The Free Microwave

06 Nov

It all began with an innocent comment made at the beginning of the week, my Sister [who is responsible for so much] mentioned she had seen the tv advert for double vouchers at Tesco. She had previously seen an item which she had been keen to get as a gift but was waiting to savvy shop with her accumulated vouchers.  With curiosity ‘we’ took a look at the website interested in the small print exclusions for this trade-in, as I glanced down the extensive list I spied the word ‘microwaves’.  I had been planning to replace my old one as the base near the turntable was beginning to bubble and crack.  The decision then was how many vouchers and how much did I want to spend on a new microwave, and would it be available in-store?

Today we set off with the express notion to ‘just’ pick up the gift and the microwave whilst having a minor reconnoitre of the christmas ideas that the newly stacked shelves could inspire.  Of course our fatal mistake was to ‘just’ anything.  After we breakfasted we headed to the department where she found the gift item to make sure they stocked them, and then we saw all the other items that were half price or less, or included in the voucher promotion … I sent her off for a basket; three stocking filler gifts, a gents gift set, two baking trays [after going to find the frozen ready made pastry sheets to gauge their size], another christmas gift we headed towards the main checkouts, via the fish counter for some half price salmon steaks which took us past the reduced section with cooked meats reduced to pence ideal to freeze for another time.  She took bag one to the car.

Now on to round two – we collared the ‘tech support’ man as the store only had four micros on display but boxes of many other models, we narrowed it down to two which in the end came down to aesthetics which you cannot tell from the box front so we made him take them both out their boxes and I made my choice.  Off to the ‘Direct’ desk and deal with the paperwork as reams of vouchers were scanned in and doubled until the cost of the microwave was covered.

Abandoned in front of the aerial and cables, off she trotted to find the original gift item that had prompted our visit in the first place, back to the ‘Direct’  desk for her to hand over her vouchers to get them doubled to then use to purchase the item.  A second trip was made to the car.

To top off our excursion we perused the aisle with the tree decorations, those dratted yellow stickers were everywhere again, three items for two, there were some gorgeous decorative items and I could not resist, three intricately decorated hearts with glittered stable and donkey, three wire stranded red/gold/green bows and some small baubles for my table top tree, as we headed towards the check outs I spied some funky amusing christmas themed earrings, a pair of snow flakes and a pair of snowmen later and we almost made it out before seeing a delightful charm complete with velvet pouch, an ideal birthday gift.  We self serviced our selves and forced our way back to the car, after all we had only been there for three and a half hours.

Once home we tallied up the various receipts and worked out that out of the 29 individual items purchased today the only thing that was at full price was my toberlone! 

I am mathed out, feel like I have done an A-level test paper on quadratic equations.


Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “The Free Microwave

  1. freeasthewind

    November 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Now that sounds very productive. Our sells haven’t been that good around here. But I know Christmas is coming up. Hope you rest up after that excursion Hugs


  2. Bushka

    November 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Wow…..Trust my friend, Anne Marie to maximise her choices…..;) Well Done! Hugs! :)xx


    • amgroves

      November 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      It took some doing! Felt like those impossipuzzles, a man has seventeen fish and five plates and there are seventy seven coming to dinner, where will he hang their coats, kind of thing, lol.


  3. joebangles

    November 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Wow Anne, that does sound like a good deal that you managed. Shop at the local Tesco although there is one of each of the other big supermarkets within 10 mins of my house, I feel comfortable shopping there, I never buy their cheapest lines but think their prices are as fair as anywhere.


    • amgroves

      November 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      I found that the other big brand stores can sometimes be sizeist. Being a singleton I am not interested in a kilo of pork steaks [I don’t have a freezer, no room], where as Tesco seems to hold its offers across all sizes and selections. In the end they are all selling the same stuff for around the same price, we just prefer their stores, I guess.


      • joebangles

        November 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        I have found ways of getting around the larger packs but it does involve using the freezer and then remembering to defrost when you want it.


  4. la_spice

    November 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Excellent … what a sister you have there!!!! :yes:


    • amgroves

      November 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Oh she’s ……….. something alright LOL



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