It’s been a while since I’ve shared a photo of my grocery shop.
Exciting stuff eh?
The reason? To illustrate what I believe is the good, the bad and the could do better. As much for me, as for you. Accountability. Put it all out there for the world to see, and you see it differently yourself also. Blogging enables objectivity. It also generates feedback. I believe it’s healthy to have our actions questioned, it reduces complacency.
There are of course good aspects to my grocery shop, some I’m not so happy with, and those that really… I should know better.
Can you guess what falls into each of those categories?
The majority of the shop is pretty good, I reckon. Of course it’s purely my opinion. I tend to stick to basic ingredients. There’s little ready-made or added-value products amongst it all.
Which brings me onto packaging. I’d rather purchase fruit and vegetables without the added plastic. Unfortunately where I shop this isn’t an option – Boo!
I did shop at a farm recently, and had hoped to post about my fantastic experience. But it fell rather flat. I couldn’t get all the items I needed. This led to a second shop elsewhere, and additional purchases (okay I confess, impulse purchases – isn’t it strange the way your brain can deceive you? quite clever really!). Also at the farm they gave me bags to collect my items in to weigh. Not quite the Au Natrel experience I’d anticipated.
Breaking point was cost. Significantly higher. I’d budgeted for this. But hadn’t prepared myself for the lack satisfaction I was to get from spending the extra. The minced beef was good, very good in fact and worth a re-purchase, but apart from that no major benefit.
The naughty products in my eyes are the highly convenient ones (said tongue in cheek Guys of course – we all buy things that maybe we could find an alternative for, but choose not to).
Kitchen roll (yeah I know – bad girl!)… Our use of paper towels has reduced, but not been eliminated. Honestly, It’s unlikely it’ll disappear completely.
Baby wipes – Same as above. Reduced, but not eliminated – one pack a week. I don’t use many around the home, but still find them really useful when out and about. My Kids are messy – what can I say?
Pull Ups (disposable nappies) – About 4 a week are used. Consistent dry-nights aren’t quite here at Chez Wright. After a fortnight of sporadically stripping beds at 4am, I’ve gone back to the most convenient method of keeping my second-born comfortable and asleep through the night!
I tried cloth nappies/diapers when they were tiny. It didn’t work out. Maybe I should have tried harder. Sleep deprivation is the cruelest form of torture, and I definitely didn’t function on all cylinders for quite a few months after birth.
The “Could Do Better”
Yoghurt, Puff Pastry and maybe Washing Detergent could fall into this category. These are all items I probably could make myself. There is convenience built-in here. But for some reason I lack confidence in both my yoghurt and puff pastry skills. Some purchases just make sense.
Having said that, both yoghurt and puff-pastry are on the ‘to-learn’ list. I’m the proud owner of a kitchen thermometer (birthday gift) and plan to put it to good use whipping up some dairy. Watch This Space!
The washing powder I’m pretty sure I could conjure up, but am having the time/effort/cost debate with myself. The Hubby will think I’ve lost the plot if I start making washing detergent. Maybe a reason to give it a try? Entertainment!
The dried pasta could also fall into this category. But I’m no longer having the time/effort/cost debate regarding that. After a kind friend lent me her pasta rolling machine, and it was the size of Wembley Stadium, I decided not to unpack it and resigned myself to a life of purchasing pasta.
So that’s my bare-all… What do you reckon? Should I be trying harder? Am I missing something? The floor’s open, no question or comment will be Tefloned**.
I still have unanswered questions myself that I need to address, and should they not be raised I hope to post in the future a little more in detail about what groceries I buy, how and why.
(p.s my total shop came to £56.58 due to an impulse purchase of 12 Carlsberg Export bottles at £5.99 – it’s Euro 2012 – This Brit need’s a beer when watching a match , it softens the disappointment)
** I may need to explain “Tefloned” as it isn’t in the Urban Dictionary (to my surprise, when I just looked). It’s a term I grew up with. It means to shirk responsibility, for it not to stick, to move on without action…
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