Thursday, 6 November 2008

For the Ladies. Have you got Compulsive Price disclosure?

Have you got Compulsive Price Disclosure? Dont fib tell the truth.

If you’ve ever been complimented on a buy and blurted ‘it was only £8!’ you may have CPD – meaning you can’t help boasting about your shopping prowess. We got three sufferers to bag as many bargains as possible for £50.

Andrea Parkinson, 41, is an account executive, from Stockport.England.

As my husband Mike is signed off work due to illness, it’s crucial that we stretch our money. But it can be a struggle as our children Oliver, 14, and Lydia, seven, grow out of things so fast.

I’m teaching them my money-saving tricks, such as shopping around rather than buying on impulse.

I definitely have CPD – whenever I find a bargain, I can’t help showing off. I found some black leather boots in the sale in George at Asda, reduced to £10, and bought two pairs.

I couldn’t stop telling people how cheap they were. On the day of the shopping challenge, I headed to Aldi, which is great for cheap beauty treats. Gok Wan recommended Aldi’s face cream on his TV show, so I bought the day and night versions for £1.89 each.

I also found a silicone bakeware tin for £5.99. A friend paid £15 for a similar one.

At my favourite haunt,

Poundland, bargains included glasses and a scented candle.

Lastly, I went to Matalan and bought a Lee Cooper shirt for Oliver and some jeans and tops for Lydia. It’s amazing how far £50 goes...

Hairbrush set, £3.49 (Aldi)

Concealer pen, £3.49 (Aldi)

French manicure set, £3.49 (Aldi)

Porcelain dishes, £3.49 (Aldi)

Face cream, £1.89 (Aldi)

Night cream, £1.89 (Aldi)

Silicone bakeware tin, £5.99 (Aldi)

Glass chopping board, £1 (Poundland)

Wine glasses, £1 (Poundland)

Microfibre hair turban, £1 (Poundland)

3pc girls polar fleece set hat, gloves, scarf, £1 (Poundland)

Ladies feather touch scarf, £1 (Poundland)

Six-pack face cloths, £1 (Poundland)

Large vacuum seal storage bag, £1 (Poundland)

Neutrogena sunless face tinting cream, £1 (Poundland)

Transformers bubble bath, £1 (Poundland)

High School Musical bubble bath, £1 (Poundland)

Candle in tin, £1 (Poundland)

Shampoo, £1 (Poundland)

Conditioner, £1 (Poundland)

Lee Cooper boys’ shirt, £5 (Matalan)

Girls cropped jeans and 2 x girls smock tops, £7.50 (Matalan)

Charlotte Trotman, 25, is a secretary, from Kingston, Surrey.

When I find a bargain, I want to tell everyone. I had to laugh when I heard about Compulsive Price Disclosure because I’m a classic case!

Someone will compliment me on my new outfit and, before I know it, I’m barking: “Primark, £8...”

Afterwards, I’ll feel a bit silly and wish I’d pretended it was a designer item.

On the day of the shopping challenge, I hit the shops at 10am and left at 5pm.

My flatmate Natalie swears by charity shops, so I went to Cancer Research in Kingston.

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Straight away, I spotted a stunning black Zara jacket, which looked nearly new but was priced at £6.

When I spied a black Nine West handbag displayed next to it, I grabbed that, too. Usually, bags in that range cost upwards of £40.

In H&M, I found a lovely skirt and dress on the sale racks. At the till, I found out they had been discounted again and were £2.50 each.

I was on the lookout for some new face cream so I headed to the Clarins beauty counter next.

The assistant recommended a product for £35 but when I told her it was too expensive she offered me a bag of samples.

I then got a pile of free samples from other counters to last months.

Lastly, in TK Maxx I found a nice brown jacket for £11 and multi-coloured silk Lipsy dress at £20. And there was still cash to buy candles and a bath set for a relaxing soak.

Bargains bagged – £49.50

Nine West black bag, £3.50 (Cancer Research)

Brown QED long jacket, £11.00 (TK Maxx)

Black dress, £2.50 (H&M)

Black Zara Jacket, £6 (Cancer Research)

Grey and black skirt, £2.50 (H&M)

Lipsy dress, £20 (TK Maxx)

Original Source bath and shower set, £3 (Bargain store)

Set of Marilyn Monroe candles, 50p each (Tiger)

Free beauty samples from Clinique, Clarins, Dior, Givenchy, ROC, Prescriptives, Lancome and L’Oreal from department stores.

Katherine Scorer, 27, is an estate agent, from Sidcup, Kent

After working as an estate agent for nearly a decade, I’m leaving the industry because of the current financial crisis.

It goes without saying that I’ve been watching every penny over the past few months, so my bargain-hunting skills have come in handy.

I hate trawling through rails of dodgy sales goods to find a gem but I love spending hours in cheap shops such as Primark and Matalan.

Whenever I get a bargain, I find it impossible to keep it to myself. As soon as someone compliments me on my new outfit, that’s my cue to proudly reel off the price. I definitely have CPD – I can’t help myself.

The only items I don’t scrimp on are the suits I wear to work. I spend £70 on a smart jacket and pair of trousers but, to save money, I’ll team them with a cheap top and shoes.

I also spend less on outfits for the weekend. Most of my casual clothes

are from Primark. I’m really proud of the things I managed to buy for £50.

I wanted a show-stopping outfit for my leaving do at the end of the month. I found the perfect glitzy black dress and funky pink satin heels in Primark. The whole look cost £25.

I found a lovely belted top and some smart grey trousers for £20 in total – also from Primark – for my new job.

With the money left over, I grabbed a chic scarf and decided to blow my budget on sexy, knee-high boots.

I figured that, seeing as I’d got so much for so little money, spending an extra £7 wouldn’t hurt.

