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Hasty purchases pre-lockdown

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MrsEggy Wed 29-Jul-20 15:11:51

Just coming to the end of some cheap, thin loo paper bought in haste in the week before lockdown. Will be so glad to get back to our normal quilted variety. Did anyone else buy in haste and repent at leisure?

MaryTheBookeeper Wed 29-Jul-20 15:16:40

Yes. A skipping rope to keep fit. The very last one in Sports Direct as they'd had a rush that weekend. I unwrapped it & not only is it too long but also the (relatively) hard plastic rope never unkinked after being folded, so it's useless!

midgey Wed 29-Jul-20 15:52:04

Try warming it up Mary, and then put knots near the handles. We used to do skipping in our dancing class at school!

Howcome Thu 30-Jul-20 10:23:59

I have bread I’ll never eat in the freezer as our usual wasn’t available- Headed for bread and butter pudding I think!

Greeneyedgirl Thu 30-Jul-20 10:27:32

Same here for cheap n scratchy loo paper.

Also giant bag of basmati rice bought in error, and as I’m low carb will have to add to my will!

seacliff Thu 30-Jul-20 10:31:38

Dried milk. I can use it in cooking I suppose.

timetogo2016 Thu 30-Jul-20 10:36:07

I did the loo roll too.
So it`s in the downstairs loo for visitors.
But the best thing i did was freeze milk,cheese and bread.
So when the cueues were horendious i used the asaid three items up then replaced them when possible.

Teacheranne Thu 30-Jul-20 10:45:07

Now I know who bought all the toilet rolls!

I bought some dried yeast and strong flour in March as I supposed to be going to a workshop to learn to make different types of bread. The course was cancelled, I did not use the ingredients ( not a bread maker) so gave them to a friend at the height of the flour shortage. I was kind of hoping she would give me some of the bread she made as a thank you but nothing materialised!

Illte Thu 30-Jul-20 10:45:21

Some turmeric. I managed to get an online delivery and added it as a last item.

It arrived in a 1kg bag😬

GrannyGravy13 Thu 30-Jul-20 10:48:45

Another one here who bought bread flour and yeast.........still hoping GrandpaGravy will get back into bread baking!!!

Callistemon Thu 30-Jul-20 10:49:16

Turmeric is good for you grin

Callistemon Thu 30-Jul-20 10:51:34

I bought long life milk.

At first we couldn't get a grocery slot but our neighbours brought us some milk so a couple of weeks ago DH took the LL milk and put it in the crate for the food bank.

Jaxjacky Thu 30-Jul-20 10:51:39

A catering size tin of mushy peas! Was using a wholesale site and misread the size..

Moth62 Thu 30-Jul-20 10:59:02

Long life milk makes lovely creamy custard and sauces. Also quiches. I use it a lot - from choice!

Shortlegs Thu 30-Jul-20 11:01:39

Shortlegs mantra: Buy cheap, buy twice.

JuliaM Thu 30-Jul-20 11:04:24

A dozen tins of Corned beef, not the usual brand I buy, and arrived from a kind neighbour who believed she was doing us a favour. I have managed to use a few tins of it making pies and pasties, but its so fatty that l have to scrape so much away from around the edges before I can use it, but my Daughter's Dog doesnt mind this in the slightest, and watches every move I make until she gets her reward!

moggie57 Thu 30-Jul-20 11:30:53

maybe a few extra toilet rolls .but nothing see that man that bought a factory load of toilet rolls .took them back to the store and asked for refund .they told him no.!!!!!must have a least 1.000 packs of at least 32 one wants to buy them off him...

Newatthis Thu 30-Jul-20 11:53:08

Food banks are still wanted lots of donations- not sure about the skipping rope though!

Coggers94 Thu 30-Jul-20 11:53:35

I bought some cheap toilet rolls from Groupon. Cannot wait to finish them and get some decent ones.

Lexisgranny Thu 30-Jul-20 11:55:11

Not pre lockdown, but an example of how you learn by experience. Many years ago I decided to make (what was then) a quite elaborate cake for my grandmother’s 80th birthday. Her name was Rose and I wanted to decorate it with roses made out of icing sugar. To do this the recipe demanded gum tragacanth. Having exhausted local sources and being unable to find it (no internet then) my husband was going to Liverpool so I asked him to try there. He went into a chemist, and they had it, he didn’t know how much he wanted, but decided on a lb. The Chemist looked surprised and my husband told him what it was for. The man laughed and told him uthat a lb of tragacanth would “ice a bl.....y elephant”

inishowen Thu 30-Jul-20 13:14:27

I tried not to buy more toilet rolls than we needed so have no stockpile. I remember people stocking up on chick peas. Why????

GelJ Thu 30-Jul-20 13:44:23

Howcome - make summer pudding with the bread, yummy and simple

Bluecat Thu 30-Jul-20 14:07:36

2 tins of corned beef. God knows why. I haven't eaten any for years and DH doesn't like it. Must have been prompted by a wartime mentality.

aonk Thu 30-Jul-20 14:10:09

My problem has been the substitutes sent in my supermarket delivery. It’s now possible to return them but not possible when the lockdown began. Everything went to the food bank apart from the odd perishable item still taking up space in the freezer. We’ll use these when we get desperate!

jocork Thu 30-Jul-20 14:28:12

I'd accidentally bought too many loo rolls before the shortage as they were on offer and when I got them home I found I already had a big unopened pack! I did let friends know in case they ran out but no-one needed any. Getting through them slowly but at least they are my usual soft brand.

I ran low on flour when it was in short supply and wanted plain but could only get a solitary bag of self raising from the very back of a low shelf - had to get an assistant to reach it which may be why it was still there! Before I opened it I found another solitary bag on a wrong shelf on my next shopping trip, this time the plain I wanted so I gave the SR to our vicar who had been baking little treats for us all during lockdown!

I suspect that when the end of the year comes and Brexit kicks in for real there may be shortages again so I'm keeping my cupboards well stocked with tinned stuff and my freezer full. Let's hope it isn't necessary but I'm not taking too many chances.