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Better Value Offers at Dunnes

Dunnes StoresAfter a lovely meal in Yamamori Noodles with Jean – which she’ll be writing about later – I went shopping a 24-hour Dunnes in Cornelscourt. Going to a supermarket after 11pm can be a bit of a waste of time, as they’re often out of items you need for planned meals; no herbs means another trip to the shop tomorrow. Grrr…

Earlier this week, I complained about this supermarket’s dreary advertised “bargains” on the dismal St. Bernard range. But these are some of the better offers I noticed tonight:

  • 4 hot cross buns for €1.40 (offer ends Friday)
  • Blueberries – half price at €1.99, reduced from €3.99 (offer ends Saturday)
  • 1.75 litres Tropicana Orange Juice – reduced from €4.99 to €2.99 – a very good deal
  • 2 for €3 Dunnes Stores boil in the bag rice, or €2.16 each
  • For Chinese New Year: Buy any 3 Uncle Ben’s products (sauces, rice) and get a set of (rather fetching) rice bowls
  • Goodfella’s Delicia Pizzas – 2 for €5, €3.49 each
  • Irish Pride Wholemeal Bread, half price, reduced from €1.24 to 62c
  • Gateaux 6 Jam Tarts, half price, reduced from €2.07 to €1.04
  • Discovery Wrap and Roll Flour Tortillas, reduced from €2.75 to €1.37

I’m naturally suspicious of items, such as frozen chips or vegetables, that the manufacturers have marked with such labels as “now with 50% more” or “33% extra free”. Since when? Compared to what?

However, the following offers I saw at Dunnes are quite good, and I think you should be able to get them at Tesco, SuperValu, and Superquinn too:

  • Twin pack Roma Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 litre – €7.09
  • Free 500ml Fairy Liquid with Fairy Active Burst Dishwasher Tablets (the only ones that work in my dishwasher!) – €9.49
  • 2 Surf Small and Mighty Liquid Detergent for €6.00 – 40 washes

I note with regret that Dunnes have discontinued their 2 for €4.50 deal on their fresh lasagna range; they’re now €2.99 each. I don’t eat much ready meals but, weirdly, these are the best ready made lasagnas on the market.

One Comment

  1. Dunnes always seem to have reduced packaged fish deals. Their breaded haddock is particularly good value at €2.99 for 4 pieces and which tastes identical to Donegal Catch at about twice the price.

    Although these breaded fish are often mostly bread, (the haddock is 54% fish), they are a guilty pleasure of mine, and I’m happier to pay the seemingly permanently-reduced Dunnes price rather than full whack.

    Prawns are always half-price too, as are smoked Coley and Salmon fillets. Grand for fish pies or stews.