I love the weekly trip to the supermarket: I have the list ready, I know what I want and generally I can power shop and be in and out in about 35 minutes. Doesn’t everyone shop like this? Well it appears not.
Last week when I did the usual 30 minute supermarket dash, the check out operator commented on how healthy the contents of my trolley was. I was a bit surprised, there was a bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate, as well as the other necessities of life, milk, eggs butter and so on.
So this week I thought I would pay a bit more attention to my fellow shopper’s trolleys and their shopping behaviour.
This is what I observed. I only noticed one other lady (one of the older generation) with a shopping list. Everyone else seemed to be aimlessly selecting items from the shelves, sometimes in consultation with other household members with them. You could see the concentration on other faces as they tried to recall whether they needed that jam or honey.
That led me to wonder, if they were just a little more organised, how much money (and food) would they save each week.
What was going in the trolleys was even more interesting. So much of it was pre-packaged and pre-prepared food, as well as junk food and other instant ‘stuff’. No wonder waistlines are growing at an alarming rate – and before you ask, mine’s fine thank you…
Now I know the average family with children is time poor, but come on, it doesn’t take that long to plan school lunches and the evening meal for the week does it?
There are a host of great publications out there that provide us with weekly meal planners (Healthy Food Guide) that are good for us as well as tasty. Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals are a real favourite in our household. Even the supermarket is doing its bit with their ‘Feed a Family of Four on $15.00′ promotion.
We have a very busy household like most of you, I imagine, and I have to be organised. Maybe I’m a bit over the top – my pantry has a full inventory management system, much to the amusement of my family. The shopping list is firmly attached to the fridge and woe betide the person who doesn’t fill it in when something is used. But guess what, our weekly shopping bill is consistent. We have very little food waste, left over’s get turned into lunches the next day and best of all, meal times are family time, both in the preparing and the consumption.
So let’s get back to basics, clean out the pantry, plan the weekly meals, start a shopping list and help your waistline and your wallet.
http://www.mymoneyseeker.com Lynda Moore