Food shopping with my husband

United States
March 1, 2007 10:15am CST
We only have one vehicle, and my husband uses it for work. On his day off, he likes to go food shopping with me. Well, I go crazy. I have a list, and try to stick to it, but usually end up with more because he wants this and that. But, the thing that gets me, is that every single item we pick up, he spends reading the labels. I cannot get out of the market. Anyone else want to share a story with me?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Well I cant stand to go with mine. He doesnt read the lables but he will put extra in the cart. Mine will rush me out I like to take my time down each isle. So with him rushing me I will forget alot of things. So then I have to go back but of course not with him. And thats my reason for not bring my hubby alone. Sometimes I think they are worse then kids.LOL
• United States
1 Mar 07
My kids shopped better than my husband does!
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• Ireland
1 Mar 07
I am sorry for laughing, even though you cannot see me but I can relate to your husband. I love to read the labels on everything whereas my husband thinks he will never get out of the supermarket. Sometimes if I find a better product, I will walk all the way back to the shelf to replace the first product. Sorry margie, but I cannot give you any sympathy. I can understand your husband...lol.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
hahha, maybe you and my husband shoud shop together? :) I just want to get in and then out, I hate shopping.
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I take my husband only because he says "why didn't you buy this- or we don't need that" then when he goes it's a nightmare- he wants juice thats not on sale or fresh fruit that costs too much..ugh...i keep telling him until we get back on out feet we have to be thrifty...but that goes in one eear and our the other. I guess i should be thankful-it could be worse- he could be out gambling or drinking all the time.
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
2 Mar 07
That's why I go by myself no husband no kids. I know where everything is at, in and out quick and I don't over spend. On the rare occasion someone goes with me I've gotten quite good at saying no.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Margieanne, I just spent the day shopping with Hubby. I had a list, but forgot to get a good part of it due to the fact that I was telling Hubby that he had to put something back that he put in the cart, but we already had it at home. I told him 3 times that the freezer was full and still he hovered around the frozen food section, until I walked away. Somehow he got frozen fish sticks in the cart and I told him that we had fish sticks at home. I had to repeat this statement to him another 2 times before it registered. He than mutttered how he would just go alone to the store the next time as he took the package and returned it to the freezer. I am the label reader in our house. He found salisbury steaks that he wanted to buy that were $1.99. I said oh yea, cheap but filled with calories and fat. I read the label to him. He put it back.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
1 Mar 07
He is in the learning phase. I assume he is learning about the things he eats that now he is cheated out of because of his condition. The more seriously he treats this the longer you will 'enjoy' his company. Perhaps you could make two lists. You have more of course and then go each with a cart and meet up when both are finished. That way he can do what he needs to do and you get the necessary things that will help you to last through the next shopping trip. My hubby is good with us and will let me read something if I find a new product. We shop in unison since we have only so much to spend and have to buy for the four of us. Extras are only gotten if the things we need happen to be a bargain that trip. Or if I have some money left from my paycheck which then I give to the kids for their goodies. Teaches them costs of things and sometimes what it takes for the extras. Good luck with this one. Have patience!
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@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
1 Mar 07
My husband and I do the shopping separately. It takes him about ten minutes to do the shopping, because he never looks at the prices or special offers. We´ve got financial problems, so I prefer not to be with him when he does his speedy shopping, lol. I don´t mind running, but I detest wasting money on things that we just don´t need, taking into consideration that we just don´t have the means to do that. I take a lot longer because I compare prices. It´s not that I enjoy doing it, it´s just necessary because we´re short of money.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
1 Mar 07
That's funny. My husband and my daughter will go with me to the grocery store sometimes too and I always take a list and come out with more than what I had intended to buy. I like to go to the store and get what I need to get in and get out. He will always want to look at other foods that aren't on the list or he likes to tease me by riding the back of the shopping cart LOL. I am constantly telling him to quit acting silly so we can get done and get home LOL. You have to laugh but it does get very frustrating sometimes.
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
1 Mar 07
When I was married I went single, hour I or it has divorced from 5 years has a boyfriend, the expense or goes, entirety few times, in department store, gets lost and spends too many money insime, better alone.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I agree with you.
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• Singapore
1 Mar 07
HAHA! Serious, I find it funny because it is normally the female spouse who looks at the label, and the husband who wants to get out ASAP. But don't be "worried" - you should be glad that your hubby is health conscious. After all, in the marriage vows, he did promise to take care of you and your health. ;-)
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Hhaha, now that you mention it, you are right. Thanks dear.
