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Do You Dislike To Shop For Groceries?  
User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3714 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

I'm just curious to read why people like or dislike to shop for groceries. Other than at times when the shops are insanely crowded, why do you not like to shop?


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User currently offlineWN738 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Mostly because food is something that is a one time use, and i dont like paying for things that i cant use again and again. so i guess me being a cheap skate would be a reason. Also knowing that all the food i like to eat and find tasty also is likely to lead me to a heart attack, tends to anger me. Having to choose between food that tastes good but will kill me, and food that tastes like steamed cardboad wrapped in newspaper, just seems to irk me. Plus im indecisive....soo many things to choose, not enough money  

User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Actually it really doesn't bother me as long as I can get in and out in a reasonable time. I go to a different store and pay more because the WalMart supermarket is like a zoo. I am willing to pay more to lessen the aggravation.


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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

I dislike grocery shopping during peak times. I try to go around 6-7pm during the week. It's usually pretty quiet. I just hate dealing with people who push their carts like they drive..... selfishly and carelessly.


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Why do I hate grocery shopping? Because I can only do it on weekends, with a 4 month old, and I generally go to CostCo., which is a zoo on the weekend. I've thought about using Amazon Grocery, where they deliver it to my home, but I'm too much of an impulse shopper. So, I use my Amazon Prime account to get most of the bulk items like shampoo, razors, diapers, etc. and limit my grocery shopping to a one hideous experience at CostCo a month. It's one of the reasons I bought a deep freeze so I can put a lot of perishable food items in it and not have to daily go to the grocery.


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User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 3):
I just hate dealing with people who push their carts like they drive..... selfishly and carelessly.

Not to mention the wankers that leave their carts precisely in the middle of the aisle....  


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 2):
I go to a different store and pay more because the WalMart supermarket is like a zoo. I am willing to pay more to lessen the aggravation.

...and my wife tries to tell me I'm the only one in the world with this kind of mentality. I love WalMart and their cheap prices just as much as the next person, but I can't bring myself to go grocery shopping there anymore. The parking lot, the aisles, the worthless checkout ladies, it's become too much for me. And their crowds seem to be damn near constant lately. I would much rather go to a real grocery store and pay a premium for the ease of mind and lower blood pressure.  



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

I guess I am different and enjoy grocery shopping. I shop for the family, and the opportunity to do the shopping usually provides fun and interesting new discoveries. I suppose it helps that I love to cook also, so doing the shopping gives me lots of ideas and helps ensure I have best and right ingredients for the days ahead.


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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5657 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

I enjoy grocery shoppin, especially when I can leave the kids at home. Leisurely walks down the various aisles. A little reading in the mag aisle...to see if something catches my fancy.

I do the cooking in the house, so, I enjoy doing the shopping and looking for different ingredients.

If I bring the kids, I avoid the cereal aisle.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

[quote=WN738,reply=1]Mostly because food is something that is a one time use, and i don't like paying for things that i cant use again and again. so i guess me being a cheap skate would be a reason. Also knowing that all the food i like to eat and find tasty also is likely to lead me to a heart attack, tends to anger me. Having to choose between food that tastes good but will kill me, and food that tastes like steamed card board wrapped in newspaper, just seems to irk me. Plus !'m indecisive....soo many things to choose, not enough money

The food you eat is only half of the "equation"; ( heart attacks ) , but I know what you're talking about !


[quote=stratosphere,reply=2]I go to a different store and pay more because the Wal-Mart supermarket is like a zoo. I am willing to pay more to lessen the aggravation.

I definitely know what you mean about "being a zoo" !

[quote=JetsGo,reply=6] I love Wal-Mart and their cheap prices just as much as the next person, but I can't bring myself to go grocery shopping there anymore. The parking lot, the aisles, the worthless checkout ladies, it's become too much for me.

