Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Looking for bargains in Hull.

I've had a very nice day out today. After breakfast, and a bit of weaving, I loaded the car up with a pile of stuff for the Scrapstore. They were very pleased with it. Tracey was getting another room ready for a big sale they are having on Saturday. I managed to stop myself from buying anything there. The Scrapstore was busy with customers and it was too much hassle to squeeze past them. 
Afterwards I went to have a look round Hobbycraft. It's on a retail park in Hull with several other shops. No need to rush back so I had a browse. I bought some balls of green wool. For some reason I seem to use green more than any other colour.  
There is a new store opened, The Food Warehouse, worth a look I thought, just in case there were any food reductions. Lucky me, I found yellow stickers. They were hand written, 50% off. I added it up to £4.50 but when I went through the till they said £4.65. I paid, then checked the receipt before I left the store. Sure enough, he had misread two prices, so I asked for a 15p refund. Well it's the principle. The Food Warehouse is part of the Iceland group. 
I wanted a few things from Home Bargains, cat food of course, they had some Sheba offers. I now have to get Sheba for Oscar, he has gone off Felix and Whiskas. I got some wash-up brushes and scourers, and a few other bits and bobs.

I had a look round Sue Ryder charity shop, they had a sale, all skirts and trousers now £1. Couldn't find anything I fancied though. It was quite a big shop and a good place to look for anyone wanting to set up home. Some nice second hand furniture at reasonable prices.

Time to do my walk. I'll go now while it's still sunny. Toodle pip.  ilona

14 comments:

  1. Hi Ilona. France calling again to praise you on your new craft of weaving. How resourceful and pleasing to the eyeballs. Glad, also, to see you are back on sticker duty, a favourite of mine as we dont have such a thing in France. Damn. However we ARE getting smart electric meters this month and I would love to know your thoughts on them; whether you have one (or a smart gas or water meter) and how you protect yourself against the now well documented cancer causing properties of same. I have been researching them for some years now and know far too much but am always interested in others' grasp of the subject and their feelings on this toxic subject. Smart meters can be remotely operated, can hack your info, and are used to "data mine". They are also famous for ripping you off and starting house fires in some cases. Nice. So please let us know what you think. In the meantime thanx for all the arty crafty shares. X Karen

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    1. Hello Karen. I don't have any smart meters. I can only give you my opinion from the information I have gleaned from Money Saving Expert forum.

      I do not need a SM because I monitor my gas, electricity, and water usage. There is no one else here, so it's easy to keep a check on it. The blurb says that having a smart meter will save you money. No it won't, the only way to do that is to not switch things on, and use less. I have a fairly good understanding about which appliances use a lot of electricity, so I can limit my usage of those.

      A house with multiple occupants might benefit from SM if they constantly check how much is being used, but at first the gadget is a novelty which soon wears off and is put away in a drawer.

      The concerns you have are similar to mine, another big brother monitoring my every move. Taking control of my supplies, like having someone in the house spying on me.

      The older ones are not compatible when you change supplier, don't know if they have resolved that problem with the newer ones. In some circumstances they are not an option, blocks of flats, older properties which have been split up into separate flats, places where the internet signal is dodgy. I can't see how they can make everyone have them which is what the government is aiming for. They are way behind schedule with fitting them, so the targets will not be met. Until it becomes law that everyone will have to have them, I will not bother.
      https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5535955

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  2. Good for you on asking for your 15p.I would have done too.We have a Food warehouse here in Leicester but Ive only been in once.I didnt know it did yellow labels,so next time Im there I will look for them.We have 2 Sue Ryder shops in Leicester.One is all Vintage stuff and more expensive.But the other one,which is just past the railway station does everything for a pound.Thats coats,dresses,shoes,handbags ect.Ive had some brilliant stuff from there,xx

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  3. Good idea to check receipts but the cashiers genuine mistake will earn him a black mark on his record. Iceland are known for being hard employers, my niece worked for them for nearly a year until she started her nurse training, she was given a verbal warning for ringing up an item that she misread as it was handwritten. By the vast amount of 2 pence! The customer pointed it out and got a refund but my niece got a verbal warning. So your 15 pence would be a victory for you but punishment for the cashier. Sometimes it's not all about the principle.

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    1. I realise the job can't be easy for the checkout assistants, especially if there is only one till open and the queues are forming. Pressure to hurry up can lead to mistakes. Some of the handwriting is not too clear either, but I expect to pay the price which is marked. That is the principle I go by. I can't be held responsible for the way the store disciplines it's employees.

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    2. I can only repeat - sometimes it's not all abut the principle. For 15 pence? On goods that are yellow stickered anyway?

      Here's where we differ - I would have thought do I want that 15 pence so badly that I am happy to cause a problem for the cashier? Or am I so happy that I've got all these products for a great mark down price that I can let the 15 pence go. Obviously my stance would be the latter whereas yours would be the former.

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    3. I have let mistakes go in the past. Depends how I feel at the time.

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  4. What lovely bargains, but oh dear all that plastic wrap! Some shops here are starting to go back to loose fruit and veg.We now use fabric tote bags( no single use plastic shopping bags allowed) so it is just as easy to remember the mesh produce bags too.
    The retail law here says any item scanned for incorrect price has to be free, so I always check my docket before I leave the shop.😁

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    1. I think all plastic shopping bags should cost a minimum of £1 each. That might make people think twice about buying them. As regards the rest of the plastic wrappings I don't know how they could sell loose spinach.

      They have that kind of refund system in Tesco. If you find a discrepancy and go to Customer Service they will give you the whole money back.

      I check my till receipts before I leave the store, move away from the checkouts, then go back if there is anything wrong. I have never had to query a price at Aldi.

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    2. As you know I go to Aldi at 8am to get their half price bargains..but I keep all the bargains till the end of the shopping so the check out person can see that they are reduced.They scan through as normal price if the red stripe sticker hasnt covered the bar code.There has been a couple of times Ive had this happen,so if they are all kept together as the last things to go through,I can then say that these are all reduced...if you get my drift,lol,xx

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    3. Yes, I separate them in Tesco, because I want to be able to check at a glance on the till receipt before I go out of the store, that they have scanned correctly. Yesterday all the items in my basket were reduced, I didn't buy anything that was full price.

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  5. 15p is 15p better in your pocket, the Sue Ryder shops here are a silly price we do have an Age UK where you can buy clothes for 99p.

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  6. I haven't had any reduced food for a couple of months now as Tesco are doing it later.This has been a good thing for me as I am using up my stocks in the freezer and cupboards.There was another expense today for my lovely lily- cream and shampoo- £60 from the vets x

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  7. That's great that you find such excellent deals. I have been walking daily, again, and it has really helped my memory. Walking has so many hidden benefits.

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