I was telling a colleague about our insane tradition of shopping for “whoopsies” just before closing time on 24th December and before other bank holidays. My colleague asked me “What exactly is a whoopsie?”
I think we first heard the term when a huge ASDA supermarket was built in our hometown. It was the most exciting thing that ever happened (other than the memorable occasion when Sylvester McCoy – a previous Doctor Who – came to visit). That may sound like an exaggeration, but my home town truly had few worldly temptations other than the whoopsie aisle in the ASDA supermarket.
I recall that on the reduced price labels on ASDA products, it had the word “WHOOPS!”, which is why we called the reduced items whoopsies. Other supermarkets may not use this term, but to us, all reduced items are “whoopsies”.
We realized that if you nipped in shortly before closing time, they had dramatically reduced the price of many items. Loaves of bread would be reduced to just one penny! But it is very exciting when you reach the chilled aisles. All sorts of chilled items, hummus, dips, cream desserts, garlic bread, cakes, prepared vegetables, cheeses and meats would be a mere fraction of their original price. The price was reduced to a mere pittance so that they didn’t have to throw all of that food away.
As a family, we came to love the last minute whoopsie dash. Returning home with something special which we had bought for a steal became a source for boasting. When we all left home, well, I guess we lost interest in whoopsies. I live alone. I don’t often feel compelled to go and buy food I won’t have chance to eat.
However, one of the things I look forward to when I spend time with my family over the holidays is returning to our long lost but slightly insane tradition of shopping for whoopsies. Imagine you are a cashier in the local supermarket, when suddenly a group of around twenty people pour into the store and all head straight to the reduced item shelves. I don’t know what they must think of us!
Then we present our finds to the till and gloat over how much money we saved. This year was a goodan! It was all party food! What a feast we had!!!
It’s not just about the tiny amount of money we spent on food. It’s all about the fun. The whole family having a great time, exulting because we spent so little on our groceries. Yes, we might seem slightly insane. But all that matters is that we are a family with a lot of love, warmth, and fun. We do not waste money on decorations and gifts. We all work for charities – why would we subscribe to what this commercial system tells us to do? We just love being together and having a great time, on a shoestring budget.
I do love my family!!!
7 thoughts on “What Is A Whoopsie?”
I love whoopsies too:)
First time I’ve heard the word “whoopsies” but sounds good.
That was great to know!
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I couldn’t comment on your post Atara. Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I think I have done this tag. These were the answers I provided:
If you could celebrate the New Year anywhere. where would it be?
TUCKED UP IN BED WITH MY BELOVED.
What is your favorite snack food for New Years?
I TRY NOT TO EAT AFTER 6PM. OTHERWISE I FEEL YUCKY IN BED. I AM NOT REALLY A SNACKER EITHER. THE ONLY WEAKNESS I DO HAVE IS TYRELL’S VEGETABLE CRISPS. THEY ARE SO YUMMY! I DON’T BUY THEM SO THAT I DON’T EAT THEM.
Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolution? If so, what was it?
NO. I HAVE MADE SORT OF RESOLUTIONS AT OTHER TIMES THOUGH. NORMALLY AFTER BIG EVENTS IN MY LIFE WHERE I LEARNT AN IMPORTANT LESSON AND SAW THERE WAS SOMETHING I NEEDED TO CHANGE. BUT I DON’T DO IT JUST BECAUSE OF THE TURN OF THE YEAR.
What do you want to do with your blog this year?
WELL, I THINK I AM GOING TO BE BUSIER THAN EVER. I AM GOING TO TRY TO MAINTAIN REGULARITY. ONE POST A DAY IF I CAN. I AM GOING TO TRY TO KEEP UP WITH SONG LYRIC SUNDAY AND SHARE YOUR WORLD, WHICH I LOVE. I HAVE FINISHED MY ANABELLE RILEY SERIES NOW (JUST A FEW MORE PARTS WAITING TO BE PUBLISHED) SO I HOPE TO HAVE MORE TIME FOR OTHER BLOGGING PROMPTS.
ALSO SOMETHING VERY NEW IS THAT I AM ABOUT TO LAUNCH A NEW WEEKLY PROMPT – BIT NERVOUS ABOUT IT THOUGH.
Do you prefer a big party or a small gathering to celebrate?
VARIETY IS IMPORTANT TO ME. I LIKE BIG PARTIES – BIG PARTIES ARE ALL ABOUT HAVING A DANCE AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. I LIKE TO DANCE SO THEY ARE FUN. BUT USUALLY THE MUSIC IS TOO LOUD FOR ANY MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION. I END UP ALL SWEATY FROM DANCING WITH GUSTO. I LIKE SMALLER GET TOGETHERS TOO. I GO TO A LOT OF DINNER PARTIES. ALSO MORE OF MY FRIENDS ARE GETTING BACK INTO BOARD GAMES WHICH IS FUN. I LIKE JUST GETTING TOGETHER WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS TO WATCH A MOVIE AT HOME WITH A GLASS OF WINE. I LOVE PEOPLE. I AM A VERY SOCIAL PERSON. BUT I DON’T MAKE A FUSS OF MARKED DAYS ON THE CALENDAR. I MAKE A FUSS OF EVERYDAY OF LIFE AND EVERY OCCASION TO BE WITH PEOPLE.
Haha this is so funny. We used to shop for whoopsies too. I had forgotten about the labels that said whoops on them so I couldn’t remember why we called them that. My parents still go to ASDA in the evening to see what they can find sometimes. 😊
Sylvester McCoy was hilarious in “The Secret Policeman’s Ball.”