We must be lucky; Our nearest Wal-Mart is a very small one as Wal-Marts go, and is only 8 miles away; don't get many groceries at that one; next door is "Aldi", and we get a lot of stuff there; VERY cheap, great "brands" on some stuff;
Our two Wal-Mart Superstores are in Terre Haute, about 18 and 24 miles away; the near one, ( the newest has a HUGE parking lot, and is never any problem ), likewise the store is never all that crowded, ( we usually go there in the evening ) The farthest one is right beside "Ryan's", my favorite place in all the world to "eat steak", ( and I can eat a hell of a lot of steak ! ) Then when we leave Ryan's, right up the street is Kroger's, which is where I buy all of my diesel fuel, ( usually about every 3 weeks, usually costs me $ 100 to "fill up" the truck tank, and $ 20 or 30 for the "transfer tank"; ( this week the truck tank was $ 125, as diesel was $ 3.95, ( with my discount )

Actually, I rather enjoy going for groceries; being the extremely "patient" fellow that I am, the "people" don't faze me, and that new superstore has super wide isles; but I have a "confession" to make; both superstore have huge magazine racks; ( which is usually my first stop ) after reading "Fine Woodworking", "Discover", "Lapidary Journal" and possibly "Pop Science", I usually grab my monthly copy of "Popular Astronomy" and "Wood Magazine" and continue on with my "other" shopping; ( I'm usually in the store "a while" )

If "Miss Arlie" is with me, ( 99% of the time), there is always the "obligatory" stop a "Jo Annes" for "goods" "buttons" and other "nik-nak stuff"; then, before we turn onto the Interstate to head home, we usually make a "quick" 90 min. stop at "Books-A-Million", before heading back to our quaint little village, Bridgeton.

I try to limit my trips to "Ryan's" to no more than one per week, otherwise I would be obliged to start shopping for larger pants.

Charley



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

I like cooking and thus shopping for delicious food (and sometimes other stuff, too).
Sometimes it's little more than a chore, but overall it's okay.

I usually combine it with making a little tour with the bicycle (will do that again today) or a walk through the neighbourhood with its shops. Not too bad.


User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2824 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

I enjoy shopping for food, basically because I enjoy eating.

Where I find myself spending the most time is the area of the store(s) with the spices, herbs, marinades, sauces, etc because that's what really brings life to what you're cooking.

One thing I really enjoy is the many "ethnic" grocery stores with products from all over the world. I'm fortunate to live in the most ethnically diverse city in Canada where over 140 different languages are spoken. There is a huge number of ethnic specialty shops with spices, etc, from various countries. For me, it's fun to experiment with different "tastes" of food, spices annd preparation. That's what makes cooking and eating fun, which makes the shopping fun as well.


User currently offlinepdxtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1911 times:

I don't enjoy grocery shopping. While I don't mind cooking when I have the time, I find I end up spending more money to go out, buy healthy/delicious food, and then cook for only one person. Not to mention, with occasional business trips, it's hard for me to eat fresh produce before it goes bad. I try to buy in bulk rather than frequent the grocery store more than once a week.

It just isn't an efficient use of money or time. I've decided to go out for most of my meals or have some quick and easy items laying around my apartment. I'll probably try a new recipe every two weeks or so. I live a few blocks from a Whole Foods, which is where I tend to do most of my shopping, especially for produce. If you buy the "365" brand items, it's actually no more expensive than my local Giant (unless I want things like Cheez-its).


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13199 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1910 times:

Not really, although some situations will annoy me when grocery shopping. For examples:
Too few checkout clerks, meaning long lines and wasting my time.
Checkout clerks that make mistakes, meaning the front end manager has to step in to make changes.
You get behind someone who has a complicated transaction, such as 'food stamps', WIC program (woman, infants and children) benefits, problems with their debit/credit card, maybe doesn't have enough cash so has to take off some item or a lot of coupons.
You get to the check out and you or the person in front of you has an item that though was on sale but wasn't (maybe $10 minimum purchase requred for a deal on an item) or missplaced with the sale size of the product.
They are out of the items I want they have sales on.
Can't find the brand/size/version of a product I want as out or no longer sell it meaning you have to go to another store.
Milk that is too close to the last 'sell by' date.
Aisles clogged with displays.
Some stores just so large and you only need milk which is usually at a point in the store the farthest away from the entrance.
You can't resist the purchase of cookies, snack foods your belly doesen't need that are on sale.


