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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. 

 

30 Jun

london 8.09pm 23C sunny sunday 2019

as forecast, the hot weather did not last, and it is dropped a lot today to highest 24C.  it is quite strange for the hot weather to just come for one day, it makes me wonder what is causing it to do that. 

quite a cloudy day today which partly explains why it is cooler.though now it has cleared up and is a cloudless blue sky. there are a few free fetes to go to today, but i decided to give them all a miss, and instead go to the paddington library as usual. haha. its a habit that i am so used to now. though i did digress from my usual route coming back, by continueing on the 36 bus to vauxhall, and happen to catch up with the 196 to the tesco in kennington.

that tesco store in kennington is closing today. i went about 1.30pm, but allready they were all sold out of the fresh meat, so they must have reduced the prices from this morning, so that only vegetables are left to reduce price… iceburg lettuce for 15p each.i got 3 of those, and pak choy 35p, chinese cabbage 31p. not a large haul, but it was exactly waht i was after; this hot weather is great for eating vegetables. 

the place looks like  it is being cleared up, with empty shelves, and even no shelves, they are allready dismantling it.

i googled it and read that they are putting a temporary structure in the carpark, using the fridges and shelves from the old store; and it will be smaller which they hope will be done in 3wks; not sure if it will be as well stocked as it wont be a superstore, but more like an express store. and be used for 30months while they intend to pull the present building  down and build a new development with a supermarket on the ground level and flats above it.   and two full grown trees in the road side will be chopped down. 

there are allready so many luxury flats being built just down the road ,around the us embassy, near the river.  they seem to think demand will continue, just who will be buying these flats i wonder?

when tesco bought the land, (dont know how long ago that was)it must be quite cheap, because it  is a lot of land they have bought, they got a huge carpark as well as this huge single storey store on it at present. 

supermarket shopping

10 Apr

london 9.01pm 8C dry night wednesday 2019

today is really very sunny and blue sky bright so unlike yesterday. looking back on the day, i realised it did not change my behaviour, i did not stop everything and go out and lie in the sun to take full advantage of the nice weather. its funny that, one would think i would take every chance i get to sit out in the sun when it is sunny, seeing that you cannot take for granted that it will be sunny tomorrow, and especially since i have experienced yesterday which was so rainy and overcast. instead of staying in the sun, i went to the library, borrowed a book of short stories, ‘the wandering earth’ by cixin liu.

and then i went to the sainsburys nearby. it was the last day i can get bonus points for the nectar card, that is why i went. to buy something … i got milkpowder, because i know i can always use it, and i bought some more bananas. i am eating a lot of them these days to keep myself regular.

and then, later in the evening, at about 7pm i went to the tesco to see if they have any food bargains. i bought some more stuff… about £2.50 worth, so even when i splash out, the bill remains small. so what did i actually buy?

beansprouts 50p normal price

reduced price lactose free yogurt arla (that is the brand name)500  400mg 38p. its quite nice, in fact i have finished it. dont understand that thing about lactose free. it is made of milk.added 11.4.19 thursday . i had been thinking about how quick i finished off this carton of yogurt, i thought it was 500mg, and i was thinking how come the 1kg yogurt i used to buy took me so long to finish… until i had another look at the carton, and realised it is only 400mg. they were originally selling it for £1.50, so it is expensive really, if u come to think of it. yet £1.50 is about the price level of yogurts in the supermarkets. and it is the amounts that varies and that fools you into buying.  you can get an inkling of how they are able to make so much profits and people buy it because they are all selling it at this level.

preserved meats reduced price 50p kabanos, some kind of polish sausages 200mg

bread baguette reduced price 21p

greens 54p normal price

2apple turnover reduced price 40p. they got cream in them. this one i got tempted. i ate one already, the other i shall have for breakfast tomorrow.

i had thought of making stir fried char kuey teoh with the bean sprouts but when i got back simon had come back and was going to cook steak and boiled potatoes and green beans, so i had that instead. 

and then on tv they have two programs about supermarkets. one called secrets of the supermarkets,(trying to find food trends in the pop up restaurants in the street food eating places and adapting them to sell in their supermarket)  and the other about tesco, a short history of how it started as a cheap -and -pile- it- high business, and then it decided to go upmarket to compete with sainsburys and succeeded when it overtook it to become no 1 in uk. then it took a profit tumble in the first decade of the new century, and is now trying to overcome the aldi and lidl factors, both brands relying on the cheap but not pile it high approach that is a variant of what tesco started with. 

