Monday, 29 August 2016

Shopping

I was asked if I could do a post on how I shop
On average I spend £20 a month on shopping, its not set in stone and I don't do it as a challenge and I am not into frugal shopping.
As it was we went shopping yesterday
£14.70 we had £12 in vouchers total cost £2.70
the carrots are for Sol he has one every day for lunch and the digestive biscuits are for the goats they have a couple biscuits as a thank you after milking. The peanuts are for making peanut butter, vinegar for pickles, sugar and flour is for baking, Tortilla wraps have been split down and frozen although we had some last night with duck, at some point I will start making my own.
Now to try and explain my shopping habits
We raise our own meat so we don't have to buy in that
We grow our own fruit and veg so we don't have to buy in that
We get milk from the goats. Eggs from the chickens and honey from the bees.
All that is left to buy in is basics, tea, sugar, cereal rice, pasta, flour
I bake the bread we eat it works out cheaper, I buy in bread flour in 16kg sacks approx £20, most dry goods I buy in bulk either from suppliers or wholesalers, I used to use Costco but now it Booker's, 
Rice I bought yesterday from Tesco £3.50 for 5kg were possible I will buy in large packs unbranded.
I don't buy in ready meals, jars of sauce, cake mix, fancy biscuits ice creams, jams, pickles, peanut butter, sausages, bacon, pies, burgers, or anything like that I make my own.
We eat fruit and vegetables in season, with two poly tunnels we can grow and eat fresh veg all year round.
Any surplus is frozen, canned or dehydrated.
I only usually shop in one store, I don't have the time or inclination to do price checks on line and spend time going round several shops just to save a few pence, 
I also go shopping with a list get in and out as quick as possible and make only one trip a month sometimes 2, I don't want to be wandering around shops, the more time you spend going to shops the more you buy and more inclination for impulse buys.
I cant think of anything worse than spending my time going round shops. I do buy in some dry goods through suppliers on line mostly with Amazon, 
I get free delivery and can get more unusual stock items. 
This may sound like we have very plain dull meals, but we don't, we eat exceedingly well and have the occasional take away, also if we want to buy something we will buy it, I cant grow everything and if there something we need or want like Bananas I don't deprive my self by going without.
During winter and spring we use a local fruit and veg wholesaler to buy in extra greens for the goats, crates of apples, peaches cabbages etc for £1 and if we want to eat some of it we will. 
We also forage for edible from the hedgerows and shellfish along the sea shore, 
We are only 2 years into our journey of self sufficiency, we will never be able to provide everything we want but its good fun trying and there is still plenty more to learn and try.
 for me spending less is, 
 don't go to the shops and don't buy it if you can make it.
You don't have to do without or be deprived 
Sorry I don't have a magic formula for spending less on shopping it is just a life style choice for us.
 

 

33 comments:

  1. nice post Dawn. I tend to top up or buy things in bulk too - works out a lot cheaper in the long run and I like you buy the ingredients for the best part. In the run up to Christmas I have the Christmas box where I buy sweets if on offer and wine, drink etc so that the costs are staggered more than anything else and not everything goes out at once. Christmas is also paid for up front and we don't do anything on tick. Like the biscuits for the goats and the carrots for Sol. hope you are keeping well.

    pattypanxx

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    1. We dont do much for Christmas anymore, might make a few extras thats about all.

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  2. I think you're doing amazing Dawn! Urban living means we can produce very little of our own meat....our first eating chickens are being sat upon by mummy chook as I type! My vegetable patch is small, no polly tunnel here as my back yard must also be shared by kids, dogs and chooks. So I have a small area to grow...it by no means makes much of a dent in the grocery bills except in the small window of tomato and bean production :) I should aim to make the veggie patch more productive...less variety perhaps...but those seed packets are so interesting to try all of them lol

    Thankyou for sharing how you shop...I literally just did my online food shop for the week ( we get it delivered as none of my three kids cope going into supermarkets for longer than a few moments...but this is also helpful as I usually just reorder the same stuff...so no impulses here either! ).

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    1. When I had kids at home it was similar to you, although money was tight then so no luxury shopping.

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  3. I think you are doing magnificently in your venture to be self sufficient. You both deserve a big pat on the back.

