THE BIG EXPERIMENT:DAY 6 15:30 The Manager Reveals!

Saturday, the lovely weekend, and not only did it bring a lovely summer’s day, it also brought in the weekend staff at the local Tesco, who were much more intrigued by what a strange lady was doing with a notepad and a cameraphone in their shop. The manager very politely asked me if I needed any help and in the end, she was more than helpful, but more on that later.

Here’s what I found in today’s raid at 15:30:

But as ever, more bargains to be had elsewhere in the shop!

Mini Chocolate Roll Bites - £3.07 to £1.99 Saving of £1.08

Tulips - £3 to £1.79 Saving of £1.21

Plums - £1 to 70p Saving of 30p (but they are usually £1.45 anyway)

Pleased to see theyve got the bread in the aisle as well as in the bread section.

THE RESULTS:
Total items found: 12
Breakdown: 4 Fresh Vegetables/Fruit, 0 Meat/Fish, 0 Side Dishes, 0 Ready Meals, 4 Baked Goods, 1 Sandwich, 0 Dairy/Yoghurt, 1 Inedible, 2 Drinks

Found in the aisle:

  • Ploughman’s Sandwich – £1.55 to £1.09 Saving of 46p
  • Pineapple Chunks – £1.30 to 95p Saving of 35p
  • Mouthwatering Melon – £1.30 to 95p Saving of 35p
  • Cabbage – 76p to 55p Saving of 21p
  • Chocolate Birthday Cake – £4.16 to £2.75 Saving of £1.41
  • Tesco White Bread – 69p to 49p Saving of 20p
  • Carling (2 cans) – £4.67 to £2.10 Saving of £2.57
  • Strongbow (3 cans) – £3.64 to £2.18 Saving of £1.46

Found elsewhere:

  • Plums – £1 to 70p Saving of 30p
  • Hovis Wheatgerm – 60p to 45p Saving of 15p
  • Mini Chocolate Roll Bites – £3.07 to £1.99 Saving of £1.08
  • Tulips – £3 to £1.79 Saving of £1.21

Total Potential Saving: £9.75

But, more interestingly whilst speaking to the manager – a very helpful lady might I add – she revealed the thing that this experiment has been looking to find….the pattern and the Tesco protocol for reducing items.

In her own words:

We try to get all the reduced stock ready between 11 and 1pm but it depends on how busy we are with deliveries. The whole purpose is to avoid any waste.

I then asked her about why some items aren’t put in the reduced aisle but, rather left on their original shelf.

Good question, what we do quite often is put things in two places. Some people come in and go straight for the reduced items, others know what they want specifically and this gives us the best possible chance to sell them and reduce our waste.

So there you have it – that definitely makes a lot of sense. For those who don’t normally go specifically to the aisle, it means they get the chance to buy what they orginally came in for, for a bit less and for raiders like us, we also get the opportunity to look at all of what’s on offer in one place. Smart move. But that only works when there is more than one of the item in question so it’s not a hard and fast rule, certainly.

For me, the million dollar question was this: when do you then put an extra reduction on what’s left?

You should stick around because we’ll be reducing them again in about half an hour. We have to reduce anything that’s left between 3:30 and 4:30. The machine does it all automatically.

Right, so potentially the best time to go is between 15:30 and 16:30, particularly if you’ve seen that the reduction’s just happened. That’s certainly a step forward for me.

To add to that, my highly scientifc week-long research has shown so far that in most cases in Tesco on a first reduction, you’re looking at anything between 27% and 34% off but we’ll have to wait til tomorrow to find out how much off you can expect for that magic second reduction.

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THE BIG EXPERIMENT:When’s Best to Stock Up? DAY 5 14:30

Bit of a disappointing day today for raiders, a mere 3 items in the aisle and the biggest crime of all; someone had put 3 sandwiches in there to fool us, that hadn’t even been reduced! That has to be one of my pet hates.

But here are the results of today’s 14:30 raid of Tesco Express on City Road:

Slim pickings today folks

Did we see something similar yesterday?

These sandwiches werent even reduced! Quiche Lorraine - £1.88 to £1.35 Saving of 53p

 

THE RESULTS:
Total items found: 3
Breakdown: 0 Fresh Vegetables/Fruit, 0 Meat/Fish, 0 Side Dishes, 0 Ready Meals, 1 Baked Good, 0 Sandwiches, 0 Dairy/Yoghurt, 0 Inedible, 2 Drinks

  • 2 cans of Carling – £4.67 to £2.10 Saving of £2.57
  • 3 cans of Strongbow – £3.64 to £2.18 Saving of £1.46
  • Quiche Lorraine – £1.88 to £1.35 Saving of 53p

And I searched all around the shop but found nothing elsewhere.

Total potential saving: £4.56, not so bad considering the few items available.

You know, my hypothesis was going so well until today…I had predicted that the best time would be 14:30 as the number of items had been steadily going up since Monday but alas, I was disproved.

It seems to me like the reduced aisle today offered just enough for an afternoon in the park: beers and a quiche but not really enough to get this seasoned raider excited I’m afraid.

Let’s hope day 6 of the BIG EXPERIMENT will be worthy of the caps lock…