The worst grammar fails of the high street

Waitrose grammar fail

Waitrose is being ridiculed for an embarrassing oversight, after encouraging shoppers to buy something for their teacher for the end of term with a sign reading: "Gift's for Teacher's. It's impressive to be able to get so many mistakes into such a few words, and as one Twitter user noted as she tweeted a picture of the mistake: "They'll definitely need a gift after seeing this notice."

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It's not the first time that high street shops have been left red-faced by this kind of error. We've unearthed seven of our favourites of recent years.

1. Last month Poundland customers pointed out an error on an inspirational piece of artwork. It read: "Dreams. Believe you can and your halfway there."

2. In January this year Topshop faced the music after putting the words 'its not you its me', on a T-shirt - deciding not to bother with those pesky apostrophes.

3. It's not the first time the chain has made this kind of mistake. In 2012 Topshop tried to print a T-shirt with the words 'Romeo Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?' Shakespeare. However, they went for a less common spelling of the bard's name: Shakespere.

4. In 2016, Justin Bieber was roundly mocked after a $45 T-shirt sold at his Purpose tour spelled the word as 'Purose'.

5. Back in 2015 it was H&M's turn to face humiliation, when it tried to print a T-Shirt using Edison's famous quote that: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration. Unfortunately, the genius in charge of spelling, opted for 'Genious.'

6. In 2014, Primark joined the hall of infamy, when it sold a T-shirt claiming "Sometimes you just need a break in a beatutiful place."

7. Perhaps the most embarrassing mistake was back in 2004, when Crystal Palace revealed its official shirts, emblazoned 'Chrystal Palace'.

Save money on shopping: ten great tricks
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Save money on shopping: ten great tricks

The more work you are prepared to put in, the more you stand to save. If you put your shopping list into, you can identify where each individual items is cheapest, and can technically buy every single item at its lowest possible price.

If that sounds a bit too much like hard work, a reasonable compromise is to shop at two supermarkets: once at the weekend and once mid-week. You can buy each item at the cheapest of the two shops, and save money without devoting hours to shopping.

There are several deal-sharing sites, including and Most of them have a ‘freebies’ section, where you can get items completely free, and all have a section where they post fantastic deals that are well worth taking advantage of.

They will often point the way to coupons for brilliant discounts too.

The more time you have spare to spend looking for these, the more you can save.

It’s worth following your favourite brands on Facebook or Twitter. It’s also important to pick up in-house magazines, try your free local paper, and check any letters from supermarket loyalty schemes for your vouchers. If you have a Nectar card, visit the website before you shop, so you can upload the latest deals to your card.

While you’re in-store, keep your eyes peeled for promotions on packets, and on receipts. Often the deal-hunting websites will offer a short cut to many of these, but if you have the opportunity to do some legwork, you will find plenty of others.

Compare the price of your branded goods (after you use the coupon) with the cheapest supermarket alternative. If the discount makes it the cheapest option, then feel free to use it immediately.

However, if it doesn’t bring the price down below the own brand price, then don't throw it away. Hang onto the coupon, and check every few days to see if there’s an offer running on the brand at any time before the coupon expires. A deal plus a coupon is often the cheapest option.

Prices change all the time, but it pays to have a shopping list annotated with the usual price - or an old receipt - on hand when you are shopping. When something is on sale, compare it to the usual selling price from your list, to decide if it’s really as good value as it purports to be.
The frugal experts have decent storage areas at home, so if there’s a very special deal on washing powder or toilet paper, tins or toiletries, they can stock up for a few months at a knock-down price. It’s not generally worth doing on fresh produce, or packets with a short shelf life though, because throwing something away that’s out of date will undo all of your good work.
There can be some incredible bargains in the ‘yellow sticker’ sections of the supermarket. Most stores will have a spot for fruit and vegetable reductions, somewhere for chilled food price cuts, one for bakery products, and a final one for those with a longer shelf life that may be a bit battered, or separated from the outer packaging. Check them all for a possible discount.

The ’yellow sticker’ items will usually be reduced at least twice a day: once in the afternoon and once later in the evening. If you can wait to shop at around 7.30pm or 8pm you can get astonishing discounts.

If you want to time your shop exactly, then your best bet is to ask in store when they do their final reductions - don't be shy!

Get to know the rules around freezing ‘yellow sticker’ items, so you can buy when they are cheapest and use over the following weeks and months.

Don't assume something is perishable without checking. Everything from cheese to beansprouts is fine to freeze as long as you treat them correctly (beansprouts need blanching, chilling in ice water, and freezing immediately).

It’s never worth buying something just because it’s cheap: you also have to be able to factor it into your life. If you can't immediately think how you would use that over-ripe avocado, a pack of cut-price tongue or kippers, then don't buy them.

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