User currently offlineskysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

I'm the other way round.....I LOVE grocery shopping but HATE shopping for clothes. When it's time to grocery shop I usually go early morning so that the check-outs aren't full of people and I don't have to get irritated by shoppers leaving their carts blocking the aisles. Nowadays I have about 10 reusable bags I take with me but I have a memory like a sieve, so if they have boxes i'll use one of those. What really frustrates me is the person ahead at the check-out who insists on dumping their change onto the counter to find 'that penny'. I hate clothes shopping just for the fact that guys rarely get a discount compared to the women's section and there's usually a sales employee that won't leave you alone.

Cheers

Stu



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

I don't mind it at all. I actually make it a nice Sunday morning thing for me. I head out to the store with my bags, pick up my cart that has a cup holder and a "scan-as-you-go" scanner holder, pick up the scanner using my Stop&Shop card, stop at the Starbucks in the store to pick up an iced coffee and muffin, then start shopping.

I go through each aisle while sipping my iced coffee and munching on my Sunday morning muffin, picking up what I need, scanning it, putting it into my bags. Once I'm done, I go to a self service aisle, scan the barcode to close my order, scan my card at the register, swipe my credit card, and I'm out. I'm in and out in approximately 30 - 45 minutes depending on what I need to buy, and average time to check out at the register including waiting in line is about 2 minutes. Easy, painless, good prices on what I wanted, everything packed the way I want without rushing to pack it because I'm holding up the checkout line, and I had my morning coffee and breakfast while doing it. I believe Charlie Sheen would call that "winning"   

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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 3):
I just hate dealing with people who push their carts like they drive..... selfishly and carelessly.

That's just in the parking lot.

Quoting B595 (Reply 5):
Not to mention the wankers that leave their carts precisely in the middle of the aisle....

Also the a**holes who are too lazy and leave the shopping cart in the middle of a parking spot.

As some others have said, my worst aggravation is not enough checkout lanes open and those that are open are slow.

Another aggravation are stores without self-service checkout lanes. It's senseless for me to stand in line just to purchase a couple items. Sometimes I just go to 7-eleven or Wawa to get milk.

Useless discounts. Sometimes to get a discount on one item I have to buy another item I don't need. Another useless discount are the ones promoted by Kroger. To get a discount on certain items, I have to buy 10 of them. I live in a small apartment. I don't have room to store 10 of anything.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4534 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

Grocery shopping is something I do almost every day. My route to and from work takes me along a large supermarket - well, large by Dutch standards. And seeing that I walk or cycle to work, there is a limit to what I can carry. Once in every three weeks or so, I go by car to pick up supplies of cat litter and cat food, wine, beer, that kind of heavy stuff.

Like others here, cookery is my thing and I like to buy as fresh as possible. Supermarket fruit and veg are good here and 'my' supermarket has a good selection of good quality organic groceries. Greengrocers here are few and far between and very expensive. The Hague's open air market on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday is a zoo.

Every Sunday morning the special offers for the coming week pop in to my mailbox. I work out the meals and shopping trips around the special offers. If one of our favourite wines is on offer, I'll go by car and purchase a bootload (trunkload) of wine.



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User currently offlineAKiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 651 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

I love grocery shopping mostly because I love to cook and I now have a Trader Joe's at my disposal. I love to just go and get inspired for a new dish. Plus it is something my boyfriend and I do every week together (and we consequently spend way more money on cheese than we should as we are both addicted to good cheese....)


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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 4):
Because I can only do it on weekends, with a 4 month old

This is my main issue. For me it's with a 4 year old and a 20 month old. Ugh.

