I have realised a few things that have clouded my judgement have probably been the result of advertising and what I guess might be called "popular culture" .... the ideas that supermarkets have everything you need in one place, no one can beat their prices (which is why so many old places closed down) and that convenience is everything. I more or less believed these things for quite some time! The only trouble is NONE of them are true.
The idea of convenience is somehow everywhere. Everyone wants fast, easy, instant. We are led to believe this is a good thing. But if shopping around different stores (and perhaps some a bit further away) save a large sum per week and mean you have so much more and better produce why does it matter if its not convenient? If you save $50 by spending two extra hours a week on your shopping isn't $25 an hour for your work a reasonable rate? It's worth thinking about.
And the same with cooking. I found with making sausage rolls the other day that what I made vs the cost for the same in the shops saved me over $100. It took me a little over an hour to make them. $100 an hour? Who makes that!? This convenience thing has a high price! It is great sometimes that is for sure but a little bit of inconvenience sure can be a big saver!
As it turns out finding seriously cheaper prices and improving the economy of the whole household is so worthwhile it is fun. You can quite possibly change the fortunes of your home economy very significantly!
Jen in NZ wrote:
Your shopping trips to different areas have been an eye opener, I have begun to do the same here as I'm often quite disappointed with our local supermarkets. I found a cheese shop selling rounds of brie and Camembert for $1, they are $4.49 in the supermarket. And sometimes they have 1kg of Parmesan for $7, normally more than that for 250g at the supermarket! Now to find fruit, vegetables and meat at a better price!
I love hearing this!
The photos in this post are recent ones sent in that I think fit our pantry theme.
Baking day with Chloe.
I also want to share this beautiful letter with you all. Jesse has put the merchant ships mentality to work with amazing results. I hope this encourages everyone. We don't have some of the stores Jesse mentions. It doesn't matter! The principals remain the same. I have ended up including the whole letter as it is full of good things!
Beautiful Muffins by Teresa.