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Brexit Preppers -Share Your Bargains Here Thread

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Bercows Wed 14-Aug-19 15:46:33

A few posters have been sharing their good deals (ha ha 😩) and bargains throughout other prepping threads so I thought a thread dedicated to this might be useful.

Here's my finds today 14/08/2019


Aveeno hand cream £3.75
Energiser batteries 2 packs for £5.00
Andrew 16 quilted rolls £6.50
Lurpack butter £1.70
Country Life butter £1.64

L'Oréal Elvive half price £2.49 for the big bottles
Gillette blue2 disposable razors 16 for £6.00

Waitrose: correct as of the start of this week

A third off lots of laundry/cleaning products
Tampax 2 packs for £4.00

Who Gives A Crap toilet roll has a free trial which includes 3 loo rolls, 1 box tissues and 1 kitchen roll. You just pay £3.00 postage.

AutumnCrow Wed 14-Aug-19 16:33:02

Cheapest tinned goods I've found have been in Lidl.

Bottled water - Asda.

Batteries and light bulbs - Home Bargains.

Biscuits - Asda and Lidl

bellinisurge Wed 14-Aug-19 19:37:58

I know you all giggle at my dehydrator antics (mainly because it's funny grin), but check out Amazon for a cheap one - around £35 if you can spare it. Fruit and veg are in season now and cheaper than winter. Particularly veg to add to soups stews and sauces in the winter. Also, A bag of frozen veg is chopped to the right size for dehydrating. And, when done, fits into a sterilised reused jam jar. Saves space in your freezer.

Bercows Wed 14-Aug-19 20:36:07

I don't giggle at you, I find it interesting and wonder about doing it myself with mangoes but don't know anything about it. Dried mango costs a fortune and my kids inhale the stuff so wondered if it would be cheaper to do it myself. I also react badly to the sulphur they preserve things with blush
I know you do mushrooms and see the point of that for soups but what else do you dehydrate, how long do they keep for, what do you use them in?

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 20:47:31

I would never dare giggle at your dehydrator (unless something has been rendered inediblegrin).

There was a thread re: paracetomol - morrisons and Tesco had loads, and ibuprofen and they're both cheaper than Boots/Chemist.

Need Elastoplast Sensitive (DH skinned knuckles gardening last wk and used a whole bloody box).

One thing I've noticed in the last 2 weeks - sainsburys prices have been creeping up. The big boxes of Whiskas are now 9.90, were 9.00. Bread and detergent have gone up too, only 10 or 15p, but it's noticeable when you <ahem> have 10 in your trolley wink

I'm sometimes awake very early, and will check prices on Tesco/Sains/Morr/Asda, then choose where to shop according to best deals whilst watching re-runs of House Doctor on Channel 5 (I really am that sad) on mute so as to not wake DH.

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 20:54:39

Ooh, Bellini (thanks to Bercows) have you done/could you do Dried Apricots? or would they not work?
Got a really nice Apricot, Cherry and Sultana loaf recipe (Mary Berry) <smacks lips>
<looks at size of fat arse> blush

Saffrone Wed 14-Aug-19 20:54:57

I am also interested in dehydrating. I got my dehydrator today & have 3 boxes each of strawberries, raspberries & any plum tomatoes coming tomorrow on a 50% off flash sale from ocado, so I expect to be busy prepping them for drying. Any tips?

Thank you Bellini for recommending dehydrator. I checked amazon then went to the site of one of the suppliers, where the options are not only cheaper than amazon but some were in the ex demo section & very much cheaper. Let me know if anyone wants the company name.

AutumnCrow Wed 14-Aug-19 21:01:05

Yes please @Saffrone

Saffrone Wed 14-Aug-19 21:03:12

Flouncy I have also seen prices go up over the last month especially.
Breadsticks were 75p are now 84p; essential loo roll was £3.50 or 2 for £6; is now £3.70; loaf of bread that was £1.15 is now £1.35. Ocado price match to Tesco so organic bananas were £1.39 now £1.45 & so on. Every time Tesco price goes up, so does Ocado. All together, I have found good savings by moving from organic to regular & getting some fresh fruit & veg from Lidl. But I have to drive to Lidl so can't go every day, as fuel isn't cheap either. Otherwise I get whatever fruit & veg is on flash offer on Ocado.

Saffrone Wed 14-Aug-19 21:07:40

Autumn it's Vitality4life. Not as cheap as super cheap ones on Amazon, but I have a veggie family so think it is essential for us. They told me it would be delivered by Thursday but arrived at sparrow's fart this .morning- I only ordered yesterday lunchtime. I ordered a BPA-free one with stainless steel shelves as the lack of them was a common complaint on amazon. Time will tell!

