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May 20, 2010

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Max

I found this post particularly compelling Laura, not least because my project really boils down to weaning the family off supermarkets.

Going forward we have 100€ a week to spend on provisions - that's for (up to) seven of us. I hadn't considered shopping online for the basics we can't make at home.

Delivery to deepest Finistère can be an expensive extra though...

Laura

Yikes, 100 euros a week for 7 people is tight! We are fortunate here that even though we are quite rural we are still included in the Ile-de-France level services. I'm not sure the online supermarkets would even deliver all the way out in the Finistère...or if they do only at exorbitant rates :(
Ashley and I have talked about ordering stuff (flour, rice, etc) in bulk and splitting it, but for a large family maybe you'd be able to order in bulk yourself?

Sue

Brilliant post, it's very true that if you visit the supermarket you end up coming away with all the tempting offers, that you don't really need.

I just went out for two 4 pint cartons of milk and came back with £73 worth of stuff, and guess what I forgot...yep.....the milk!!

I just had to phone Hubby to get some on his way home from work, the supermarket is 10 miles away I can't just nip back.

Sue xx

Laura

Thanks Sue! Maybe we should bring back milkmen (er, pc=milkpeople?) and all the other fresh food delivery services like butcher's and fishmonger's vans. It is so often the little fresh things like milk we run out for that end up in expensive trips like that.

I've also been working to un-brainwash myself regarding coupons, as most of the time without the coupon for a particular item I wouldn't have bought it. Or worse, the store-wide coupons: "oh, if we just spend 10 euros more we can use this 5 euros off coupon!" which still means 5 more euros spent.

Jan

It all sounds like a very good plan. The nearest I've ever got to your spreadsheet idea was to write every expenditure in a little notebook and then add it all up, week by week, and study it. But it's so easy to forget to enter everything!

Laura

Yeah, it can be a bit of a pain, but it is so useful I am determined to keep it up. We just have a sort of 'inbox' of receipts and I enter it all in every couple of days, so it isn't that bad. Plus the spreadsheet does all the work for you once it is set up with the formulas and everything. But I'm sure we do forget some things!

Judith

I am lucky or unlucky, depending on how you view it, in living only 10 minute walk from a large supermarket. I have given up buying weekly and gone back to every other day or so, only buying what we have run out of and what is needed for say, two days meals.I definitely waste less food this way. I haven't itemised my spending-loads of room for economy I am sure.
Great post Laura.

Laura

It is true it is a very different rhythm when one is within walking distance. We used to shop more like that - every other day - when we lived in Paris, and it is true I think there is much less waste that way unless you plan your meals really carefully when you go less frequently. It has been quite a transition trying to get used to going only once a week or every couple of weeks.

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