i am very glad there is aldi and lidl, they started in germany, because the germans dont care about making shopping pleasant, but focus solely on price. and luckily these two companies decide to expand into uk and it took them a long time to succeed. but they kept on and now their time has come. we are now realising we just want things cheap, rather than stick to tesco or sainsburys where they fix the prices and dont ever reduce them much. now we have an alternative choice , we can shop at lidl or aldi. it reminds me of primark, and how it broke up the cartel of old department stores who can fix the prices for clothes and fashion. recently there was a lot of news of primark opening their largest store in birmingham. we hear so much of how internet shopping have killed the department stores, but primark have no online presence, so how come they are able to thrive hey? and still price their goods so low. 

hot february

25 Feb

london 9.43pm 10.3C (high of 20.8C) monday 2019

it seems today is the warmest february day ever in the history of uk, (since records began that is). but actually if u live through it, i can tell you it is not that hot, haha. and so it is easy to not notice it.

if the newspapers have not trumpetted it, i would not have known of it. i was asleep when the website says it hit 20C,(at about 4pm) and even then it was only a very brief hit, before the temp went down. 

20C is nothing really, in terms of hotness… tell me when it is 38C, haha. if it ever get to that kind of temperature in uk. it will be a rare day indeed and really would convince me of global warming if london gets 38C every summer . maybe one day in the long far future who knows, if what they say about warming is correct.

but what i find more noticeable about today is the brilliant clear cloudless blue sky … i get to feel happy always whenever i see it. i have come to realise that it is not everywhere in the world you can see blue sky. i know in malaysia it is really rare to see it, because if the sky is not hazy with the smog fires , it would be cloudy with monsoon rain clouds at other times. in london, it is quite often i see cloudless blue sky. and yet i read of people always saying how grey the skies are in london. not from my own experience living here for ever so long.

i like roast chicken, and usually i cook it myself. but recently, these few days, i have been finding tesco near me have reduced their cooked roast chicken from £6 to £1.50 (like it is today, and £1.80 a few days ago). it was so cheap , i bought it even though i had only recently finished the last one i bought when it was £1.80 reduced.

the convention here is that for final reductions, expect them to cut the price to a quarter. that is why i bought the raw chicken breasts, (another buy which was reduced in tonight’s tesco bargain reductions) reduced from £4 to £1 , even though at 450mg, it is still quite pricey. even at these reduced price it comes out to £2.22/kg. you can get a whole chicken for £2/kg.

and also at the tesco today i bought minced pork for £1.38. 500mg. it says the original price was £5.50 but i think that is a really inflated price. usually u can get such minced pork normally sold  for £4.£3 added. this is very interesting. the pack i bought is a woodside farms mince pork 12%fat, and in the tesco website it costs £1.99. yet in this pack i bought, it has a reduced label with the original price as £5.50, reduced £1.38… hmm, it looks like tesco is doing a cheating game… putting in stickers with a higher price on their products and then reducing it to a quarter…( actually, i noticed its sell by date is today 25.feb. i wonder if it is still inside its sell by date, and not due to be reduced. in which case it should be sold at its normal price of £1.99, but in this case it  has been reduced by 50p. i have noticed that tesco has not been putting price stickers on their pork products, they put a shelf price label on the shelf instead. quite a sneaky trick. this pack i bought had no price sticker on it, so that i cannot see the original price and got fooled . 

it is rare to find mince pork sold in supermarkets though. and to find any reduced in price is even less common.

unlike minced beef, the supermarkets dont sell a lot of mince pork …i think more minced beef are sold because i suspect any unsold beef gets minced , or cheaper cuts of beef are used and sold as minced beef, so it is a way of getting rid of excess beef that cannot be sold at the higher price.

but pork is allready quite cheap when u sell it as a roast, (£1.60/kg) and so not many left over to mince. and what with the extra cost from the labour to grind them up, adding to the cost it would be a loss if they sell it cheaper than the roast pork prices.  also there are very few recipes that uses minced pork. no pork burgers for eg. whereas there are lots of recipes for beef burgers. and so demand for minced pork is not high. at least that is my theory to explain why they dont sell more minced pork. 