That’s the danger with discount shopping – you believe you’re saving money when actually you’re spending more than you intended.

Bargains bagged – £57

Black dress, £10 (Primark)

Pink satin shoes, £15 (Primark)

Belted top, £8 (Primark)

Scarf, £2 (Primark)

Grey trousers, £12 (Primark)

Knee-high boots, £10 (Primark)

Remember the Pound is equal to Aud$2-00, US$1-75, approx.

12 comments:

Aggie said...

I'm afraid I don't suffer from the disorder (if it is one ...lol!) I like a bargain as much as the rest of us, but I don't feel the need to skite about it.

Jimmy said...

from log cabin to White House



and now a black man sits in the White House
a black man of Muslim origins

America has validated its Constitution

if u have the will and merit
and the guts to follow your dream
u will make it in America


God bless America

Jimmy said...

how come the dailygaggle didnt publish this

Jimmy said...

dont think dis can happen in House of Lords or Commons

Bali BombersFrom that Mosque in the sky said...

Alla goddangit weve bin ripped off. their aint any virgins up here and never was.

Andrew @ims said...

Remember the Pound is equal to Aud$2-00, US$1-75, approx.

Please note for future reference: It AUD (uppercase, because it is an acronym) and Not Aud --It is not a word..
Or are people becoming more dense? That they do not know the difference?

And an online currency converter can be found here : http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/convert?amt=1&from=GBP&to=AUD&submit=Convert
Visit the site and see how it should be written

Vest said...

Aggie: Er indoors suffers from vanishing cash disorder like most of you darlings. But you are worth it.XXX.
Where have I heard that before?

Vest said...

Jimmy: I doubt if the pres designate has lived in a log cabin.
He also describes himself as a Mutt in todays Sydney Telegraph.
A good leader is one who does not falter under criticism, it is early days at present with only good vibes coming in.

Vest said...

Andrew@ims: Thank you for the English lesson.
Please read my first post in the 2005 archives.
And when are you coming to see us , or have you forgotten again?
Have an intelligent weekend.

gordon the baker said...

Bali bombers.You should have been christians and gone to heaven,lots of angels there but few virgins and most are fat and ugly, anyhow have a lousy hereafter-get stuffed.

Lower deck lawyer said...

comment C Wockner
November 09, 2008 11:00pm

AMROZI, the smiling assassin, was not so brave when faced with his own death. His older brother Mukhlas was more defiant, praising God to the end.

And when the time came - about 11pm on Saturday, Indonesian time - to be shackled hand and foot and led from their jail cells to the execution ground, the three Bali bombers accepted their fate without struggle.
In pictures: The Bali bombings story

Slideshow: Aftermath of the executions
Sources inside Batu prison and involved in the execution of Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, Mukhlas, aka Ali Ghufron, and Imam Samudra, aka Abdul Aziz, yesterday revealed to The Courier-Mail details of how the trio was put to death six years after their crimes.

One source said that of the three, Amrozi was the least brave and that as his end neared he looked "pale" and afraid. He was also the quickest to die after all three were strapped to wooden posts and shot at the same time by firing squads.

His older brother Mukhlas was more defiant, repeatedly shouting "Allah Akbar" until his last moments. One source said that even as he was dying he praised God.

It was Amrozi who earned the contempt of Australians and the world when, after his arrest, he smiled for the cameras and took pride in the devastation he had caused.

When he was sentenced to death, he cheered and gave the thumbs up to judges, then to his victims' families.

The three men had known death was stalking them and, according to jail sources, seemed resigned to their fate.

At 11pm on Saturday, about 30 members of the paramilitary Brimob police, wearing balaclavas to hide their identity, went to the cells of the three men. They were shackled hand and feet, chains running from wrist to the ankle.

"They looked like they accepted their fate. They didn't struggle," one witness said.

As they were led from their cells, their ankles were bound so tightly they had to shuffle.

The rest of the jail was quiet except for the bombers' exhortations of "Allah Akbar". Other prisoners didn't join in. Several days earlier the bombers had said their goodbyes to prisoners and guards and asked for the traditional Muslim forgiveness.

"They were shouting but it was not really loud. The situation was quite calm. Not all three of them were shouting (Allah Akbar) at once. It was separately, one then the other," another source said.

The bombers had been praying all afternoon and when the officers came to collect them, Amrozi said he knew it was time. They had also been fasting.

They were taken out to waiting double-cab pick-up trucks. Each man was put in the second row of seats, in the middle and flanked by armed police on either side. More police sat in the back of the truck.

The cars then drove off in procession to the execution zone of Nirbaya, about 3km south of the jail.

Amrozi was in the first car, followed by Imam Samudra in the second car and then Mukhlas.

It took longer than anticipated to reach the site because a torrential downpour earlier in the evening had made the narrow and windy track slippery and difficult to negotiate.

When they arrived at Nirbaya, the bombers were taken from the trucks and tied to posts. They were ministered to by three Muslim preachers who read to them from the Koran.

It is believed that Amrozi was tied to the middle post with Samudra to his left and Mukhlas to his right and that the men were standing up.

The Bali prosecutor, Ida Bagus Wiswantanu, proceeded to read out the execution order, detailing the men's crimes and their sentences.

Black hoods were put over their heads and at 12.15am the signal to shoot was given.

It was a dark night, the moon shrouded in cloud and there were no stars.

But the air was crisp and clean after the earlier monsoonal rain.

At 12.20am the doctor pronounced them dead and at 12.25am the three bodies were untied and taken to a nearby jail clinic for an autopsy.

Afterwards they were washed in the Muslim tradition by Ali Fauzi, the brother of Amrozi and Mukhlas, and the Muslim clerics.

At dawn the men's bodies were flown in police helicopters to their home villages in East and West Java for burial.

Mike.

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