grocery shopping in tesco

5 Aug

london 8pm 22C cloudy monday 2019

i have been to the tesco today to buy their chicken thighs, £1.66/kg, greens 54p for 500mg, and onions 1kg for 50p. they are very good value for money, which is why i am surprised when i read that tesco has increased their prices of 1000 items recently. and just now i read this article saying they are cutting costs by sacking staff from their metro stores. in fact, i have been avoiding going to tescos because of those articles about them increasing their prices. and today i went only because i saw in their website those good prices for the thighs. i got those thighs back to the flat and was cooking them today , and saw they dont include the bones from the backbone. asda sells these thighs for the same price but they include the bones from the backbone, which makes them more bony than tesco’s. so in terms of better value, the tesco ones are better. and no one else sells onions and greens so cheap. 

it is rather strange for the publicity to emphasise their increased prices but not their low prices… but i have often found this for myself … if u buy the branded stuff you will find their prices go up, but keep to the basic stuff and they tend to  remain the same prices or if they do go up, it is relatively small increase, or another supermarket own brand will keep the same low price.

instant coffee is a good eg of this. tesco, and sainsburys too, once doubled the price of their basic instant coffee, and so i switched to aldi, and lidl, and now i find tesco has reverted to the same price , showing that many have shifted like me. but the funny thing is , i am not tempted to go back to tesco. so that i hope it will teach them not to play around with the prices and try it on by raising the prices dramatically. they will lose my custom for good at least for that item. and i am hoping many of us do that. show them we are not going to foolishly and slavishly buy their stuff no matter how much they raise the prices.

i dont object to them raising the prices of their so called luxury items. haha. for eg, on the same shelves as the cheap thigh chickens at £1.66/kg, is their so called british chicken thighs, at £3/kg. they look exactly the same as far as i can see, just the name and packing looks more fancy… so i dont mind them doing this, if they can fool the foolish well go ahead, that should at least keep them in profit, because i dont want them to go bankrupt haha.

btw chicken thighs are really the best cuts. better than the whole chicken, or drumsticks or legs. because they got a lot of meat in them, with a thigh bone that is quite light, so weight for weight and ratio of meat to bones, they are really good value.  it goes without needing to say it, that the breasts are the most expensive cuts. and it has to be said that the whole chickens here in uk are the most big breasted , unlike everywhere else in the world that i can see, where the chickens are skinny. so if u like breasts, i think it better to buy the whole chicken, even though u are paying for all those backbones, and ribs. 


4 Responses to “grocery shopping in tesco”

  1. Garfield Hug Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 7:07 am #

    You are wise in grocery shopping. I buy what is convenient and it comes quite costly.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 10:25 am #

      i think most people do what u do, for the convenience. simon goes to the nearest sainsburys near us all the time, just because it is convenient, even though its prices are way high because it is an express store. the rules on these stores allow them to keep longer hours and so they are allowed to charge higher prices.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

        With busy schedules, I got no choice and your observation is right.

  2. alifesgayventure Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    in fact, with singapore, i am surprised you even bother to cook , because it is so much more convenient to just go to the hawker stalls and order the vast choice on offer. in fact, when i was a student there, i never cook, it was so cheap to eat out, that even as a student we could all afford to do so. in fact it was cheaper to eat out than to buy groceries and cook it ourselves. mind you it was the first time i left home, to study in singapore, so i could not cook at all, never need to do so. in those days everyone eats out in the hawker stalls.

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