|Photo: David Smith|
Then at the other extreme there are those who, financially do not have a care in the world but see themselves as thrifty because they like to bag a bargain. Lidl at Dartmouth is full of them, whooping enthusiastically whilst filling the trollies with cheap lobsters and luscious continental chocolate, and then loading up the Merc after going through the till. This group will seek out a free upgrade on a luxury cruise or proudly sport their Manolo Sputniks, or whatever they're called, bought for a fraction of the price that a friend paid. Don't for a moment think I'm slagging this lot off here. I take my hat off to anyone who thinks about how their pounds and pennies are spent, especially if they don't need to at all.
my 2013 rules should encompass a clause stating that 50% of things I bought should be locally supplied. A little more expensive maybe but lets use a bit of cash that's surplus to basic needs to fuel the economy for smaller businesses rather than the fat cats. Hence the picture of my lovely friendly family run shop and post office in our village of Liverton. It's a proper store which has a good selection of basics and a bit more at reasonable prices. I went the other day for milk and mushroom and ended up impulsively purchasing a beautiful bunch of purple sprouting broccoli and a couple of big fat cheese scones.
From a bag of an envelope type of mental calculation, have to admit that my 50% rule is probably not being adhered right now. It's just too easy to pop into a supermarket where everything is to hand. I'm going to need a long hard look at how to achieve this. Instead of it being an immediate course of action, lets make this a tricky target to be accomplishing by the end of the year.