Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The year of little shopping

Looking back over my blog posts from last year, I noticed a lot of them featured shopping (food shopping, that is)....we seemed to do a lot of it (and no doubt spent a lot).  I've given it some thought and come to the conclusion that it's generally because I've run out of something and make a trip to the supermarket to pick up whatever it is, and then end up getting a couple of carrier bags' worth of other stuff....just because it was on offer or, even worse, because we just fancied it.  Irrespective of the fact that we have plenty of food at home.

Well, no more.  This year we are planning on doing a big shop hopefully just once a month, and we won't be going food shopping at all in between, if we can help it.  Let's face it, even things like milk, cheese, butter and veggies can be frozen, so if we buy a month's worth then we shouldn't, in theory, run out of anything.  Well, except possibly for salad stuff, until home grown things are ready.

I'm going to keep all my shopping receipts in an accounts book and total them up every 3 months.  That way I should be able to get a realistic idea of how much we actually need to allocate for shopping.

I'm also going to try to avoid having any food waste at all - we are usually pretty good at this anyway, but will endeavour to keep on top of using up fresh food before it goes off, and freezing even small leftover amounts of cooked food and using it up in another meal at a later date.  I'm also going to make more of an effort to use up everything we have in the cupboards and freezer....we do seem to have a habit of keeping especially tinned and packet food for months and months, and frozen stuff that finds its way to the back of the freezer and gets forgotten about.

7 comments:

  1. The year of little shopping here as well, good luck. x

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  2. It only takes a small change to save and those savings mount up. We are planning a small spending year. My biggest spending is usually for birthday and Christmas for Fran but this year she would love all hand made things and my stash is overflowing. I do rotate my dried and tinned stuff foods but as you say there is always a few packages that hide in the freezer.

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  3. We found doing a monthly shop did not help us, we purchased enough for the month and ate more in the first week, because of dates, and still wasted food. We do a big store cupboard and freezer shop, and shop local at our co-op each week. The local shop is the hardest, ensuring we buy just what we need. We keep an eye on line for our favoured brands on special.

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  4. Good goals for the year ahead! I really want to cut down on our food waste. I've been really trying but I find things seem to get 'lost' at the back of the fridge or freezer. I'm certainly going to be cutting down on shopping both groceries and other 'stuff'. It's easier for me in the winter as it is really snowy and cold and difficult to get out and about.

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  5. It seems to be a blogging theme this year cutting back on excessive food shopping, lok forward to see how you get one,

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  6. Sounds like a good plan Sooze. I hope iy works out for you.
    Hugs-x-

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  7. I don't think a monthly shop would work for us either. Firstly we only have a small freezer and secondly I would struggle to make a food plan for 4 weeks. I do agree that it's so easy to enter a supermarket just for bread and come out with a bag full of stuff. Good luck with your plan x

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