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#1 Angel_Elle

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 01:22 PM

Just a curious though if our big shop ws remotely normal.. We have a small independent store on town that currently is running out of the town hall after a fire, its range is similar to an IGA with conscience store prices so we prefer doing a run to our closest Woolies over 6hours round trip away as we take the kids for this run I do the click and collect so its ready for putting straight in the car but Staff seemed shocked when we say no its all for us - all up we are loading 3 trolleys into the car/trailer we only do this once a month but trying to build up to once every 6-8 weeks due to fuel costs. We just buy milk, fruit and veggies and bread local and meat from the two mobile butchurs that come in town every month.


So is our 3 trolleys a month normal or crazy? (One trolley is mainly nappies, wipes and 2ctns of soft drink.
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:03 PM

I do the supermarket shop every two weeks or so - sometimes a bit shorter, sometimes longer. The shop tend to take up half to two thirds of the trolley (as I have two kids in it too). Thinking about it, this possibly explains why I never seem to have any food in the house.

I do intermittent runs to the greengrocers and butchers in the week.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:14 PM

I now live in a relatively small town (20k population i think) however i am lucky that we have a woolworths and also coles. Both are quite small from what im used to in Hobart, however they have everything i need.

Our town is basically the last "big" town on the north west of tasmania, so i often see families who are loading up trolleys full of food into their cars and i assume they must live a few hours away and do this monthly or similar. They seem pretty organised and also have gigantic eskis in the back of there utes/cars to put all the cold stuff in.

I personally shop daily, unless i try to be organised and get a 2nd nights dinner sorted in the one shop. Its expencive this way, as i seem to spend about $50 a day at the supermarket, whereas when i have been organised and meal planned a week, i managed to get everything for under $150. I really should be more organised.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:19 PM

I do a big shop once a week - about half a trolley at Aldi and a hand basket full at Coles or Woolies. Most is perishable stuff though - I don't know how I'd go only shopping once a month! I usually do another hand basket's worth during the week for bread, milk and yoghurt.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 03:13 PM


Prior to starting 12wbt, we averaged a 6-weekly supermarket shop (fresh produce/milk/bread outside of this). Generally, we would have 2 full trolleys at the checkout avg $600 spend.
Everyone assumed we'd just come back from holidays (I wish!!).

We live in suburbia, where it's clearly not the done thing laugh.gif

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:03 PM

We do such a mish-mash of shopping between bulk at Costco, fresh fruit/veg and deli goods at the markets and other things from Woolies that it's hard to tell. Eg might go to Costco fortnightly, pop into the supermarket when necessary and do fresh stuff weekly at the markets.

I would totally not be surprised at the amount you buy though, given the circumstances. Used to be a checkout chick wayyy ages ago and people definitely did big shops like this in suburbia but not that often.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:03 PM

We do a big shop about once a month from Coles or Woolies Online. This is always non-perishables, toilet paper, alcohol, jarred sauces, packet soups, etc. We don't really do a big shop at all any more though, as we get milk and bread and meat delivered twice a week, and go to the F&V shop and the butcher about once a week too.
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:35 PM

Thanks ladies - a lot of the recent items has been more junk/treats but I'm mainly trying to stock up on the staples as cyclone season I don't want to be doing the shopping to much as there are a few to many flood prone spots on the highway, plus I need to be prepared for cyclones as we have been topd that power to town gets cut for a few days if there is an immediate threat of one. So hopefully when I'm fully stocked and also have get our new fridge (so i have more fridge:freezer space) I can get the bill way down from 1k to 500.
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:21 PM

We are still trying to nail down on this whole meal planning thing. When I actually make a meal plan and go shopping, we average about $200 for a fortnight. It's hard though, we've moved interstate twice in the last 10 months, and so it means I'm missing a lot of things that most people just have stored in the back of the pantry, and this pushes the bill up.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:30 PM

I know what you mean AK2 - we moved is rated only a few months ago so try to have a well stocked pantry is costly plus prior to the move I ran it down (a) cos the barge to our old town kept coming in late and shelfs where empty so it became a must to do multiple shop trips a week just to try and get what you want and (cool.gif I new we were moving so anything extremely close to expiry I ditched as we had a month of transist period before we got to unpack and the removalists wouldn't pack any aerosol cans (we were prepared for this so stashed them in the camper trailer as that only went on the barge and we then drove it) or open bottles (including vinegar and soy sauce) so iv had to rebuy a lot of things.
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:54 PM

Like Windsor we shop at various locations. Lost of things like toilet paper, paper towel and big jars of things we use from Costco, which we just do when we need enough stuff from there, or they have a sale on, probably once every 6-8 weeks.

Weekly we go to the markets and get a big box of fresh fruit and vegies. At the markets we get any deli items - creams, cheeses and meats. We also get a few things from the asian grocer. We eat a fair few Asian meals so most weeks we grab tofus and other bits and pieces we may have run out of. Hubby and DD eat meat so any meat for the week is from the butcher at the markets or the wholesale butcher nearby. On weekends we go to the local farmers market for our free range eggs and any other seasonal fruit and veg that looks good. We grow stuff ourselves too so don't need to buy everything when it's in season in our garden.

Anything that is left is from Coles or Woolies. We don't end up buying much from the supermarket, and I've always thought that anyone who looks in our trolley must think we have strange eating habits. It's generally only some food for the cats, maybe some cleaning products, soft drink, milk and any pantry staples we can't get cheaper at costco. We make most things from scratch and don't eat much processed food so don't tend to end up buying much at the supermarket.

I have no idea how many trolley loads that would end up being but the actual supermarket portion I often just load into the stroller so it isn't much. We end up with maybe a few reusable bags of stuff from the markets plus a big box of fruit/vegies weekly.

I have friends who used to live remotely and had to do the big round trip to get their shopping done and they would also do multiple trolley loads and have to cart it back in eskies. I don't think it happens as much in suburbia when you can run to the shops every 5 mins if you need to!
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:31 PM

I shop monthly and have usually 1 1/2 - 2 trolleys full. I get bread milk and fruit as needed. We're a family of six and I spend about $550 a month BUT I live in a capital city so that's bound to be cheaper!!!
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:19 PM

We just go to the shops as we need stuff. We wouldn't survive longer than a week out of our pantry.

So, one full trolley seems huge to me but that's only because I'm usually only getting a couple of bags at a time (cleaning products as needed etc), most fruit/veg/meat comes from greengrocer/butcher, we make our bread, have chickens for eggs and DH buys milk from the local supermarket every couple of days when he's getting a coffee!

I would assume someone getting 3 trolleys was stocking up after moving or something - that's the only time my family ever had two trolleys when we were growing up. However, I'd never thought about having to travel long distances to go shopping - I'd stock up then as well.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:18 AM

We tend to half fill a supermarket trolley each week and spend around $100. Fruit and veg is from the green grocer which is a full (smaller) trolley 1 week and about half full the next, about $30-$50. Meat I buy in bulk once a month or as they have good specials, eg today they had chicken breasts for $5.99kg so we got 10kgs laugh.gif




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