It’s only a bargain if you need it 

Hello Dear Reader,

Keeping to the topic of saving money in the supermarket and answering the interesting question of why I don’t buy reduced food at the of the day in supermarkets. One of the reasons is that I’m in bed early and I don’t want to trawl the supermarkets. More importantly, I write a plan for the week, check what I need by stock taking at home and then shop with a list that I stick to.

On my way home as part of my commute, I pass Lidl and Aldi on the same street and buy most of what we eat, wash ourselves with and clean our house with from there. Both stores have reduced price fruit and veg every week. My list this week will include a bag of lemons, red onions and mushrooms. I’ll also pop into Aldi and buy kiwi fruit, a pineapple, spinach, kale and apples and all really cheaply. 

I often find, a lot of supermarket ‘bargains’ are processed food which has its place and isn’t all bad but it’s not to our taste. We like simple homemade food and lots of the buy one, get one free offers would be easy to pop in the trolley as it seems such a good deal but if it’s not on the plan or shopping list then we don’t need it. 

However, 49p at Lidl and 59p at Aldi are worth dropping in on my way home and incorporating into my menu plan for the week.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx


22 thoughts on “It’s only a bargain if you need it 

  1. I totally agree, we shop for fruit and veg at Lidl, then meat from the butcher, as they are only two if us we can get as little as we won’t and, no more, no processed foods in this house


  2. I just love when people tell me they saved money on buying something. Unless it is something you need as you say then you are spending money not saving it! We are trying to have a low spend January. I did spend money on yarn…I am crocheting a baby blanket for a dear friend but she’ll have a lovely blanket for $12.00 that should last many many years! I used multiple coupons to get that price so I am not feeling too guilty. From Dagne at

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  3. Can someone tell Woolworths in Australia to sell mangos that cheaply? We even grow the. Here and they’re significantly MORE expensive than in the UK. At least where I live they are.


  4. I find in NZ our supermarket New World specials are mainly processed products too and not much use. I don’t menu plan for the 2 of us but choose good produce and meat deals for the week. We eat quite simply and know what recipes we like. Usually tried and true.
    After emailing you a couple of months ago I buy what we budget for without green/organic angst. So eco dishwasher because my skin can’t tolerate other ones, make my soap for same reason but use low price Nivea body lotion because it quite simply is good. That’s one example and of course there are more spread over the shop.
    So thanks for your opinion because it’s liberated my head !!!

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  5. I am shocked and jealous at how cheap those prices are. Those vegetables would be so much more expensive here (Australia). Love the blog and always find it inspiring.


  6. We are getting an Aldi built at the end of my road, literally 2min walk away i cant wait it should be open at the end of January, ive spent £7.57 so far this month and want to spend as little as possible for the rest of the month, these shops defo help to keep costs down
    sammie xx


  7. living in the back of beyond with a 30 mile round trip to anything but a little coop , i get to do sporadic trips of an evening if im late home from work for bargains , but not in a winter . Our roads are a little interesting this time of year after dark …lol . Im not smashing my car up on the quest for a cheap cucumber

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  8. I find that most yellow sticker foods here are heavily processed or brand name. And I almost never buy either.
    I love aldi and apart from tea and some cheese I buy practically everything there. Tesco also does some of the fruit and veg specials.
    I don’t like Lidl, but as they are at the end of town I seldom get to that doesn’t bother me too much.
    We started eating down the leftovers from christmas and hopefully have a low spend January.


  9. So true that it’s only a bargain if you need it. Thank you very much for posting about why you don’t buy yellow stickers. Do agree it depends so much on when people can get to the shops. I never used to find helpful yellow-stickered stuff when I worked in an office all day, or my children were young, as I was never in the supermarket when the reduced shelves had decent stock. Nowadays I’m able to pick up some stuff straight after the school run, as our local Co-op cuts prices first thing in the morning, even if its only half price rather than the kind of 9p bargains I hear about. It’s helpful when I find some stuff already on my list (eg tomatoes and cucumber yesterday), when I can trade up for the same money I intended spending (reduced pears) or when I can switch an ingredient for a meal I have planned, eg pork mince instead of beef mince for making chilli. Yellow stickers make a difference to me because the starting prices at the Co-op are pretty high – do wish I had a Lidl or an Aldi nearby, then it wouldn’t be so necessary!


  10. Another Aussie, who has been in England for 40 hours, and I am surprised how cheap some food is. There are avocado farms in my area and they cost about $3-4 each. The cost for pineapples is right up there too.

    While I appreciate you winter power expenses and how draining they can be, we cannot live without air conditioning in our hot and humid summers.

    Froogs is absolutely right. Buying something because it is on sale when you don’t need it is a fool’s game.


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