Sunday, January 18, 2009

Grocery Shopping

The weekly grocery shopping trip is a chore I dread. But, it must be done as we gotta eat. I usually put off this tiresome task until Sunday, the day before the work week begins. I find that if I don't do it on Sunday, then it never gets done and my Saturdays are strictly reserved for "fun." My sojourn begins with Trader Joe's, where I like to buy our meats and other novel items such as marinara sauce, canned sardines, nuts, rice, and the like. I do not, however, buy our produce there as it sucks!

I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Winco, which is sooooooo cheap it's ridiculous. With the exception of meat and some gourmet items, Winco has everything you need. Unless you are shopping for a family of 10, Winco meats are enormous. The bad thing about Winco is that it is always crowded and there is really no good time to shop. If you go real early on Sunday morning, you run into employees with flat-bed trucks who are stocking items and blocking the aisle. If you go any other time of the week, you run into retirees and stay-at-home moms with their screaming kids. And if you go Sunday afternoon, well, be prepared to see everyone you know and their mothers there. So far, I've narrowed down a "decent" time to go and that is Sunday between 8:30-9:00am, for all of us sacrilegious folks. 

I occasionally do my shopping at Lamb's Thriftway (located conveniently across the street from our house but too pricey compared to Winco) for any last minute items I may have forgotten, or else New Seasons. I love New Seasons - it's like a gourmet foodie heaven there. But honestly, who in the world can afford to shop there regularly? Once I bought ingredients there for ONE meal for a party of four and it costed me $90 dollars. Ridiculous! However, having said that, I appreciate the wide variety of Brown Cow yogurt they sell there as well as their meats and breads. We also once ordered an enjoyable turkey dinner for two for Thanksgiving there and it worked out well.


Thomas said...

I have a magic 'fridge that always stays stocked. You should try it sometime.

mj said...

they're building a winco just down the street from me. based on your blog, i'll have to check it when it opens!


Tea Pot with Natasha said...

You should! Once you shop at Winco, you'll never want to buy your groceries from anywhere else, I promise you. Unless, of course, you find the crowd to be really annoying.

Frances Rae said...

I should reserve my Saturdays for fun. You're a good role model, Natasha. And, yes, Nancy's yogurt (available at Winco) cannot compare to Brown Cow. Nancy's is the worst! Although, I must admit I've been getting the Trader Joe's brand lately.

As for the magic fridge, magic laundry, magic cleaning, etc., I will be interested to know if the magic is still there three kids and a career down the line ;) Or maybe by then you'll have a magic housekeeper and a magic nanny!