It's not always an easy thing to do though, as the weekly shop is undeniably lazily simpler done in one shop. So here's a thought, you know your staples, and where you like to easily buy them from - so how about re-thinking your treats? It need not be more expensive, as even if the same money gets a smaller serving, you darn know it'll be a fresher, tastier, and more satisfying one.
If you don't know about local markets, you may be surprised what comes up if you check the local free paper rather than just recycling it, search online or contact your local council. Often they're held a little out of the way, but in places with extra bonuses such as lots of non-high street shops, a craft and arts fair, or in attractive locations ripe for taking a walk or grabbing lunch in a local pub.
From city suburb to country village, the chances to shop local and small are there, and are easy. All you need do is open your mind to finding those chances and add an enjoyable extra to your regular routine.
If you're after a great small business shopping chance, November 8th sees Castle Donington hosting both an arts and craft fair, and the farmer's market, which when combined with the local shops and cafes, makes for a great few hours gentle exploration. Or make a day of it and enjoy crunching the leaves by the Trent on a local walk!