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  4. Good going, I just wish I could get my grocery costs down that low. You do an excellent job of it.

    God bless.

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    1. There is only two of us and growing and rearing is like a full time job,

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  5. I think you are doing great with growing and raising so much of your own food, and shopping once or twice a month. The food you eat is sure to be healthy.

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    1. I garden organically and one of the reasons for growing our own is to eat chemical free food

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  6. Dawn you work at your life style, no playing about pretending to be anything other than who you are. Your hard work and knowledge provide you your lovely life. I love reading your blog, it's the diary of a true country woman.

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    1. I am doing what I always wanted to just to see how much we can do for ourselves

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  7. Excellent post, Dawn. You shop like we do, but we do spend more than you do because France does not seem to err towards bulk buying. I am impressed by you being able to buy large bags of flour....I have bought flour in bulk from Amazon UK but the packaging was damaged because of the weight of the flour. The flour was much better than what we get from the supermarkets here though. But we are getting towards being relatively self sufficient, and what a grand life it is!

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  8. Thanks Dawn, I appreciate it. You do fantastically well with being self sufficient, I take my hat off to you. We don't have any animals, garden too small for that. We aim to grow as much produce as we can to be as self sufficient in that as possible....this is our 3rd year of doing that and we are still learning what works, what doesn't and what we need to grow more of. I am gradually getting into better shopping habits too, however, there's no way I'd ever be able to do a month's shop for £20. You certainly don't deprive yourselves, the meals you show always look fabulous. You haven't mentioned butter or cheese, do you make those as well?

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    1. I do sometimes make butter and I have made a couple of cheeses from the goats milk along with yogurt and ice cream, next year I want to experiment more with the dairy side, I dont eat cheese and Martin dosent eat a lot of it.

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  9. I love your lifestyle , It was always a dream to be as self sufficient as possible but then health issues got in the way but i dont go shopping t that often now , I agree with you the less you go the less you spend and then you can make it stretch I only shop once a month I feed the two of us really well for around £100.£120 per month without being self sufficient thats the best i can do lol xxx

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    1. Its great what you do, and if you want something treat yourself :-)

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  10. You're doing fantastically well...is there a lot less plastic in your life as a result...I hate the stuff with a passion, but it's darn hard work trying to avoid it! x

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    1. There is very little to put out for collection not even milk bottles

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  11. You know I think you're marvelous the way you work hard and strive towards self sufficiency. Although I cannot produce food to the scale you do I have learnt from your posts. I shop around on line before I go shopping to make sure I get the best deal. This will make my pension go much further.

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    1. If you have time to shop around thats great I dont have the time or energy

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  12. Hats off to you both, you took your dream and have worked hard to make it a reality. It is not for everyone, I did it when I was younger and although miss it know that I could not do it now.

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    1. The day may come when we cant do it any more but while we can we will

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  13. Great post Dawn, fabulously inspriational. Have to say I'm chuffed I manage to do just a few of the things you do. It is my ultimate aim to eventually only shop for non-preishables and buy certain things like flour in bulk once a month. I need to find a fruit and veg wholesaler for some things, sure there is one near by , perhaps the farmers co-op would be just as good. Always useful information from you.

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    1. You are doing great considering its only been a year big pat on the back

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  14. That's great! We will never be entirely self sufficient either. But we're satisfied with what we can do- that's all that matters.

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    1. I dont think it is possible to be 100% self sufficient these days but we can do our bit

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  15. Great post Dawn, we're hopefully only a couple of years behind you, but even if it's more, we're having fun trying :)

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    1. It is fun and I love discovering new things and trying them out,

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  16. Dawn - I never for one moment thought you had plain dull meals - you really do sound the most inventive cook and your diet sounds so healthy.

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    1. I do like my food and like to try new foods

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  17. A great post Dawn, We also spend far less than all our friends on food. I buy in bulk, buy out of date, grow and produce our own.
    Also don;t sell yourself short - no way are you only two years into your self sufficiency journey, you have a lifetime of knowledge that your using to be able to do what you do and to live that way.
    Also four wise I'll send you an email for a place that is a family owned firm and great quality (and cheap when you buy in bulk!)

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