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Scouting out guys at the grocery store.

 
 
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:51 am
fishin' wrote:
Btw, I do have a "system" for putting things in the cart. Veggies and "soft items" go in the kiddie seat, heavy bulk items go in the back of the cart under the kiddie seat, really bulky items go underneath the cart. The front of the cart goes in cans and boxed items, then heavy unboxed items and then light unboxed items.

Of course the kids packing the bags ignore all of that and just throw everything in together. lol


My husband seems to have attended the same school of packing a grocery cart.
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fishin
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 10:54 am
Did he get the invite to the class reunion? lol
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 11:54 am
41
Male
Married w/kids

Steak, chicken, pork chops, ground beef, maybe fish
Good salame and sausages, hot dogs, bacon
Eggs
Milk (2 gallons)
Sliced Bread - two loaves
Sourdough bread, one loaf
Cereal - lots
Broccoli crowns
Asparagus
Lettuce
Apples, nectarines, grapes, melon
Good rice (we like the Basmati from Costco, 15lbs)
Beer/wine/soda/etc.
Yogurt
Variety of good cheeses
Butter
Ice cream
Variety chips
Crackers
Cookies
Peanut butter
Snickers bars
Dish and dishwasher detergent
toilet paper !!!

We also grow alot of our own food, including but not limited to tomatoes, peppers, cukes, summer and winter squash, green beans (you'll never eat store bought again), carrots, eggplant, herbs.

I didn't go into condiments and specialty goods. Our fridge and larder is overflowing with them. Mustards, sauces, pickles, etc.

We tend to buy large sizes of on sale items.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 12:43 pm
If they are bagging yer groceries and pimply or old, they are probably single.

M, 33, married with dog

I shop daily, so I never have a long list. Beer, wine and some kind of protein are about the only staples aside from dog food, which we get at the pet store. The rest I improvise when I get to the shops, depending on what looks best and costs least.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 12:44 pm
Do household items count? I figure those are staples for everyone.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 02:42 pm
28
Male
Romantically entangled with no offspring

Hmmm. Trips by myself are usually very brief; the big trips are with the gf. List varies greatly (well, there's never a list; we're both browsers), but the latest would have been something like...

broccoli
zucchini
carrots (adult, not baby)
potatoes (russet, if you must know)
green bell pepper
garlic
yellow onion
lettuce (greenleaf, but frequently romaine)
cheese (type varies widely; rBGH free)
bulk rolled oats
rice
pizza (one, frozen, greek vegetarian)
annie's goddess salad dressing
bread (sliced)
bread (loaf)


Which is pretty standard. Liquor, beer, and wine (not lick her rear and whine) are generally purchased separately, and lots of stuff gets picked up in transit. Used to be a lot of coffee, but I've got about 10 pounds of green beans on hand which should last for a while.

Oh, and porn. Lots and lots of porn.
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Heeven
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 02:48 pm
F
37
Single

My last couple of shopping expeditions:

VEG/FRUIT:
Lettuce, Tomatos, Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Celery, Red & Green Peppers (if I fancy a stir-fry), Fruit variety (apple, pear, orange, kiwi, banana, red grapes, strawberries).

MEAT/FISH:
Chicken, Pork Chops, Minced Beef (for spaghetti bolognaise), Salmon, Shrimp.

OTHER:
Pastas - spaghetti, ziti, etc.
Sauces - Ragu or whatever catches my eye.
Butter, 12-grain bread, mayonnaise (small jar), vinegar (for my fries), ketchup.
Chocolate - slabs of Cadburys Milk Choccie bars.

Drinks:
Powdered Iced Tea mix, sometimes milk.

I go to the bakery section first to see if I can be tempted by any of the goodies there and then on to the deli/meat section. From there I go in order of nearest aisle - up one and down the other (so orderly!). I get to the fruit/veg section last and then make my way to the checkout.

I always go on a Monday after work because I have pretty much run out of a lot of stuff after the weekend. I can also go another night after work if I can't carry it all during one visit.

I was there on Fri and I was feeling the fruit (yeah I don't want squashy kiwi's) so this guy stands next to me and feels the fruit. It was a moment or two before he asked, so what is it I'm feeling for? I had a good chuckle and commented it must be his first time living alone. He was a new student at a nearby college and hadn't a clue was most of the veggies even were! Too funny! But I'm guessing you don't want them that young LittleK?
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 02:57 pm
we also go through a lot of cumin...
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 03:00 pm
Younger.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 04:42 pm
Cole Younger?

As in the James/Younger gang?