My other annoyance is trying to get healthy food that isn't overly processed and won't cost a fortune. It's nearly impossible and I end up going to several stores!


User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

I don't mind shopping as long as it isn't freezing out (I dont like doing anything when its cold out.) Having said that I'm the world's worst cook. I usually work on my feet all day and its just easier to go out. I keep some quick meal items around the house.


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User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2156 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

I love shopping for groceries!!  Taking my time, evaluating and examining the available products. It's fun!

asturias



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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

I go with my wife, and do not mind it at all. The only thing is, I will not go shopping while I am hungry, I make sure that I have just had a meal of some kind. I get very hungry while shopping. It must be from my childhood.


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User currently offlinerottenray From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

I've been happier for the last 10 or so years by breaking my shopping into smaller trips.

Go out for coffee with friends, hit the store near the coffee shop and get what they have the best deal on.

Go out somewhere else, do the same thing.

Do a little bit every time you go out and it isn't a huge mess all at one time.


User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8800 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 22):
I will not go shopping while I am hungry, I make sure that I have just had a meal of some kind.

Same here, I go after breakfast, if I go when I am hungry I tend to load on cookies and microwavable food.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 8):
A little reading in the mag aisle...to see if something catches my fancy.

That's my favorite part.

I like grocery shopping with all the variety of food that the store has and I also like the smell of fresh bread at the entry and the smell of fresh seafood in the back "island" of the local Pavilion's.



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25 photopilot : That's what puts people out of work. Does the store pay you to check-out your own groceries? Do you get a % discount for doing their work? Why not? Y
26 AKiss20 : Personally I have noticed that people tend not to use them (I don't know why) so the lines at the self-checkout are often much less than at non-self-
27 aznmadsci : Thanks y'all for entertaining this post! I love shopping either way and love shopping at the different food stores here in Houston because I never kno
28 fr8mech : Actually, it does not put people out of work. It uses the people more efficiently. For example: where before you only had 3 check lanes open with 3 c
29 Post contains images aa61hvy : I went to shop this morning at 9am, it was nice and quiet My grocery store has a nice program that allows you to order online and pick up curbside. I
30 AGM100 : Well ... I cook for three kids every week ,. Shopping for groceries as dreaded as it is for me sometimes is only one part of . I have to try to plan m
31 bohica : You're absolutely wrong. The self serve checkout lanes are manned by an attendant. The attendant makes sure all the groceries are scanned, checks ID'
32 Post contains images YVRLTN : I love eating food, but I view grocery shopping as a chore like doing the dishes or housework. When I was single it was one of those things you just h
33 Post contains images ImperialEagle : I hate grocey shopping either because I am now old enough to remember how inexpensive things USED to be and/or I despise the nasty little marketing ga
34 cpd : I don't mind it - except when people block the aisles with their shopping carts - they stand talking in the middle of the aisle, so nobody can get pa
35 Superfly : I like grocery shopping. I always meet cute single women at the grocery store and I've met a better pool of gals at the grocery store than any dance c
36 Post contains images FRAspotter : My problem isn't with actually doing the shopping... The problem is unloading my car and putting everything away once I get home... Where I live about
37 Post contains images HAWK21M : I hate Shopping especially when there is an Important Game to be played
38 WarRI1 : I certainly agree, I never use them either. The original idea was to eliminate jobs, the theft was too great, that is why they have an attendant. The
39 Post contains images OzGlobal : I don't mind grocery shopping for a meal if it is to cook for guests or when I have a visitor staying, but I hate shopping and cooking for one, so I b
40 rottenray : I, too, miss milk at half a buck a gallon. Pork has gotten cheaper, when you can find it on sale. These days, I find myself cooking bigger batches of
41 ShyFlyer : Grocery shopping is, for me anyway, like vomitting. I really don't look forward to it, but sometimes it just has to happen. Also , I feel better once
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