I Hate Supermarkets (But Still Shop There)

I hate supermarkets.  I hate the way they have made me feel guilty  because I fell for their Buy One Get One Free blandishments and neglected my village shop, which is now closed. Now it's too late, I realise I have bought into consumerism and sacrificed the local economy to big business led by people with small brains and big off-shore bank accounts.

But no matter how much I wish supermarkets would BOGOF, I love them too. I love the convenience of them, the way you can park outside and wheel your trolley straight to the car.  I'm amused by the way I can pop in for frozen peas and come out with a bumper pack of pens and a couple of pencil sharpeners - and forget the peas. I like the wide choice of brands.

Even so, I feel guilty. When I first moved into my village it had a post office, village stores, a butcher's shop and a hairdresser’s. Now it has a Spar shop attached to the filling station. 

So, much as I hate them I'm still shopping in supermarkets, still falling for their marketing tricks and consequently buying more than I need. But if there's a meltdown in society in the near future, I'm prepared,  with a larder full of tins of BOGOF baked beans, half price spaghetti and few dozen ballpoint pens.

I tend to swap between Sainsbury's and Tesco. As I read on the internet this week: "Sainsbury's is for people now aspiring beyond Tesco but not yet quite ready for Waitrose." So I'm hovering between common and lower middle class - but I'm eyeing up the upper classes. I've pulled myself up by my bootstraps to kale standard but I'm not quite ready  for heirloom potatoes. One day….

Look at this: 

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  1. What is a Spar shop?

    We have the same thing going on on this side of the ocean with big chains pushing the small, independent shop keepers out of business.

  2. I shopped at a local meat market on my way home from a swim just this today. :) I should do that more often, though.

  3. The history of the supermarket is fascinating. Convenience seems to win most of the time.

  4. I'm still shopping in supermarkets
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