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    thomas16
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    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    or pop over to Spain; everything is cheaper there and the weather’s good :-)


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    thomas16
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    @mysty2 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    Buying food from the UK could be classed as a luxury, if you really need to cut back here buying food from the UK will not save you anything. You can eat cheaply here if you just go for the basics.

    …and you can turn the basics into very tasty meals :-)


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    fripon
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    @thomas16 wrote:

    @mysty2 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    Buying food from the UK could be classed as a luxury, if you really need to cut back here buying food from the UK will not save you anything. You can eat cheaply here if you just go for the basics.

    …and you can turn the basics into very tasty meals :-)

    That would involve learning how to cook. :roll:


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    Hendrixfans
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    @lindal1000 wrote:

    Ditch the landline and go for a Free mobile.

    If we could get a mobile signal we would! Can get texts if we lean it at a particular angle on the Mac in the corner of the spare room but the signal disappears if you pick it up so can’t answer calls. The girl over the road could sometimes get a signal by hanging out of her bedroom window but generally the whole village is a dead zone!


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    kathyc
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    @thomas16 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    or pop over to Spain; everything is cheaper there and the weather’s good :-)

    I wish I were near enough to make that viable. :(


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    @lindal1000 wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    Not into stoning KathyC, but unless you’re buying things such as tea, biscuits etc. I can’t make that work. Maybe when the pound and euro were virtually one for one, then there were savings to be made, but now I find there aren’t any savings. Believe me I look and if I thought it would save me money then I would do it. I do stock up on one or two things that are definitely more expensive here when I go back, but not for every day stuff. What products do you find cheaper KathyC. I’m not disagreeing with you as if I can find them I might do it myself :D

    You certainly don’t save as much as you used to but I still save about 20% on cat food, which with 7 cats is worth doing. I also save quite a bit on tea bags, cheddar and bacon, as well as putting more variety in our diet.

    ETA

    Also nappy (dog poo) bags, Bonio type biscuits, slim line tonic (which is the only soft drink I have), washing up sponges, some fruit and veg and, of course, lots of deals.

    I only buy once every couple of months, by the way, because obviously you can buy other things cheaply in France.


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    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    I confess to stocking up on supermarket own-brand bran at less than half the price when in UK, and decaff T-bags, which we have not found in France.
    (Don’t let this veer off into the merits or otherwise of “real” tea: I do have 2 cups of “proper” leaf tea to start the day and don’t drink coffee.)


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    @mysty2 wrote:

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    or you can always get a job or start a business :D

    Why would you want to do that if you already have a decent income?

    ETA

    And why only add that dig to my post rather than everybody else’s money saving ideas?[/quote]

    The only dig there is in your head. :idea:[/quote]

    Funnily enough, if you quote someone in your answer, the assumption is that you’re talking to them specifically. :wink:


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    tinkatonk
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    Hendrixfans….I have seen decaf tea in LeClerc…expect it is available in other places too…
    Liptons’ Thé du Soir Déthéiné in a yellow and blue box.
    http://www.lipton.fr/product/detail/433783/the-du-soir-detheine


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    kathyc
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    Never go food shopping when hungry.


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    Drink loads of cheap wine.


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    kathyc
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    @hendrixfans wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    At the risk of being stoned, buy your groceries etc from the UK if (having added on delivery charges of course) you can save money by doing so.

    I confess to stocking up on supermarket own-brand bran at less than half the price when in UK, and decaff T-bags, which we have not found in France.
    (Don’t let this veer off into the merits or otherwise of “real” tea: I do have 2 cups of “proper” leaf tea to start the day and don’t drink coffee.)

    Please don’t take this as aimed at you.

    It’s amazing how many people who get sniffy about those of us who have grocery deliveries in France actually stock up when they pop back regularly to the UK and have friends and family who bring things out to them. As someone who hasn’t been back to the UK for 6 years, has no intention of doing so and has one UK visitor a year, that isn’t an option for us.

    On the subject of tea; we only drink Assam which I’ve never seen in France. Even if I could find it, I doubt very much that it would be cheaper than Tesco’s Finest.


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    @chancer wrote:

    Cards or cheques dont cost you any more money than cash unless I have missed something.

    The reason I like to use cash is that I can reckon out more realistically how much I’ve spent, without waiting to see the bank statement. If there’s no cash left, then I have to wait until next week.


    Tricia

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    Tuna, pasta, rice and tortellini, all cheap to buy in France and with a little imagination there is lots you can do with them.


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    Redbidet
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    With the recent rise in the value of the pound it has become less and less attractive to shop in the UK. At today’s rate and including the 20% delivery charge something which is £1 in the UK would have to cost more than 1.5 € to make it economically viable. One also has to make a minimum spend which makes it even less attractive.

    Take my favourite baked beans ,a tin is 68p plus 20% delivery makes it 81p or 1€ . I can buy the same make in France for 95c .


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