Skipping the Supermarket – A Summary
May 11, 2012
We hit the end of two months of Skipping the Supermarket at the end of April.
Two months of not shopping at the supermarket – not once.
I have to confess that moving into month three I did go back between the automatic doors down the long aisles of the supermarket.
I felt like everyone was looking at me and that I was doing something very wrong. I felt so bad going through those doors!
I feel guilty and disappointed in myself but this is my honest account of our experience.
Nappies for Cuddles, toothbrush heads and dish washing sponges…I know! Not very eco-friendly items to be going for.
I am disappointed that these items ended our challenge but I am admitting my limitations. In addition to all of the things I do in my daily life I could not bring myself to initiate the extra washing that comes with using cloth nappies. I understand what is involved with using cloth nappies as I used them for Punky. I have to put my hand up and say – I am not superwoman. Something had to give.
Making things from scratch, seeking alternate supplies that do not cost the earth and travelling further to get these items all takes time and energy. This is time and energy that I could be devoting to playing with my children, tending my garden, cooking, more research for my posts, my ironing pile, my paid job…..Mr Fresh seems to want some time with me too.
Over the previous months I have explored alternatives to the supermarket and either made my own items from scratch, gone without or found a new local supplier. I have learned so much since commencing this activity – primarily it has re-inforced what I already knew and had practiced but to a lesser extent.
I have always avoided processed foods for my family and am very fussy when I purchase tinned or packaged items. I have given readers a look in my pantry in a post at the start of this year. A look in my pantry now would show many more preserves stacked on the top shelf thanks to the bounty I have picked from the garden.
We will continue to shop as we have been since we started Skipping The Supermarket. I will visit the supermarket to buy nappies and some personal care items and cleaning accessories. If I find a viable option elsewhere I will happily switch.
I do not intend to do the daily grocery shop visits I did prior to this challenge.
Some of the things I have written about Skipping the Supermarket over the previous months are listed below if you would like to read more about what we have been doing :
Have a great weekend, check the date of your local Farmer’s Market and visit it if you can.
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