Scienceforthewin Wed 14-Aug-19 21:13:39

My cheapest loo roll for ages (I can't get to aldi/lidl/decent shops)

Amazon pantry, Andrex 16 rolls for £6 BUT £10 off when you spend £30. (I got £30 worth of loo roll...)

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 21:13:55

I'm prob luckier than you. I'm 2 miles away from Tesco, Asda & Morrisons and 4 miles from Sains, so can "follow the bargains" so to speak without really going too far.

Don't know if any of you need/use Gaviscon, it's normally £8.50, but Tesco have it at £6.38. We don't use it much, but it's handy to have in the medicine cabinet.
Tesco were also selling twin packs of Mr Muscle Drain Unblocker for £7, when a single bottle was £6. Handy if like me you have long hair and <ahem> shed a bit blush and cheaper than a plumber.

gamerchick Wed 14-Aug-19 21:17:04

You spend 3.75 on hand cream?

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 21:22:16

When I was 16, I used some of my mums moisturiser on my heels because they were a bit rough. They felt baby soft afterwards.
Then mum asked where her pot of expensive face cream was. It was £30 for a tiny pot, I must have used at least £5! blush

gamerchick Wed 14-Aug-19 21:35:48

I'm assuming you kept quiet? grin

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 21:39:05

Bit difficult, there was only me and my Dad, and he never used face cream in his life. blushgrin

AutumnCrow Wed 14-Aug-19 21:41:10

OH's DD says that only Aveeno works on her cracked hands. (She's a HCSW and wears a lot of those disposable gloves which react with her skin.)

I think it's sold in Home Bargains as well.

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 21:49:15

If ever you can't get it, I've used Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream, that's pretty good too.

Bercows Wed 14-Aug-19 22:04:39

I pay £5 for it at times as it's the best one I've found over the years. In winter I get dreadfully dry and chapped hands. They itch and bleed. This stops that and doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy or tacky (I have sensory issues). It lasts ages so 2 tubes should see me through the winter. Wearing gloves more often would help but my hands get claustrophobic blush

gamerchick Wed 14-Aug-19 22:05:26

Bit difficult, there was only me and my Dad, and he never used face cream in his life

Oh dear grin this is the sort of thing I would have done for sure.

B&m do decently priced batteries.

They're also decent for laundry products and tinned foods.

AutumnCrow Wed 14-Aug-19 22:07:24

Thanks for the tip, Flouncy. I'll pass it on.

gamerchick Wed 14-Aug-19 22:07:50

Wearing gloves more often would help but my hands get claustrophobic

What about rubber gloves? Slather on cream and wear gloves for a bit. The heat gets the best out of the cream. Disposable gloves after cream works the best for sensory issues I've found. I just do housework while I'm wearing them to pass the time. I couldn't do material gloves.

flouncyfanny Wed 14-Aug-19 22:26:26

Bercows Snap! I wash my hands so much, that in winter they look like the cats have shredded them grin the Neutrogena is a bit sticky when it goes on, but use a tiny spot in each "web" rub in and waft hands and it dries quickly. I do a lot of sewing/knitting and couldn't use anything too greasy/sticky. It also stays on if you just rinse a hand and won't need to be reapplied. Think Sains have it for £3.50, but not big tubes.

gamerchick going to B&M tomorrow so will get batteries, ta!

BlackeyedGruesome Thu 15-Aug-19 01:44:52

Mountain warehouse have a sale on at the moment. Picked up a couple of tiny torches bogof. Stocking fillers possibly? I use them to get the car in the garage at night.

I am away so not able to get at any bargains. Trying not to panic while we are away.

All I can think about in every fecking post is chopped tomatoes, thus on the lookout for those at decent prices.

AwdBovril Thu 15-Aug-19 02:05:38

I have a dehydrator as well. Pineapple. I am perpetually on the lookout for reduced / special offer on fresh pineapple. Honestly, it's like candy, but better. And practically guilt-free.

B&M have multipacks of tinned tuna at £4.50 at present. Cheapest I've seen it anywhere. They are also reasonably good price for (non-refillable) plastic grinders of sea salt, pink salt, pepper, & various other condiments. Personally I tend to buy larger bags of pink salt at tk maxx as we much prefer it to the regular kind, but you can't always get it, & you need a refillable grinder.

IMO dried apricots cheaper to buy from Grape Tree if you have a branch locally. Unless, of course, you have a tree to grow them on! Grape Tree very good value for dried fruit, nuts & seeds compared to most other high street shops & supermarkets IME.

Mountain Warehouse usually have some kind of wind-up torch. The ones with a rotary thing are much better (easier) than the squeeze type to recharge.

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