I told her about my search for much better prices and she became the next person to say to me how much things have gone up. Everyone I talk to is saying this! And this includes the US, UK and NZ Bluebirds as well as the Aussie ones!
Since several of you commented on our prices here this week I am going to take some photos to show you the prices in our stores!
My photos are some recent ones from you all!
This is from Rachel. She made little pies from berries she gathered.
Lately I have signed up for emails from the wholesale butchers, joined Facebook stockpilers pages, studied catalogues, viewed catalogues we don't have delivered online and everything I can think of.
Then I have been asking around where people shop? Where do they find the best?
I have learned to make a lot more thing myself from scratch. Overall I have learned a lot in the last couple of years! A lot of things are thanks to you all!
Finally over the weekend I thought to see what Laine's Letters say about food shopping and budgeting. While a few years have passed and prices have changed her ways were based on scripture and prayer. These things never change. So like with other subjects I could delve back into her advice just as I did years ago.
I have spoken about Laine many times before. Her letters were the first "blog" I followed and had a huge impact on me. These days her blog is no longer there but it can be read on a web archive. Now I have to hope the links work!
When the girls were little Laine helped me with being a good Mother, knowing my mission, running the home.... now I am reading she is helping me with being a good Grandmother and this current issue of grocery shopping! There is a whole Laine subject in my index on the right hand side.
Many of you know Laine and are readers already. For anyone who is new to Laine then reading her letters will do you more good than I ever can. There is something on every subject and they can be found here: Laine's Letters.
Two of Chloe's rescue hens. They are gradually fattening up and looking better!
While prices and stores have changed the way Laine went about things has not changed. As so many things have gone up the quick and easy grocery shop is over!
I am going to start with Laine's Letter Fearless Food Shopping. Australia does not have coupons, but we can apply everything else!
I feel I am taking a study. I am taking notes. How can I apply these things?
Laine treats stretching her husbands wage as a job. She shops at a lot of different places. There is a lot about stretching meals and using up left overs.
We all probably need a review/revision now and then. We get into habits! Then suddenly our habits no longer serve us so well or no longer work at all! Last week I did much better and it took changing almost everything! So this week will be interesting!
We also need to keep up with what is going on around us. Things change. We can become blind to choices and opportunities. This was demonstrated to me by a friend who's town was hit by a massive cyclone. (For the Aust. ladies this was Mackay) Josh told me how after several days there were food shortages. He walked into town and got bread and a few things from the local bakery. On his way home he passed a supermarket and there was a queue outside. Several ladies ran towards him asking him where did he get the bread!? He told them the bakery. They replied that there is no bakery in Mackay. They were so stuck on their routine of one supermarket they didn't even KNOW there were alternatives let alone what they were or where they were located. Now can you see how we should keep up with what is around!?
So this week I hope to check out some more alternatives, find new places to try and see what I can discover.
Could some of Laine's food shopping tips help keep the budget under control?
Do food prices vary wildly from suburb to suburb and town to town where you live?
We have to consider time and fuel costs of course. That is another thing to work in. But how far the food budget goes affects everything from our health, our menu, our pantry, every other area of the budget and our happiness as well! This one area has a huge impact. If we are a little bit ahead then we also get ahead with meals in the freezer, things to store for the future and with lots of food in the house you don't think about take out either.
Some of Mum's Bay Leaf tree as I was picking them to bring home!
Have a very good new week! Today I am making fruit cakes. I had dried fruit soaking in juices all night so it is ready to go!
If you want homework then study "Fearless Food Shopping" and be inspired!