simple living: shop local

February 3, 2012

There's a lot of talk in the news right now about the ongoing price war between the two big supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths. First it was milk, and now they've gone to battle over fresh fruit and veggies, slashing many prices below cost in an effort to win a greater share of the fresh food market.

I won't go into too much detail here about the price war - for more information there is a good news article in today's newspaper that covers the topic. What I do want to talk about is why I am trying to move away from shopping in supermarkets, and some ideas that I am going to implement to help me achieve this.

So, why avoid the supermarket? For me, it is a combination of factors, such as a desire to support local businesses and growers, a desire to eat less processed and more fresh food, and wanting to cut down on the amount of packaging that comes with my food.

Over the past year or so I've been slowly cutting down on the amount of things I buy from the supermarket. Some things were easy - I am lucky to have a great local green grocer who also sells fresh bread, nice cheese, and many other tasty treats. But I still find myself popping in to the supermarket on a regular basis, and I feel it's time to get organised to break this habit.

First up, I'm going to write a list of all the things I currently buy from the supermarket. I'll divide my list into essentials and non-essentials. Essentials might include laundry detergent. Non-essentials might include snack foods. For all the essentials on my list, I am then going to research alternatives. Can I buy the product at the local health food or organic store? Can I make it myself? Can I buy it in bulk to save on packaging? Armed with this information I'm going to start some new routines, like doing one big shop each month for all my essentials, so that the only things I need to buy in between are perishables like milk, fruit and veggies.

I'd love to hear your ideas and actions for being more conscious about where you spend your grocery dollars : )

Happy weekend x

1 comment:

  1. I love your idea of a big shop fonce a month for non essential things....I also would love to try and use the local grocers more, but damn the convienience of a large supermarket...especially when you throw kids in the mix...although I do make my own cleaning products so good luck with your research and I look forward to see how you go x


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