Oulu Best (Worst) Buy

The "Handbook For Survival in Finland" authored by Annikki and Jacob Matthan in 1994 after 10 years of research of life in Finland created a "game" to live well in Finland with a nominal salary. The system helped beat yearly inflation every year. This Blog shows how the system is still valid even in 2008!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oranges, apples, tomatoes, potatoes

Sorry guys, the Finns were faster than you on picking up those potatoes at €0.20 per kg. 

When I checked in the evening they had put up a notice saying they were getting more stocks at that price in Citymarket today. Also check out some tomatoes at €1 per kg if stocks last.

All the S- Markets today have bananas at €0.95 per kg and Egyptian oranges at€0.69 per kg. 

Have fun.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Best buy 24.02.2014

Go to Citymarket. 

5 kg bag of potatoes for €1. €0.20 per kg! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Want cheap Basmati!?

Lidl is selling Indian Basmati rice at €8.99 for 4.5 kg. Best offer in a long time!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Best Buys for Weekend of 18th October

Full roasted chicken straight from oven at €3.99 from Joutsensilta K-Supermarket on Friday. Two per buyer. Go before 16:30. Bananas whole weekend at €0.99 per kg. On Saturday Apple Hearts pastry packet of 440.gm (8 per packet) at €0.99 and two packets per buyer.

Potatoes at Lidl at 0.39 per kg. Small mandarins at€0.99 per kg. Orange/ Mango juice at €1 for a litre carton. Also at Lidl. Freshly made Finnish traditional Karjalan Pirakka at €0.25 each. Small but very good.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Some best buys this weekend

Lidl has a couple of great offers this weekend.

Dutch Conference Pears are just Euro 1.29 per kg.
Greek Style Joghur is Euro 1.99.
Apricot Jam 450 gm botle is knocked down to Euro 0.99.
And on Saturday Chicken mince is available at Euro 1.99 for a 400 gm packet . We usually do not get Chicken Mince. I is either pork, pork and beef or beef! There is a limit of just 2 packets per buyer for the Chicken Mince, so be prepared for a run on his product!


Friday 11th October Best Buy in Oulu

I got two fully roasted chickens at €3.99 each from the K-Supermarket at Joutsensilta (next to Kodin Ykkonen and near the Kaleva Newspaper Office). You are restricted to just 2 chickens!

They make a fresh batch of about 30 as soon as they are finished. There is so much demand that after 16:30 you are not likely to get any!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

"IF" saga continues

As soon as my Oulu Best Buy input about the IF Insurance Company was released, they promptly paid me some small sum, thinking I would just keep quiet and go away.

The owe my € 5500 as compensation. They sent me a measly € 1400!

I let them know that I am not making any appeals about their absurd decisions as I do not have time to waste. They either  pay the whole sum or give me a good explanation why they cannot. Nothing in their small print can be used in this instance!

I have also told them to remove the false advertisement from Finnish TV and advise me that they have done so.

My complaint to the Finnish Consumer Organisation is ready and will be sent in a few days if they do not take my complaints seriously.

As I have said many times, the Finnish Media is so corrupt that they will not publish such incidents. That is why our internet is so powerful and we get some relief as we have a way to air our grievances.

Thank God Annikki and I I started Oulu Best (Worst) Buy a long time ago as no one can say that I have done it just because of this incident.

Many will remember how I took the Instrumentarium company to bits and they smarted for a long time because of that.

But all of you will remember the kudos I have put out there.

I have had record hits for this entry about IF!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Worst Buy: Experience with a Finnish Insurance Company

For many years I have been using Pohjola as my personal insurance company for all my vehicles and also my home insurance.

By God's grace, they have been very prompt in handling all my claims. They did go out of their way to see that the claims were handled correctly. This was especially so when they did not have any really good English speakers on their staff.

I remember when my iMac computer got fried due to a power out. They just asked me to buy a new one and I got my eMac which is still going strong. I paid just about € 100 for this new machine.

When Annikki's white scooter got stolen, the claim was handled promptly and I got almost 90% of the value as the speedometer had just clocked less than 500 kms. And they did not even ask for proof as the scooter had been burnt by some kids and the police had identified it from the number plate which was found at the side of the scooter.

I have had a couple of unfortunate accidents in the car and the compensation was paid without any questions.

In contrast, we have had insurance from IF for Raantel Oy, our serviced apartment company.

Without doubt,  IF must be the worst insurance company in Finland. 

They have a very expensive advertisement on TV telling us how they beautifully handle claims.

In my exoperience, IF is a company composed of liars and cheats. The ordinary employee is trained to lie and write false reports!

Strong words, but unfortunately true.

They try to find ways and clauses how not to pay legitimate claims.

In the last case, a pipe from the dishwasher to the exit broke.

According to their terms this is explicitly covered. I should have received loss of income as two apartments had to be vacated.

They sent me a decision which makes no sense as they declined responsibility even though the claim was absolutely legitimate. And they expect me to appeal!

They did not send any person to see the damage or even look at the report from the evaluation company, which said exactly how the leakage had taken place along with photographs showing the hole in the damaged pipe.

I will be lodging my complaint with the Finnish Consumer Organisation, changing my insurance to another company as soon as possible, and publicising their behaviour as widely as possible and exposing the false advertising and unhelpful attitude of the IF Insurance Company.

Hence, in my estimation, the insurance company IF gets my Finland Worst Buy label.

You have been warned.

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