How do your regular shopping baskets shape up?
When compared to your fellow shoppers?
I’ll admit it – I can be quite smug about ours.
Although I’m pretty sure the only person to whom such smugness is apparent is myself.
I hope so anyway.
After all, I don’t go mouthing off in a superior way about it. Or at least not at the cash register.
Though I do occasionally ask our checkout chicks or chaps if ours is the healthiest (most righteous) basket that has passed before them during their day.
The answer is almost always, after a moment’s reflection: “Yes.”
I do know this for sure – our shopping invariably seems to feature a whole lot more fresh fruit and vegetables than those we generally see around us.
When I do a mental count, I’m frankly surprised by how little serious meat we buy – things such as roasts, steaks or even chicken bits hardly ever, and never from a supermarket.
So consequently we very rarely have to dispense with any of those ghastly polystyrene trays.
We don’t do frozen stuff at all, really. Not vegetables or pizza bases or anything else.
OK, we do peas.
We don’t do snack foods, either.
Lollies we do do. And good-quality corn chips – not the hard-as-nail salt-free organic types, but not horrid, toxic Doritos either.
But we’re far from perfect.
We haven’t figured out a way of buying milk and yogurt without also buying plastic.
Could be such is not at all possible anywhere in metropolitan Australia.
Our deli items and much else besides are likewise embraced in plastic of one sort or another.
Although I’m pretty sure that when it comes to dishwashing liquid and the like that there are more worthy and admirable ways of going about things.
Perhaps most reprehensibly of all, we still leave our places of shopping toting a handful of plastic bags, though they do get routinely re-used.
At least once, for school lunches, footy gear … that sort of thing.
One thing checkout folks have told me is that they’re regularly surprised by some of the items they see in their customers’ baskets.
As in: “Wow – I can’t believe anyone is actually buying that!”
So … how do your shopping baskets shape up?