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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,615 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @66Mustang - the only problem I have had is with slugs, as they've had more lettuce than me before. 
    My next door neighbour is a chef in our local Sicilian restaurant, & their wine is delivered in large plastic bottles. He saved these, & gave me some that he'd cut the tops off, which I used outside. Yes, they are effective. In my greenhouse, I put clear, pierced poly bags over my seedlings, & use these as a miniature secondary greenhouse for a week or 2.
    The website I mentioned really is good, as are their seeds. My next door neighbours & I often exchange seeds, but I can't save seeds from them for subsequent years, & my veg often seem to fare that bit better, altho he has taught me an awful lot about growing tomatoes! :)
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,259 Disability Gamechanger
    I struggled to grow a dahlia this year and eventually found that every new growth was being eaten by a slug, so cut a water bottle in half and place it over the growth area and prey hesto, job done. Now it’s a bit late for dahlias but never mind. The plastic bottle trick is a good and effective one.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    It would help me save money if Terry's Chocolate Oranges weren't always on sale for £1
    Too true @Ross_Scope:D  

    I struggle to chop things so tend to buy pre-chopped onions and veg if I can, but this can be more expensive which is fustrating.

    If I'm at home I can get someone to chop things in advance so I have a freezer full of different things that have been chopped. 
    I've started doing the same, I find it takes me too long to chop an onion, peppers and mushrooms so I've cut down that time by getting chopped onion and mushroom so I just have the pepper to sort. It's annoying that you have to spend more but for me I think it's about finding the right balance between finance and convenience. 

    Whenever we do the shopping, we always find ourselves saving a few pennies by checking the section where they put things that are nearly past their best before date. You get so many bargains and some of the things can be just shoved in the freezer and preserved.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,623 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2020
    @Ross_Scope we always check that section as well. We often go into the shops later in the evening when the stuff from the bakery is going cheap plus often there is the fridge with cheaper products as well.

    In Waitrose (I don’t go in there much) they sometimes give the stuff that’s close to its sell by date away for free! I guess they are too posh to reduce the prices :D the staff sometimes come up to you and ask if you want a certain product which I find really nice.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    Yeah it's always best to go in the evening @66Mustang, there's always a higher chance of getting something yummy :) 

    And yeah I've never been to Waitrose either, so I can't comment on how things are there. Although free stuff sounds great!
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  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    Definitely @Ross_Scope! It saves a lot of time and energy doing it that way. Also a fan of the clearance section.  :D   
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