I have always found individual grocery shopping habits pretty fascinating. I’m sure they say something about a person, but I’m no sociologist. Since I know my own household best, I’ll use it as an example.
We usually do our grocery shopping on Sundays, when the new sales start at Kroger and coupons and the circular come out in the paper. The weirdest thing we do is split up with our own grocery carts and check out separately. Neither of us have the patience to let the other one drive.
At Kroger, I always look for bright orange clearance stickers, particularly in the produce department, the organic frozen food department, the meat department and the deli (good scores on fancy cheeses). We also poke around in those clearance baskets that Kroger randomly parks in their stores and have found a few good deals there. For example, Howard recently found his shaving cream for $1 and it was only missing the cap.
After spending about an hour in the grocery store doing my main shopping for the week, we usually go home and remember something we forgot, which means one of us makes another short trip (or two) during the week. Recently, we’ve also started to swing by Food Lion once a week to buy things like dog food or deli meat or to check out their meat selection. I also often shop ethnic markets for better prices on exotic items and go to Wal-Mart about once a month for one or two products that are priced much lower there (namely, Clear Care contact lens cleaning solution and makeup). I rarely go to Fresh Market only because it is not near my house. When I do, it is usually for ingredients for that night’s meal or a gift/potluck situation.
My biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are probably the same as everybody’s:
1. Getting used to a product and then having it disappear from store shelves.
2. Getting to the store in the morning on the first sale day and finding that products have not been stocked.
3. Having to drive to a different store for a product that should not be considered the least bit out of the ordinary or exotic and yet is not available at my store.
4. Getting in the U-Scan line behind someone who has no business attempting what is clearly, for them, an incredibly confusing and complicated task (not the store’s fault, but still annoying).
5. Invisible U-Scan clerks.
Having said all that, I typically have nice grocery-shopping experiences. What about you – do you hate grocery shopping?
What is your grocery routine? Do you feel that it is efficient?
Do you think it’s worth driving to a different store to save a few bucks on certain items if gas costs an arm and a leg per gallon?
What are your favorite aspects of the stores you shop? What aspects are deserving of some constructive criticism?