I took a few snaps of a typical British Motorway Service Station, so our world wide visitors can see how we all relish the idea of spending a couple of hours or so relaxing in such pleasant surroundings during our journey. Or, if you are like me, a quick dash in, use the ablutions, and dash out again, ha ha.
A walk from the car park through the gardens to the main entrance. Bombarded with ugly advertising boards. At least we have one thing free here, parking for two hours.
A convenient place to get some petrol perhaps? Yes, if you want to pay more for it than anywhere else. Fill up at a supermarket before you start your journey.
If you're on your way to a hot date and your mouth is tasting a bit foul, why not have a chew on one of these. A Fuzzy Ball, a bit like a tooth brush head. Yuk, no thanks, I'll manage with a packet of mints. Something else to put on the list of things you dont need.
Why not buy yourself some bottled water, there's plenty of it, a whole pallet load. Only £6 a case ;o) Blimey, I'm only going fifty miles, not to the other end of the country.
Didn't I say I would time my return journey to coincide with the best time for shopping for bargains? Well it worked a treat, I pulled into Tesco at 7.40pm. Made a dash for the chiller cabinet, then the fresh veg, then bread. Added a few other items, mainly from the Value range, giving a total shop for £15.30.The cost of my reduced items before mark down was £14.05, I paid £3.81. For that I got, parsnips, cauliflower, brocolli, sprouts, beansprouts, watercress, veg soup mix, bread, and ham for the cats. The Hovis seeded bread is normally £1.35, marked down to 34p. I got the last two, so one for the freezer. I shall be making up some veg stew today for the freezer with half of it, and eating the rest in the next week. It is all out of date now, so with a bit of organisation, I have plenty of meals to before I need to buy any more.
My other Value items are.....frozen peas and sweetcorn, baked beans, pickled onions, tuna chunks, mandarins, soft cheese, and tinned spaghetti.
There's been some great comments on 'Things you thought you need but dont'. I'm pleased that it has got so many of you thinking about what you are spending your money on, or not spending it on. Interesting to look at it from another angle. I don't want to dictate to you what you should be buying, that's up to you, but pointing out the items that really are a waste of time and money, is another way of looking at it. Toodle pip.