1000 Flowers for the Planet - #326 Shop Once a Week
It’s easy to shop once a week, or dare I say once a fortnight, when you have a few things at your disposal: a schedule, a shopping list, enough green carry bags, enough Tupperware or suitable storage containers and an organised pantry. Why should you shop once a week (go on – make it every fortnight)? It will actually save you a lot of time, it will save petrol getting to and from the store/s and therefore it will save money.
How do you do it? First thing is to schedule the task into your diary. If you make it the same time every week/fortnight you will know not to schedule anything else at that time. Next, ensure you have enough carry bags to transfer all your items without having to use plastic bags. Once you have the reusable bags, you have them, and keeping them in the boot/trunk of your car will ensure they are there when you need them. Over time, build up a good Tupperware collection (no, I am not being sponsored by Tupperware to write this – I just think it’s a superior product) to contain all your staple items such as flours, tea, coffee, sugar, pasta, rice, salt, etc etc. Tupperware will keep your foodstuffs fresh for longer than if you leave them in the packets in the cupboard where the mice can get to them. It also promotes an organised pantry which will save you time and money in the long term.
By shopping once a week/fortnight you avoid making multiple or daily trips to the supermarket, spend less money, use less petrol and waste less time. This saves your resources and those of the planet, like finite fossil fuels. It also frees up a lot of your time so you can do more fun things.