Talk to me about grocery shopping

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I have to go tonight and I don't want to.

Where do you do yours?

What do you buy?

Any funny stories?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 20:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i love going grocery shopping. i can never understand why people hate it so much. i always feel great after i've stocked up on fresh fruit, veggies, coffee, milk, yogurt, etc etc. there's something about having a fridge full of good food that makes me feel civilized, like less of an oh-boy-instant-falafel-again twentysomething, you know?

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I shop at andronico's on shattuck in berkeley. I go probably four times a week. I never buy more than 2 bags of groceries. it almost always contains strawberries, pasta, coffee, and cat litter, ie: "JUNK FOOD" according to my wife who says I don't shop correctly, although when she goes she comes back with similar items, or items we never wind up cooking that rot in our crispers.

It always costs at least $45 for some reason. there is a checker named Bob who I am convinced is a habitual masterbater.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

used to love it. currently hate it. i fucking hate it. all the grocery stores in this town suck ass -- albertsons' produce is rotting on the shelves, it's $5.50 for a fucking box of cereal, and all the checkout lines are always closed except for the SELF-SERVE ONES. My cheapest local grocery store is wild oats. that's saying a lot.

mandee, Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You see, we go once ever 7-9 days. It always costs aroubd $160. What are we doing wrong?

We go to Trader Joe's AND Albertson's (combined!). We go to the Berkeley Bowl when we are feeling flush. Andronico's is lovely (they have cigars!) but obscenely expensive.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

xpost, and yes, Albertson's food is just horrible.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I weave a complicated web of low-, mid- ,and high-brow shopping by buying chickens, pork roast, and pork chops at Cost-Co, having organic vegetables delivered to the flat on a bi-weekly basis, buying the rest of my vegs as needed at Golden Harvest on Church across from Safeway and going to Cooper's or occasionally Whole Foods for the good cheese and whatnot. Also every month or so, I go to the Made in France warehouse sale in South City for gourmet goodies.

Michael White (Hereward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That sounds good. Where is South City?

I need to get groceries delivered.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i go to key food, d'agostino, and gristede's. sometimes trader joe's when the folks will drive me. of the neighborhood stores, d'ag is my guilty pleasure; it's way overpriced but it's never crowded and it's a really short walk from my house (like practically just around the corner).

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love grocery shopping, Wifey doesn't care much for it. Mostly she dislikes it because of my obsessive compulsive 'system' that we must follow.

We shop at Pathmark, and when you enter the store, you're in the middle of the store. I insist we walk all the way left and begin at aisle one, and go up and down every single aisle in order. We don't have a baby, yet I insist we go down the baby aisle - what if there's some new kind of cool-ass bendystraws, or some delicious new Pedia fruit punch drink on sale? - and so on.

It really is an event for me, I really love it. I worked overnight in a supermarket once, and despite the horrible time I had there, it did nothing to blemish my love of grocery shopping. I quit that job Half Baked-style, too, if you know what I mean. Felt mighty good. Mighty good.

I like King Kullen too. Loved A&P till it closed down. NEVER Waldbaums. NEVER.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i miss wegman's so bad.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

They took down the Biggie shrine at my MetFoods. : (

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Haha!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Why are you laughing? It's a shame, it was the only place in his neighborhood that actually recognized him. One of the MetFoods dudes was even interviewed for the Biggie and Tupac movie.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

while we're doing a grocery store s/d i've gotta big up the trade fair and top tomato in astoria. fresh cheap produce YUM!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have the worst of all NYC grocery chains -- the loathed C-Town. I hate that stupid place. However, back in the garden state, where we have big, beaming grocery stores, I could go food shopping every day.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

produce at the grocery stores in my neighborhood sucks. Gotta start going to Grand Army Plaza.

xpost yeah C-Town sucks bad but there are good options for you not far away in Greenpoint.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I hate it; Scott likes it. As soon as I set foot in a grocery store I get extremely inpatient, while Scott likes to take every aisle slow and thorough. I like best to dash in with a list and be out. Now we've realised I can go run an errand first while he starts shopping his way = then I come in and dash around for the few things he hasn't remembered. Then we're both happier.

Maria D., Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

south city is south san francisco

andronico's isn't really all that much more expensive than other places for normal things (except that other markets have more sales or trap you with that stupid "use your discount card" shit). The produce and the lack of irritating insane people make up for it; the last time I went to Safeway I almost got in a fight. the previous time I went there, the fucking self-closing door slammed shut on me. There are always only two checkers there and 700 people there and shit all over the floor. Fuck that!

