Saturday’s plans changed. The weather changed – it was windy but a warm wind as if someone had a hair dryer on you. It rained on and off too. DH was at a loss as his jobs at the moment are outdoor based. So I suggested we went to collect the click and collect from Wilko’s in town and then do a few ‘in town’ things finishing up at the local Wyevale garden centre as they had sent me a £5 off voucher (without a minimum spend).
Wyevale’s prices are dear but something free for £5 (if you can find anything for that value) is not to be turned down.
The click and collect (not very exciting – just a car bulb set to keep in the car for DH) was collected then we went round to the library to have a browse. I only came away with two books – Homemade Christmas and The English Seaside for a bit of nostalgia.Then onto Boots for some Aveeno body moisturising cream – I only buy it when on offer as it is quite expensive but is really good for my skin – having no Thyroid gives you very dry skin. Of course the larger 500ml was out of stock. Annoying as it is out of stock on the internet too. I will just have to keep checking.Round to WH Smiths – DH persuaded me to buy the notebook I wanted as he pointed out it is something I use all the time. As it happens I had a Love to Shop voucher for £10 given to me at Christmas from my old work place. So I bought it and this is now ready for January.
Last stop in town was Marks and Spencers. For some reason not many supermarkets do Maris Piper potatoes they seem to favour the Maris Peer (quite different taste) – so I get my spuds from M&S when I can. The standby Vegetable Crispbakes I get from time to time to keep in the freezer have not made an appearance for ages – probably discontinued – I wish shops would put a shelf note on when products disappear.
We had parked in Sainsbury’s in town – 2 hours free for a £5 spend. This works out better than handing over £2 for nothing (other than the use of the car park of course!) to the cheapest of the town centre parks. I might as well have something for the money – we got two organic wholemeal loaves reduced to 40p and topped up with a few tomatoes, a leek and 2 pints of milk to last us to Monday and a box of my organic teabags.
I had a free drink voucher at Wyevale too so when we arrived we indulged in a hot drink each and shared a huge scone for £4. I think DH is finding all the scrimping and saving a bit depressing as it reminds him of our earlier ‘just had the children’ days when money was tight back then but I see it as a challenge and a way to conserve our emergency private pension fund to use for other things like holidays. I am also interested to see what it is actually like living on one state pension and can it be done.
I am looking for a planter to put beside our front door for when DH re-stains it and then something to put in it. (Not sure if the state pension will run to such a non-essential item) but anyway I was not impressed with the range of plants on offer at Wyevale they are expensive and I am not one to make a snap decision about the pot (also expensive) so we came away to think about colour and shape.
The £5 coupon finishes today so I can’t dither too much, but as always I need to shop around a bit to be certain of what I want. So a trip to Totties (our local nursery) today it is – I have a £100 voucher to spend at Totties – a leaving gift from work – so I will go and look at their range of pots and plants first and then make my decision. There is another Wyevale close to this so I can then go and spend my £5 on plants if need be – or should I say a plant!
I must say after yesterday’s shopping trip I was left feeling very frustrated at the way all the shops are pushing this Halloween thing. I have no objection particularly to Halloween in moderation but every shop we went into had Halloween stuff piled high – even some of the usual items have just been given a ‘Halloween’ makeover – a bit of orange and a black spider web and they can charge more and sell more – a Halloween notebook and pencil set – I ask you what has that to do with anything – it all seems a bit superficial, as Christmas is becoming, as if it is the consuming that is the all important thing rather than the event and there is no stopping it once it starts it all just gains momentum.
And while I am on the subject why are we trying to reduce plastics in one area, like drinking straws and carrier bags which actually had a purpose, and then we are allowing cheap plastic imports of absolute rubbish into the country, and heaps of it. Most of the cheap plastic items sold for Halloween will end up in landfill eventually (after all our teenage son or daughter will not be taking their plastic pumpkin to Uni with them LOL!).
I do think it is bad of companies to target children with all their marketing strategies when it is also compromising their futures at a time when we are trying to work towards a more sustainable future for them.
At least a pumpkin is a natural item – it can be carved for lanterns, used as decoration and eaten – it will eventually rot down and compost and can be returned to the garden – end of. And isn’t the fun of Halloween making the decorations and dressing up imaginatively.
My suggestion would be to boycott the plastic ‘Shalloween’ and only buy paper or natural decorations.
What are your thoughts on plastic Halloween?