Money-Saving Broccoli Stem Tip Branded ‘Ridiculous’

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Money or lack thereof is on the mind of many people at the moment due to rising fuel and food prices. The cost of living crisis has prompted many people to share cash-saving tips on forums.

One man was labeled “ridiculous” and said they were taking frugality “too far” when he admitted to taking his pen knife to the supermarket to save up. The shopkeeper said that he does not like to eat the broccoli stalk and so – to reduce the weight of the vegetable on the scales – he simply chops it up and then pays only for the flowers.

Posting on a money-saving Facebook page, she explained: “Today a lot of likes on broccoli in-store because they all had huge stems and if you’re paying by weight all the stalks you’re going to have. If you don’t use it, it is useless of money.

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“So I took out the trusty knife and turned them down to the kids. Haha well, it’s a small savings but it all helps.”

The shopkeeper proudly shared a photo of her handiwork, with trimmed broccoli florets sitting in a shopping cart next to a penknife. The post divided the audience, with some calling it smart and others calling it “embarrassing”.

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But instead of being impressed by their work, hundreds of shoppers responded, mostly saying the same thing – eat broccoli stalks. “The stalks are really tasty and can be used in stock or cooked with the rest,” said one.

“Ridiculous! Just grate it and use it in salads/soups/stir-fries,” commented another. A third said: “How embarrassing.

Others argued that if you won’t go around opening the package to cut what you don’t want, why should you do the same with fresh produce? However, some shoppers defended the individual, describing it as “a great idea for those who don’t like the stem.”

“I do this all the time,” said one. “I always have. I think it’s cheeky for the supermarket to do that.” Another said: “Good for you. I miss my mother when I was a kid plucking stems.”

The man himself was surprised by the response to his post, telling the Manchester Evening News: “I honestly don’t really understand all the negative comments. Why should I pay for something I don’t want or use? Understand if it was in the packaging.”

Meanwhile, to clarify the law on carrying knives in public, according to police, it is legal to carry a knife with a folding blade of 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, such as a Swiss Army knife. You need “good reason” to carry a knife with a long blade.

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