A Forgotten Shop

last week shop 1It’s funny how at the start of this blog the shopping post were the easiest to write and now they are by far the hardest. So on the day that we head off to do this week’s shop we finally tell you about last week’s shop. Last week was cheese from Rob the Cheese and flour from Lil the baker. A teabag and milk top up then…… fruit, veg and a few tins from the greengrocers in Carterton. Total spend £17.90.17last week shop 2

We really are finding the further we go with this the less we need. Becksie was watching a little bit of Save with Jamie and a point was raised that really made her think in a different way about this experiment. Here goes:

Right from the start people have said how can we do this and it be cheaper. Supermarkets are known for their cheap prices, offers and deals. We know all this and yet avoiding them has somehow saved us money! Yes some items are way more expensive out of the supermarket so…….. what is going on? At one point in Jamie’s programme he was taking about food waste (who knew if you froze fruit it would keep and you could make a smoothie???? – sorry sarcasm not needed). He said something along the lines of ‘the average family waste in average £650 of food per year! Interesting! Since doing this experiment our food is honesty zero – of course we produce onions peelings et al but actual consumable food waste is zero. So….. we stop shopping in the supermarket, we save £730 so far and have zero food waste! Maybe just maybe this is where some of our saving is from? By breaking free from the supermarket we have not been tempted to buy extras or offers and we have only bought what we need! Wow – maybe this is the key??

Thoughts please folks!?

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18 thoughts on “A Forgotten Shop

  1. I agree so much money is thrown away by food waste. Supermarkets do encourage this. So often they tempt you to pay £2.50 for say two pineapples as opposed to £1.75 for one. The trouble is pineapple 2 sits there and rots so you end up paying £2.50 for one. Worse still though is the fact that good food ends up thrown in the bin.
    We try to have zero food waste. Bubble and squeak is a bril meal and never the same twice.

  2. We’ve been totally supermarket free (including supermarket petrol stations) since I found your blog in June! (This is the first time I’ve left a comment.) Your family is truly lovely and your posts are so honest and fun to read.
    After reading all your posts, I found the energy and enthusiasm to only shop at our local butcher, health food store, deli, chemist and fruit and vege shop. My husband was sceptical at first, but now he’s fully on board.
    We’ve saved heaps of money which really really surprised me (total grocery spend was $500-$600 per week, it’s now $300-$400). Especially as we’re eating a lot more fresh, organic food (and much better quality). We’re also eating out a lot less; usually only once a week.
    Sure, individual items can sometimes be more expensive, however, our overall weekly spend is way less. I no longer mindlessly toss items into the trolley (a trolley is a money pit!). I take more time and care selecting items, and really think about whether I actually need them.
    I’m ashamed to say we used to throw out about $50 (Australian dollars) worth of groceries each week. We now have very little food waste. Being supermarket free does take a bit more effort, however this is a positive – you really value your purchases because of the effort you put in. Therefore, you don’t want to waste anything at all.

    • Wow – I don’t know what to say – what a lovely comment and thank you so much for sharing. It’s amazing to think our ramblings have an impact and……. all that way away. You are so right about valuing what you purchase and I think that’s what supermarkets stop people doing – the effort is worth it and food is a pleasure and a hugely precious resource. Please stay in touch and if you ever fancy doing a guest blog about your supermarket free journey we’d LOVE to have you guest. All our love Ian, Becksie and Lizzie xxxx

  3. I think you are spot on Becksie as I have also become almost supermarket free and also have zero food waste. I don’t buy what I don’t need and have even found that I can survive for a complete week on my Vegbox(includes eggs & milk)…I think it changes your outlook on food consumption completely and have found some truly amazing local food suppliers….I wont ever go back to the weekly battle with a wonky trolley . Team Pugh rules on the recession busting, money saving, zero food waste front.

  4. Supermarkets are such successful businesses because they are extremely good at getting your money off you. Yes there are some cheaper prices, offers etc but most people don’t know what they pay for most of what they buy, they pick it off the shelves and assume it will be cheaper. Plus buying things you didn’t go in for and ending up either wasting it or eating more than you need/really want. Last time I went into a supermarket I took a small amount of cash and no card which meant I kept a close eye on what I was spending as I went. It was a real eye opener!
    Re waste – once a week I make ‘potage garbage’ or ‘leftover soup’. Vegetable trimmings such as leek trimmings,celery tops, plus whatever else is lurking in the fridge, plus maybe a tin of tomatoes, all go into making a delicious (yes really) soup. Each batch is different and the only problem is trying to repeat a particularly tasty blend.
    Thanks for all your posts, they are inspiring.

    • That’s a fab idea re only taking cash – that way you can’t be too tempted by the deals. Also LOVE the idea of the soup – our chickens would be cross though hehe

  5. So right about buying more than you need, but I have LOADS of soup in the freezer, so the veggies are never thrown away. Several cartons of “surprise” soup – the label has come off!

  6. Makes sense. I have found that when I switch to local places it tends to be cheaper (with the exception of potatoes for some strange reason) and I am not wasting as much, because amazingly I only buy what I need. Incidentally, if you were bothered (maybe you’re not) you can put peelings into stock or gravy. Might sound odd, but it is one way to use up the little bits, unless you are composting them or feeding them to animals, it is an alternative idea. :) I do know people who throw this much away without meaning to. In fact I am ashamed to say my throwing away rate is not a zero, but it is very low…

  7. I’m still not able to completely cut my supermarkets ties, lots of places for milk, meat, veg etc but where do you get cereal, pasta and things like baking powder and baked beans from. I have never seen a cereal box on your shopping lost so maybe your not breakfast people?

    • Hiys, pasta is either from the deli, baking powder from the deli or the local farm shop, beans from a local community shop. We are not huge cereal eaters, we buy the odd box of weetabix from the community shop but also make our own granola and museli mixes.

  8. My biggest guilt and hatred which I have yet done nothing about is the food waste that comes from my fridge. We’re busy, full time working people with no freezer, blah blah. just pathetic excuses. But it really is like our secret crime, and I’m desperate to be organised enough to stop it. I think the incentive of 0% food waste might be a particular straw to finally break the back of supermarket (and particularly top up supermarket!) shopping. I know it’s been said before and will be said again, but your blog really, really is something to aspire to and is a very persuading force.

    • Thank you what a lovely comment :)
      I think the easiest way to crack this is definitely to ban yourself from the old top up shop. Its hard at first but it really does cut down on food waste. Good luck – you can do it :)

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