Hello Dear Reader,
I would love to say that we grow a lot of our Fruit and Veggies or that we buy all our Fruit and Vegetables from the grower or a farmers market, alas this is not the case. We simply do not have the time to do this. One day, when I am retired, our dream is to be self sufficient, off grid, growing all our own fruits and vegetables. Our dream for our future is to buy an old crumbly home on some good land in the original part of Scarborough where the soil is red and fertile. We would then remove the old home and build a eco friendly, easy care, small home that would be big enough for our needs but small enough that I am no longer a slave to my home. We would have a big shed and large enough land to be self sufficient. Well that's the dream anyway. A lotto win would also be handy!
But for the moment I have to be content with supplementing our needs with some home grown fruits (lemons and limes and hopefully in the future Red Paw Paw) and vegetables and herbs (Silverbeet, Bok Choy, Bellino Tomatoes, Mint, Parsley, Basil, Coriander, Thyme, Oregano, Sorrell, Marjoram, Rocket, Sage, Watercress, Rosemary and Spring Onions) It does sound like a lot when I write it down but it is not enough quantity and variety to live on. I look at what I am doing now as a stage rehearsal for the next chapter of my life. Learning by mistakes (and there has been a lot of those) and seeing what works in my garden at different times of the year.
As I simply can't get to the local Sunday markets as often as we would like, we rely on the Supermarkets. We live in Redcliffe, which is about 40 minutes north of Brisbane. It still has a seaside village feel to it and we just love it here. There are all the Supermarkets we need in easy reach and shopping is a breeze (says she who doesn't do the shopping) We love ALDI and often go to Coles and Woolworths for their weekly specials as well. We get the grocery catalogues weekly and pour over them for any good specials. As we try and eat healthily it is getting harder to spot good specials that are a healthy choice. It all seems to be pre packaged, additive loaded, quick meals and snacks that we simply do not eat.
Just out of interest I went for a walk through ALDI and Coles on Saturday morning and compared 7 different grocery items that we buy frequently from ALDI. I must admit, with hubby doing the shopping, I don't know exactly how much each item costs, I just know how much we spend on groceries each week. So, below are the 7 items I chose to compare and next to them are what each item costs at 1) ALDI and 2) Coles.
Peppermint Tea 50 pack 1) $2.09 2) $7.50
Dark Chocolate with sea salt flakes 100 grams 1) $2.49 2) $4.00
Spaghetti 500 gram 1) 0.89 C 2) $2.45
Extra Tasty Cheese 500 gram block 1) $5.49 2) $6.30
Red Paw Paw 1) 3.99 each, not per KG, average of 740 grams 2) $4.90 per KG = $3.62 each
Macadamia kernels 1) $32.68 per KG 2) $42.50 per KG
Lady Finger Bananas 1) $5.99 per KG 2) $7.50 per KG
So, as you see, except for the Red Paw Paw pricing there is a lot of difference between the cost of groceries at ALDI and Coles. It pays to shop around and to be keenly aware of how much each item is and where to purchase it for the best price. I know this is nothing new but it does take time however once you know where the bargains are to be had, your grocery dollar will go further.
So, tell me, where do you shop for the best value for money? Do you buy in bulk? or like we do and just buy enough for the week?