Grocery delivery has come to Vancouver. Talk about good timing for me.
Save-On-Foods, our kinda middle of the road price wise, big selection, grocery chain started offering grocery delivery recently. They offer some nice incentives to get people started, free delivery on first order, $10 off second order, and while I took the freebies I didn’t need to be convinced that grocery delivery is worth the price. I was really happy with our grocery delivery in the Isle of Man with Tesco and I was gutted to be returning to a city that only offered grocery delivery from some smaller – read very expensive – boutique grocers (they are great but not my ‘get it all done’ store).
Gutted no more. And thumbs up Save-On-Foods, your drivers are very helpful and nice and I love that I can get a next day delivery.
Now that we are using delivery service, and back in the land of Costco, I thought our regular old standard North American 18 cubic foot refrigerator would start to feel crammed. I remember lamenting years ago that there wasn’t much room in it. This was before our first child was even eating solids. I was always frustrated by the lack of space and felt regret that we hadn’t purchased a bigger refrigerator.
What was I thinking? There was only two adults in the house. What were we eating?
After four years with European fridges this standard size fridge feels HUGE. It is never full unless I bake three dozen cupcakes for a party. Even after a substantial grocery delivery there’s room. In fact, there’s so much room that I think I’ll have to start filling bottles of water to store in there to keep the power use down (thanks for the tip from this post).
So, you learn to live smaller. Our first flat in the Isle of Man had a small under counter fridge and no freezer and we made it work. The rest of our homes while overseas had small by North American standards but regular by European standards refrigerators. We adjusted. And now we’re back and I’m trying not to adjust back. I’m trying to keep the ‘living smaller’ skills sharp.
A smaller fridge is helpful for energy consumption and very helpful for reducing food waste. You can see things easily in a small fridge. You can’t forget about those leftovers in the wayyyy back or ignore those brussel sprouts that need to be eaten today. It keeps you from over-buying at the store. A small fridge can be a good thing.
Now, talk to me about a small fridge in ten years when I have three teenage boys. I’m already thinking we’ll have to do grocery delivery twice a week by then.
Do you have a big fridge? If so do you use all the space and how do you keep food waste down? I think one of the reasons our fridge works for us is that we don’t keep a lot of drinks in the fridge. We only have 2 litres of milk at a time and then 2 litres of a milk alternative. I know families that consume a few gallon/4 litre jugs of milk each week would struggle with our size of fridge. We’re also right in the city so it’s easy to grab something at a grocery store a few blocks away. If you live far from a grocery store I can see that a large fridge could be a necessity.