anything. I felt sorry for anyone working late in London yesterday - suddenly finding they couldn't get home. It will be interesting to see if the weather predictions are correct, the new warnings system sometimes seem to over predict.

While the snow was falling, our new neighbours - who move in later in the week - had a Hot Tub delivered. We've never known anyone with a hot tub - wonder who is moving in? hope they are quiet and relatively friendly, I'm a bit worried that it might have been bought to let out as a holiday home as the only places I've ever seen a hot tub in use is in pictures in holiday brochures......... we shall soon find out.

 I went to Tesco last week and didn't intend to buy tea bags, because I'd looked on the Mysupermarket website and they were cheaper almost everywhere else and we still had half a box left.

These are what we buy - after trying all sorts over the years they are our favourite at the moment. A big box of 240 which usually works out cheaper.

 

 PG Tips Pyramid Tea Bags (240)

         Tesco
         £5.99
  • Sainsbury's
    £4.50
  • Morrisons
    £4.00
  • Poundstretcher
    £3.79
  • Waitrose
    £5.99

  •   Ocado
      £5.99
  •   Lidl
      £4.19
  •    Iceland
       £4.49
  •     ASDA
        £5.99
Luckily, walking up the tea and coffee aisle to see if any de-caf coffee was on offer,  I happened to notice that right next door to the 240 boxes on the shelf they had these on Special Offer........ 300 for just £4 which is several pennies  cheaper
Good thing I noticed..........Should have got 2 boxes!
Wonder how many people picked up the 240 at £5.99 automatically without noticing 300 much cheaper on the same shelf.
You have to keep your wits about you when shopping in supermarkets.

Thanks for comments on names yesterday, I love the way names go in and out of fashion. Even the names we choose for our children in the 1980s are not often used now - yet they seemed quite normal back then.

(Edited in to say I have no idea why the picture of the box of tea bags is right up there by the header photo. It's down by the prices on draft and even if I delete the picture by the prices on draft it's still up the top on live blog post. This is what happens when copying stuff from one place to another!)


Back Tomorrow
Sue

28 comments:

  1. I always need a strong cup of tea after doing a big shop and not because of the physical effort involved! My brain whirls like a calculator assessing weight/price and alternatives, eyes scanning the shelves for where the bargains have been hidden! It is a great workout for my brain, but exhausting. Well done on finding the bargain!

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  2. I'm like Elaine, I start wanting a cuppa about halfway through my shop. We pay a lot for good tea in Canada. Happily one small supermarket has been carrying PG tips for about a year at reasonable prices. The first time my Canadian mother in law made me a cup of tea I thought she had forgotten to put in the tea bag it was that weak. Good job I was too shy to say anything.

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  3. We've had snow but just a sprinkling, nothing more. Maybe it won't be so bad for you, fingers crossed. At least you won't run out of tea!
    J x

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  4. It certainly pays to be wearing your spectacles when out shopping! x

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  5. We have just started to use decaf tea in the evening, amazing orice aren’t they? What a huge variation in prices for normal tea bags. Just a dusting of snow here.

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  6. I look on the comparison site and would dearly love to get the cheapest offer price per bag or per gram of instant coffee. We are in the hands of kind friends who, when they visit France, offer to bring supplies of the decaf brands that are not available here. The trick of paying less per unit on the smaller quantities is the same here. The huge 'family' sizes are very often more expensive. Wits about you and a calculator!

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  7. I hope the hot tub isn't an indication of a Holiday Let.
    My 70 year old cousins installed one because one of them suffered badly from arthritis.
    The reality was that it was too cold most of the year to use it and very expensive to run.
    Sue

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  8. I've bever ever fancied a hot tub, I really don't see the attraction.

    As you say you really do have to have your wits about you when shopping. I like to walk up and down the aisles slowly so I can spot offers and read the shelf edge labels of everything I buy to get the best value per 100g ... or teabag. Alan usually drinks Tesco own Red Label tea, 9 times out of 10 it's the cheapest good tea.

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    1. I always think that hot tubs are like boiling in your own soup mixed with others! yucky

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  9. We are sunny here this morning, waiting to see if the snow will reach us, we often miss snow. The supermarkets are naughty with their special offers, we always check the cost of the smaller packs and often find they are cheaper.

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  10. You certainly have to be a canny shopper these days. With all the slogans each supermarket has about shopping for less etc you would think they would highlight any bargain or at least put it in a prominant position so that it isn't hidden and also get a plentiful supply in for those who stockpile.

    Today, the sky is blue the clouds are white and the sun is shining. For a couple of days we had some frost first thing, haven't had any snow yet. I'm beginning to think we live in a bubble from the rest of the UK. Weird!

    Joan (Devon)

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  11. Ahhh, PG!! We even import them from the UK. Can't live without a good ol' cuppa!!!

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  12. Recently I have been helping my MIL and I am a little horrified of how she throws things in the trolley with gay abandon. she regularly doesnt have enough to make meals so has to go back (we are trying to stop her from driving her eyes are bad). She looks at no prices and doesnt have a list and spends an absolute fortune. She is a marketing companies dream, if it is on the telly it is in her trolley. I gives be anxiety as I cant go without a list, I forget too many things as its over 10 miles to the shops.

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  13. New neighbours are always a bit of a worry - hope it turns out alright.

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  14. The products with the cheapest prices are always on the bottom shelf and not what you see right away. Then there is that thing about getting down to look and the even worse thing of getting up.

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  15. Stay warm and dry! Keep that snow over there - we've had enough this winter!

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  16. We are suffering the cold snap too, yesterday it was warm, 16C, sunny and blue skies, today the temps have dropped with a cold wind and grey sky. A nice hot cuppa would be great just now, what a bargain xcx

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  17. Thought you were feeding the birds Teabags from the picture!
    Yes I have noticed the same with a few items and always check to see if the other sizes work out cheaper.
    A few flakes here in Scotland (South West corner) but still sunny so far - we got a bit extra food just in case and an extra gas bottle - the last snow here everyone was cut off for 2 days and no power had to huddle in the local pub who had a generator and a supply of food and drink!

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  18. We love Yorkshire tea and find the best price is at B&M round here.

    Lots of snow blizzards today but you wouldn't think it to look outside.....the sun keeps coming out and melting it.
    Hugs-x-

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  19. I'm always on the lookout for sale prices on tea. This is best time of year in USA to buy it as its on sale more. Twinings tea and Typhoo tea are my favorites. Latter one has larger boxes and cheaper. Stay warm! We had a cold week last week with a bit of snow. Stormy on Sat brought more snow in mountains.

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  20. I hope you don't get the predicted snow! Our weather forecasters here always over-state things, too. We had one storm they called "Snow-mageddon" and all we got were a few flakes. Stay warm and drink tea! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. My local grocery store only carries PG tips in a 48 box size and I pay every bit as much as £4 for that size (a bit if a luxury for me) here in the Midwest USA. The biggest box of American tea bags that I have seen us 100!

    Sounds like you are well prepared for any bad weather that does come in. Always a bit of a worry new neighbours moving in.

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    1. we buy Yorkshire tea in a 3 kg bag! 1200 cups of tea!

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  22. It looks like you are prepared for anything the weather brings.

    Great price on those tea bags.

    God bless.

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  23. We have an Iceland overseas in our nearest town Benissa, just happened to pop in there yesterday and thought of you, as I spotted 240 PG Tips teabags for 6.00 euros, even with the exchange rate, that's still a good price. Shame we don't drink it lol xcx

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