Methods of food shopping. Which one do you use?

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Every time I meet a new client it amazes me to hear their particular system for shopping as this varies so much from family to family.  In this article I have decided to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of four different shopping methods.

Method 1

The first of method of shopping, one used by my Grandmother, is that she would only purchase items that she required for that particular day.  This was popular when we bought our purchases from specialty shops, i.e. grocer, butcher, baker.  This method means that if you wanted to use three cucumbers one day, that was the quantity you bought.  Therefore, no food went to waste.  This method is becoming extinct due to invention of the supermarket and the shortage of our time.  However it still remains the most correct of method of shopping: buy on a need to use basis.

Method 2

A weekly shop requires some organization.  Families who have a small fridge and have a dynamic family life tend to go shopping twice a week.  They may do a major shop at a cheaper supermarket and an additional shop, for example before the weekend, at their local supermarket.  The advantage of this system is that it saves you time and money.  However, the disadvantage is that if you only do a weekly shop and you have not organized your shopping list correctly then you are forever having top up on missing items.

Method 3

If the weekly shop requires some organization the next method requires even more: a big monthly or every two to three weeks shop.  After this big shop perishable goods are purchased on a need to use basis.  This method is convenient for those living by themselves and for families who live far away from supermarkets.  The advantage of this method is that you purchase goods for less.  The disadvantages are the same as for the weekly shopper.

Method 4

The fourth method, doing your shopping on-line, is becoming increasingly popular nowadays, with more and more supermarkets offering this service.  Lots of my clients enjoy using this method, since they are not tied to the opening hours of the local supermarket and they can do their shopping at 11 o’clock at night.  One main advantage is that your supermarket bill is lower, since you are less tempted by other products and you usually keep to the list.  The disadvantages are that you do not always receive what you have ordered and sometimes the fruit and vegetables are not to the standard you require.


Remember that if you live in a major city and near supermarkets, there is less of a need for a large freezer.  The freezer is where your overdraft is hidden.  It is not necessary to stock up on food when you have easy access to supermarkets.  On the other hand, for families who live outside the city and do a monthly shop, as mentioned, a freezer is a very good idea.

You have to choose which method works best for your family.

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About the Author
Suzy Kahati was born in London, UK and made Aliyah in 1983. She is divorced with three wonderful daughters and lives in the center of Israel.