A friend of mine, Rosie, was so against a new Tesco being opened next to the Spa in our area that when she once needed some nappy bags (aprox 60p) and Spa, Coop and the pharmacy didn’t have any – she refused to go to the new tesco but instead drove 2 miles down the road to the massive tesco to get them from there instead!
So since my issue is money saving I am going to be motivated by this rather than getting into the ethics of big businesses. Not that I don’t care about that but, lets be honest here, I don’t know if Mr Asda is kinder than Mr Sainsbury – I can only speculate and probably badly. But… I will support local business where possible, I will buy fair trade where it is an available option, I will not compromise on health and fresh ingredients.
I don’t agree that Asda is less. I think for brand products it may be but I’m a value shopper and find Asda dont have as much in their value range. I always spend more when I go to Asda -fact. Also its so much further so I’m also spending loads more in petrol. Generally I actually spend the least when I go to Sainsburys – fact. Bigger store here so more value range. But easily distracted by things that are magazines, DVDs, kids clothes, shampoos, makeup…dangerous territory.
So my new experiment is … Tesco online… ! I must say I feel embarrassed when the big lorry pulls up- that the neighbours… most of whom are elderly and catch the free bus on a Monday from right outside my house… must think I’m ill, or pregnant or just plain lazy. However I am hoping that by restricting my shopping to online I will avoid the impulse purchases, offers I don’t really need, the hungry shopper syndrome where I buy SO many sweets. So I should have a better idea of how much I am spending as I can keep a check on the amount as I click. To say we’ve had 2 birthdays, including a party shop in the last month I have kept the shop to under £200 … which when we last budgeted 5 years ago (! man thats bad!) that is what we said we could afford for food. We’re a family of 4 now but haven’t got more income so still work to that. We’ve gone for separate trips for extra milk and bread a few times but essentially that’s not bad. You do pay for delivery but some slots are just £3 which is less than a normal sweet spend… So I’ll keep watching how that’s going and see if I can pull that in anymore without us going hungry!