Thursday, 13 March 2014

CHARITY SHOP BARGAIN! OLD SCARF - UPCYCLED TO NEW INFINITY SCARF

Another charity shop bargain! For just £1.99 I've bought a very long, very silky soft, very warm scarf in gorgeous green, beige and white (although when I bought it I thought it was cream but a good wash changed all that!) and I've undone all the matted, tatty fringing and carefully sewn the two ends together to make an infinity scarf - great for all those freezing cold days!
BEFORE
AFTER
It goes around my neck twice slouchily and three times quite tightly - but that's for the really Arctic weather. Fortunately we are having some dry, seasonally sunny weather in the south east of England at the moment, so my new creation is stowed away ready for next winter!

PREPARING FOR FRUGAL ALLOTMENT SOWING

Save your cardboard toilet roll holders and plastic meat trays (the latter well washed of course!) to sow your seeds. No need to transplant later- just put the whole tube in the ground and it will disintegrate as the plant grows.
I've used these tubes successfully for runner beans and sweetcorn in the past and I'm now trying out parsnip seeds in them, 3 to each tube, then I'll keep only the strongest seedling, leaving it in the tube and then planting out - still in the tube. 
This was a tip recommended in a gardening magazine and, as parsnips are hard to get to germinate, I thought I'd give it a go. Nothing to see yet, but our nights are still chilly and the parsnips are in an unheated conservatory. I'll let you know what happens!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

WRONG PRICES ON THE SUPERMARKET SHELF!

How often do you check your grocery shopping receipt - and would you know what price was actually on the supermarket shelf anyway? I wouldn't! 
But isn't it all done by the supermarket computer database? Well, yes it is, but the information has to be entered and updated by a human and this is where errors must occur.
I recently popped into my local supermarket just to buy the ingredients for my Frugal Chocolate Valentine's Heart Gift and on this occasion I was only buying a few items and was keen to price check my recipe before buying! 
One of my items was a pouch of Maltesers priced on the shelf at £1.88 - I was happy with that and paid at the checkout. But as I walked away it occurred to me that my 4 or 5 items had come to a bit more than I had roughly calculated - the Maltesers had gone through the scanner at £2.09, not £1.88 as per the shelf price. Now, I know it's only 21p, but the principle is that if the shelf price is wrong, then we are being misled and how many other times does that happen when we have a huge trolley full and checking it all would be impossible?
Anyway a trip to the customer service desk resulted in the shelf price being checked, my 21p being refunded and a £2 gift card being given to me as an apology - win/win!

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