Posts Tagged ‘shopping list’

Can you afford to buy local? Can you afford not to?

January 25, 2012

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Possum is 1 year


We are lucky, lucky, lucky to live where we do.  Not only are we in the west, but our country, through whatever means, weathered the last GFC fairly well.

An upside is that our $ is strong.

A downside is that our $ is strong.

We are able to shop around for cheap goods, especially with the internet.  This means we can get some special or interesting things that we would never be able to afford here.

Unfortunately, this has the effect of sending our strong $ off-shore, and it is hurting our local industry.

So what do we do?  Buy locally made?  Restrict ourselves to local service providers?  Well, I would like to, but I just can’t afford to do that all the time.

Liz over at life, loves and liz (me) has come with a timely reminder:  it isn’t all or nothing.  We can all help in a small way.  I suggest reading her article and joining in her challenge:

so my challenge to each and every one of you is this: at the end of your supermarket shop this week look into your trolley, select two items and if they are not produced within australia, swap them for a similar product that is.

Easy, huh.

On a related note, I have been concerned about the milk that we buy.  I buy the cheap supermarket milk.  I do this because we go through approximately 3L of milk a day, and it costs a lot of money.  However, I have heard reports (haven’t we all) about how this is sending our dairy farmers broke and that in 10 years time, our milk will be imported (ick.  I like it fresh.  And local.)  So, I am going to try swapping out one bottle of the cheapy stuff, for one bottle of the name brand milk each week.  Only a small change, but a little help along the way.

What changes do you think you can make?


Mrs Rabbit’s Shopping Game

September 14, 2010

Possum is 4 years 4 months

Chicken is 2 years 2 months

During our fifth week, we also learnt this game.  (I can’t find the reference of where I found this game… please let me know if you know so that I can update.)

Possum absolutely loved it!  He feels rather proprietorial about it, too, as he helped my sister laminate it (she owns the laminator) and supervised the cutting.

You can see Chicken joining in here, too.

It is actually quite a lot of fun and rules can be changed a bit depending on your mood – a bit of memory, or use a die, or lotto, or whatever you would like.

Possum decided that he needed something to put his shopping in.  Don’t you just love him diligently checking his list to make sure he has everything he needs?

It includes all the academic stuff too, like counting and matching, and could be extended to include finance.

Or you can play for fun!