Supermarket alternatives – changing the way you shop & eat
April 5, 2012
I am thankful to have learned to make some new things and for the new local produce and suppliers I have discovered from NOT shopping at the supermarket.
I am thankful for the opportunity to review our shopping practices to allow us to make some better choices.
We committed to:
1. Skip the Supermarket
2. Not shopping at shopping centers
3. Not shopping at any large chain stores
These are the questions I asked myself after the month ticked over…..
Did you enter a Supermarket in the month?
Yes – Once – to get cash out at the counter. I did not purchase any items. Fresh refused to go in. It felt like I was cheating!!
Did you shop at a shopping center or chain store?
No – I did not
Has it been difficult to not shop at the supermarket?
No – I have enjoyed not shopping there. It has forced me to venture beyond my street to find some great local suppliers and providers of quality produce.
Mr Fresh was surprisingly happy to follow along with the activity
Has it been more expensive?
No – If I not been able to find a reasonably priced alternative to a product, we have done without it, or I have made it
Has there been an impact on time?
Yes and No?? I am making a few more things from scratch but I have gained some time from having my meat delivered straight from the farm, buying baking supplies in bulk and planning meals from the ingredients I have available from the garden or from the local fruit & vegetable store. Previously I planned our meals based on recipes I wanted to try. A simple change that has reduced our household waste and made me be more creative with our menu.
Did you miss anything from the supermarket?
Sneaky snacks (chips – they are my weakness..and crackers) & the convenience of being able to go to one location to buy everything
What have you learned?
Going to the supermarket is a habit! Once you “kick it” there is no turning back 🙂 There is no need to return as you create lifestyle changes and alternatives
Other things I have learned are:
Here are a few of the new things I have started making. You can click on the images to access the recipes.
Will you continue skipping the supermarket?
Yes – I have made the changes to our routine now and feel comfortable to continue with it for a while
Will you continue skipping chain stores?
Not all of them – We will be returning to shop at one particular chain store as Mr Fresh and I enjoy our glass of wine together at the end of a long day. It is too much of a budget stretch to shop from local wineries on a regular basis. We do love to visit and support our local producers and have purchased many a bottle of local wine, just not for every day drinking 🙂
Mr Fresh has also been getting pretty edgy about getting to the large hardware chain to finish off some home renovations There are no viable alternatives where we live. The smaller stores are also chain stores.
So, overall we have had changed some things about the way we shop, overall though it has been an easy transition to make.
What do you think?? I would love to hear from you via the Comments. Do you want to join in?
I have provided some hints & resources to help you get started shopping local.
I wish you and your family, from mine, a fantastic, safe, restful and Happy Easter. x
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