There is a small produce market on Shattuck in berkeley next to the Cheeese board that is cheap though and has produce that is as good as andronico's. unfortunately they aren't open at 11 PM when I go shopping.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

South San Francisco

http://www.levillage.com/StoreFront.bok

Somewhere on there you can subscribe and they tell you when their warehouse sale is.

Michael White (Hereward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ah that's where the lemonade at andronico's comes from! It is delicious.

now that my diet consists almost exclusively of cereal and peanut butter sandwiches it doesn't matter much how good the produce is anywhere, I admit.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Too many carbs,

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

do I look fat to you?

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You look phat.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sadly, there's no grocery store in our neighborhood in Seattle. (We live in Georgetown.) The closest thing is a Costco that is relatively nearby, and we do some shopping there, mostly for non-perishables and stuff that can be frozen since between the two of us we never seem to be able to use up some of the stuff before it spoils, particularly with vegetables.

We go to a handful of different stores depending when we decide to go, which one's having a sale, etc. The coolest one is probably the Metropolitan Market in West Seattle, though it's also the most expensive in the bunch. Good produce there...

I don't particularly like going grocery shopping, and I don't really think Jen does either, but we both like having a fridge full of food, so it's a constant struggle.

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Michael, would you describe yourself as a bon vivant?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Shopping itself is fine, but no matter where I go (farmer's market, regular grocery store, etc.) I end up getting stuck in a line behind idiots who behave as though it was the first time they have ever had to shop for anything. Writing checks for 3 dollars worth of groceries! Or acting hurt and bewildered when the cashier asks them to run their credit card through the credit card reader! If these types of people would kindly go away and die, I would enjoy grocery shopping.

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i hate spending $150 and feeling like you still have no food to eat

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

One nice side-effect of getting paid monthly is that I do all my monthly grocery shopping at once. I start at Costco in the morning before the crowds get bad and then hit Trader Joes and the normal grocery store for everything else.

All I really need to do after that I pick up fresh produce and that's the Smith Farms stand, Farm Boy, or the Seal Beach farmer's market.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

cutty otm

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis, where are you? LA? SoCal somewhere, no?

Michael White (Hereward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

does costco require a membership? I've never been. I have no room for large bulk items though, but is it worth it anyway?

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm with you on the check writers Nicole. The low-tab-check-writing aside, I don't understand why these people haven't yet adopted the ATM check card like everybody else. I mean, sometimes you gotta write a check and send it in like for the gas bill, but for fuck's sake nobody writes checks at stores any more.

I forgot about Pike Place Market in Seattle. That's kinda fun as a little shopping adventure, especially if you want to pick up something tasty like crab legs or other seafood.

xpost yeah, kyle, Costco has a memebership fee. I think it's $45/year for the regular membership, and there's some other "Executive" membership nonsense that gives you like 1% cashback on purchases and is only useful if you spend an assload there.

On the other hand, Jen and I spend an assload there, so we probably should have gotten the "Executive" membership.

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes. It's not worth it unless you're buying for a couple of people or you have a lot of space. My buying habits at CostCo have seriously changed over the years and I buy less and less there but don't regret buying it.

Michael White (Hereward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm thinking of just getting a sam's club membership, buying everything in bulk, and just grocery shopping once a year.

mandee, Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you should get access to an executive lounge with an executive membership

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i used to belong to costco. they have a kickass bakery.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Trader Joe's brand cereal is so bad it makes me cry. I miss real cereal.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Apparently the Berkeley Bowl is a serious pick-up spot. I find this mind-boggling. Can you confirm, Kyle?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mind you, we don't spend an assload at Costco just by doing grocery shopping. It's just that we moved into a house recently, and we bought a (clothes) washer, microwave and some other large items there this year. So I guess the higher-priced membership really would only have paid off this one year for us.

We load up on some stuff now that we have a bigass basement in which to store it.

Oh yeah, the bakery is kickass. Only problem is you gotta buy a fucken pallet of danishes, and there's almost no way to eat them all before some get stale unless you're feeding a small party or unless you want some serious gastrointestinal distress.

My favorite thing about Costco is that cartons of smokes are a lot cheaper there.

