No matter what the reason may be, do you think you could get away with getting all your food and other needs without ever stepping into a supermarket? Could you try it as an experiment for perhaps, say a year?
Some have already successfully accomplished “A Year Without Supermarkets Challenge”, with maybe the only exception being the few personal products like shampoos, deodorants and toilet paper. Even cleaners and personal products may be either made homemade or come up with an alternative solution if it was thought out real well. What would it take, to be able to do away with ever having to step into a grocery store or supermarket for at least a year? Where would you get the things you needed?
Going Without Supermarkets
You could buy ½ of a cow or pig from a local farmer or butcher. You may even be able to purchase whole chickens this way too if you are unable to raise chickens for meat yourself.
There are several ways in which you could get produce, from growing your own to buying at the local farmers markets to going to pick your own farms. You could also purchase a share or ½ a share in a local CSA where you pick up fresh fruits and veggies on a weekly basis for the growing season. If you live in the right area, foraging wild is always an option too.
This could be replaced with honey and maple syrups that could be found locally. For honey look up your States local Beekeepers Association which would be able to lead to you someone close to you.
Perhaps you could make a deal with a local farmer here or go to bulk stores or even purchase from a local mill and then grind it at home yourself for your grain needs. Once ground into flour, you then could also make your own pastas.
To totally avoid supermarkets, one would need to most likely make their own shampoos, soaps and deodorants. They would also need to use cloth toilet paper and sanitary items or the menstrual cups. This is an area I do not think many would be willing to do and thus, make these items the exception to the rules.
Buying other items would have to be really thought out such as oils and baking items like baking powder and yeast. Of course that also leaves dairy products as well like cheese, while milks may either be purchased locally or made from a variety of items such as nuts or even oats.
As you can see, while it would take some major shifts in how most typically shop, and a lot of thinking and organizing to pull it off, I do think it is quite possible to give up shopping at grocery stores, convenience stores and even restaurants. Whether it is to avoid GMO foods, support locally run operations, to eat healthier or any other reason one may decide to avoid supermarkets.
Would you be willing to do a Year with Supermarket Challenge? How are a few ways you would try to accomplish this? What few items would you still purchase from supermarkets?
Carrie Hetu is not a financial expert, but has been passionate about finances since the age of 19 years old when a neighbor introduced her to taxes. From that time, she has made a point to increase her financial literacy into areas of frugal living, investing, real estate, budgeting and passive income. She currently blogs at Poor to Rich a Day at a Time and Simply Homeschooled.