How do you shop?
Shopping is the one place where you can waste food before you have even paid for it – by putting stuff that you don’t need, or won’t use, into your trolley. Going shopping is like a battle against 2 enemies – yourself and the shop. And to win this battle you have to know your enemies!
Before you go, think about yourself – what do you waste regularly, and why. Then, go prepared – make sure you don’t go hungry, use a list, and then try to stick it!
The following are some other important things to think about when it comes to your shopping:
While going to the supermarket/shop more often, and buying less each time, is a good way to avoid food waste it also means you are more frequently exposed to the temptation to spend. You know yourself, it’s pretty hard to go to a shop and buy just one thing! The majority of people end up buying one or two extras and this can add up. Then again the big shop can mean things are bought for the future and they end up not being used. So, keep an eye on the food you waste and see if you can change the way you shop to suit both your needs and your wallet.
If you prefer to shop based on offers, then sticking to a list might actually hold you back from savings. But remember, if you constantly get caught out by offers then the shopping list is probably the way to go. So, before you put something into your basket, instead of thinking to yourself “I need this” ask yourself “why do I need this?” or “what am I really going to do with all of this?” You might be surprised how these questions can change your choices.
While this service is available in most large towns and cities many smaller supermarkets now offer this service as well. It allows you plan and budget without the various distractions that tempt you when in the shop. While there is a charge with these services, and delivery time can be an issue, it may end up saving you more than the cost of the service in the long run.
It might take a bit of time to figure out what works, and doesn’t work, best for you. So, make sure to take the time to look at what worked and what didn’t work after each shopping trip and eventually you will get there.