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

only going grocery shopping once a month involves a level of organization that I'm clearly not capable of.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I hate trader joe's. I swear we bought three bags of groceries there once and all the food may as well have been made out of the bags they came in.

(x-post)
I get all my granola specs-wearing Phish loving hos at Berkeley Bowl!

no I cannot confirm. I haven't shopped there since they relocated.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You should!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

only going grocery shopping once a month involves a level of organization that I'm clearly not capable of.

Not only that, it's pretty much impossible if you eat any vegetables or drink anything like milk. I mean when a food item has a shelf-life of a week or two...

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Milk at Trader Joe's - $2.95
Exact same milk at Adronico's - $5.25

tut tut.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am addicted to CostCo polish dogs. *Hangs head in shame*

I love being able to shop on a daily basis. It's immensely liberating.

Michael White (Hereward), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

only going grocery shopping once a month involves a level of organization that I'm clearly not capable of.

Me either, I'm not good at planning ahead with that sort of thing.

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i buy lactaid which is 3.99 everywhere, and it lasts two weeks

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hahaha! The "milk" in question WAS Lactaid! You got served!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I swear it was more than that at Andronico's. Whatever, cereal is very expensive there.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 21:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Safeway here does home delivery. As a person with no car, I am in love! I can drink all the fucking milk I want now.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 19:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Veggies/fruits/nuts = farmer's market
Proteins = i piggyback on to my bro's restaurant orders every 2-3 weeks (salmon, fluke, ribeye, pork shoulder or loin, veal sausages, whole chickens, usually)
Spices, seasonings, grains, starches, bulk = local co-op

I hit Costco for flats of Nutella 2x a year

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 22:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

I miss Costco -- Sam's is a poor substitute.

My totem animal is a hamburger. (WmC), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 22:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

People who can get groceries delivered: what's the delivery surcharge, if any? What do you tip?

My totem animal is a hamburger. (WmC), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 22:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

The delivery was $13 if I wanted to request a two-hour window for delivery, or $7 for a four-hour window. The email announced that "our friendly drivers accept no tips!"

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

In Boise, it was $5 for delivery from Albertson's, but that was in 2005 & the price may have risen since then.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 23:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

having your groceries delivered sounds glamorous!

there is a "super fresh" store near me that underwent a makeover a year ago i suspect in part to compete with the nearby whole foods. anyhow, the place is awesome, pleasant low-key lighting, great deals, nice employees, attractive shoppers, etc

i usually buy all my vegetables, tofu in chinatown or at vietnamese market

once in a while i will visit trader joe's and pick up tempeh, olive oil...

occasional forays to indian grocer for spices or frozen treats

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

going grocery shopping is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. not exactly sure why

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think grocery shopping is very exciting, but also soothing! I love it too. I just hate carrying home milk, cans, dog food, other heavy stuff, with my bare arms. I think this delivery guy might have my dream job, actually, just grocery shopping & driving all day.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

People who can get groceries delivered: what's the delivery surcharge, if any? What do you tip?

i don't get groceries delivered very often, but vons will deliver within a 4-hour window for about $10 (i think for a minimum purchase of $50).

DâM-EdnA-FunK (get bent), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

i just got back from a trip to the supermarket actually... tonight i'm making breaded eggplant with mushroom sauce and ricotta.

DâM-EdnA-FunK (get bent), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think this delivery guy might have my dream job, actually, just grocery shopping & driving all day.

i used to think that being the staffer who holds the queue starts here sign/s at trader joes would be a dream job: in a grocery store; pointing people in the right direction; insulated from a lot of other supermarket hassle; customer smalltalk. then i realised that you'd be stuck perpetually experiencing the feeling of being at the end of a queue, without even that pleasing queuer's schadenfraude of having a bunch of people behind you who'd wait longer.

grocery shopping is a pleasure though. i get option paralysis but like being in such a high-density environment.

Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful (schlump), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

A Sprouts Farmers Market is opening in town and their flyer promises "Better produce than Trader Joe's, better prices than Whole Foods." I see they're Arizona based and spread over the Southwest. Anyone have any experience with their quality?

nickn, Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

weren't they wild oats?

DâM-EdnA-FunK (get bent), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

*googles*

ok maybe not

DâM-EdnA-FunK (get bent), Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

there's a Sprouts a couple blocks from my house. i would agree about the prices, but not about the produce

banshun, Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think this delivery guy might have my dream job, actually, just grocery shopping & driving all day.

ha, yeah, you might be onto something there!

