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First ‘shopping’ trip

February 22, 2011

I do this kind of trip out for food pretty routinely, but today was the first time I’ve documented it, and really thought about what I’m doing. First of all here’s what I bought:

Cheese – Leverton and Halls, Bournville – £9.65

Minced Pork Belly – Rossiters butchers , Bournville – £1.50

Milk – Costcutter, Stirchley – £0.75

Fruit – J Ward greengrocer, Stirchley – £6.86

Here’s the pro’s & cons that I considered as I pedaled around Cotteridge and Stirchley.

Cons: took 4o mins, had to visit 4 separate shops in 2 parts of Birmingham, If I’d have left it until say 6.30pm, 2 of the 4 shops would have been closed, I’ll work an extra 40 mins into the evening to compensate for time away from desk, cheese more expensive than supermarket would be.

Pros: 40 minutes away from desk, cycled about 2 miles in total so good exercise, great quality food (except the milk), chatted to 3 of the 4 shopkeepers, picked up some planning tips from Paul at Levertons, saw 2 friends unexpectedly and caught up with both briefly, saved money on the fruit for sure and probably on the meat, had a few pennies knocked off 1 of the purchases.

Tom.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    Isn’t costcutter a supermarket or at least a buying group that probably wields similar power ?

    • February 22, 2011 4:46 PM

      Yeah I was thinking about that, as far as I know they are all franchised so I am supporting a local business by shopping there, but you may be right about the power of their buying cooperative.

  2. February 22, 2011 5:43 PM

    Prob worth looking into as you get further along, great idea though to try to cut out the supermarket shopping as much as possible. Looking forward to your next posts.

  3. Shelly permalink
    February 22, 2011 6:50 PM

    I think the Costcutter in Stirchley is now a Select and Save but I seems to be a family run franchise. Over the past year they have reduced the size of the shop and the range of goods which is very basic and very irratic probably due to cash flow problems. I think they are struggling and won’t survive the onslaught of Tescos – less than a five minute walk from them.

    • February 22, 2011 6:55 PM

      Yep you’re right it is Select and Spend now isn’t it. The same family have run it since I’ve known it. The shelves have seemed very empty of late. it’ll be a real pity if it goes, convenience stores like that are a lifeline to some people.

  4. Paul Robinshaw permalink
    February 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    Can you get a milkman to deliver?

    • February 25, 2011 2:22 PM

      Yeah we do get milk delivered, and an increasing number of other things delivered by the milkman too. Occasionally have to top-up if i’ve been disorganised though!

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