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Shopping habits and why people rarely do a weekly shop now

In today’s modern, fast moving and ever evolving world people are now looking for things quicker and more on the go than ever. Over the years the current generation of adults has become busier than the last and more concerned with using their time efficiently, often not doing things the previous generation would as it is too time consuming, such as the weekly shop.

In recent years there has been a rapid decline in the amount of people who do one shop a week for all their food needs, as according to The Guardian 66% of people go into a food store more than once a day. The sort of ‘grab and go’ attitude is what many modern adults do as it is clearly on the rise, but this doesn’t come without any downsides. The subsequent result of this style of shopping and eating can actually be more expensive without you realising, as you are less aware of the price on a day to day bases when only buying small items, which can add up over time.

Also when you are not planning for a week of eating, this can often lead to it being harder to follow a diet or eat healthy as if you are looking to buy your meals on a near daily basis, often people think short term and do not allow themselves to think long term of what food they’re consuming, as if you are shopping do the short term it is hard to sustain a healthy, balanced diet. And with many supermarkets open for around 18 hours or more a day, it has never been more convenient to pop in before, during or after work.

With people’s lives and mind-sets changing, so are the supermarkets. Many top tier supermarket brands like Tesco and Waitrose are now focusing on more convenient stores, as many big brands of food retailers are expanding to smaller 24-hour convenience stores. This is to tailor to people buying less but more often, which is starting to become more of a normal shopping pattern in today’s society, as the weekly shop may soon become a thing of the past.

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Fresh baked bread and why people love it so much.

There is simply nothing more warming and wholesome than when preparing lunch, using freshly baked bread. From the crunchy and warm outside loaf, to the soft textured inside it compliments any lunchtime food you are preparing. There is something satisfying and reassuring about buying bread that has just been made, fresh out the oven, instead of buying from a shop shelf. This is backed up by science which proves that freshly baked bread is not only higher quality but also is healthier for your heart and less fattening.

One of the most prominent and alluring factors to why people prefer freshly baked bread to many shop shelved packed bread is the distinct smell, it is so inviting as there is simply no other item in a shop that can draw you in so much, even if it is not on your shopping list! Freshly baked bread is the cornerstone of a nice family lunch, as it holds such warming and family-like connotations, as it is appropriate for any occasion.

If baked bread is made correctly it can make you feel like you are in a bakery shop in the middle of France, as baked bread will most likely taste the same wherever you are in the world, bringing you a guaranteed taste of warmth and goodness. To make bread to the highest standard you need to find the right combination between soft and crunchy to make for the perfect bite which can create the absolute perfect mix of an amazing crunch and beautifully flavoured scent.

If you are on your weekly shop or just happen to need to stock up on some bread, there is really no reason to get a loaf or baguette which has just been freshly made! It is a healthier alternative to normal bread with no added chemicals, has a wholesome taste and has an all-around hearty warmth to it, which simply cannot be beaten with mass produced bread!

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American foods: why are we so drawn to them & why do we buy so much?

As Brits we are always so drawn to American foods, from Hershey’s to Arizona iced tea but why? The American section in a shop is always full of sweets and goodies, not found on the shelf’s of shops across Britain with many different flavours and tastes that are bound to sweetly surprise somebody who has never tried an American product before. Products from across the pond quite noticeably stand out from British foods from its packaging, and shape, as in many British shops the selection is quite basic with no variety but with a shop that sells American sweets the products come in all sizes and shapes from Twinkies to Tootsie Rolls, adding more selection for customers.

twinkies for sale in Cambridge
twinkies for sale in Cambridge

Many people buy American food in bulk because they don’t often appear on British shop shelves often, also buying in bulk will actually save you money in the long term if you buy from a company that does bulk deals. In simple business terms if a product has low stock, often the demand will rise, these same principles apply to American foods being sold in Britain, as the current demand for American foods in the British market is huge as the demand is high but the stock is often low in many shops, causing shops with high stock of American goods to bring in a lot of business.

Betty Crocker Baking goods
Betty Crocker Baking goods

One thing that stops a huge influx of American food goods hitting the shelves of Britain is the cost of import and the British governments regulations. The cost of American foods in Britain is often at a premium to combat the expensive cost of import, which will lead to less customers buying these products. Furthermore, American food regulations are a lot less strict compared to Britain which means there are far more flavours of drinks and foods in the United States, which means Brits can only taste these flavours when abroad in America. For instance, in the United States the popular energy drink Monster Energy has 27 variations of flavoured drink, which is predominately more choice than there is of the same brand in the UK.

Pop tarts in american flavours
Pop tarts in american flavours

On the whole American goods can bring a new taste and flavour not available among many British foods and sweets, which in turn can lead to high demand. The American food market in the UK is rising with more exports from the US to the UK leading to a growing customer base yet it comes at a cost, with American goods being at an all-time high demand yet coming at a slight extra cost.

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Why have the classic car sales market slowed up now that interest rates are up?

Over the past few years we have witnessed the classic car market explode in value, with a Bugatti EB110 and a Ferrari F40 once being worth a respected 165k and 200k yet to get hold of anyone of these majestic machines now will cost you over seven figures. So what has happened to the classic car market? That Is the question on the mind of many classic car sellers and buyers.

As prices are at an all time high this will lead to fewer buyers, as now fewer people can afford the cars they once could have comfortably bought. This had lead to a lot of speculation and uncertainty in the current market, as many buyers are unsure if the car they are purchasing will be a worthwhile investment, so henceforth this has to lead to fewer buyers, meaning there are now fewer cars on the market, so, therefore, cars that were once rare and now basically obsolete now.

The future of the classic car market is uncertain as ever as it is so difficult to predict. But many speculators are waiting for the eventual crash which they have believed in since late 2017, but the longer they wait and more hesitant they become this still means a further reason for fewer buyers.

Although is it impossible to completely predict the future, many experts and experienced buyers believe the price in classic cars will next drastically drop before it drastically increases, but that doesn’t mean it may not slowly increase until then. So take the experts to advise on board yet always stay diligent in this ever-changing and perplexing market.

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What does DPF actually do?

When servicing, repairing or even dealing with your car in general there are so many things to remember and deal with you often lose track, from checking fluid levels to tyre pressure. Many people do not know what a DPF is or if their car even has one.

By definition a DPF is a Diesel Particulate Filter. It is a filter that captures and stores exhaust soot which allows your car to be more environmentally friendly by reducing the emissions out the exhaust as the DPF captures a lot of the soot that is harmful to the environment.

To avoid confusion some people may have with a DPF, wondering if their car even has one, a DPF is only available/comes with only new diesel models. Meaning if your car runs on diesel and is a quite recent model, your car may have one. As over recent years many environmentalist groups, politicians and even a majority of the public have shown a great deal of disapproval for diesel run cars. As it is clear they cause great harm to the environment, so the DPF was made to make diesel models less harmful to run.

Although not every diesel car has a DPF it is promising to see that there has been steps made towards a less environmentally straining world, especially on the roads. Although this is only a minor solution to the big diesel problem, over the next decades it is looking that electric cars will take over the roads for the greater good of our environment.