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Co-op don't forget your local shop
Member Name: madeindevon
Advantages: Local shop, prices not necessarily dear
Disadvantages: Not as much variety as larger stores
I consider myself a "Savvy Shopper" and am often found searching out bargains in the large, main supermarkets. For some reason though, over the years I have been a bit brainwashed into thinking that there are only good deals to be had in the large supermarkets. Over the past couple months I have discovered that this really is not the case.
I use my local Co-op regularly, as I have a pre-pay electric metre and the Co-op is the nearest place to go to, to credit my electricity key - certainly I would pick up a few bits of shopping there if needed, but only ever essentials if you know what I mean, things that you have to buy, regardless of the price.
Typically I buy milk, bread and the occasional tin of pet food, things to keep me going until I next get to the large superstores.
Have you ever paid attention to the special offers in the Co-op? Currently there is a multi pack of toilet rolls in a special promotion, which is to run for another couple weeks, and it is £2.50 - 12 rolls of loo roll at half the price of the big stores.
Pepsi Cola, 2 litre = £1, the same as the big stores over Christmas - just as an example. My point here being is do not overlook the Co-op in favour of other places and it really is a good idea to try and shop locally, you would soon miss these stores if they closed down and on another note I think we all know a few people who have worked in the shop and the staff that do work there, nine times out of ten, are familiar faces.
Obviously the Co-op is not going to hold the range of goods and brands that larger shops hold, but on the whole you can get most things there.
Their prices can be competitive, when there are special offers running and they employ local people, which is most definately a good thing.
My biggest "plus" recently is discovering what time the staff reduce their fresh food. I try to pop down to the Co-op at about 5.45pm (although this is my local store and I am sure different stores will have different times) and I frequently come away with bargains galore, for packed lunch boxes and bits for the freezer.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~From the instore bakery~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Cheese Twists (similar to Cheese straws)
Chocolate pastry twists
Tiger type bread rolls, individual and multi packs
Small crusty bloomers
Small french sticks
All the above get reduced to 20pence each- I do consider their full price to be a bit dearer than I would rather, but 20pence each is great.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From the fridges ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Pasties and Pies
All the above get typically marked down by 50% and then a further reduction later on, personally I pick them up at 50% as I am (and try as I might to find out) unable to establish when the later reduction gets done.
Summary: Shop locally, you would miss it terribly if it was taken away from you