As usual, I was awake early this morning and decided to head out to get my supermarket shopping done before breakfast (and the crowds of other shoppers descended on the supermarket).There was a time when I did enjoy shopping but now it is nothing more than an essential chore, which is done as quickly as possible.
Fortunately for me, I have a great memory and know the price, size and weight of each item( fantastic when it comes to going through the check out. Numerous times I have received goods for free due to incorrect bar coding on individual items, differing from that marked on the shelf LOL) so any changes to particular items are obvious immediately.
What I have noticed happening frequently, is the size and weight of some items is diminishing and the price is remaining the same or increasing marginally,usually in line with CPI increases. This sneaky practice is becoming more widespread and each time I shop I notice several examples.Fifty grams here, 100 sheets there, it all adds up and it is us– the consumer who is expected to pay for it. Not me. I immediately boycott the item and the company who is participating in these price rises by stealth and urge other consumers to do the same.
For most of my adult life, I have made a concerted effort not to purchase anything from the supermarket which I can readily make at home. I make my own detergents, cleaning products, bake, prepare meals and freeze them and where possible purchase meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables direct from the market or wholesalers. In doing this, my home is relatively chemical free, I know what is in the food I feed my family and the savings are substantial. Me being frugal again but if you have ever been in the situation where you had to do it really hard, these practices become second nature because you never want to revisit those times! Regardless of the savings and chemical free environment, I do enjoy the challenge of thrifty living and get a great deal of satisfaction preparing everything at home. Too bad this does not extend to clothing. I admire anyone who can sew and make their own garments!
I realise not everyone is able to ” do it themselves” due to commitments, time constraints or ill health and for some purchasing everything ready made is more convenient but even growing a few vegetables in pots is possible for most and is rewarding , both in taste and the hip pocket.
We did not go out for D’s birthday dinner last night as Prue was feeling unwell, so we will go tomorrow night. He did not mind at all as he has had a physically demanding week at work and welcomed the opportunity to come home relax, have dinner and get an early night. I think we will all enjoy it more tomorrow night 🙂