 

chicken breasts are really very expensive, because here in uk, people like it because it got no bones. i find it great for stir fry and buy only if i get it reduced like this; otherwise i dont buy it  normally and i never buy it at its normal price.

in the past, we can get whole chicken reduced to £1. not any more now, those days may be gone. but when we get that price, we buy lots of the chicken, and that is when i cut them up, keeping the breasts, and freezing them for later. 

but what i mean to say is that it is really nice to be living in london and be able to get these unexpected food bargains in the supermarket. 

caeser salad

11 Jan

london 9.37pm 8C dry night friday 2019

i think its very mild for this time of year. it says 8C but it is a bit cold outside. you will need to dress up warm, with beanie , hoodie, gloves and scarf round the neck. its nice and warm when i went out like that. 

i read that europe is having snow storms and cold weather, but it seems to have bypassed the uk. i think the gulf stream is diverting it away.

i was walking past my downstairs neighbours door, and i noticed it was open and she was fiddling with it. i asked her what is up, and she said the door is being rattled everytime the outside door of the block is opened. she said it rattles so loudly that it wakes her up, and she is putting blue tac in the door jamb to mute it. i am surprised that the door rattles , because mine is very firmly against the door jamb. but maybe the suction that is created when the block door is opened is very strong and hers being on the ground floor and so near the main entrance door may feel the force much more than mine which is on the first floor.

i went to the tesco at about 7.30pm today to see if there are any bargains. and found prepared caeser salad, reduced from £1.85 to 19p. so i bought 2 packs. and it turned out to be quite nice really. lots of romaine lettuce  pieces, and separate plastic sachets of croutons, and parmiagiano cheese, and a large plastic bag of dressing. i ate one pack allready and really enjoyed it. the pack has been packed with some air in it, i think it might be nitrogen, to keep the leaves fresh. it certainly did the trick. and at 19p each, it costs much less than if i were to make it myself. fortunate that i bought another pack, so i can look forward to enjoying it again.

hmm, i can see why people buy these ready made packs even though if they buy it at normal prices it is expensive. it is just very convenient, isn’t it? its the first time i seen it being reduced this low, but i shall buy it again if i see it reduced like this next time. it all depands on pot luck really as to whether i shall find it reduced like this again. 

added 13.1.19 got a photo of it today.

Digital StillCamera

 

tesco at the time they reduce prices

18 Dec

london 1.48pm 10.5C cloudy tuesday 2018

i had a glimpse at how tesco manage their reduced pricing of the sell by foods at the end of the day.

last night i was there when a worker began to reduce the prices. i noticed that the price he slaps on the chicken breasts were higher than the marked down price allready on it. so i pointed it out to him and said you are marking it higher than the price on the sticker. £1.85, when the marked down price allready on it is £1.75. (for two raw chicken breasts)and only then was he aware of it. it does not seem likely that a person can make that kind of mistake… but he seemed to have done. but tellingly, he did not correct it and slap another price marker on it to overlay the higher price.

i was waiting for him to slap a marked down price on the minced beef, and asked him why he had not done so. so he did  on one, but it was not much reduced… only to £1.40, when by rights if he had done a normal 1/4 reduction it would be about 80p. so i did not buy it. i have noticed they are very slow to slap a reduction on their raw meat . and even when they do they dont reduce it by much. a sign of the times i suppose when they are savvy to the behaviour of us bargain hunters. haha.

i remember on another day when i saw lotsof these minced beef on the reduced price shelf, and went there twice in the day, and they still did not reduce it to the final reduction. in the end, i left before 8pm before they did anything to it as i just was too bored with waiting for them to do it.  i went too early. that is why i resolved to go at about 7.30pm, when the final reduction should start at about 8pm. but i think they are doing the final reduction on the meat later and later. so i shall just try pot luck, and see what comes up. if i get it , good, if not nevermind. haha. 

he did reduce the processed foodstuff. i bought the chicken kiev , a pack of 2 raw chicken breasts 

for 40p, reduced from £2. that is more than a 1/4 reduction. and the turkey escalopes. they are quite nice at that price. later, simon told me they need cooking first. i thought they were allready cooked and that all i have to do is warm them up in the microwave. but the instructions specify not to be microwaved but put in the oven at 200C for 20mins. frankly i would not bother to buy at their normal price. £2 and then have to cook it too and having to use electricity for it. i think if i am going tobuy processed stuff, i expect it to be ready to eat with just a microwave warming up. (no idea why this part is so small font size . it wont get larger no matter what i do.)

