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Shopping lists make a come back as consumers aim to save cash

Swindon Advertiser: Shopping lists make a come back as consumers aim to save cash Shopping lists make a come back as consumers aim to save cash

THE shopping list, packed lunch and weekly food planning are making a resurgence as increasingly sophisticated consumers in Swindon and beyond battle squeezed budgets, a survey suggests.

Asked how they had changed their shopping habits, if at all, 90 per cent said they now write a shopping list before they leave home, 37 per cent plan meals for the full week and 28 per cent are now taking a packed lunch into work, the poll for Sainsbury's revealed.

The supermarket's report, called New Fashioned Values, claims that the behaviour and expectations of British shoppers are 'undergoing deep and sustained change' as they carefully consider what they buy under the constraints of shrinking budgets.

 

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King said: "Our customers are recalibrating their spending but they're not prepared to compromise their values.

"The credit crunch has not led to a values crunch. We're seeing people from all backgrounds rediscovering some of the shopping habits of the past to ensure they can meet the values-driven aspirations of today.

 

"Although people have less, they actually care more. The downturn has led to a strengthening of values, irrespective of people's income.

"We believe this is not a passing phase but a fundamental change that is here to stay."

Despite the downturn, Sainsbury's said it had sold 8.5 per cent more sustainably-sourced food in the last 12 months, with more than £1 in every £10 spent on sustainably-labelled products from families on the lowest incomes.

But what do you think? Have you started planning meals to save the pennies? Leave your comments below.

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1:04pm Wed 21 Nov 12

gina948 says...

Planning meals ahead, shopping lists, using whats in the cupboard first before buying more....yes....its a part of our normal routine in our household. For the first time since I was a kid (80's child) we had hot lentil broth for our main tea after a hard day at work, made from scratch using chicken stock, boiled in a pan from a chicken leg we had in the freezer and aging veg. Hubby loved it - how much did it cost? £1.60 total meal, lasted for three days lunches too! Theres nothing wrong with being resourceful and since the invention of ready meals most of my generation are having to learn how our grandparents fed themselves. If anything the food is nicer the old way (with a modern twist of course) and there's nothing wrong with budget shopping. I actually love it when we calculate how cheap and filling our meals are! Aldis brilliant for cheap meals but we love Sainsburys too and its possible to shop cheaply anywhere if you can stick to a budget without straying from the list!
Planning meals ahead, shopping lists, using whats in the cupboard first before buying more....yes....its a part of our normal routine in our household. For the first time since I was a kid (80's child) we had hot lentil broth for our main tea after a hard day at work, made from scratch using chicken stock, boiled in a pan from a chicken leg we had in the freezer and aging veg. Hubby loved it - how much did it cost? £1.60 total meal, lasted for three days lunches too! Theres nothing wrong with being resourceful and since the invention of ready meals most of my generation are having to learn how our grandparents fed themselves. If anything the food is nicer the old way (with a modern twist of course) and there's nothing wrong with budget shopping. I actually love it when we calculate how cheap and filling our meals are! Aldis brilliant for cheap meals but we love Sainsburys too and its possible to shop cheaply anywhere if you can stick to a budget without straying from the list! gina948
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1:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

what a daft story! people have always written shopping lists and planned food in advance.it never went away.just another ridiculous survey to be put out for the increasingly stupid public to believe.
what a daft story! people have always written shopping lists and planned food in advance.it never went away.just another ridiculous survey to be put out for the increasingly stupid public to believe. timt1964
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1:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

timt1964 says...
1:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

what a daft story! people have always written shopping lists and planned food in advance.it never went away.just another ridiculous survey to be put out for the increasingly stupid public to believe""

Actually I am not sure a lot of people do make a list these days. Another survey said that a family of 4 could save around £50 a week if they shopped around, bought in bulk and didnt buy the things they dont really need. And that was on top of the average spend of another £50 a week on alcohol, cigarettes and going out, which no one actually needs ot survive but still seem to have money to spend on.

you can live very well if you plan ahead and most peoples problem is they dont plan nor do they understand the difference between essentials they need to survive and luxuries that have to be earned and should only come after the essentials. there are sadly masses of people behind on mortgages and rent and bills who regularly smoke and drink and have the latest phones and "tech", because they dont budget.

We are most of us not as badly off as we appear and our problems are self inflicted because of this but as the above poster said the increasingly stupid public just have no idea.
timt1964 says... 1:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12 what a daft story! people have always written shopping lists and planned food in advance.it never went away.just another ridiculous survey to be put out for the increasingly stupid public to believe"" Actually I am not sure a lot of people do make a list these days. Another survey said that a family of 4 could save around £50 a week if they shopped around, bought in bulk and didnt buy the things they dont really need. And that was on top of the average spend of another £50 a week on alcohol, cigarettes and going out, which no one actually needs ot survive but still seem to have money to spend on. you can live very well if you plan ahead and most peoples problem is they dont plan nor do they understand the difference between essentials they need to survive and luxuries that have to be earned and should only come after the essentials. there are sadly masses of people behind on mortgages and rent and bills who regularly smoke and drink and have the latest phones and "tech", because they dont budget. We are most of us not as badly off as we appear and our problems are self inflicted because of this but as the above poster said the increasingly stupid public just have no idea. house on the hill
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