Why I *heart* the milkman (and milk&more)

Miss Thrifty10 July 8, 2011

milkman We recently got ourselves a milkman – and haven’t looked back.

So when milk&more (the Dairy Crest website) approached me approached me and asked if they could sponsor a post about the joys of having dairy products and countless other groceries delivered by a friendly, ruddy-cheeked milkman in a peaked cap, I said yes. I usually turn down these post sponsorship offers, not because I have anything against them in principle, but because I usually get asked to write about the most terrifically dull financial services stuff. But dairy? Now that is a subject close to my heart…

As I haven’t had a milkman since I was little, it’s been quite a novelty having shiny glass bottles appear on the doorstep in the morning, as if by magic. When we lived in London, where so many corner shops are open all hours, we never saw a milkman and had an argument about whether or not milkmen existed there. When we lived in Arizona, the milkman was a definite no-show: milk came in BIG bottles from the supermarket and was hyper-pasteurised so that even after you opened it, didn’t go off for about a month. Now we’re in Yorkshire, my husband took it upon himself to flag down a passing milkman at the crack of dawn one morning and add us to the delivery list.

My milkman charges a little more than my supermarket – an extra 4p per pint – so what do I get for those extra pennies?

– I no longer pour a bowl of cereal or cup of tea, only to open the fridge to discover that someone else has finished the milk (shakes fist).

– No more emergency dashes to the supermarket to collect another two-pinter. As regular readers will know, I try to keep supermarket trips to a minimum: I keep our grocery bills down by doing one big supermarket shop just once a month.

– Actually, I’m sure that the petrol I use up getting to and from the supermarket comes to more than 4p a pop.

– Improved environmental credentials! I’d run out of ideas for what to do with our empty plastic milk bottles, and they don’t recycle them around here. Now we put our empty glass milk bottles out, and off they go to be sterilised and reused.

– A regular order and monthly bill means that it’s much easier to keep track of how much we are spending.

– Orange juice!

Our milkman isn’t a milk&more milkman. He is a lone ranger milkman, Yorkshire style. He drives a pick-up truck, not a float, his peaked cap is nowhere in evidence and I think orange juice is about as exotic as it gets. I like having him around.

Image credit:exfordy.

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10 Responses to “Why I *heart* the milkman (and milk&more)

rose lawrance says:

Have always used a milkman (handy when children are small) and find the milk fresher than supermarket and milkmen/women are little like detectives in the community – if the milk has not been taken from doorstep (particularly with the elderly) the alarm is raised.

July 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

I really love the idea of having a milkman. I’ve never seen one in my local area 🙁

July 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Niftynorah says:

Had a milkandmore milkman for the last two years. He delivered all through the snowiest days when we would not have been able to go out, and it is lovely to be able to order things like bread and dairy products, juices and biscuits etc. etc. up to 9pm the day before and even better to be able to order heavy things like compost or potatoes. The Special Offers are excellent
I order the 4 pinter twice a week as it is cheaper.

July 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Popbabe7 says:

I would love to have milk delivered this way, but in the area where I live I’m pretty sure the bottle would vanish, or get smashed (sigh).

My partner’s grandparents use the milkman, I love going to their house to see these lovely milk bottles.

July 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Julia says:

That’s a pity that only a few people have a milkman in their area. I share Your thoughts here.

July 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

I see the milkman in the morning when I’m going to work, but I have never had one.

I think we should consider one for sure.

July 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Sounds great Miss Thrifty. The must-have accessory for winter 2011 I think. Note to self – find a milkman!

July 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Miss my milkman terribly! Before I moved to London we used a milkman- I’m talking float, peaked cap- the works. It was sooo lovely. Reminiscent of happier, less Tesco express-ified times.

July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Nayuleska says:

I’m just about to start having milk from a milkman. i’m really excited as I only had it when I was little (somehow bottles then became cardboard cartons…). It’s the little things. I totally agree that it probably costs less than having to find my way to a shop on the way home from work. Plus I don’t have to remember to get milk – it just comes automatically!

August 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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