Despite a busy week at work (2 parents' evenings) I have been giving a lot of thought about using supermarkets. I really want to stick the fingers up to them but my purse would be a lot lighter. As a rule I'm not swayed by their BOGOF offers mainly as it's never on anything we eat. But I do enjoy scoring a yellow sticker bargain or two! For example yesterday's Apple and Plum Chutney was a result of scoring punnets of plums in the summer for 19p. And this morning I got a large joint (2.5kg) of British beef reduced by 50%.
I didn't have any apples for the chutney so I popped into Blairmains Farm Shop which is just a few miles from my front door. I got some Braeburns at £1.95 a kilo (they're £1.85 a kilo in Sainsbury's this week). They have a policy of stocking local and Scottish products as far as possible including chickens and eggs from the farm next door. A whole free range chicken was about £10 and included the giblets. Pricy but I can see exactly where they roam in the fields next door! And when was the last time you got giblets with your chicken??
Since getting chickens I am more determined that I will pay a fair price for ones that been scratching around freely in the dirt like mine (see above for yesterday's garden trashing!) I must admit that I wondered if I'd be put off actually eating chicken but no I haven't!! Although I am eating less but of a higher quality.
As well as trying to find out practical alternatives to the supermarkets I've been investigating buying directly from some of the brands I use. For example if I bulk buy Doves Farm gluten free flours I can save money and get free postage but then I have storage issues.
Yeah, I need to work some more on this but I could maybe rely LESS on the supermarkets and use MORE independent food producers to find some kind of balance that satisfies my need to spend less without compromising principles.