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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Sakkarin » Thu May 21, 2020 1:03 pm

I didn't have my phone with me, or I'd have posted a pic.

I didn't buy a cucumber in Lidl yesterday as I only wanted half of one, which I was going to get from Tesco. Both cheaper and less wasteful.

In the event, I'd done an early shop at 8.30, passing a queueless Tesco to get to Lidl, but hadn't realised that all the oldies turn up for their special entrance at 9.00, so when I went back past Tesco there was a huge queue, so I went home without cucumber.

I went back later, when there was no queue, and here's my point. Whole cucumbers were on special offer at 39p, half ones 40p. Literally alongside each other. I am ashamed to say that I went for the whole cucumber even though half of it will probably go to waste, I could not bring myself to pay MORE for a half one.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Busybee » Thu May 21, 2020 5:15 pm

Have you got a friend or neighbour who would relieve you if the other half?

I’m afraid I often buy multi buy when I know I won’t use it all, I just give the other portion to my sister.

There is a distinct lack of multi buy offers around at the moment.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu May 21, 2020 6:58 pm

People who come here from other countries are bemused by the British half cucumber - they see no more need for it than the half onion or half tomato
Dates back to when hothouse cucumbers were expensive I think

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Renee » Thu May 21, 2020 10:06 pm

I slice some cucumber into a jug of water. It adds some flavour to a glass of water.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Sakkarin » Fri May 22, 2020 9:26 am

Great, with the other half of the cucumber, I'll make myself 25 cups of cucumber water!

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby PatsyMFagan » Fri May 22, 2020 10:58 am

Sakkarin wrote:I didn't have my phone with me, or I'd have posted a pic.

I didn't buy a cucumber in Lidl yesterday as I only wanted half of one, which I was going to get from Tesco. Both cheaper and less wasteful.

In the event, I'd done an early shop at 8.30, passing a queueless Tesco to get to Lidl, but hadn't realised that all the oldies turn up for their special entrance at 9.00, so when I went back past Tesco there was a huge queue, so I went home without cucumber.

I went back later, when there was no queue, and here's my point. Whole cucumbers were on special offer at 39p, half ones 40p. Literally alongside each other. I am ashamed to say that I went for the whole cucumber even though half of it will probably go to waste, I could not bring myself to pay MORE for a half one.


I have done the same for my first ever online shop, having now been put on the priority list ... :roll:

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Stokey Sue » Fri May 22, 2020 11:51 am

Apart from salads and sandwiches cucumber is pretty good in stir fries, my long-ago Chinese flat-mate used to cook it all the time

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Pampy » Fri May 22, 2020 2:00 pm

I use cucumber in stir frys - remove the seeds and cut into batons. I use radishes too, including the leaves.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Sakkarin » Fri May 22, 2020 5:13 pm

Interesting thought, I will give it a try. I guess it would be slightly reminiscent of bean sprouts, which I also usually end up throwing half away too.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby WWordsworth » Fri May 22, 2020 10:22 pm

I'm pretty sure that several millenia ago I grated cucumber into bechamel and served it with poached ( or maybe baked) white fish.

I think I enjoyed it because I definitely did it more than once.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Renee » Fri May 22, 2020 11:11 pm

Now that sounds as though it would work well, WW!

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat May 23, 2020 12:17 am

WWordsworth wrote:I'm pretty sure that several millenia ago I grated cucumber into bechamel and served it with poached ( or maybe baked) white fish.

I think I enjoyed it because I definitely did it more than once.

My cheating posh sauce for salmon or trout - hollandaise from a jar + grated cucumber and/or chopped fresh dill gently heated :)

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Renee » Sat May 23, 2020 9:55 am

What a brilliant idea Stokey Sue! :thumbsup

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Renee » Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:30 pm

For as long as I can remember, I have been buying either Sensodyne toothpaste or Colgate toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I do have a problem with worn away enamel on one tooth, which can be painful. I have noticed over the years that the tubes have reduced in size such a lot.

Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste is £3.80 for 75ml.

Dentalux Sensitive Toothpaste in Lidl is 69p for 150ml.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cheap Lidl toothpaste actually works well and tastes nice too. It also has all the benefits that other toothpastes have. I just wish that I'd discovered it sooner.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Earthmaiden » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:36 pm

That's a good one Renee. I love their Cien moisturising body cream, the best I have found for dry skin, Goodness knows what the ingredients are but they're as unintelligible on expensive creams to me!

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Stokey Sue » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:44 am

That is a find Renée - I use Sensodyne because it is SLS free but I checked yesterday and the Dentalux is too, the Colgate sensitive isn’t.

I used to use the Lidl Cien roll on deodorant but stopped when they changed the range of scents and I didn’t like them. Should have another sniff, that was a long time ago.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Earthmaiden » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:46 am

I hate scented deodorant. The cream hasn't really got a scent.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Stokey Sue » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:48 am

The silver top Cien deodorant was unscented originally

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Renee » Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:05 am

Thank you for the recommendation Earthmaiden. My favourite product from Lidl is the Cien Q10 Intensive Serum.

I am lucky to have a new Lidl just down on the main road which is quite spacious and well planned inside.

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Re: BARGAIN BASEMENT

Postby Sakkarin » Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:31 pm

"Craisins" dried cranberries half price in Tesco: £1 for 150g. Perfect, as I needed some for my naughty muesli bars.

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