Posts Tagged ‘Bargains’

More Info on Food Shopping in Loughborough

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Even though it has a small town centre, Loughborough has got loads to offer when it comes to food shopping, especially when you’re looking for international ingredients.  Here’s a run down of what Pawel and Tas featured in the film:

Iceland

Where: 21 Market St, Loughborough

Opening times:

Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00

Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 237 103

Somerfield

Where: 8 Market St, Loughborough

Opening Times:

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 07:00-19:00

Thu & Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 230 484

Sainsbury’s

Where: Ashby Rd, Loughborough

Opening Times:

Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00

Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 237 724

Oriental Food Shop

Where: Ashby Square

Opening Times:

Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00

Sun CLOSED

Phone no: 01509 219 625

Loughborough Market

Where: Loughborough town centre

Opening Times:

Thu & Sat 07:00-17:00

More info: http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/markets

Loughborough Student Union Shop

Where: Student union

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 08:30-22:30

Sat: 08:30-17:30

Sun: 10:30-17:30

Phone no: 01509 635 000 (Student union switchboard)

More info on the Sprint Bus

The Sprint Bus stops at the following bus stops on Loughborough University campus:

1. Outside the Student Union

2. Outside the Mechanical Engineering building

3. Outside the Pilkington Library

Buses run every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, but less frequently on the weekend.  It costs £1.20 to get into town and £1.50 to get to the train station.  Return tickets are not available.

The journey should take 10 minutes from campus to town and 20 minutes from campus to the train station, however this is depending on traffic and can take longer.  To find out more, visit: http://www.kinchbus.co.uk/

Simon Woods’ Xmas Tips

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Well let me be the first to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!!! Because the University term ends soon, I wanted to get in early to help you with your Christmas food preparations before you go.

This is such a fantastic time of year, with some amazing fresh produce available. It’s a time of year when we all do a lot of cooking for friends and family so these seasonal hints will help you out:

-       Buy the best quality you can afford, use seasonal produce and support local growers.

-       Root vegetables are fab; try red cabbage for a change with some sweet apple also bang in season.

-       Why not buy some fresh cranberries and make your own relish? Really simple and so much better than that rubbish you buy in a jar.

-       Try piercing some fresh chestnuts with a knife, roasting them through the oven, peel and eat whilst still hot. Amazing.

That’s all from me I’m off to stuff a big turkey!!!!

Have a good one

Simon

Guide to Market Shopping

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The market is your best friend when it comes to food shopping. Markets have got much more flexible pricing than supermarkets and can offer discounts and round down prices where supermarkets can’t. Supermarkets are ruled by a nationwide company pricing structure, but independent shops and stalls are their own bosses-they can decide what to sell and what price to sell it at.
A lot of market stalls and independent shops do student discounts, but often don’t advertise them-don’t be afraid to ask them!
Independent butchers, fishmongers and other market traders are also likely to have more knowledge about cooking and be better trained than most staff in supermarkets. So, when you want to have fish for dinner, but have no idea how to cook it, or if you’re not sure how to make perfect roast potatoes, ask the traders and shopkeepers for their expert advice.

2009: A Local Food Odyssey

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

What made you believe in being a local shopper?

I think it began because I’m generally passionate about food so I enjoy the experience  of going out and exploring and finding new shops. So it really grew from there, I found going to the local traders much more enjoyable than going to big supermarkets. Generally the people in the independent shops know the products better and get to know you as well, which is a touch I really like.

Why do you feel it’s important more students shop locally?

There are thousands of students moving into communities in cities across the country every year. All too often we just move into the area and live there for 3 years only going to the local supermarket. I think wouldn’t it give the local economy a huge boost if even half of those students decided to get most of their shopping from local butchers and green grocers that source from local farms? It really is sad to see in some areas all the closed down shops that were once part of a thriving community.

What do you think is stopping more students shopping locally?

Mostly I think knowledge – students don’t know where to find the shops, maybe don’t even know they’re even there. I also think in some cases there is a bit of fear in that lots of people don’t know what to ask for in a butchers so they don’t try. Hopefully they’ll see from the film it’s not daunting at all. On the other hand though I can see why some people stick to the security of the supermarket – because they source from all over the world they’re rarely out of stock and you can get things out of season, whereas shopping locally you do have to buy more seasonally.

Top Tips for saving the pennies!

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Whether you’ve just got your loan through and have money to burn, or you’re at the end of term and are struggling to pay for a pint, the one thing you’ll have to spend money on throughout your whole time at uni is…food. So it makes sense to work out how to get the most for your money and how to waste as little of it as possible!

Here’s a few hints and tips to help you save those pennies:

• Try planning your weeks’ meals
You don’t have to do this every week, but it definitely helps you save! Work out what you’ll be eating throughout the week and the ingredients you’ll need, then draw up a shopping list. When you go shopping – stick to it! This should mean you won’t spend money on stuff you don’t need, saving your cash for that all important pint at the union.

• Look out for special offers
Keep your eye out in the supermarket for any special offers such as Buy One Get One Frees or Half Price offers. These are great ways to save money.

• Try shopping at the market
Although you may think it’s the place where your gran goes to buy her pound of mince, the market is a great place to shop when you’re a student. Unlike the supermarket, you can buy things in much smaller quantities, meaning it’s loads cheaper. Market traders will also knock off a couple of quid or give you a student discount; something most supermarkets won’t do! One last thing-people at the market will be able to tell you how to cook what you’ve bought. So if you’re not quite sure how to cook that piece of cod you’ve just bought, ask and they’ll be able to help you!

• Remember to freeze!
If you buy more meat or fish than you need, then remember you can always freeze it and have it for another night. Whatever you buy, split it up once you’ve bought it and separate it out into freezer bags. Label it up then pop it in the freezer and defrost it the day before you want to use it.

• Buy supermarket-own brand
Supermarket own-brand products taste pretty much the same and are usually cheaper than any big name products. When you’re cooking at uni, you won’t be able to taste much difference between the two, but you’ll save a lot of cash.

Food shopping in Loughborough?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Check this out!

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Loughborough as well as the ones Lucy showed us on her tour. It’s fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction, we’d say check out these websites for more useful info – Charnwood Council (markets in general) and again, Charnwood Council but especially Farmers Markets.

Shopping in Sheffers

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Sheffield as well as the ones Tom showed us on his tour. It’s fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction, we’d recommend checking out the Sheffield City Council website (info on ALL the markets – v useful!), as well as Sheffield Central.

Best Bargains around the Toon!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Newcastle as well as the ones Lorna showed us on her tour. It is fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction, check these websites out for more info – Newcastle City Council (more about the Grainger Market) and Newcastle Gateshead (your guide to things going on in the toon!).

Top Tips for shopping in Liverpool

Friday, October 10th, 2008

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Liverpool as well as the ones Georgia showed us on her tour. It’s fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction, it’s worth checking out the Liverpool City Council website for more info about markets, as well as Liverpool’s Heritage Market website – great for more info!