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FOod Directory

*angie*

loves food and cooking
#3
Your best bet is to join a class (£10 + first weigh in fee of £4.50) and get the SW talk and then buy the book from the consultant (£7.50) this way you will get all the most up to date materials, and a proper intro from the cons.

If you look out, you might also find a discount voucher to get you money off your first class.

Still cheaper than ebay :D
 
#5
Your best bet is to join a class (£10 + first weigh in fee of £4.50) and get the SW talk and then buy the book from the consultant (£7.50) this way you will get all the most up to date materials, and a proper intro from the cons.

If you look out, you might also find a discount voucher to get you money off your first class.

Still cheaper than ebay :D
Totally agree! Best to hear it from an expert even if you are not going to go back.
 
#6
They are going for stupid money on ebay, steer clear!

Your best bet is to do what angie says, that way you'll get the benefit of a talk from a trained consultant and all the up to date materials.
 

Circes

Strutting her stuff
#7
Last time I got one I just phoned up SW and placed an order over the phone. Not sure if you can still do this but might be worth a try. I want to get hold of the new edition as well although can someone tell me if it's organised the same as the 2008 version? I heard reports about hard it was to use?
 
#8
It's laid out in shop order alphabetically. So Aldi, Asda, Birds Eye etc. Personally I pefer this way, but I think I'm in the minority.
 

*angie*

loves food and cooking
#9
(so far) I have found it easy to find what I want - you do need to know the name of the manufacturer /shop name though rather than just searching by the product name itself

eg
for a M&S yogurt you would search under M&S
for jelly babies you would have to know they were made by bassets (or whoever)
Branston beans - you would search under crosse and blackwell

Personally I think listed by product would be better (for example) 'baked beans' 'natural yogurt' etc, as then I could compare M&S, tesco, heinz or branson etc side by side.

but that doesn't exist, and this isn't too bad :eek:
 
#10
I bought the Free Branded Foods book last night for £1.95 and it seems really useful. Didn't buy the directory (£7.50) as I look things up online. There is also a book of low syn snacks.
 

rosinakathleen

Big, busty and Blowsy!
#11
I also bought these books last night, as well as the directory as they are my "bibles"!
As I have got the old ones as well, I thought of giving them to my neighbour who comes to class. She is a single parent of 4, and I know money is tight for her.
Bit worried about doing it tho as she is so proud, and doesn't do "charity" So will just pop them thro her door with a note saying "hope you can find a use for these, If not put them in recycling bin" and hope for the best!
 
#13
I'm hoping to pick mine up tonight, i didn't realise they had a different lay out, it sounds much better to me having it by manufacturer - I never know what catagory things come under and some of them are a bit random!
 
#14
i cant afford to go to classe either and really want the new 2009 directory. i bought a copy of best magazine the other week and it had a £10 voucher for free membership. so i figured i would go tomoz and join. get my a new pack (free) and directory £7.50 and sell my pack on ebay to get my money back!! as i already have a pack here.

I know its cheating the system but cant pay £30 on ebay or afford weekly meetings...
 

Circes

Strutting her stuff
#16
Just a warning but when i was a group member you couldn't get a book the same night. We had to order and pay for any books we wanted and then got them the following week. I suppose that way the consultant didn't need to pay out for a stock of books that might not be sold. Things might have changed as this was a few years ago and perhaps someone else can say.

i cant afford to go to classe either and really want the new 2009 directory. i bought a copy of best magazine the other week and it had a £10 voucher for free membership. so i figured i would go tomoz and join. get my a new pack (free) and directory £7.50 and sell my pack on ebay to get my money back!! as i already have a pack here.

I know its cheating the system but cant pay £30 on ebay or afford weekly meetings...
 

Circes

Strutting her stuff
#17
Ordering Food Directory if you're not a SW member

Okay folks - here's what to do.

Phone the SW book enquiry line on 0844 892 0404. You'll get a really nice lady on the other end of the phone who will take your order. It will cost £9.50 including P&P and will be delivered in 7 to 10 days. You need someone to be there to sign for it when it comes so I got mine delivered to my work address.
 

*angie*

loves food and cooking
#18
Just a warning but when i was a group member you couldn't get a book the same night. We had to order and pay for any books we wanted and then got them the following week. I suppose that way the consultant didn't need to pay out for a stock of books that might not be sold. Things might have changed as this was a few years ago and perhaps someone else can say.

Consultants have an option whether to buy books in advance and hold a stock, or whether to order books as their members want them.
If you are going to a class, you could ring the consultant first and ask whether she holds a stock of the book you want, and perhaps she could hold one for you?
 

Circes

Strutting her stuff
#19
Well the good news is that my Food Directorary arrived after just 2 days instead of the 7 to 10 that I was told.

The bad news is that it's not arranged alphabetically. It's split into sections - free food, branded red/green free, syn smart and syn basket. It is difficult to find a syn value as you have to check more than one section if it's not immediately obvious whether there is a free food allowance.
I think I'm going to write and complain!
 


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