Friday, 3 August 2012
Dedicated to Snobby Friend
Being in an office of many like minded souls who often share thrifty tips must be rubbing off a little. Last week she waltzed into the office with swathes of expensive cloth trailing from her body and announced proudly that she too is economising - in her own inimitable style of course!
'Mr SF made a list so he could cook lots of lovely recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's Veg Book. Then he went to Waitrose and our whole shop only came to eighty pounds!'
The jaws of Scary Secretary and I hit the floor with a thud and did so again a few minutes later when a realisation came to my esteemed typing whizzkid.
'And she's got an allotment!' came the cry of disbelief from the other end of the office.
I thought that I might have persuaded Snobby Friend to try the cheaper supermarkets a couple of years back after a Lidl vs. Waitrose cheese straw taste test but the message clearly didn't sink in. She insists she loves the ambience of the 'posher' gaff so I thought that I'd try again to demonstrate just how much more that she might be paying for her upmarket shopping experience.
Anyway here's a list of the items that I bought and I compared the prices, as closely as possible to the Ocado website from whence home deliveries from Waitrose come. I've doctored my shop a little. Where I bought multiple items I've only shown one on my spreadsheet. Also, to the best of my belief, Waitrose don't sell blackcurrant gum so I left that off. And where there wasn't an exact match for an item I've substituted the nearest item - Waitrose cheapest butter for example and a different sized pack of Typhoo with the cost adjusted on a per teabag basis.
Shopping at the discounter saved me just under 28% on the cost of my total shop. For that, I'll stomach a questionnably less pleasant shopping experience. Furthermore, the punnets of home ripening peaches at Waitrose are achieving reviews that only take them a smidgeon over 1 star out of five. Mine from Lidl are absolutely lush!