Expenses of country living

Hello Friends,

I consider myself to be extremely lucky living in the country.  However I’ve been reading recently about how people save money on grocery shopping and it got me thinking about the expenses of country living.

Obviously if you live in the country, you tend to be a long way from anywhere.  This can mean that you are more dependent on the car for transport and fuel bills can be higher.  We work round this by not using the car unless we have to, planning our journeys and using public transport.  If we do need something that’s not an every day item we have to travel to the nearest large towns which are around 15 – 20 miles distant.

I’ve been reading with a little bit of envy about people who have an Aldi or a Lidl on their doorsteps and the money they save.  Our nearest Lidl is about 12 miles away  – it’s not really economical to do a 24 mile round trip by car.  I buy the basics ranges in the local supermarkets wherever I can (although I’ve drawn the line at tea bags) and use the market for our top up fruit and veg.  I’m hoping the veg growing in the garden will be a bit more productive this year.

On the plus side, I guess with fewer places to spend money, there is less temptation to go on a spending splurge.

How about where you live?  Have you found your groceries to be more expensive in the city or in the country?

Until next time, Tawney x


Expenses of country living — 4 Comments

  1. I live in a city and I have all the big supermarkets near to me so I can shop around. I have always dreamed of living in the country but I have never really thought about the drawbacks. It must be hard having to drive so far away for your food shopping.

    • Shopping does take a bit more planning – but on balance (& having lived in large cities) I do prefer living in the country. If you get the chance, I’d definitely recommend it, the advantages definitely outweigh the drawbacks.

  2. Definitely dearer in the country but I wouldn’t swap it for anything else. We do have stalls in front of smallholdings and even private houses here, where I buy veg, flowers, duck & hen’s eggs, fruit – basically anything seasonal. It’s fresher, tastier and so much better than supermarket stuff. Like you, I plan car outings to include everything necessary in one journey.