Last year I decided to go that bit further than just giving up crisps and alcohol for Lent and I also gave up supermarkets inspired by a fellow tweeter. I actually enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot more about the local shops and markets in Kirklees.
But last week when Ash Wednesday arrived I still couldn’t decide what to give up apart from the usual salted treat (crisps are my weakness and I have no willpower when they are in the house or office!) I knew that I could just give up supermarkets again but as I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment I decided that I wanted to go further and do something even more challenging.
So by the end of the day I came up with the decision to not only give up supermarkets but to also give up all chain stores and just use independent shops. As it was a decision made in haste I’d not even had an opportunity to stock up on anything that we were running low on – this was going to be a true test.
Well it wasn’t long before my first challenge came along – my foundation ran out completely. I couldn’t even think where I could get it from – I’ve always relied on Boots or a department store. But by chance I had to go to the health food shop in Huddersfield, Dodd’s, to get some baking ingredients, and by the door I found a whole selection of cruelty free make up. They say it’s the small things in life that make you happy and I felt a great sense of relief wash over me that I’d managed not to fall at the first hurdle. And what’s more I saved quite a bit of money.
Well the challenges haven’t stopped there as my husband decided on Friday that we needed a new bed as he was sick of not getting a good night’s sleep. He annouced that he was going to visit Dreams and see what they had on offer. I didn’t know what to say as this was going to be quite a big purchase. However, it seems Dreams no longer exists in Huddersfield and after a bit of research he found an alternative local bed shop, Time 4 Sleep, in Milnsbridge that not only stock some great frames and mattresses, they are also very competitive on price. So after paying them a visit today it looks like we will be buying a new bed and mattress from a very knowledgeable independent shop and what’s more I didn’t even need to persuade him that we had to look for a non chain store.
I am sure that these are not going to be the last of the challenges but I am looking forward to visiting lots of new shops that I don’t normally ever try. Although I’m also slightly scared about what we are going to run out of next!