Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Food prices may be rising faster than inflation but don't worry, those well-known philanthropic societies - the supermarket chains - are apparently doing their bit to help us with their 'inflation-busting' offers. How nice of them.
I particularly appreciate the half price strawberries offer in Tesco and Sainsbury's. I had no idea that a punnet of strawberries normally costs £4. Nor did I realise that a fairly indifferent bottle of Pinot Grigio del Venezie normally sells for £7.99, rather than Tesco's incredibly generous half price offer of £3.99.
Good old Tesco. My Tesco. Our Tesco, according to the posters outside the store. During a recent refit I was assured something along the lines of 'We are making your Tesco a bigger, brighter store.' I had no idea they had been nationalised.
Criticising Tesco is, I realise, about as controversial as saying that the Holocaust was a bad thing and I don't want to single them out. From what I can see, several supermarkets are cashing in on the recession by expanding their long-established practice of hiking prices to make special offers seem more attractive.
I have been trying to break free from the tyranny of the supermarkets by growing some fruit and vegetables, but as soon as everything starts going well, little buggers like these turn up:
The one in the front's got a bit of an attitude, don't you think? But I can't get rid of them as there's supposed to be a shortage of butterflies, so I must let nature take its course. In the meantime, I shall reluctantly continue to patronise my Tesco.