How do you grocery shop?

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  1. Emelee

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    If you do..... how do you normally buy groceries?

    Do you shop in a grocery store or do you order groceries online?

    If you go to a store, do you have one that you prefer or do you go to different ones deoending on mood or good offers?

    Do you stand in line at the checkout or do you use the self-checkout service?
     
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    I go to the same store for most of my groceries. It's very close and they have everything I need. I go early on the days I'm not working to avoid the crowds.

    I've been about 50/50 on the checkout line and self-checkout. If there is a line for the checkout I'll do the self-checkout.

    BTW, I bring my own canvas bags. No paper or plastic.
     
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    I tend to alternate between Tesco and Sainsburys - and I also make a habit of doing on-line surveys following purchases. It paid off last week when I won a £500 gift card from Sainsburys.

    I use self-service checkouts the vast majority of the time.

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    I buy my grocery shopping in Marks and Spencer's, Sainsburys and Asda

    I never grocery shop on line and I rake to the back of the shelves to get the best sell buy date

    I generally never buy meat or chicken from Asda, that's more for juice , crisps, sweets etc

    Dont live near a Tesco and think Waitrose is over priced and rather buy most of my stuff in M&S, good quality and little waste
     
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    Usually Tesco because that's what is nearest to us. Although sometimes Asda and Sainsburys. I think that Sainsburys can be a little more expensive and there isn't really any noticeable difference in the quality so I don't go there often. We sometimes also get fresh bread and fruit and veg from Lidl.

    Christmas food shopping is always between Tesco and Asda as Asda closest to us is open 24 hours. We usually go a day or two before Christmas eve, but really late at night.
     
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    I also buy my grocery shopping in supermarks, i never would buy them online, because i wanne check out most products myself. Especially vegetables and fruit, I am very picky in taking what I wanne buy, and the supermarket is only 5 minute walk from my house.
     
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    The Publix supermarket chain has a stranglehold on the state of Florida, so I end up there a lot more than I would like. I was accustomed to a lot more supermarket competition back in Georgia, which resulted in lower prices on virtually everything. There are a few options other than Publix--such as Winn-Dixie, Aldi, and specialty stores like The Fresh Market and supercenters like WalMart--but there are literally seven Publix stores within five minutes of my house. They multiply like Starbucks. :eek:

    I love self-check registers. If the store offers them, I will gravitate to them. I can get out quicker, and I know the bread won't end up underneath the canned goods. I'm also not the type to buy huge loads of groceries when I shop, so the self-check is better suited to my 5-10 items.

    The very idea of buying groceries online puzzles me. I know I'm just an old fuddy-duddy. I see these people in the produce section tearing apart displays of apples, grapes, and other fruits, examining every single piece before they put a single item in their cart. They can take 10-15 minutes to choose "the best" head of lettuce. They give the butcher an ulcer by fussing over every pork chop in the case, and complaining about the tiny bits of fat that haven't been cut off the steak. The idea of some stranger randomly grabbing things (not caring about the condition) to compile their shopping list would cause their heads to explode. Perhaps it would work with mass-production items like cans of soup or boxes of cereal, but I can't imagine the order-pullers would do as good a job choosing perishables as the consumer would.
     
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    I go to the self service check out and i always use reusable bags
    I like to go at my own pace when packing my bags

    Im also a sucker for deals 3 for 2, 2 for £4. etc and i like loyalty cards/bank cards that convert to vouchers every 3 months like M & S
     
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    I used to go supermarket shopping every week, but in the last couple of years just get a full online shop from Waitrose once every month or so. In between I'll top up with smaller orders from Co-op and Waitrose. Sometimes Marks. And some bits from Lidl or Aldi. Very occasionally these days I'll do a supermarket shop somewhere like Asda or Sainsbury's.



    At Waitrose I use the self-scan as I go, so just have to scan with the machine at the end which saves queueing.

    For smaller supermarket orders I'll use the self-checkout, though that can still involve queueing. It just means one stands in a different queue. On the now rare occasions I get a larger supermarket shop I'll queue for a cashier.



    Same here.
     
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    I have 3 grocery stores close to me (walking distance), so I alternate between them. I prefer one over the other two though, but sometimes they have better deals at the others. And only 1 of these 3 supermarkets have a package delivery service where all my ordered packages arrives to (unless they are small enough for the postman to deliver, of courses).

    I use the self-service checkout a lot, but not always. If there aren't many people in the store, I can stand in line for that minute or those seconds.

    I have never ordered groceries online, and I don't see myself doing that unless I was forced to. I rather like walking around in grocery stores or supermarkets.

    I have tote bags especially for groceries that I try to bring with me - but I can seldom remember to put them back in my handbag after unpacking my groceries. :re:
     
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    I love walking around with the scanner in the store, scanning the items as I put them down in my bag. You get messages with offers (like "buy two of these and save 3 bucks") and you can see on the screen how much everything you have scanned so far will cost you. I love that there is no surprise when you stand at the checkout with your Master Card to pay.
     
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    I never do online grocery shopping because I like to see the eyes of fish before I buy them to see how fresh they are, I need to see how much fat is on meat before I hand over my money and I like to gently squeeze my plums to see how ripe they are before making a purchase.

    I shop almost every day because I don't like keeping food in my house unnecessarily: that way I cut down on waste and I'm not tempted to eat stuff just because it's there in the fridge.
     
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    But it's been touched by so many people...
    Maybe I should use one and scan a hot guy "oh I'm sorry, I thought you were an item".
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    Afraid of germs?
    I'm not. At least not over here...
     
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    I see all these people furiously scrubbing down every inch of their shopping cart with those little alcohol wipes and I have to wonder if they really think these things through. Those reusable bags they carry typically have more germs living in them than anything in/on that cart.
     
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    I choose my groceries like I choose my women.

    Fresh, with a discount and delivered to my door.
     
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    I go to the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville at or after the top of every month, and I fill my cart with all the stuff I usually get for that month (such stuff has included hot sandwiches [made in the microwave], roast beef, Colby-Jack cheese, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls, etc.).
     
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    I tend to identify things in advance that I need, such as potatoes, lettuce, bread etc etc. I then make a list and take it with me to the shop. I go round locating the things on my list and put them into a basket. I pay for them before I leave and transfer them into a carrier bag than I would have had the foresight to take with me.

    Absolutely mad, I know, but that's me.
     
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    Whenever I notice an item is running out I tell my Google Assistant to put it on my shopping list and it instantly pops up in my smartphone, which I can then swipe to check or delete as I shop. My friend who loves to pull pranks occasionally adds a weird item to my list when I'm not around, the little bitch. Then I have to determine if it was him or Google misunderstood me and if the latter - which doesn't happen often - I have to figure out what the original item was.

    I always shop at two or more stores, wherever they have the best deal on what I need. Back in the day I used to toss money away, but now I'm very careful and rarely buy an item that's not on sale, making sure I get as many items as possible for as little money as possible. I always go to self-checkouts, I have no patience to stand in lines anymore. Tesco normally has the best prices and variety, but the Austrian chain Billa sometimes beats them with deals and quality.
     
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