Day Seven…

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The last day of my indie challenge! Time to check out the week financially… Not bad, the final total was £120 dead on. I’m sure now I know here things are and when to buy them that would bring the pounds down a little, but for the four of us that equates to pretty much our weekly shop (minus loo roll etc!). Did I cheat? No! Okay once, just for the paper, and then there was the gifted bottle of wine… Apart from that I was really strict and I definitely had a much more relaxed week with my food shopping. Am I the only person who panics in the giant superstores? The best thing about this week was the lack of choice, and the chance to get back to basics. Yes, the kids missed some of their faves, and if it had been school week I would have struggled with lunch box essentials (yup, Yoyo Bears and Frubes!) but I felt they were more involved in the whole process.

It did take up a whole lot more time buying the fresh ingredients, and we seemed to need milk and bread and eggs almost every day. I was really tempted, after a long day at work to dive into either the local chippie, or our excellent curry restaurant, and grab a takeaway (still independent shopping!), but I was trying to be healthy as well. Planning was another aspect of the indie week. Although puddings are easier to conjure up I needed to know what we were eating and drinking in advance, and Husband replenished his wine store several times…

Lots of things were free – raspberries, beans, blueberries etc. We just needed to be organised and pick them. Mushrooms are now springing up in the fields so I’m thinking sizzling bacon and eggs to go with them – yum!

Everyone I bought from was happy to chat about their business and the difficulties of being independent (and the joys!). Two local farms are currently under threat of development, and I do worry as I pass the huge developments near Tesco that this area is becoming more like parts of the USA. Like Dorothy, I once lived in Kansas, and I’ve never forgotten the vast acres of supermarket that had to been driven to after I hopped off my yellow school bus. I love the States have been lucky enough to visit lots of places across the pond, but the best indie shops seem to be in the cities in a lot of areas…

So, a successful week, and whilst I won’t be as strict from now on, I’m staying an indie shopper!

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