Thursday, 19 May 2022

Got rid of some dosh

That was an expensive shopping trip. Just for a change I went to Marks and Sparks to check out their prices, and maybe get a treat or two. A little of what you fancy does you good, so the saying goes. Here is a run down of what I got. Twelve items for £22.59. OUCH!.
Fresh Tagliatelle £1.80
Avocado twin pack £2.00
Courgettes £1.30
Lemon loaf cake £2.25
6 mixed size eggs £1.00
Italian Pasta Salad £2.40
Onion Houmous reduced 79p
Creamy Mushrooms £2.80
Cheese crisps £1.50
Potato Salad £1.00
Quiche £2.00
Spag Mushroom Bolognese £3.75
I don't know why I bothered really. A lot of these things I get from Aldi anyway, and they are far cheaper there. I have had half of the creamy mushrooms on a slice of toast for tea. It was like chewing rubber. Home cooked fresh mushrooms are a lot nicer. 

There was a lot of ready prepared food in the fridges, supposedly for people who don't know how to cook or can't be bothered. I would expect M & S food to be a lot better quality given the cost of it. I thought I might find something different or special. It's a shop for posh folk. Aldi food is just as good.  

I spent £108 in Home Bargains on mainly cat food, and a few other things. That will last about eight weeks. I needed some more paint brushes, and some wild bird food, and a bottle of shampoo, and some dog treats, and I got Billy a plush soft toy. He loves playing with them and after a few washes they fall to bits because he tosses them around so much. 

I put £50's worth of petrol in the car so it is ready for my next trip. A grand total of £181 spent. All paid with cash.  

Thanks for popping in. Catch ya tomorrow. Toodle pip.   ilona

15 comments:

  1. Becky from Toronto19 May 2022 at 23:22

    Not only terribly expensive but look at Al, that plastic packaging!

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    1. I am pleased to announce that Aldi have replaced their plastic inner packaging on custard tarts, with a cardboard tray.

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  2. M&s how posh ilona-πŸ‘’πŸŽ©..πŸ˜† I seen your birthday video on YouTube from your friend "carol" something's are nice from Mark's and Spencer. The chocolate "eclairs" are very goodπŸ˜‹.. "meanqueen" you deserve
    a TreatπŸ’―
    ...with love...........
    Levi XX πŸ‘❤

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    1. I remember spending a birthday voucher in there, and ended up with all yellow stickers. Ha ha.

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  3. It would be interesting to work out what the comparable foodstuffs would have cost you at Aldi, Ilona.

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    1. I will make a list and get the same items when I next go to Aldi.

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  4. Well done, stick with the cash. In my local Co-op (no big supermarkets within an hour's drive) there's now only one till if you want to pay by cash! Best, Karen

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    1. If I was in your shop I would queue behind others to use that till. I also refuse to go to the scan it yourself checkouts. I waited to go to a person till at Asda recently and was steered towards self serve. I said, I don't do that. The woman said she would scan them for me. I let her and stood back while she did it, then handed her the money. So she ended up serving me anyway.

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    2. Oh yes I do. It doesn't matter how long the queue is or how much sighing the cashier does.

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    3. Another who prefers human cashiers! I'll use self-check if I just have two or three small items (and the machine accepts cash), but I have a torn rotator cuff that makes a lot of motions difficult to impossible. :-( A royal pajn in the backside. Ermmm, make that the shoulder and arm! πŸ™ƒ

      ...Taja 🏜️

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  5. Becky from Toronto20 May 2022 at 20:03

    Curious, why don’t you self scan? If there isn’t a line in the self serve I far prefer that as it is so much quicker if I don’t have much. I hate standing in line. Life is too short.

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    1. Getting customers to self scan means that people will lose their jobs, and shops will cut down on staff, so there will be no new jobs available. I am a person, not a robot. The supermarket doesn't pay me to work for them. I am a customer, I expect to be treated with respect.

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    2. Becky from Toronto21 May 2022 at 08:07

      Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. It just goes to show we are all different. I too am a person and think the self scan treats me with respect as I can get out of the supermarket faster. I don’t particularly like supermarket shopping and the less time in there the better. I also love the convenience of not having to have cash….I can pay with my watch which works for me.

      Have a great day

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    3. One day you might have to pay for everything with your watch, when it all goes digital. There will be no cash.

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    4. Becky from Toronto22 May 2022 at 19:22

      That will be absolutely fine by me. Am trying to think when I last used cash, it was Christmas to give some Christmas money to the postie, garbage men etc. I pay for pretty much everything through watch or direct debits. I also like the frequent flyer miles I get from my credit card…though it is a while since I have used any because of COVID.

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