grocery shopping basket

4 Oct

london 11.09am 14.7C sunny wednesday 2017 pimlico library

i am reading the free metro newspaper that i got from the bus, and i see a report that grocery basket up £1.80 on last year. it was done by my supermarket, a website, surveying 35 popular items , it cost £84.90 last month, 3p less than the month before (august), but £1.81 more than same time last year. i wonder what is in those 35 items. and how do they chose which price they buy at.

(my grocery bill last month was £40. of which £20 is for veg and meat).

for eg, i wanted to buy detergent for clothes. i bought 1litre ace brand for £2 from sainsburys.  but you can go real  high in price if u buy some branded stuff… as high as £7 or more.

i also bought a washing up liquid, 45p for 450ml from sainsburys from their basic range.  they all contain the same ingredients, that is the rather surprising aspect of these things. yet some brands charge like 4 times more. for eg, fairy liquid charges £1.65 for the same thing, same ingredient as the basic sainsburys washing up liquid that i bought. 

  • 15-30% Anionic Surfactants,
  • 5-15% Non-Ionic Surfactants,
  • Methylisothiazolinone,
  • Phenoxyethanol,
  • Perfumes. fairy liquid

Our composition  Sainsbury’s basics washing up liquid contains amongst other ingredients:  5-15% Anionic Surfactant.  Less than 5% Non-Ionic Surfactant, Amphoteric Surfactant.  Also contains: Methylisothoazolinone, Benzisothiazolinone, Perfume.

just the proportions differ. i have used the basic and see no difference from fairy liquid. i dilute both by 10, and it cleans just as good. lathers just as much as each other.

the advert for fairy liquid plays on the comparison that it washes more dishes than its competitors. it might well be so, and it looks impressive when they line up all the dishes it washes against the competition. but in real life, people only wash a few dishes each time… and they will squirt out a huge dollop … so all that is wasted. people are not going to use it sparingly in proportion to the number of dishes. so a huge dollop is pushed out even if it is to wash a few dishes. 

added. i have since found poundland sells the same brand, ace, clothes detergent 700ml for £1. and that tesco actually has an offer now for that brand 1litre for £1.50. the internet does make it easier to spot the same brand being sold cheaper elsewhere. one thing though, the store might not have it in stock when u go there… it might be online on sale, but the store you chose to go to might not have it. as i have found when i went to the tesco in kennington… they dont have the ace brand on sale.

tesco have stopped stocking their basic brand, they called it biological concentreated laundry liquid, which i used to buy for £1.50 for 1 litre. i had a good look at their ingredients and i have noticed they are very similar to the washing up liquid. i wonder if they are the same, and that u can use washing up liquid as a clothes detergent! i think they are the same really, perhaps the detergent has got some bleach in them. i have a feeling they all use the same ingredients really. 



a friend of mine uses washing up liquid as a clothes detergent. he was the one who also made me aware that cold water can be used to wash dishes. no need to always use hot water. or rather, he made me remember what we did in malaysia. we always use cold water to wash dishes.

. i have since found out that u must use a teaspoon of washing up liquid for a small wash…dont use the same amount that u use with detergent,  because it produces a lot of bubbles.

5 Responses to “grocery shopping basket”

  1. Garfield Hug Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Our consumer price index is up too. It affects the whole world economy!

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      dont know why singapore is affected really. oh yes, i know, everything is imported isn’t it? though market forces are a mystery to me. i think there is no competition in singapore. allthe surrounding countries see no reason to reduce their prices to singapore, as it is a small market, so there is no economies of scale and they know singapore will find it difficult to buy from further away, ie it will cost more to buy veg from india, or china, rather than malaysia or indonesia or thailand… hence those countries can keep increasing their prices to singapore and singapore just have to grit its teeth and buy. haha. edited. also i think singapore will want to buy from the neighbouring countries, after all, it will keep them sweet, or else they might invade singapore. haha.

      • Garfield Hug Thursday October 5, 2017 at 5:36 am #

        Singapore has started buying from S Africa too for fruits. Also we have bought farmland in Indonesia for veggies as well as for poultry and eggs plus fisheries. Not too bad but still certain imports cost more.

      • alifesgayventure Thursday October 5, 2017 at 8:50 am #

        a good idea that to buy land in indonesia for veggie and poultry farms and seems to me world trade is the answer to lift nations out of poverty. and i read somewhere that nations that trade with each other tend not to war with each other too.
        that is why i think uk leaving the EU will allow it to open itself to international trade. at the moment there is a tariff that the EU puts on goods coming from international trade that makes those goods more expensive than EU goods.

  2. Garfield Hug Thursday October 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    So long as that moron in N Korea behaves else we will all be in trouble with his nuclear bombs!

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