Step Four: Tweak Your Shopping List
By following Step Two I got a very clear idea of how much my family really eats and I realised I was massively overestimating the amount I had to cook and therefore buy. I then took it a couple of steps further.
Bogoffs: I was a sucker for Bogoffs and deals where you buy food in multi-packs thinking I was saving money. Well, was that a false economy or what? I ended up just throwing away a lot of food that way. Now I resolutely ignore those offers unless they are for non-food items I know I will use (like laundry detergent).
Prepacked fruit and vegetables: I don’t think I have ever once used all the potatoes in a 1kg bag before they started sprouting. Not once. But I kept on buying the prepackaged versions anyway. Ditto carrots, onions, garlic, broccoli, courgettes… I could go on. Then I woke up. What was I doing?
Now the only fresh fruit and vegetables I regularly buy in my weekly online shop are apples, bananas and frozen peas because I know they will get eaten. The rest I buy from my local farm shop which is conveniently on a direct route to my daughter’s school. There’s something really satisfying about buying just what we need to eat that day or the next day at most. I keep one of those plastic crates that fruit comes packed in in my car and use this for all my farm shop purchases, meaning I don’t even have to worry about a bag. I also feel like I’m doing my bit for the local farmers and producers. So, that’s a win in my case.
I realise I am really lucky I have a farm shop practically on my door step. If it wasn’t I think I’d find it hard to be motivated enough to go out of my way to shop for fruit and vegetables separately. If you do all your grocery shopping at the supermarket (online or otherwise), choose the option where you can pick individual fruit and vegetables and bag them yourself and ignore the pre-packaged versions.