Hampshire Trading Standards

Making Money Matter - Information on Shopping

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Shopping scenario transcript

Georgie Palmer (GP): Money is important to everyone. In this film we give you help and advice so you don’t spend more than you get and what you buy is what you want. So, money we earn it by doing jobs or we get it in benefits and sometimes as presents from family or friends. With it, we buy food, goods and services. Food can be what we buy in a supermarket or in a chip shop. Goods can be something like a DVD player or a magazine. Services can be a ride on a train or getting the plumber to fix your sink. We can’t buy everything we want, we have to spend within our budget. Now, a budget is how much money we get each week or each month and if you’re living away from home for the first time this can be quite scary. But, don’t worry, I have a few simple tips that will make it easy.

Voiceover: What you need to do is work out how much money is coming in from benefits or from a job if you have one. Then, work out how much money must go to pay your bills like electricity, gas and telephone.

GP: Any money left over is what you have to spend on food and clothes as well as those little extras.

Supermarkets are great places to shop:  you really can get anything you want. What do you think?

Sound effect:  UH-UH (from Family Fortunes).

If you cook for yourself, you can’t just live on crisps and sweets, because you’d get ill.

Voiceover: You need to work out what you would like to eat for the week, work out what you need to make the food, then write it down in a list.

GP: Right, I’m going to go with Phillip to do his weekly shop. Phillip, how much money have we got to spend today?

Phillip (P): £20

GP: and I see you’ve written a list here.

P: Yes, I have.

GP: Making me hungry just looking at it! Shall we get going?

GP: There’s quite a good few deals on, aren’t there?

P: Yes

GP: Sometimes I find it makes you buy things that you might not want. Want any strawberries?

P: Not today.

GP: Let’s have a look down here. What fruit have you got on there?

GP: You like Quorn, don’t you?

P: Yes, I love Quorn, it’s my favourite.

GP: What would you like to get? It’s sausages you like, isn’t it?

P: Yes, I love sausages.

GP: Let’s have a look and see what we can get.”

P: You can get two for three, I think.

GP: Two for £3.50.

P: It is a good idea, but it’s not on my list this time though.

GP: So you don’t really need it, do you?

P: No.

GP: OK, good point. Even though that’s a good deal, would you get it, even though it’s not on your list?

P: I wouldn’t get it, not if it’s not on my list, I wouldn’t, no.

GP: But I know you’re very fond of those Quorn sausages, aren’t you?

P: Yes, I can have that for my full breakfast on Sunday.

GP: I know! Shall we get you a couple of packets of those, cos they were on the list weren’t there?

P: Yes!

GP: In order to keep to your budget, no matter how good the deal is, always stick to your list.

P: Tuna, that’s right. It might be better to go for the shop’s own make. It’s more cheaper.

GP: So it’s cheaper to buy the own brand?

P: Yes.

GP: That’s a good point.

GP: So there’s that one in brine, or tuna chunks. (points)

P: That’s only 55p. (points)

GP: That’s really good.

P: I like to get the shop make, it’s a lot cheaper for my shopping.

GP: Phillip certainly had the right idea there, buying a shop brand is often much cheaper than buying a commercial brand.

GP: So what about these ones? (points at cans of cola)

P: Oh yes.

GP: Look, there’s a deal on here as well.


Oh, that’s good.

GP: But do you want 2? 1 is probably enough isn’t it?

P: 1 is enough but it’s a good idea for next time though. But if it’s 2 for £5, I might keep it for next time, it’d be good to stock up in the fridge.

GP: Yeah and they last for ages.

P: Yeah, we’ll get 2 today. We’ll get them anyway cos it is on my list. Are you sure it’s that price?

GP: So you got 20 cans for £5 there, are you happy with that?

P: I’m very happy with that.

P: Can I see the sell-by date? I love checking the dates.

GP: So that’s about two weeks on that, isn’t it.

P: Oh that’s very good, yes.


Shall we go and get the fruit now and the salad?


(picks up fruit packs)

Shall we check the dates on them as well so that they last for a while?

P: That’s a good idea that.

GP: They’ve both got four days on them as well. So you’ve got them until the end of the week.

P: Four days? Yeah, good.

GP: Good, let’s pop them in. Well done Phillip! I think we’ve pretty much done your list, haven’t we?

P: Yes, we have.

GP: Shall we go to the checkout?

P: Yes.

GP: Come on then.

Checkout Assistant: OK Phillip, that’s £16.95. Just pop your card in there. Thank you very much.

GP: Phillip’s budget was £20, he spent £16.95, so he’s got £3.05 left over.

GP: Phillip’s done really well, he’s got everything on the list plus a few extras and most importantly he’s come in under budget.


Remember, you only have a certain amount of money and this has to last until you get your next lot. Before you go shopping write a list. Try to only buy what is on the list. Look for different brands, they may be cheaper. And make sure there’s a lot of time left before the sell-by date.