How Do You Grocery Shop?

United States
February 7, 2008 6:51am CST
Everyone has their own routine of doing the grocery shopping. Do you go once a month and stock up and everything and then just buy the things that expire quickly like milk and bread as the month progresses? Do you shop weekly for that weeks meals? Or do you go daily and only buy what is going to be fixed that day?
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Feb 08
I am currently taking a year off work and have taken over most of the household chores from my wife. I love to shop every day, and not at the supermarket if I can help it. I tend to work out what the evening menu is going to be and then a. hunt the kitchen for the ingredients and b. if I don't have them, go out and fetch them from our local shops in town. I have lived in this town for 14 years and did not know what a great butcher we have. That a tiny, hidden away bakery does great bread, and that a neighbour of ours has a fantastic fruit and vegetable store. It works out cheaper too as I no longer impulse buy stuff that I don't really need. When I was working, we shopped once a week at the supermarket, although we have always tried to buy our meat direct from the from of from local butchers.
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@Shylor (53)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I heard a tip the other day that the local butchers usually age their meat so even the "cheaper cuts" taste better than they would at the grocery store.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
11 Feb 08
I have not heard that before, but I do not have a problem with aged meat. All meat should be hung for not less than 15 days and the best meat gets about 20-30. The problem comes when it goes past its sell by date and then gets a fresh sticker put on the packet. I prefer to buy my meat unwrapped and fresh cut from the carcass if I can.
@freak369 (4742)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I do bulk shopping about every three weeks; that usually means a trip to Costco or a large supply store. It does seem like I run out of something every day so I make smaller quick stops at the locl grocery store or when they have something on sale that I can't pass up or get cheaper anywhere else.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
funny you ask that..since we have retired my wife and i don't buy as much food..it is not just that we don't eat that much (which is true_( but my wife used to throw away a lot of food that went bad and since i worked a lot of overtime i did not pay attention..but now i see our garbage cans on garbage day is less then half of what is was when we were working.. and since my wife has been sick and unable to shop..she eats very ltttle now..no dairy products..we don't buy milk or yogart and ice cream..so i have been doing the shopping...but i had to laugh as i bought some tortilla chips as we have a lot of salsa..and when she seen these she threw them in the garbage and said "you don't need these!" well, i did not argue as she is sick..but i got them out of the garbage and ate them after she went to bed..lol..but things change when you are retired, sick , or both at the same time...we are both dieting so that does not always make for a happy camper..lol..have fun..great post.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
That story gave me a giggle this morning. That sounds just like my father and me. I'm really bad about tossing things like snack cakes in the trash when I visit his house becaue he is a diabetic and sure doesn't need the temptation around. He waits until I leave and then gets them back out. LOL
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• United States
8 Feb 08
well food is most people weakness and i am no exception but i am getting better.. i think..you dad is lucky to have a daughtr that takes the time even though he probably is annoyed at you throwing away his goodies..lol...have a nice day..thanks for the post..lol
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@malachy8 (26)
• Ireland
8 Feb 08
Personally, I do have a routine as follows, I like to go early, early in the morning (5:30 or 6:00) this way I have the whole store to myself, I go up and down the aisle singing along to the music.. This is my time, my children and husband are still in bed, I can get all my shopping done, unpacked and Saturday morning breakfast started before anyone wakes.. I buy for the week, I put into my cart each evening supper and then the breakfast is normally grits or cereal.. lunch is sandwiches for school and work.. the only things I don't buy on Saturday morning is fresh cream or something as such where I know i won't be using it til later in the week.
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• United States
7 Feb 08
We go every two weeks. A few days after payday we head out and stock up till next payday. We put a loaf of bread on the counter and the others in the fridge or freezer till its time. As for the vegies they usually stay good in the fridge here. We don't have to worry a lot about humidity ruining stuff and making things mold.
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@m3mema5 (90)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I make a menu up with the help of my son and husband and than buy what I need from the list.Of course I buy the milk , eggs cereal, butter, ect. at the same time but I dont go and buy junk food for that is a waste of money we have a budget plan set for grocerys and house hold supplies. So webudget what we spend without going over budget. it works for us.
@riyasam (16582)
• India
7 Feb 08
i usually do the grocery shopping once a month.and other items like milk,bread,eggs,meat,veggies,fruits etc i do the shopping on a daily basis along with my husband.
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@vertex (803)
• Philippines
7 Feb 08
I dont do the grocery as of this time. Its my mom who shops for our grocery items. But sometimes i go with her and i find it very tiring.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
When it comes to grocery shopping, in my opinion it is better to shop weekly. That way you get what you need for that week and don't have to worry about not having something that you thought you had, or had and used somewhere else.
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
8 Feb 08
we shop every 2 weeks at walmart. Its so much easier this way with the 2 little ones. Then the other week we will just go get things like milk and bread or anything we many have run out of at winn dixie. It still comes out that we are spending the same amount.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
I usually go shopping the first of the month and it sure it crowded where I go
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I go about once a month and stock up. I then go every week and pick up odds and ends.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
we usually do one big shopp in the month then go back every couple days for the stuff that expires quickly or for stuff i need for a recipe. I like to cook up new stuff for dinner so Im always going to the grocery store to get the ingredients. couple months ago I had NO spices cept salt and pepper now I believe im stocked up on almost every spice. lol
@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I grocery shop once a week. I usually go on Thursdays,since that is my pay day. I either shop at walmart or Aldis for our groceries.
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• United States
8 Feb 08
I always do my weekly grocery shopping from a list. My items are also listed according to where they are in the store from entry to exit. That way I will not go running around and taking twice as long. I have been going to the same store for years so I know exactly where everything is.
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@jhovzky (39)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
For personal things, i usually shopped once a month. For every day needs, its either once a week or everyday, it depends on the budget. And, in shopping usually buy those things which are basic needs like toiletres, food. Im not fun of buying dress, and other things which are unnecessary. Im a person that really value every single cent.
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
8 Feb 08
Our residence is located in the midst of commercial hub and therefore all the shops are closeby and less than 500 metres from home. Though we buy the groceries once a month, anything stockout position takes place it is replensihed immediately since there are plenty of stores near home. Regarding the vegetable, the big vegetable market is 750 metres from home and no need to take the vehicle and hence we buy fresh vegetables once in 2 days. The German collaboration METRO is 1.5 km from hom so that we can buy all durables there.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 08
I usually do my grocery once a month for foods and home commodities that can be stocked. Why? Its actually because its more practical since you will a lot the budget for your grocery for a month. I list them all before heading to the grocery store. If for meals, I shop once a week. I also do a list for it. make a schedule for the meals on breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole week.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
8 Feb 08
I usually do the non-perishable groceries once a month and I buy them in bulk...works out cheaper and saves us many trips. Vegetables...once a week...we go to the market and get fresh and cheap ones. Milk - we have it delivered at our doorstep and all we have to do is put a bag outside the door with milk coupons on the quantity we need that day. We have a grocery store nearby that home delivers and if there's something that I've forgotten to get or something I've run out of before I expected, I call them and they bring it home. Since I plan a day's meal a day earlier, I check if I have everything I need...and make a list of stuff I need and then call the grocery store.
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@michelyn (717)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I'm going to be the oddball here and say that I go grocery shopping when we run out of food :) It works rather well because it forces us to be more creative when your ingredients are limited. Some things have come out good and some things have not. If we get a certain craving for something in particular that we don't have all the ingredients for, then someone will go to the store to get what's missing. I am working on trying to get a menu system going though since I'm dieting and it makes it hard to stay on my diet this way.