Saturday, 29 December 2012

Our Once Yearly Special Shopping Expedition

 
 
Once a year we set off for our nearest Asda because Lovely Hubby loves George!! 
 
The 'George' clothes label that is, for anyone unfamiliar with Asda's own brand label in clothing.  We always do it at this time of year while he is off and everyone else is out there grabbing sale bargains, although most of what we get is stuff not actually in the sales.
 
It never costs much to kit out my man, see last years post HERE, but this year it was even cheaper.  The suit he bought last year has worn so well he didn't need to replace it this year, so the haul was merely undies, socks, t shirts and shirts and that's it his entire shopping done for the year for the princely sum of £96.  He's already sorted through his wardrobes and drawers and got rid of all tatty stuff, now washed and dried it will go in the charity bin to make up rag weight, a couple of t shirts were good enough to pop in the car boot sale box ready for Spring, and now he's set for the year ahead.
 
I did splash out too and bought myself an A4 diary ready for the brand new year that is fast creeping up on us, and I will spend some of tomorrow filling in those pages that always need information adding, something I enjoy doing with a brand new Biro that will live with the diary.  I treat a diary a bit like my Blog, with recipes written down, things stuck in, photos, tickets etc and anything that I need to remember or look forward to jotted down in plenty of time.
 
And that's it - our shopping done, there is nothing else either of us need, I wonder when we will be back at the shops again, maybe I should make a note in my diary or on here of every shop free day we manage.
 
How are your preparations and plans going for the New Year?
 
Sue xx
 

31 comments:

  1. I really admire your resolve though I must say that pretty much all my clothes come from charity shops and I have not bought anything to wear for ages due to being poor these days! I am returning to education in January so will be even poorer!

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    1. Lots of my things have come from charity shops and I've always been keen to support them, but where we live any mens shirts are actually dearer in the charity shops than they are in Asda and with LH having to be extremely smart for work and needing a good range of suits and shirts we do need volume so it's much quicker AND cheaper to do this one stop shop each year.

      This year I will be buying NO clothes so I'm afraid the charity shops are going to miss me too!

      Sue xx

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  2. I like George too. As well as being resonably priced and wearing well, they always seem to have a good choice. I've been filling in the new diary section of my Filofax in readiness of the new year, it's something that I enjoy doing too.

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    1. There's something about those crisp fresh pages just crying to be filled in that's so good in the New Year isn't there :-)

      Sue xx

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  3. Your very brave I hate the sales, far too many people for me. However I did get a new coat just before Christmas which had been reduced.

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    1. We were pleasantly surprised as usual, the mens section of George clothes was almost empty just us and the shop assistants, and as you could pay there as well we didn't even need to join the long queues of folk buying yet MORE food for New Year.

      For my diary we simply picked it up and used the self scan till at WH Smith avoiding again the folk panic buying in the book department!

      Sue xx

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  4. Oh well done, Sue. What a relief to get all the shopping done!

    I love New Year, it's so motivating. Clean sheet and all that. Reinforced by having a paper diary to fill in and get ready. It's the thing I miss most since I started using the diary on the computer... there is no difference between one year and the next!

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    1. It's a lovely feeling the thought of a fresh new year, it will be whatever we make it :-)

      ....and you just can't beat a paper diary can you!!

      Sue xx

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  5. I did a big shop with Matalan online and bought new towels, new pillows and new knickers for the huge sum of £36 for three towel bales, four pillows and six pair of knickers. People asked us what we wanted for Christmas and we asked for socks and got about five pairs each so that's us stocked up for the year. I like Tesco clothes for work and save the vouchers and they can be doubled up for clothes.

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    1. Brilliant purchases.

      For some reason LH decided he needed 10 pairs of underpants, 9 pairs of socks for work and 4 pairs of sports socks....talk about excessive, but who am I to argue when he only shops once a year and did manage to get all that plus a dressing gown, pair of slippers, 6 T shirts and 3 smart shirt and tie sets for his money!!

