While many pensioners actively enjoy shopping and can spend many happy hours browsing through stores, just as many find it a tedious and time-consuming chore.

For those in the latter group, it’s worth considering a personal shopper who will willingly ease the burden and usually return with a neon green pashmina, rowing machine and roasted pepper quiche instead of the six second class stamps and Brillo pads which you asked for.

With the bigger supermarkets offering an ever increasing range of products, it’s now possible to reduce a month’s normal shopping to a single trip, hiring a flat-bed truck to transport your purchases and erecting a small warehouse in your garden to store everything you’ve bought.

Shopping for tablecloths should never be undertaken without a trained paramedic in attendance.