We buy local so farmers market or local fruit market.
I also buy all meat/fish at the butcher, or specialty free range meat shop. Same with free range local eggs. This is actually my highest priority. Buying free range costs a bit more but we don't buy much packaged stuff so it works out.
Try to buy as additive free as possible.
I also buy in bulk where I can.
The majority of our food really comes from the markets then staples from aldi. I barely buy anything from woolies or coles anymore.
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22-05-2016 14:11 #11
spinoff What factors do you consider when buying groceries
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22-05-2016 14:27 #12
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22-05-2016 14:29 #13
I'm a little bit brand loyal, a little bit price and quite a lot ethical. I will pay more for products that aren't tested on animals and avoid purchasing products that are tested. I buy whatever fresh fruit and veg we feel like (most of it is Aussie farmed anyway) but after the milk thread, will be more conscious of smallgoods and deli items in terms of buying more Australian produced where I can. Most of what we buy is fresh so middle aisle stuff is usually dry pasta, tinned tomatoes, pickles and tomato/brown sauces, mayo and mustards and they're all brand loyal purchases.
The only thing I go our of my way to buy is eggs. If my Coles is out of stock of the egg brand I prefer which is the only ethical brand I've found that's readily available, I either don't buy them or trek to the next 2 closest Coles' to find them.
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22-05-2016 15:23 #14Senior Member
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Meat from local butcher (although we don't eat much meat).
Things like dishwasher tablets - Aldi...cause they're far cheaper and work well.
Eggs by a local company...free range.
Convenient - because we're damn time poor.
I buy at my local green grocer where possible for fruit and veg
I used to buy from farmer's markets every week...but now I work when they're on.
Sometimes the whole lot comes in from Woolies in a truck because I can't get to the shop and it's awfully convenient to have it turn up at your doorstep. And IGA don't sell most of the stuff we eat so they miss out.
I buy local cow's milk...cause we only go through 1L a week so don't mind paying for non-homogenised milk in a glass bottle.
I aim to get back to being a 'better' supporter of local produce, but it's hard with my work schedule, and for DH to go he'd have to drag all our kids out of bed at 6am to get to the markets. It's not happening.
22-05-2016 15:40 #15
I would love to go to farmers markets etc and buy stuff but we don't menu plan so only know what we are going to have for dinner a couple of hours (at the most!) beforehand so it wouldn't work for us. We do go to the local butcher a bit, it's closer than Woolies and Coles and the meat tastes a lot nicer but it's quite expensive.
22-05-2016 16:58 #16
I don't really think too much. I buy what I know kiddo will eat/happy to try. I don't buy caged eggs though. I buy certain brands though because it's a habit and we prefer such brands.
22-05-2016 17:10 #17
22-05-2016 17:18 #18
I tend to shop at big grocery stores because of the convenience factor, but from within them:
- Australian made/grown/owned (in that order). This extends to my children's clothes where possible.
- Price. To ensure the above I shop seasonally for fruit and meat. I also buy the cheaper cuts.
- Ethical. I try to buy organic, free range etc. I buy my eggs from a local farm for example, and I will only buy free range, preferably organic meat (grass fed if beef).
22-05-2016 17:26 #19
Our main condition is price.
I've got $250/fortnight to feed 2 adults and 2.5kids in Canberra.
Mostly farmers markets or fruit shop for in season produce.
Fish from fish market- usually local
Aldi or Indian shop for most other grocery items.
Eggs are just caged. We go through 2-3 dozen a week.
Milk is Canberra milk.
Lamb/pork from in laws farm. FIL kills and butchers his own stock. He has calves this year so hopefully beef next year. He is fattening up two pigs for the Xmas kill. Once called Santa and the other is Claus.
We top up with meat from woolies.
I don't buy much packaged food.
Oh - we only buy Australian wine/beer if there is money left over in budget.
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22-05-2016 17:36 #20
probably main consideration is taste.
secondary is where it's been manufactured and quality of ingredients. I'd rather bypass completely, or minimize to the extent possible the amount of preservatives, additives etc.
price is definitely a factor but I'm fairly easily swayed to pay a bit more if it's tastes better.
for generic, easily substitutable items like flour, sugar etc price is usually the only determinant. I'll buy the cheapest home brand. flour is flour!
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