so they need cooking. well they are being cooked now, all of them, so that we can save some electricity instead of cooklng them one by one. just as well i bought so many. but i must say, chicken kiev is quite nice to eat, with its melted cheese inside the breast. added. we ate them, but i myself was disappointed. i expected a lot more cheese to ooze out but these ones dont have any cheese at all in them. they have a bit of garlic paste. dont think i shall buy them again. even at 40p i dont think they are that worthwhile.

added. 4.24pm . i remembered something also at that night of the tesco reduction. i pointed to a minced beef pack and said why that has no price on it. he said it is not due its sell by date. so i said why is it on the reduced bargain shelf? he said some customer must have left it there. it made me wonder if that is what they do. put some there to make it look like there are mince beef for reduction. and either fool someone to take it without realising it is full price, or get others in the mood for reductions whilst waiting, and hope they will start buying the other foodstuff. it made me wonder if last time when i saw so many of mince beef packs that they might not be ready for their sell by date, but just put there to fool us. that is a new strategy. all in all, it does make me rather less willing to go specially to tesco for their reductions. if i am going to buy something there then i will go, otherwise i will give them a miss. 

added. hmm i wonder if this change of policy in the way they reduce the prices is a way to avoid the huge hen fight that can ensue when they do these reductions in the past. then, they just cut the prices to 20p, 10p, 50p, and that caused a huge scramble and mayhem set loose when everyone grab everything for dear life in an effort to grab these bargains. instead what i see is a person might grab a reduced price salad, and then i see him come back to return it saying he does not want it. 

this and that

18 Jul

london 6.21pm 24C sunny. wednesday 2018

i usually go early to the circuit training class so that i can go to the chelsea library near there. i see they have put out on display lots of travel guides to places all over the world. but i read in the papers today that the tour operators are reducing their prices because this good weather we are having is making people decide to stay in uk for their holidays. i read also that this friday is going to be a huge jam on the roads, the start of the school holidays it seems. it is their summer holiday and the kids will be about 6 or 7 weeks off school. such a long time to be away from school. its a tradition here. they have very long summer holidays.

i think it is a bygone influence by boarding schools, which close for the summer. personally i dont think it is a good thing. the kids would have forgotten a lot of stuff by the time they go back and the teacher will have to go through it again to remind them. i think it might explain why british kids lag behind kids from countries like singapore. but this year it seems there is no rush to holiday abroad, causing the tour companies to reduce their prices for last minute holidays.

i have just tasted the new instant coffee jar that i bought from tesco. it tastes funny, like it is burnt. normally i just drink it and think nothing of it, but this time the taste was so different even i noticed. i am tempted to bring it back and claim my money back and buy a asda coffee instead. it was that awful… i have lost the receipt too, so i wonder if they will let me return it and give me a refund.

added. 8.20pm . i took it back and said the coffee taste burnt, and i want to return it… she said she cannot give me cash back, but i can buy other things and she can deduct 79p from it, which is the price of the instant coffee. that is good, at first i thought she asked me to get a replacement bottle of instant coffee and i said i dont want that. i was thinking the whole batch might be bad.

earlier , because the refund desk was not manned, i had a look around, and i saw a reduced priced minced beef on the reduced section, reduced from £3.30 to 82p. final reduction is usually 4times, so this one is reduced to the maximum.  so i got it and gave it to her, and  paid the 3p difference. it is rather good of her to let me return the instant coffee without any questions asked, seeing i dont have the receipt. 

its only now when i got a good look at the pack that i noticed it expires tomorrow, 19july, so they dont need to reduce it to so much today…

and simon cooked this sausage and mash dinner when i got back from the tesco, and so i can have my dinner so quick. now i wont have any instant coffee to drink until i can go to the asda and buy their brand and hope it too is not burnt. i wonder if they will all have to change the formula of their cheap instant coffee own brand and use cheaper or fewer coffee beans or add other things to it. if all of them do it, i am afraid it means either i am forced to buy more expensive brands, or simply not drink any coffee… i am hoping asda, or morrisons keep their basic instant coffee the same as before.