10 October 2016 – Shopping Tips

Excuse me while I dust off the keyboard this Monday. It is nearly Hallowe’en season after all so now is as good a time as any to resurrect the shopping tips! This week there are great deals to be had on staples for the freezer. Remember your freezer is one of the best allies you will have when trying to feed your family on a budget. Think of it as a ‘pause button’ for food. I normally buy all my meat at the start of the week and then separate it out into meal-sized portions before freezing. This way I don’t get caught out without a meal plan for the week ahead.


Expiry of Fruit & Veg special buys: Wed, 19th Oct 2016
Product Price
Loose Peppers each 39c
Butternut Squash each 39c
Carrots (per kg) 39c
Large Onions each 39c
Aubergine each 39c
Turnips each 39c
Expiry of Meat special buys: Wed, 19th Oct 2016
Irish Beef Mince 10% Fat €2.00
Irish Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs €2.00
Chicken Breast Fillets (2 pack) €2.00
Gourmet Angus Burgers €2.00
Bacon Chops €2.00
Twin Pack Unsmoked Irish Back Bacon €2.00

If they have any left in stock, Aldi had rechargeable electric toothbrushes on sale yesterday for €14.99 each. That’s a fantastic price and well worth checking out. On Thursday it’s all about the workwear with tan rigger boots for €19.99 and work trousers for €10.99 each. I’ll be picking up a set of knee pads for my gardening dungarees – they’re priced at €4.99 a pair (knee pads not dungarees that is).


Expiry of special buys: 17th Oct 2016
Product Price
Low Fat Fresh Irish Beef Burgers 454g Mix & Match Any 2-for-€8
Fresh Pork Medallions 550g Mix & Match Any 2-for-€8
Fresh Mini Chicken Fillets 454g Mix & Match Any 2-for-€8
Fresh Diced Chicken Fillets 450g Mix & Match Any 2-for-€8
40 varieties of Fruit & Vegetables Mix & Match Any 2-for-€3
Twinings Speciality Tea Range Mix & Match Any 2-for-€3
Kelkin Free From Range 33% Off selected items
Huggies Pull-Ups Buy-One-Get-One-Free
Pampers Baby Dry/Active Jumbo Plus 2-for-€22

Spend and save continues at Dunnes Stores. If you don’t know what this is by now, have you been living somewhere else? Basically you get about 20% of the value of your shop back in a voucher for your next supermarket shop in Dunnes, with certain limitations but check in store for the usual T&C.


Expiry of special buys: Mon 10th – Wed 12th Oct
Product Price
Spring Onions (Bunch) 39c
Lemons 500g 39c
Beetroot 500g 39c
Fresh Irish Round Steak 400g €3.00
Fresh Turkey Breast Steaks 400g €3.00
Fresh Irish Hereford Extra Lean Steak Mince 350g €3.00
Expiry of special buys: Thurs 13th – Sun 16th Oct
Butternut Squash (each) 39c
Celery (bunch) 39c
Onions 1kg 39c
Fresh Irish Chicken Breast Fillets 291g €3.00
Fresh Irish Confit Duck Legs 300g €3.00
Fresh Irish Hereford Diced Beef Steak 300g €3.00

Hallowe’en decorations and accessories went on sale in Lidl today. If you’re looking for masks, face paints, hats, and much more then get there before they sell out.

Thursday Lidl have a robotic mop on special offer for €29.99. Yes, that’s the right price – I thought it was way too cheap also!


Expiry of special buys: Oct 12th 2016
Product Price
Celery Bunch 2-for-€1
Swede Loose 2-for-€1
Butternut Squash Each 2-for-€1
Cherry Tomatoes Punnet 2-for-€1
Broccoli, Carrot & Cauliflower Tray 2-for-€2
Fresh Vegetable Soup Mix 2-for-€2
Punnet Plums 500g 2-for-€2
Irish Eating Apple Bag (8 piece) 2-for-€2
Mango Loose 2-for-€2
Fresh Irish Round Steak Mince 2 pack 900g €5.00
Unsmoked Ham Fillet 1.2kg €5.00
Fresh Irish Pork Steak 600g €5.00
Signature Tastes Hereford Beef Burgers 710g €5.00
Huggies Pull-Ups Half Price

A big shout out to my local SuperValu, Moriarty’s of Balbriggan who baked my Grandfather’s 100th Birthday cake last weekend. They bake gorgeous Birthday cakes to order so well worth checking out if you have a big occasion coming up.


Expiry of special buys: 18th Oct 2016
Product Price
Cauliflower each 39c
Queens Potatoes 1kg 39c
Wonky Carrots 1kg 39c
Leeks Each 39c
Cooked Beetroot Vacuum Pack 300g 49c
Family Pack Onions 1kg 59c
Irish Beef Burgers 600g 3-for-€10
Irish Pale Ham Fillet 700g 3-for-€10
Irish Porkmince 800g 3-for-€10
Irish Lamb Loin Chops 205g 3-for-€10
Irish Diced Chicken Breast Fillets 350g 3-for-€10
Keohanes of Bantry Cod Fillets 240g 3-for-€10
Irish Stewing Beef 454g 3-for-€10
Irish Strip Loin Steak 190g 3-for-€10
Irish Round Steak Mince 500g 3-for-€10

Pumpkins have arrived in Tesco and the culinary version are on sale from €1 each. Do bear in mind that if you buy and carve a pumpkin today it’s just not going to last until Hallowe’en. There’s nothing stopping you enjoying some delicious pumpkin based recipes though.

Bonus Points

Harvey Norman will have an off-site better than half price sale in the National Show Centre in Cloghran this weekend. It starts at midday on Friday and I hear that they may have some drones at half price (or less). If you have a teen in your family with a drone on their wishlist this could come in very handy for Christmas which is apparently only 77 days away…

Meal Plan For The Next Few Days

I often get asked what I’m cooking/eating with the family based on the shopping tips above. So here goes. Today we had roast chicken with all the trimmings. Tomorrow, Tuesday, is Taco Tuesday. The kids love this day. I try not to use the box meal kits, and instead make up my own mixture but buy in tacos or soft wraps to fill up. Wednesday will be a pasta bake, and Thursday is going to be a meal based on sausages, I’ve just not decided what exactly it will be yet. Maybe toad-in-the-hole.

If you have a deal or a discount you think would be worth sharing then drop me an email caitriona@wholesome.ie to be added to the list for consideration. These are my own personal choices and I’m not sponsored in any way (monetary or benefit in kind) to provide this information. This blogpost is based on my own personal research and please don’t reproduce it elsewhere.

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