Grocery shop #3 under lockdown

We are doing out third trip to the supermarket today under more than five weeks under lockdown.

We’re comfortably lasting two weeks between shopping expeditions without stocking up much differently to pre-Covid and could easily stretch it out more.

It’s easy to get into a habit of shopping on demand with frequent trips to the supermarket, but it has been easy to adapt to much longer shopping cycles.

We haven’t done any other shopping at all during the lockdown. Haven’t needed to and haven’t wanted to.

I have plenty to keep myself occupied. I’ve been working nearly normal hours at my day job (from home), and am catching up on a lot of odd jobs that had been parked on my to do list.

There’s a few things I could do with for some projects I want to do but they can wait.

Income has been a bit less, but expenditure has been reduced even more. It shows how easy it is to go through money you don’t need to spend.

It would be good to get out and about a bit, to socialise, to go to a beach or whatever, but I’m fortunate to have a couple of hectares to muck around on so the lockdown hasn’t been a problem. I’m aware others have had to endure hardships, but it hasn’t been all bad for everyone. At least not for me.

Easter shopping

Did anyone miss shopping yesterday? I didn’t, but I don’t go shopping very often, and I can survive for a day or three without fresh bread. I can make my own bread if I really want to.

Is it a good thing to continue to ban most shopping and commerce on Easter Friday?

To some people it’s one of the most important days of the year.

To many others it’s the first day in a long weekend when they have to be a bit better prepared provisions-wise than normal.

If I was able to go shopping on Easter Friday that surely shouldn’t be offensive for anyone else, as long as they can deal with the day as they see fit?

Would a compromise like Anzac Day be appropriate, with shopping only allowed after midday? Would that provide sufficient respect for some, and sufficient freedom for others?

Shopping sheep shambles

Retail mania seems to have taken over the Season’s greetings period, with many willing participants.

Even before the push to spend spend spend on Christmas was over the Boxing Day sales were being promoted, where you could get up to 60% off like most other sales.

Some retailers extend their Boxing Day Sale while others rename it to End of Year Sale – that’s good for a few days promotion without changing their copy.

Then we will have New year sales. After that they have to be more creative about what they call their weekly sales.

And TV ‘news’ joins in the promotion – of course it’s good for them a market that boosts their advertising budget in the silly season.

Banks will be looking forward to the surge in credit card interest payments next month.

The Christmas holidays have become a shopping sheep shambles.

At least some of us have the cricket to relax with.