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1 Mar 07
To be honest, hun, I much prefer shopping alone. My partner seems to spend hours picking up this and that, reading the labels, discussing the merits of one brand over another. I just want to get what is on the list and get out of the store, he wants to spend hours there checking everything on the shelves. It drives me nuts sometimes, and although I love him to bits, he really pushes the limits when we shop together
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• India
1 Mar 07
I wish i could go grocery shopping alone ! The minute we set foot in the store, my husband warns me to be quick and buy only stuff thats needed and lo he is the one who ends up buying all the extra stuff not really needed. like for example, we like to stock up 2 different juices but he feels maybe we need a third flavour too, in case the guests dont like either of the two. And then there will be some things which will be returned from my cart cos "we dont need them" example - asparagus..phew..and at the end of it he always makes it a point to tell me how i have taken up 2 hours of the time, shopping groceries whihc he would have finished in 45 minutes flat, never mind that we spent the last half an hour in the queue to pay.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
Well, I don't mind so much my husband shopping with me but certain things he does drives me crazy. First of all, he is a labour on a construction site. I am sure he has to go at a certain speed. Well I am half way down an aisle and I turn back to put the stuff in the cart and he is just making the turn. Like can you go any slower. There are 90 year old ladies banging his cart out of the way I am sure. Next is how he stops and drools over the pre heart attack food. NO, you can't have it. Every week if I get ahead of him in this aisle I know were to find him. But overall I like having him grocery shopping with me.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
1 Mar 07
LOL! My hubby is a lot like that. I take a list when I go to the store and if he comes along with me the whole list idea just goes right out the window. I have to use my debit card becase I can never take a set amount of cash along like I usually do when I go by myself. He's worse to take along than my 8 year old. At least she listens to the word "no". LOL!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
1 Mar 07
My husband likes to go with me when we go grocery shopping too. During the spring and summer I will probably go without him more. I just wait for him to be able to go with me now because I hate carrying everything in when it's so cold. LOL My husband doesn't ever want to look for any good deals. He wants what is on the list and then maybe some extra things he wants. He never wants to get something that is on sale and always says we don't need it, if it isn't on the list and isn't something that HE wants. It doesn't matter if it is basically the same thing as something that is on the list, only cheaper, he will say no. He is not a bargain shopper at all. I'm always looking for stuff on sale and buy more than what we actually need if something is on sale and I know we will use it before it expires. My husband gets mad and says we don't need it. Recently, the commissary had these freeze dried fruits that my son really loves on sale. They are normally over $2 but they were on sale for $2 and there was a coupon to save $1.00 when you bought two. I wanted to get my son several packages but my husband said no. We got home with just the two packages and he had eaten a whole package by the end of the next day. Me and the baby went back and got a few more packs. LOL We didn't tell my husband, but I'm sure he's noticed by now, he just hasn't said anything. I think he may finally be understanding that sometimes it is a good idea to buy more than just what you are going to eat in the next week or two.
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@paidreader (5151)
• United States
1 Mar 07
After reading the responses you've gotten so far, I'm tickled. Sometimes our men are worse than our children. lol The hubby & I don't shop together often either, but with the roles reversed. I'm the one that reads the label & tries to stick to the list. He want's to get in & get out as fast as possible & gives no thought to budgets, sales, or even how to load & unload the cart. It's bad enough when I go over my budget, by picking up a few extra items on sale, but when he goes..... figure on double the cost. All I can say is, Good thing I'm winning walmart cards to help with some of the occasional extra expences. :)
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar 07
Hahahaha Margie that is Men for you I am afraid I used to go with my Daughter lol and sometimes that was a pain as she doesn't like Fish she used to try and stop me buying Catfood that had fish in lol
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
2 Mar 07
We almost always go shopping together and I tend to be quite slow as I like to take my time and look around, but he spends more time looking at labels and the such. We're usually pretty fast though!
• Portugal
2 Mar 07
Well I think is very wise of you husband to read the labels. I some times do that to when I go shopping with my mom! Other then that when I go shopping I just want to hurry up things. Things to happen to all people is when you put something you want in someone else shopping car. And when I was young I use to get lost from my mom quite frequently.
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2 Mar 07
Sounds like your hubby is health concious reading the labels,, you cant be too careful these days, the food companies are putting more and more additives into the foods thats not really good for us sadly. I too read labels, especially if it is a product or brand I have not had before, though not so much if I am used to the product and the brand, then I just put it into the shopping trolly. Nice to have a hubby that likes to go out shopping with you. Graham my bf likes to go out with me too, though we dont have a car, its public transport with us. He's really helpful as he's tall so I get him to reach the stuff off the higher shelves that I cant reach myself. Lynn-Marie
@babyjane (1395)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
Oh, your husband is a good consumer. He sees everything fine and secured. My dad wasn't like that. He just used to search a brand and when we are in the groceries he just picked it up and end.
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