Post # 1
So, I had an interesting conversation at the grocery store yesterday evening. I popped in after work to do my weekly shopping because I didn’t have plans till later in the evening & wanted to do my shopping before tomorrow’s labor day shopping insanity hits. Well, let me just say that it was a zoo last night. Every line was full!
I pulled up to the checkout line and my cart was full to the very top. A man got in line behind me and commented on how full my cart was, “Are you stocking up for the year?” Then, when he saw how much my bill was, “Wow! Are you buying groceries or a car?” And as I left, “I’m sure you won’t be back till next February, you are stocked up.” Maybe I was just feeling sensative yesterday but I was actually put off by his statements. Whose place is it to comment on that?
Yes, my cart was full. But, to put things in perspective.
- I got some great produce on sale and some of it was very large/took up a lot of room – a big watermelon, 12 ears of corn, etc.
- My husband and I have decided to only eat out once a week & aren’t doing that again till next weekend. That food will be feeding us for 42 meals (7days x 3meals x 2 ppl)
- I got a few extra things. Some items were on sale buy one/get one free. Why would I pass that up?
I’m curiuos as to how full your grocery cart is for you and your so? I don’t usually have a cart that full but, every once and a while I do. Is it that bizarre? Do we eat a crazy amount of food? Some perspective would be appreciated here…
Post # 3
@FallFlowers: Mine isn’t usually that full, but I buy by the week and usually go to different places for different things…Like I buy meat in bulk at Sam’s club, get a particular type of yogurt from Farm Fresh, get the rest of the things at Wal mart or Food Lion.
That guy would have annoyed me too! Some people just don’t need to speak.
Post # 4
What a jerk!
I think the average person shops per meal which is actually NOT a smart way to shop. You end up spending way more money that way.
We are more like you. We tend to look at Sunday ads and plan out our meals for the week as best we can. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually we go once a week and if nonperishables are on sale you bet we will stock up on them. Why wouldn’t we? Then when we are out of it and it’s not on sale we end up paying more. That’s just not smart shopping, imo. And if certain meats are on sale we stock up as well, split them into meal portions and throw them in the freezer.
So yes, our carts are generally very full.
And we also have certain supermarkets we buy certain items from.
Post # 5
I am convinced that my Fiance and I buy groceries like a family of 6. There were times where we would only shop every couple of weeks and buy LOTS of food to stock up. Lately, we (I) have started trying to plan meals, and I find that we buy a lot less food this way. But we usually have a pretty full cart! We almost always buy a couple of the “big buy” packs of chicken or steaks, plus 5 or 6 packages of groud turkey. That’s where the bulk of our food is, the meat!
Post # 6
My cart is usually overflowing when I go to Costco but at the regular grocery store, I usually only fill up one reusable bag a week.
Post # 7
I shop once/week and I’d say that my cart is usually 1/3-1/2 full. But it varies! 🙂 I think I maybe buy less bc Fiance never eats bfast and my bfast all week is 1 box of kashi and 2 containers of yogurt. So there goes 14 meals pretty small. And we both pretty much eat pbj every day for lunch. So guess we just eat small/easy things for bfast and lunch and most of the cart/money is dinners.
Post # 8
Thanks for the input ladies, I appreciate it.
Oh and in case you’re curious… What did the man have in his cart?
One watermelon! I’m sure that will keep his pantry stocked for quite some time!
Post # 9
Mine is about 3/4 full to totally full. We only go grocery shopping every 2-3 weeks. For some reason our fridge keeps produce for a REALLY long time, so we just buy a lot of stuff to last us through the weeks. Sometimes we buy cat litter, cat food or paper products (like TP or paper towels) at the grocery store too.
Maybe he commented because you were there alone, and he thought you were a single woman buying all that food?
Post # 10
I go shopping every week and sometimes I’ve run out of all my staples at once, such as beans, TP, cereal, milk, and flour, which takes up a lot of space. Add veggies to that (greens take a lot of space) and I could have a very full cart. We never eat out and I go through periods where I cook and bake a lot.
Post # 11
First of all, that man was either, 1) Trying to hit on you (yes, men aare THAT stupid) 2) isn’t married. We all know men only need a few things to live off of. Big grocery trips for us never go over $100 dollars and every week shopping trips are around $60-$70
Post # 12
Mine is usually about 3/4 of the way full just for the two of us. I also hit up farmers’ markets at least once a week for produce. We go through a lot of ‘larger’ items though. 1 qt Skim Plus/ 2 qts Rice Milk/ Almond Milk per week. I am also obsessed with seltzer so I buy like, 6 bottles per week. Fresh produce takes up a lot of room (also in your refrigerator!) I have come to terms with the fact that when we have kids we will probably spend roughly $350/week! Healthy food is expensive!
Post # 13
@KaitlinHudson: Haha! That’s why my husband said. However, I find it hard to think that someone’s hitting on my when they say something I consider insulting.
@Marzipan: Yup! That produce takes a lot of cart space! You have to be careful to strategically place things so that fragile items (like tomatoes) don’t get squished!
Post # 14
The guy was clueless and rude. My cart varies. Usually, it’s on the light side, but I shop every few days, will stock up at Sam’s Club, etc. I look for the sales, always do the buy one/get one……. I don’t always plan my meals a week out. Sometimes I will stop at Publix on the way home from work to see if they have fresh fish or something that looks interesting.
Maybe the guy thought he was being funny???
Post # 15
Next time, ask him if he can read the expiration date on your gallon of *stfu* because you just can’t quite make out the date . . . O.o
Post # 16
Perhaps he was hoping you’d invite him over for dinner.