I have been watching the Eat Well for Less TV programmes on BBC 1 and although I have enjoyed it and found it interesting I have a problem with one aspect of the show.
The premise of the programme is to change a family’s buying habits by stopping them from buying known brands and changing them to supermarket own brands as a way to cut the costs of a family’s weekly shopping bill. This is an excellent idea as some of the participants in the show are ridiculously over spending and wasting food regularly.
However I have noticed at the end of the programme where the big reveal is shown that many of the supermarket brands come from a variety of different supermarkets. In last week’s programme three different supermarkets were shown Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose (these are just the ones that I recognised) which, to me is the crux of the problem.
If the families shop at a certain supermarket, like they are filmed doing at the start of the programme then surely the supermarket own brand swaps should be from that supermarket. Most of the families have working parents who don’t really have the time to buy beans from Tesco, butter from Sainsbury’s and tea from Waitrose!
Plus, by visiting lots of different supermarkets to buy their ‘food savers’ ;it would most probably involve more travelling and in the long run cost them more money!
Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the swap? Just a thought!
Thought for the day: Little by little; a little becomes a lot!