A few of Alasdair’s Christmas bargains (Image: MDW Options)
Placing collectively a Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings normally prices fairly a bit.
However this dad has managed to seize all the things his household wants for simply 50p per individual – together with a turkey for simply over £1.
E-commerce supervisor and part-time grocery store employee, Alasdair Baker, 47, from Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, has managed to bag a full Christmas feast for beneath £2, after selecting up a complete host of unbelievable ‘yellow sticker’ bargains from the low cost counter of Morrisons, the place he works part-time.
He managed luggage of sprouts and carrots for 5p every, 2 kg of potatoes for 7p, broccoli for 5p, two winter berry sponges for 13p every, a cheesecake for 18p and a big turkey crown for simply £1.03.
He additionally will get an extra employees low cost of 15%.
As all the things was approaching the use-by date, he froze all the things to share along with his associate Sophie, 43, daughter, 18, and son, three.
The Christmas meals and a few further issues for the freezer (Image: MDWFeatures/@thepennypincheruk)
Alasdair has turn into a eager bargain-hunter after his confectionary enterprise went bust in 2017 and landed him with over half one million kilos value of debt.
Though his monetary scenario is extra steady in the present day, discount looking is now a behavior and one he doesn’t plan to drop anytime quickly.
Additionally a skilled chef, Alasdair has the mandatory experience to make nice meals out of no matter he can discover on supply.
‘I used to run a meals import firm promoting American sweet and different imported gadgets,’ Alasdair mentioned.
‘Sadly, the enterprise ended up going bust and I ended up half one million kilos in debt and bankrupt.
‘I had a teenage daughter, I had simply acquired divorced and had a child boy on the best way so I wanted to feed us.
‘It was a necessity. If I didn’t try this then we might battle to have the funds for for meals.
‘When you’ve been in that scenario you don’t need to be in it once more.
‘I was the ‘penny pincher’ to seek out as many low cost issues as I presumably may to avoid wasting as a lot cash as attainable.’
Alasdair (Image: MDWFeatures/@thepennypincheruk)
Alasdair’s job working in Morrisons actually helps him seize just a few bargains, though he insists that he waits till the top of his shift to sift by way of the yellow sticker gadgets versus hoarding.
He mentioned: ‘I began working half time in Morrisons after being moved to part-time in my job in e-commerce on account of the pandemic.
‘It’s been a large assist in discovering bargains and with the ability to minimize down on our meals spending.
‘Individuals have mentioned to me “you’re employed in Morrisons, certainly you simply take all the great things” however that’s not the case in any respect.
‘I at all times choose up my bargains on the finish of the day, when my shift has completed and discover unbelievable offers which bizarrely haven’t been picked up by clients.’
He will get so many issues, he has crammed a whole freezer this 12 months and is doing a no-buy January to attempt to use a few of it up.
He mentioned: ‘I had to purchase a brand new freezer this 12 months, simply to suit all of the bargains in, and even that’s now fully full.
‘We’re making an attempt to have a spend free January the place we use all the things out of the freezer and solely purchase recent fruit and milk.
‘It’s the massive turkeys that aren’t being offered in the meanwhile, particularly as individuals aren’t having huge Christmas gatherings on account of COVID-19.
‘Individuals are additionally ready earlier than shopping for their Christmas dinner as plans are altering, so there are many Christmas gadgets that simply aren’t being purchased.
‘I informed my pals I wouldn’t be pleased if I didn’t have a yellow sticker turkey, so I’m so glad I acquired one.’
Alasdair’s recommendation for eager discount hunters is to attend till the ultimate reductions of the day between 6:30pm and seven:30pm the place supermarkets minimize the value of things by as much as as a lot as 95%.
He additionally says that it’s extra uncommon to discover a discount on meat, so his recommendation is to be fast should you see these things decreased.
‘I need to give individuals recommendation on what will be executed on a extremely tight finances,” Alasdair mentioned.
‘I went from being fairly properly off and having good holidays to it being the exact opposite.
‘Even when I gained the lottery I don’t assume my perspective to getting a discount would change.’
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