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

going grocery shopping is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. not exactly sure why

― dell (del), Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:05 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

OTM, grocery shopping is my favorite thing in the world

dyao, Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

grocery shopping is a pleasure though. i get option paralysis but like being in such a high-density environment.

yeah, maybe you've put your finger there on what i find so pleasurable about it.

but i get o.p. in a terrible way, too. i am the most boring shopper ever. rice, pasta, beans. maybe cheese? the occasions on which i buy something "fun" or unexpected like snack foods or ice cream or some processed junk seem far and few between. i appreciated shopping w/my exgf b/c she was the complete opposite and would parade through the aisles like a drunken sailor in a brothel or a sugared-up 10-year old. in that sense we were a good pairing

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

OTM, grocery shopping is my favorite thing in the world

dude, i go shopping like almost every night. it's not even funny.

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up like one of those old people who spend all day clipping coupons and has an encyclopedia of grocery store prices in their heads

dyao, Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, i have memorized prices to a degree that i never would have imagined, and sometimes i quote deals to ppl and begin to feel like i'm their grandma or something

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haha, yes! All the best conversations I have with my mom are about grocery prices, either bitching how the price of an item has increased, or sharing sweet deals. "Mom, I just got three pomegranates for $1!" "I raised you right, honey." It's nice to have someone to share this with because I do think about it an awful lot, too. Like, I get excited when the circulars come in the mail.

Warum habt Ihr mich totgefüttert? (Abbott), Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

we are waking early tomorrow to go buy lobster tails from pathmark because they're on sale (eithe 399 or 499 per lb, or per tail - I forget!)

I was angry earlier today because aldi raised the prices on their bag of avocados from 2.29 to 2.99!!

dyao, Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

thursday is always in my mind b/c it is the last day to take advantage of the week's sales! oh and friday is when the new sales start!

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

kinda wish i lived closer to an aldi

dell (del), Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I have discovered Grocery Outlet and it's kinda cool

A few months back I got a box of 6 luna bars for $4 ... Mr Veg eats canned soup and I can get those for $1.50 compared to $3+ at the supermarket...and Kashi frozen entrees for like $2

the wines are apparently p good too, though we have like 4 unopened bottles rn so it'll be a while before I investigate those

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 8 October 2012 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

also I kind of love grocery shopping in general -- but only if it's a once weekly expedition with a list. I hate having to go multiple times during the week

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:02 (five years ago) Permalink

i love it in general, but in the i-try-to-go-everyday way. i probably don't have my shit together enough to work things out with a list & move crazy quantities of things back to my place anyway, but it being a fifteen minute window in my day is nice. calculating routes home in conjunction with your mental map of where sells what.

unprotectable tweetz (schlump), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

ha ha i was just thinking yesterday of starting a grocery routine thread but then was like "nah too boring"

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

also I kind of love grocery shopping in general -- but only if it's a once weekly expedition with a list. I hate having to go multiple times during the week

― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, October 8, 2012 5:02 PM (17 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is like exactly how i feel.

call all destroyer, Monday, 8 October 2012 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

my favorite thing to do in any new place I visit, or maybe just anywhere I am, is to go to a supermarket and wander the aisles

barthes simpson, Monday, 8 October 2012 21:23 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh, get in, get the stuff on yr list, get out

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

markets are a different deal tho

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

and cheese shops and bakeries, etc, you know

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I still do the thing my Mum used to do, which is write yr list based on where everything is in the store.

And new grocery stores are my favorite thing.

The only thing I hate is that I have 2 main stores I do most of my groceries at - a Safewy, and a co-op for bulk grains etc...but if I want somethingk like coconut milk then only Savemart on the other side of town has the brand I like! jerks

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 8 October 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

My family used to do the main shopping every other week, and my dad coming home with the groceries was a big event (cookie supply replenished, yeah! sweet cereals, yeah!) I recently remembered that we bought 12 half-gallon cartons of milk on the trips (they came in 6-pack cardboard boxes), and it was the top shelf of the fridge was almost all milk. Mind boggling compared to the amount I buy now (that was 5 kids, though).

I'm a Trader Joe's 2-3 times a week guy now, and there's one on the way home so it's very convenient.

nickn, Monday, 8 October 2012 22:32 (five years ago) Permalink

does anyone else get a weird sense of comfort when walking in a grocery store that if some kind of catastrophic/apocalyptic event happens you're in about the best place to be, maybe even better than some bunker underneath the whitehouse?

