Everyone’s shopping is different. For me, getting a £9.99 veg box and then using the bits and bobs of veg, instead of trying to find it in a grocer’s or supermarket is easiest. It means that I can a) eat fairly sustainably and b) cram as much veg into my diet as the veg starts to get slightly soft and I have to bung it into a soup.
I know – it sounds like a posh-girl type thing to do. Truth is I grew up in suburbia but near to a farm so I was used to getting my fruit and veg from the suppliers directly (that was Claremont Farm btw, in case you want to look it up). It just tastes better. Potatoes taste like potatoes, carrots taste like carrots, snozberries taste like snozberries, you get the picture.
I figure everyone knows you have to eat healthily. So A veg box is an easy way of doing it. And you can get them cheap. I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time researching the cheapest way to shop. Supermarkets use a lot of psychology to make us buy things. Watch this, if you don’t believe me from Tribal Insights. There are two places I can burn through money; the pub when I’ve had a bad day and the supermarket when I’m hungry. Online shopping is easier and more cost-effective.
I researched all of them, including delivery charges and whatnot. The cheapest (I’ll probably write a post on this at some point) was Ocado. Minimum shop is £40 but plan meals for two weeks and it’s way cheaper. The veg box lasts two weeks. Our average fortnightly shop is £50. Yes there’s two of us plus two cats but still, pretty cheap.
The veg box is a big part of that. I make meals determined by what’s in the box. It kind of helps to structure the meals for the fortnight. And heh, people always need onions, right?