Skipping The Supermarket
March 1, 2012
Today this post is linked to Thankful Thursday at Kate Says Stuff because I am thankful for:
I am joining Tricia and her family from an urban family trying to have…Little eco footprints on their challenge to skip supermarkets, shopping malls and chain stores. Tricia is completing the challenge for 1 year! We will participate for a month to check how Local our lifestyle is.
I will post an update weekly on how we are progressing and what we have done to replace the products we would normally purchase at the supermarket.
When I started this blog I had an aim to reduce my trips to the supermarket. While I grow as much produce as I can in our garden, life is busy and I am guilty of taking shortcuts and choosing convenience at times. I could do, and want to do, more.
I like to put Cuddles in the stroller and get Punky’s scooter out and head to the local shops, with a visit to the park on the way home for a play.
I like the smile and greeting I receive from my butcher and the laughter that Punky draws as he scoots around the local fruit shop with his mini trolley loading it with fresh produce that takes his fancy.
I enjoy meeting and talking to local producers about their products. I like knowing who grew or made the things I eat. I like asking questions about growing techniques, processes and ingredients. I like that I can return to the person if I have more questions (I usually do..), feedback or a concern., or to tell them how much I love their product.
I was a qualified Aromatherapist some time back, specialising in skin care. I developed a range of skin care products that I have not made for an unknown time!??? I can’t remember the last time, or even where I have stashed the recipes… At one time it was my passion, it was what cooking is to me now.
Some days I need a reminder of these things.
1. Skip the supermarket. We will shop at smaller local suppliers instead or replace products where possible with home made. (This will be fun, I just hope not more expensive!)
2. Not shop at shopping centers (malls).
3. Not shop at any large chain stores. This means no Officeworks, Bunnings, Spotlight, Target, Myer etc.
I will let you know! I will update our progress weekly with a series of tips and activities you can start to do to cut down, or skip, the supermarket. Join in! It will be fun. I want to ditch some of our lazy habits.
Time – I have re-commenced work this week. I imagine that this will place additional strain on my time. With equal amounts of apprehension, fear and relief that I have this challenge to keep me on track and true to my principles.
This challenge will be an interesting test for me to see if it’s success in our home depends on having me available to dedicate time to additional household duties and cooking of items that would otherwise be purchased at the store.
Products I rely on – these will challenge me as my current supplies are used up:
Money – will it be more expensive to shop at smaller retailers and suppliers than larger ones?
I am in awe of Trish and her family for taking on the challenge for one year! There are a number of other people who have taken up the challenge as well. You can check them out here.
How long could you go skipping the supermarket, shopping centers and chain stores? Do you want to join in as well? Read more at an urban family trying to have…Little eco footprints .
Visit Kate Says Stuff to see what others are Thankful for this Thursday and enjoy your day.
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