      Sue xx

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  6. Hi

    I have lurked for a while now and read your blog from the beginning - thoroughly enjoy it and the way you are changing your life. On a totally different subject I am partially sighted and you have changed the font to something I find difficult to read, do you know of any way I can enlarge it or change it for my view? Anyways glad you had a good shop and best wishes for 2013.

    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat,

      I have changed the font again, I hope this is more suitable for you, let me know if you still have trouble with it :-)

      Happy New Year.

      Sue xx

      Sue xx

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  7. WE generally go clothes shopping for dh in September for his birthday. You did well only to spend under 100 pounds. We really need to clean out our closets.

    Gill

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    1. LH did just that, cleaned out the closets I mean, he literally took everything out, sorted through things and then only put back what he wanted to keep after giving all the woodwork a really good clean and polish.

      It's a good way to start the new year isn't it.

      Sue xx

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  8. Hi Sue

    Have a great new year.

    I too am finding this typeface hard to read.

    Kind regards

    Donnax

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    1. I've changed it again, hope this is better.

      Sue xx

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  9. Hi Sue,

    I love a new diary a whole year of hope and wonder.Well done on OH shopping that was a good price.

    I am also having a problem reading ths type face.

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    1. I'm extraordinarily excited about the prospect of a whole new year ahead of us, maybe it's because last year was so bad for us.

      A year of 'hope and wonder' sounds just perfect!

      Typeface changed, I forget sometimes that we have an extra large monitor on our computer, maybe it looked worse for folks with a normal sized monitor....sorry!!

      Sue xx

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  10. Do hope he's not lost the Orange dressing gown...

    Vicky x

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    1. Haha....no it's safe...for now!!

      It's looking decidely worse for wear as Suky the Pug is always scrabbling to get on his knee, so when he saw a bargain one on our shopping trip he decided to get a reserve for when his falls to bits.

      Sue xx

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  11. That sounds like a nice quick and easy shopping trip - just how I like them!

    Love the new layout Sue

    x

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  12. Thank you, I'm hoping this new typeface will be okay for most folks, the original was hard for some and then seemingly my replacement was even worse, now I hope it's clear and simple.

    Sue xx

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  13. Sounds like he's as cheap to keep as me. I just need a few pairs of work trousers and that will be most of my clothes shopping for the year. I just wait to look so scruffy that people buy me clothes as presents!

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    1. That sounds like a good plan Kev :-)

      Sue xx

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  14. In the words of the song 'I been everywhere man' - looking for SANDALS for husband!!!! Oh Lordy what a palava!!! Wrong time of year AND sale time!! We are off on a once in a lifetime cruise next week and husband suddenly announces he needs sandals!!! Asdas seemed quite pleasant to what I have endured today!!! Regards Heather

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    1. Sandals....haha....poor you, what a challenge in December!!

      Perhaps he could buy some on your first port of call, then he will have a holiday souviner in them as well, that's what I usually do.

      Sue xx

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  15. Hello Sue, I have just found your lovely blog through Rusty Duck and have read through past posts. I love reading about your animals and I think your frugality will be inspiring to follow in the next year. I look forward to reading more in 2013. Love Julie x

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    1. Nice to have you as a reader Julie, I look forward to hearing from you. All the very best for the New Year.

      Sue xx

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  16. I did smile at your having to buy the diary - this seems to have been a really bad year for freebies in that department and I was beginning to blame the recession.

    You already know my plans for the new year, so I'll wish you all the very best for 2013 and see you next year. :)

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    1. I know!! What is it about no free diaries, last year LH got two one for each of us (he claimed he needed a seperate one for the two strands of work he was doing), this year no one has even got one yet!!

      ALl the very best for you this coming year too.

      Sue xx

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  17. I think I saw some sandals in Shoe Zone! Good luck and enjoy the cruise!

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