Friday, April 04, 2014

Not so Expensive After All

Thanks to Eileen for her breakdown of fruit and vegetable purchases.  Seventy six portions is approx. enough for 10 days at seven-a-day.  With the total cost at £4.44p, that should mean no more than 45p a day.  My calculator battery is flat, so I've done a quick bit of mental arithmetic and as it is close to midnight and my brain has already shut down for the day, could be way out.  If it is correct, then this must prove it can be very inexpensive to eat a healthy meal following the new guidelines.

Thanks also to Christine for her shopping list, we are not too familiar with khol rhabi in the supermarkets, although it will probably turn up in the organic veggie delivery. I;ve yet to sort out my purchases, and may do this on-line or in-store, depends upon my knee joints that are really painful at the moment (am having to walk now using TWO sticks - soon time for a zimmer frame).

As you say Margie, cigarettes have been proved to be killers, and besides that are obviously a great waste of money (but then I suppose drinking booze is as well, and eating bars of chocolate).  With even more concern now about the recent smog covering most of our country, proven to have caused many breathing problems due to the pollution (petrol, diesel being the worst), am surprised than no-one has ever mentioned these could also be causing lung cancer.  Maybe the large tax on fuel would mean too high a loss if the government cut down on transport, if there are fewer lorries on the roads, this would mean less food able to be delivered around the country. 

It is true to do complain a lot about our 'nanny state' in the UK, and although we should always be told about things beneficial to us (such as the recent 'seven-a-day'), there are far too many stupid restrictions that are quite unnecessary.  Children not allowed to throw sticks up into chestnut trees to knock down conkers for instance (a conker might fall on the head of a passer by and then they would sue!).  Believe they are not allowed to play conkers unless they wear a hard hat and protective glasses.
Children are not allowed to pick daisies to make daisy chains in case a dog has fouled the area, and only recently a lady was taken to court for causing litter - her child in a push chair had dropped a bit of its sandwich on the pavement and before the lady had a chance to pick it up she was stopped by the by the litter police.  She got away with it because there was no evidence - a pigeon had flown down and picked up the crumbs before they had a chance to take a photo.  Ha, flippin' ha.

There have been several cases where people have been in difficulties in a canal/river (even a child) and the police wouldn't go and rescue them (even thought the water was shallow) because they 'hadn't been trained' and got the certificate to prove it).  They just stood helplessly on the edge of the water and then usually a passer-by does the rescue.

Suppose we should be grateful for all the care and protection that is given to us, but myself feel that children miss out on a lot of things that used to be great fun when I was a child, like being allowed to climb trees, make rafts to float on the river, and just run around the countryside with a fair amount of freedom as in the 'Just William' books, and those by Enid Blyton.

The other day there was an experiment where a few very small children were left to wander amongst a crowd on strangers in the city, not sure where (might have been a railway station or shopping precinct).  The idea was to see how long it would be before anyone noticed they were 'lost' and took care of them.  Nobody did.  But then today, if any stranger was seen to approach a child and talk to it, especially a man, they would almost immediately be arrested for possible child abduction.  People are now afraid to help anyone in trouble it seems whatever age they are.

Yesterday I mentioned I'd just emailed Tesco re their 'prices down and staying down' promotion, and had a phone call from their customer services early this morning (it is still Friday as I write).  Had a really useful conversation that lasted nearly half an hour. 
Despite their representative having the reduced price eggs shown on her screen, mine still showed the higher price, and after several checks she discovered my local distribution store (Carnforth) HAD not shown the lower price, so she was going to rectify that immediately our conversation had ended. 
She also agreed that the lower price for Hovis bread - shown as reduced for only a few weeks - was also very misleading, and perhaps because this was a branded item, whereas all the other were under the own-brand label.  This too she wanted to get sorted. 
The outcome was she seemed very pleased that I'd pointed out the error (which had not been noticed prior to my call), and myself made the point that if people find the a store misleads or cons them, they then won't trust it any more and move their custom to another one.  Think this got the message across, and it really is useful both to the customer and the store if we complain when we feel something isn't as it should be, rather than just doing nothing but grumble to ourselves.

I've just checked the promotional site again (and the normal grocery site) and still no mention of the free-range medium eggs six for £1.  Will wait until Monday and if no correction has been done will email them back and complain again.   Maybe readers in other parts of the country will have the correct pricing for the above, or whether they too don't have this shown.  I'd be interested to know.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is my normal non-blogging day, so although you will be reading this on Saturday, there won't be one on Sunday.  I'll be writing the Monday blog late on Sunday night, so depending on what time you go to bed, you might be one of the first to read it.  Or wait until dawn has risen.  It could be I decide to have an early night on Sunday and write at first light Monday.  Whatever - there will be a Monday blog, one way or the other.  
Do hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Bye for now. xx