Space is a problem in the Elddis Accordo 120 on the longer trips, especially food space and if there’s one thing the recent trip to the Lake District and Wales has taught me it is we need to plan meals a lot more carefully than we have had to in the past. In both the lake District and Wales we found campsites that permit online grocery deliveries (many don’t) so we had the opportunity to sort out meals at home, order what we needed and get it delivered straight to our pitch, which worked very well.
Even though we planned the meals we still ordered way too much food, and this is because my wife was taking advantages of the “two for one” and multi-pack offers in a bid to save money. She was also trying to be healthy and make sure we have some salad with every meal. I am all for being healthy but I really don’t want a salad bowl with mychicken tikka, spaghetti and meatballs or sweet sour pork and noodles. Salad is a great side for some meals, but others it simply doesn’t work.
My wife also thought she would try and introduce some healthy snacks and bought fruit, which is fine but neither of us really eat snacks, so the fruit sat there looking less and less appealing as the week went on.
At the end of the first week we had loads of food left over, comprising of all the “free” items on the two for one, the spare tins from the multi pack buys (to save money), the fruit snacks (we didn’t eat) and the salad (which didn’t go with all of the meals we planned). All of the food had to be packed up in the Accordo 120 and then driven over to Wales from the Lake District. At home we try and waste as little as possible, and whilst a lot of the excess we had was tinned goods that would keep and we could take home, there was a lot of fresh stuff which ultimately ended up in the bin, which is not good.
One of the biggest problems we had was that the second week’s shopping was a replica of the first, which meant more fruit, more salad stuff more multi packs and also more two for one offers. We didn’t have mobile internet in the Lake District and there wasn’t an internet café anywhere close to where we were staying so it wasn’t possible to change the second week’s order and cancel a few items. As I am sure you have already guessed we ended up with a glut of food in the second week as well, again a lot of which we took home but even more than ended up being binned. What a waste!
The two weeks away showed us that we need to buy just what we need to make the meals on the meal plan and no more. This means that if we are only having baked beans for one dinner we buy one tin, rather than four to save money and have the “we will just take them home” attitude. This means that we totally ignore the “two for one” offers unless we are going to eat the same meal twice. This means that we are not going to buy salad and fresh fruit and “try to be healthy” when we go away, unless the stuff is actually included in the meal plan. Whilst the multi pack tins do work out cheaper, and yes you can take them home they also take up a lot of space, and it is space we don’t have available. The other problem is when taking them home it is more weight (albeit not much, but it is unnecessary weight none the less) and also more stuff in the van banging around on the drive home.
Trying to save a fiver on buying multi packs and two for one deals is more hassle than its worth, and I reckon it is actually costing us more in the long run, although I don’t think the wife sees it this way. The biggest waste of all is the salad and the fresh fruit, we never eat this when we go away yet she is adamant it needs to go on the shopping list. Hopefully our last two week trip has shown her that we need to change our shopping habits and if we lose out on the two for one deals, or a tin of beans ends up costing 50p as opposed to 43p like it would in a multi pack then so be it. Okay, the actual shopping bill may be a little more on these items but it will save the hassle of storing and transporting them.
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