Two weeks ago I wrote about grocery shopping on-line. Basically I wrote, I do not like it. The plain and simple fact is I want to do it myself. There are many pros and cons to selecting this banana or that banana (I never pick up a banana bunch and put the whole thing in my cart). Selecting bananas may have to be a post all of its own one day (or not). It’s not just bananas, but everything in my cart is selected with attention to cost analysis, nutritional information, taste, and familiarity with a product (just a few factors to consider).
So, when the store (on-line) says it has Charmin Soft in multiple sized packages, I was quick to add one to my cart, but I included a note to the shopper. I requested that I would be happy with whatever size bundle of rolls were available as long as it was Charmin Soft. I did not want Charmin Strong. (Don’t ask what’s the difference. Just know it matters to someone.) The camel’s back began to fracture when I pulled Best Choice (a very generic brand of this grocery store) pack from the bag. I looked at this package with such disappointment, but tried to remind myself to be grateful to have any.
The next item completely broke the camel’s back. I could not even summon an ounce of gratefulness. Let me explain. You already know I am a fussy shopper. I try to use healthy ingredients (most of the time). We don’t often have ground beef, but when we do, I try to use lean beef. I had ordered 3 packs of ground sirloin, 93% lean. I got 3 packs of 73% lean hamburger. That did it! I just can’t do this anymore!
The next day I announced I was going to the largest grocery store in town (hoping they would have the most selection available and they had strawberries on sale 🙂 ). I would put on double plastic gloves and wear a face mask in order to pick my own groceries.
Fast forward to my arrival at the grocery store. My heart raced as I entered the store, breathing was difficult (not because of the mask). My eyes darted from side to side as I avoided other shoppers. I found the arrows and began my journey into a wondrous land.
Produce was first – I quickly filled the bottom of my cart with red potatoes, russet potatoes, leaf lettuce, arugula, Gala apples, strawberries, and ten (yes ten) red peppers. (What does a person need with ten red peppers? A person can chop them and put them in the freezer to add to dishes when there are no red peppers in the produce bin of the fridge.)
Up and down the aisles (always following the arrows that some people think are optional) selecting this item and that item which have been on my on-line list but never in my grocery bags. I felt like the kid in the candy store, but my “candy” was salt-free diced tomatoes and garbanzo beans. More and more were added to the cart because I could. I have never had such a full cart in my life! No one could see the smile on my face behind my mask.
As I checked out, I spied a sign: Senior shopping from 7-8 a.m. every day. This was not going to be my last trip to this store. I don’t need to rush back too soon, I am pretty well stocked for a while.