A recent survey revealed that we chuck away a third of the food we buy.
That's pretty shocking and I was thinking of this waste when I dumped
some mouldy courgettes in the green recycling bin this week. Ok they'll
make good compost so I'm not going to beat myself up. But if this keeps
happening to you perhaps it's time to streamline your shopping habits.
What is your particular pattern of overshopping?
- Do you
love a bargain and get easily seduced by special offers like "3
for the price of 2" or buy one get one half price.
- Do you
go on automatic pilot at the supermarket and pick up ready packaged
items (like the courgettes) that are simply too much for your household
- Do you
buy the same stuff every week without checking if you need chickpeas
or breakfast cereal?
- Do you
go shopping when you're hungry, with grumpy kids in tow, or in such
a rush that you grab stuff haphazardly?
- Do you
feel uncomfortable and anxious unless your fridge, freezer and food
cupboards are stuffed full to capacity?
your shopping behaviour this April
Stop the rot now by adopting these tactics:
- Shop with
a list that you stick to.
- Walk away
from special offers - if you only want one Easter egg then is getting
"3 for the price of 2" a true bargain?
your seige mentality - practice leaving more breathing space in your
fridge or food cupboards.
shopping when you're hungry on in a bad mood as this will make overbuying
much more likely
- Have a
frugal April and use up the contents of your cupboards like those 5
packets of spaghetti that are all open. Eat up what's in your fridge
and freezer and then give it a good spring clean.
sell-by dates. If the mushroom risotto needs eating in a couple of days
it'll end up in the bin if you're out all week.
like with like. It may sound a bit obsessive but if you line up your
canned tomatoes you'll see at a glance whether you've got 2 or 20.....
- If you're
only going to use a couple of courgettes or oranges then buy loose ones
rather than a multipack. I'll try harder at this one too especially
as it saves packaging too!
carrier bags do you acquire on an average shopping trip? If you'd like
to reduce this have a look at April's tip Just
say no to plastic carrier bags.
I must admit
I have a soft spot for glossy carrier bags from my favourite shop Heals
or the pretty pink ones from Whistles and feel a little tweak when I fill
them for the charity shop. But there's not much point in starting a collection,
is there? I'd love to hear your ideas for reducing or reusing bags.
Next month I'm planning to look at green ways to reduce and let go of
clutter. If you've any suggestions or can recommend any good websites
do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
More Clutter in the media
and Home May issue (published this month in the UK) has a short article
on a wardrobe decluttering session Sue did with a journalist recently:
"Sue left me with a list of instructions and a feeling of being totally
unburdened". Sounds good, doesn't it?
Get professional help
I'd be delighted to visit your home in the London area and really help
you blitz your clutter effectively. I charge £150 for a 3 hour session
and as a special extended Spring Offer I will also include a free copy
If you are out of London I can still help with a monthly support package.
It's £100 for an initial hour's phone call and 3x 20 minute follow-up
weekly calls when we can talk through your clutter issues and set weekly
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Happy Easter, and enjoy the spring sunshine!
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