Supermarket shopping – the new way

Since the Coronavirus pandemic, the way people shop is changing. When it first became apparent that this was going to hit the UK, many people started to stock up on essentials such as food, cleaning products and toilet rolls. This led to many people panic buying and buying in bulk. Now that the UK is on lockdown, people are only supposed to go out for food when it is essential. This means that trips to the local shopping centres are no longer permitted. The only stores that are open are those that supply food and medicine and supplies for people in certain trades.

Many supermarkets are restricting what how many of a certain item you can buy now to try and stop the panic buying and ensure that there is enough stock for everyone. Some supermarkets have also put a restriction on how many people can go into the shop at one time, meaning often there is a one in one out policy in place.

Shopping has certainly changed very drastically for now and no one knows exactly when it will return to normal. Shopping can no longer be the enjoyable outing it once was for many, now it is purely an essential trip that has to be done at certain times.

Where is the best place to shop for kids clothing?

If you have children, you will already know how much buying clothing and footwear can cost. The problem when it comes to buying children’s clothing is that they grow so fast that especially in the early days, you may find yourself having to buy them a completely new wardrobe 5 or 6 times in the first year.

Also slightly older children may often get quite messy either by playing outside, painting or even just from eating their dinner. For this reason you do not want to be spending a fortune on clothing that could be ruined the firth time they wear it!

Children’s clothes, like adult clothes range in quality and price so you may need to choose which you feel is more important. As a baby does not stay in the same size clothes for long, you may consider it more sensible to buy cheaper clothes as they will not have to last long, but some people feel that they want their baby to wear high quality clothing even if it does cost a little more. It may be that if you have other children or family / friends’ children that you may be able to pass the clothing down to. You can even buy designer brands of clothing for babies and young children buy you may feel that this is a bit of a waste.  

What to look for when purchasing a kettle

Kitchen accessories are often very important in order to make our lives a little bit easier. We often look for appliances that make cooking / heating times shorter and are easy to use and easy to clean.

Almost all of us use a kettle at least a few times a day to either make a cup of tea or coffee or to boil water to cook potatoes or veg. With this in mind it is important to remember that if you want a reliable kettle you may need to fork out a little more than you had hoped. Some kettles have quite fancy features on such as keep to a certain temperature and rapid boil. These sorts of features often increase the price of the kettle, but if it is something that would be handy to you, then it may be worth the extra investment.

When choosing your kettle, many people go purely for looks and cost but you should also check how quickly it boils and the energy efficiency rating. If you tend to use your kettle a few times in quick succession or boil it and then don’t make a drink for a while, then choosing a kettle with the keep warm setting can be ideal. This can also save money on your electricity bills by reducing the amount of times you have to boil the water.

Should you get your child in to fashion?

Fashion is often one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people live by fashion trends where as other purposely dress the opposite to fashion trends that are currently on the high street. When it comes to children, parents may like their child to have on trend clothing and foot wear or they may think that they are too young to be worrying about fashion and would rather they just wear whatever is comfortable.

Some fashions for adults may not be appropriate for children and each parent has to decide for themselves what they allow their child to wear.

If you find that your child is becoming a little bit too concerned with fashions and with named brand labels then you may want to start to teach them about the value of money. Some parents offer their child one pair of trainers for example, but say if the child wants a more expensive pair then they need to save up their own money to put towards it. This will make the child really think if they want the item or not and if they want to spend their money that they may have been saving for a while on a pair of trainers. Really the important thing is that your child feels comfortable and happy in what they wear regardless of what everyone else is wearing.

Doing your weekly food shop online?

Not many people enjoy the weekly food shop. It often consists of spending a fortune of food and drink which you then have to find a space for when you get home. It can take up a good hour or so of your day and you may end up spending a lot more than you had hoped.

Online food shopping has been around for some time now, but recently more supermarkets are offering delivery to a wider location.

There are a number of advantages to doing your online shop. Firstly you can do it from the comfort of your home and take your time. You can add items to your basket throughout the week, and then just select your delivery time and check out when you are ready to place your order.

The other advantage of shopping online is that it can help reduce what you spend. You will know exactly what it is going to cost you before you checkout so there will be no horrible surprises. You can also shop the deals in an instant and see cheaper alternatives that you may have missed in the store. You can choose a convenient time for it to be delivered and so can stay at home and get other household chores done whilst you wait or relax with a cuppa.