Why shopping locally works for us

Becksie recently did a radio interview and as she is such an organised human prepared some notes. The radio interview went well but the interviewer didn’t really ask all the questions Becksie had prepared for! Doh! So in true waste not want not style these leftover notes have been baked in a hot oven and are being served to you as a blog post today:M BOYDEN

As our year draws nearer to its end we have been doing some reflecting on why local shopping works for us…… here are our thoughts:

Local shopping helps keep us focused on a budget as we don’t go into the shop for milk and leave with a fan, a paddling pool, £40 worth of food and a t shirt. Before we started this project we were huge ‘top up shoppers’.50 quid

It changes your mindset – you learn what you need to buy and as a consequence don’t spend money on things that will just get thrown away. For example  bogof deals look great but do you actually need 14 peppers? Stopping this kind of shopping has also meant our waste is zero.

The 'food waste' from the Satsuma during live below the line

We now buy ingredients instead of products, this is 97% really great but sometimes we admit it’s tricky and tiring. Buying ingredients instead of products takes more motivation but its really positive – being more motivated has made us achieve more and experience more.

Less choice is actually really refreshing and much less stressful. When the time comes that we are allowed back into the supermarket we think the choice might actually feel quite overwhelming!

We have saved money and feel much more chilled out. Total saving on our £50 budget in 9 months is £530! But that doesn’t include the approx saving of £30 we’ve saved a week by dropping top up shops.

We have made new friends.

The local shop keepers know us and help us – they’ll order in special requests, service is fab. They give us recipe suggestions etc.

Every pound you spend locally is actually worth more to the local economy.

You discover just how much is available locally.

An icy but lovely lovely Faringon

An icy but lovely lovely Faringon

If we don’t use these businesses we will lose them and that would actually be really inconvenient.

You’ve got to weigh it up – something might cost £1 in the supermarket and £1.50 in your local town but there are extra costs and implications of travelling further- petrol costs, temptation to buy more, stuff that might get wasted etc.

So there we have it, our thoughts on why local shopping works for us. We are of course doing an extreme version of this but if everyone did a little bit it would be fab. To quote Tesco’s ‘ Every Little Helps’!!!!


Live below the Line Day 5!

After doing so well all week and all getting up and having breakfast together this morning wasn’t so great. Becksie had been out to a Folly Dollies committee meeting and had successfully declined a glass of wine and a homemade strawberry cheesecake cake!!!!!!!! When she got home Ian and Becksie enjoyed their final pot of coffee (thats right not enough to have any today) and were thinking of heading for bed when Lizzie woke up. Now this is very rare for Lizzie so Becksie had a panic that the only possible conclusion was that Lizzie was hungry (she wasn’t, she’d eaten her tea but the mother guilts set in). Ian and Becksie were also hungry so…… (Bad parent alert) we got Lizzie up and Becksie made 3 homemade biscuits and we had ourselves a Team Pugh midnight feast! Becksie was still hungry and didn’t get to sleep to 4 am! So this morning was a little disorganised and Ian dashed out the house minus breakfast! Eeeek!

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Day 4

The 'food waste' from the Satsuma!!!

The ‘food waste’ from the Satsuma!!!

So today has been Day 4 of our Live Below the Line experience. Another sunny day – started off with porridge for all (Lizzie is coming round to the idea of porridge which is great). Ian’s breakfast includes a generous amount of sugar as Becksie still feels guilty he is out earning the money. Also a shared recycled coffee for Ian and Becksie. After Lizzie eats her porridge she munches her way through the remaining Satsuma – a careful fruit selection as Becksie wants to use the peel as a feature of dinner.

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