I have LONG lamented the bargains that many (not all) people in the UK can get when buying yellow sticker specials. To work out the cost in UK pounds and pence, roughly half the amount on the photos for the equivalent. So for example, on the bread above, the reduced price is $2.79. In pounds and pence this is about One Pound Forty.
What really hit home was seeing one of my favourite UK bloggers buy AUSTRALIAN avocados, reduced to TEN PENCE. Here I was paying (except I didn't buy them) avocados for $3:50!
How the hell does that even work?
Please don't get me wrong, |I am overjoyed that some people, somewhere are getting bargains. It gives me hope. I only ever wish the best for others. BUT I simply don't understand how fresh food, grown in my own country, costs 17 X more than 12 000 miles away after being imported. Even at full price the English avocados, imported from Oz were much, much cheaper, than here.
So, I can never ever bring our shopping down to about $20 a week, when three little squashes, even reduced, cost $3:95. But, on a positive note, |I would probably be able to say that I think we are doing a pretty good job so far.
At this stage in our shopping, we spend about $150 a week, for three people. This includes about $45 on petrol, includes all cat needs (litter, food etc) as well as toiletries, toilet roll, soap and household needs. So food is well under $100 a week, or approximately fifty UK pounds. I still know there's room for improvement and as you might have read at the weekend we did have a couple of bottles of wine and some sweeties. BUT, even that came out of the $150.
I will always be (happily) envious of the UK yellow stickered specials...but this fact in and of itself makes me want to do a better job with the circumstances and foodstuffs presented to me....
....and in the meantime I'll continue to be pleased for others, because any money saved, by anyone, is always a good thing.