Philip Nunez, Monday, 8 October 2012 22:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I live in a suburb with many middle class and professional residents, so naturally the grocery stores around here have good fresh produce and frequent price-cutting inducements to lure these well-off shoppers in the door. Poor people should be so lucky. Which is kind of crazy, but that is how it works irl.

I do my damnedest to make rational use of these resources, by making a menu once a week that takes note of what is cheap and on sale, by shopping from a list, and by stocking up our pantry when prices are especially good. I have a vehicle, so I can travel a circuit of three different stores in about 5.5 miles, targeting each one for the best deals and best food.

We eat very well for about $500/mo. A lot of fresh organic produce. Whole grains, legumes. Bakery bread. Usually not factory-farmed meat, although we do eat some. Wine, though it is extremely ordinary stuff, most nights. I could bring that bill down much closer to $400/mo, if my wife didn't have some strong food preferences that increase our total costs.

I am kind of proud of my above-average prowess. (preens self)

Aimless, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 04:14 (five years ago) Permalink

that all sounds preenable. i am very "strong food preferences" about a lot of stuff, but for the most part it's things i feel totally okay about not economising on; like if you buy tea or bread or basically anything that comes in multiple-units, you're spending money on stuff that you're going to appreciate or resent the quality of on like ten or fifty different occasions, so it's worth springin for. a bunch of stuff i eat - beans, say, or grains - is so cheap when you add up how much it costs per serving that it's okay to get the nice option.

my favorite thing to do in any new place I visit, or maybe just anywhere I am, is to go to a supermarket and wander the aisles

― barthes simpson, Monday, 8 October 2012 18:23 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

for real. it's the area with the highest-intensity of small differences.

unprotectable tweetz (schlump), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 04:24 (five years ago) Permalink

i have the luxury of having no kids to feed and no major monthly expenses (except rent and health insurance; i don't own a house and don't have a car), so i like being a little spendy with grocery shopping. i'm a food person; i believe you can/should eat like a mensch even if you don't have a lot of money.

sriracha bishop (get bent), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 05:03 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah mr veg got into into organic (aside from his weird obsession with canned soup for lunch) ...so now the routine is - farmers market in the morning, then to safeway for basics like kleenex and meat, then to the co-op for bulk grains and hippy shit and other organic whatever.

I'm trying to cut back our grocery bill, and the farmer's market has saved us about 50% compared to what the co-op was charging for most of their produce. no matter how much I would *like* to buy organic meat, meat's expensive enough as it is, so we only do organic for special occasions.

but we're spending $100-$150 a week. we don't eat out at all, we make our own lunches, make our own coffee, the whole nine. So I feel okay spending a little more here and there. I would like to spend less but I'm not stressing about that right now..and I know in the back of my mind that if I had to really slash at the bill, I could. But I still get kind of a buzz from bargains so that's where my Grocery Outlet adventures come in

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 05:30 (five years ago) Permalink

my favorite thing to do in any new place I visit, or maybe just anywhere I am, is to go to a supermarket and wander the aisles
for real. it's the area with the highest-intensity of small differences.

my people

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 12:27 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

I can't believe someone app-economied No Frills

https://brandless.com/

maura, Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:47 (one week ago) Permalink

ha! that's ridiculous.

so generic

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I love grocery shopping, hate pretty much every other type of shopping

i live a block away from a 24hr supermarket and sometimes just go there at odd hours to browse for interesting stuff if I'm bored

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:12 (one week ago) Permalink

i enjoy grocery shopping when it's not too crowded
and when they're not playing bad music

brimstead, Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:15 (one week ago) Permalink

I drive from Mississippi to Atlanta for groceries a couple of times a year. Buford Highway Farmers Market and Dekalb Farmers Market always, H-Mart in Duluth and Patel Brothers usually, Trader Joe's, Patak's Meats in Austell and Total Wines in Kennesaw (or Green's on Ponce) occasionally. Next week is my next trip.

WilliamC, Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I love grocery shopping, hate pretty much every other type of shopping

^^this.

i don't understand when people are at grocery store listening to headphones, and not earbuds but huge noise-reduction headphones.

new noise, Thursday, 9 November 2017 20:09 (one week ago) Permalink

mostly because it looks silly.

new noise, Thursday, 9 November 2017 20:09 (one week ago) Permalink


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