Those who follow this blog know that I each week I meal plan for 6 days Saturday to Friday (with Friday as the free day where I challenge myself to use up all foodstuffs as part of No Waste Tastes Great)
My usual routine is that I book a Saturday morning delivery with the local supermarket (Sainsburys) in advance, and then on a Friday I buy my groceries online after I have stripped down the fridge, followed my Friday routine and put together my meal plan for the coming week.
There are many reasons why I online shop, which briefly include to save money, time, energy, effort and also because I really do not like physically shopping.
However in the back of my mind I always have a thought that says I should shop locally and from an independent retailer. I advocate enterprise and supporting the community. It’s not just lip service, I really do believe this. I’m not a bargain hunter by nature and believe wholeheartedly in quality over quantity, so it isn’t price that is the motivator to shop through the big boys, it’s the fact I can do it online and it gets delivered.
So this week I decided to do an experiment.
I decided to shop at a local farm shop – well when I say local, I did have to drive there, but we used it as an excuse for a morning out with the Kids.
So how did it go? Well normally I budget £100 for all my supermarket groceries including household items.
At the farm shop I spent £31.02. But…and it’s a big but…..I could not complete all my shopping. I do have to do another shop for quite a few items including loo rolls!
Also as we used the trip as a morning out we also spent £23 on lunch for 5 people.
Simple Meal Plan 5 March – 11 March 2011
- Lunch – Lunch out at The Farm
- Dinner – Home-made Pizzas
- Dessert – Muffins
- Lunch – Omelettes with Salad
- Dinner – Eating at Friends (Taking cake for Dessert)
- Lunch – Potato and Leek Soup with Home-made Wholemeal Rolls
- Dinner – Pasta with Home-made Tomato and Basil sauce and Home-made Garlic Bread Rolls
- Dessert – Bailey’s Bread and Butter Pudding with Bailey’s Double Cream
- Lunch – Jacket Potatoes with Cheese and Salad
- Dinner – Spaghetti Bolognaise
- Dessert – Apple Crumble with Ice-Cream
- Lunch – Ham Rolls
- Dinner – Toad in the Hole
- Dessert – Madeira Cake and Custard
- Lunch – Light Lunch out as Playday!
- Dinner – Beef Casserole with Dumplings
- Dessert – Yogurt and Fruit
Don’t forget to pop back tomorrow when Rayna The Suburban Minimalist shares her story as part of my Sunday series of Faminimalism posts.