In recent months, we have turned our backs on this weekly expedition. This is for a number of reasons. Namely, we are pretty busy at the weekends with swimming taking up most of the middle of the day on a Saturday and Mr F working on Sundays. Also, since Little One has been walking, he has been far less keen to sit idle in a shopping trolley, preferring instead to grab hold of promotional signs and throw them on the floor. Unless there's two of us there, one to run around and find the groceries and one to entertain Little One, we have pretty much abandoned the weekly supermarket shop.
Aside from the odd visit to the local coop to buy the odd thing here or there, we now do a weekly online shop with Tesco and so far it has worked brilliantly! This is how we do it. Firstly we sit down together with our weekly meal planner. We mark down work commitments, trips out and times when Mr F is working away or playing football. We then plan meals to suit each day's plans. I use this fab weekly planner pad from Busy B.
At the moment we are trying to make sure we cook a wider variety of meals as we tend to get stuck in a cycle of doing the same meals. As part of Mr F's new year's resolution, he decided that we would cook one new meal form a recipe book each week. So we then grab a couple of recipe books, pick a recipe and make a list of any ingredients required. We spend time looking through all the cupboards, fridge and freezer, and making a list of things we need. Sounds obvious to do this, but you would not believe how forgetful we are when we are in the busy surroundings of the supermarket! We get there and even with a list, we inevitably forget half of the things we set out to get, and instead fill the trolley with a load of unhealthy stuff which we like but totally don't need.
We tend to shop online with Tesco, mostly because we collect Clubcard points and get a few good offers now and again. We sit down and stick rigidly to our list, avoiding impulse buys and treats which we normally can't resist when we physically see them on the supermarket shelves. Another thing we find useful is how we can really look at the prices in detail and sorting them by price per kilo for example. I also think there are more products to choose from and a wider choice of special offers. Other than mince and bacon, we don't buy meat online, preferring to support our fabulous local butcher instead, where we always buy a whole chicken each week as it will feed three of us for 3 meals.
We have really revolutionised the way we shop and we definitely spend less now than we did before. Although it can sometimes be tedious, we make sure we sit down and follow this little ritual once a week. It has also encouraged me to keep our fridge and kitchen cupboards in a much more orderly fashion. If you're short of time, want to save a bit of money, avoid food wastage and don't fancy taking your toddler around the supermarket, I can highly recommend this method of shopping.