I believe most of their "shopping" was accomplished with Colt revolvers.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 06:01 pm
ok, someone compile the data for me. Thanks.

Seriously, there doesn't seem to be a lot of definition here between the sexes and the relationship statuses. I'll hold off divulging the details of what Beth and I talked about for a while yet.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to join the project.

cjhsa does seem to have a pretty perfect list for a married with kids guy. But, even I could figure that out.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 07:56 pm
49
F
I cook from scratch most of the time and shop once a month via internet website and have the food delivered. It's a huge delivery to an upstairs apartment. I feel sorry for the guy who gets stuck with it. They aren't allowed to accept tips so I always ensure I have a large glass of iced tea ready for him when he needs to stop and catch his breath.

Shopping only once a month and doing so by internet allows me to keep tight control over my food budget. I can do all the impulse shopping I wish, along with the staples I need. At the end, my shopping cart is usually overfull and way over budget and I then start eliminating until the total is back under the limit I set for myself. More often then not, it's making decisions between the impulse food and the staples and the staples always win out. When I shopped at a store, I never had that second chance to reconsider the impulse items so it saves me a lot of money. Once in a while I juggle and do with a lesser quantity in an item so I can indulge in an impulse item. I buy meats in large value pack quantities and then divide it up into smaller portions before freezing.

The convenient thing about shopping online is I can continually add to the list during the month before the delivery date so it ends up becoming a virtual shopping list. It also stores your items in a favorite items list which you can shop from each month or go walking down the aisles in the inventory and pick out what you want from the various shelves.



frozen veggies and fruit
cottage cheese
yogurt
aged cheddar cheese
stick butter
eggs
bagels
pita bread
sliced corned beef
boneless pork loin chops
boneless chicken breasts
boneless chicken thighs
turkey breast
low salt bacon
pork sirloin strips for stir fry
beef round tip strips for stir fry
93% extra lean ground beef
salmon steak
apples
oranges
pears
grapes
canteloupe
bananas
avocado
grapefruit
lemons
artichokes
asparagus
carrots
cauliflower
cucumber
celery
lettuce
mushrooms
garlic
onions
leeks
green onions
bell peppers
squash
tomatoes
cabbage
raisins
almonds and walnuts
cranberries
tofu
frozen juices
sugar free jello
vinegar
pickles
olives
olive oil
decaf tea bags
tuna
herbs and spices
oatmeal
honey mustard
canned tomatoes
mayonnaise
brown and wild rice mixes
canned pineapple
chicken broth
vanilla wafers
household cleaning supplies
personal hygene supplies
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:11 pm
hmmmm, shopping once a month? I'd be missing fresh food. And I'd also end up letting a lot got o waste.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:14 pm
How to spot the single male mid 30s

1. Age (mid 30's)
2. Gender .....Ahem..... MALE
3. single
4. Typical grocery list
NONE
That's a key. Males with lists are anal.

5. Typical method of collecting groceries
Ah>
Observe. Up one aisle, down the next
Sometimes backing up (very KEY!!)
Finally, a hot dash back to near the beginning to pick up
(it doesn't matter) something. (pounce)
6. Typical time/day to go to the grocery store.
Right after work (pounce!!) but not on Fridays. Don't
shop Fridays, losers shop Fridays.
Early Sunday Mornings (bad pouncing time though)

Okay, here it is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
you push your cart near his and say
"Oh, you're here again."
Even if you have never laid eyes on him.

That's it.

He'll be making you an egg-white omelette on Sunday morning.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:22 pm
Generally buy stuff three or four times a week. Every day back in California when there was a store with a killer wine selection, fresh locally baked breads, first-rate produce, and the best butcher and seafood counters I've ever seen. Mmmm, Shopper's Corner...
http://www.shopperscorner.com/crowd.old.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:24 pm
Joe - interesting line. Has it worked for you?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:24 pm
littlek wrote:
hmmmm, shopping once a month? I'd be missing fresh food. And I'd also end up letting a lot got o waste.


That's one of the benefits of living in the Sacramento Valley. I get extremely fresh food and it usually lasts for several weeks. Toward the end, if I have a lot left, I usually cook and freeze it. I cook a lot of stir frys so there usually isn't much that goes to waste. I use all the fresh food first and then move on to the frozen and canned food. That usually means I have about 15 days of fresh food and 15 days of frozen.

Ordering from the internet also means you get the freshest food that comes into the store. They pull from the inventories in the produce storage area before it ever hits the shelves. Sometimes I am amazed at the beautiful selections I receive. Another example of that is the dairy stuff like yogurts. I order 24 of them and eat them in order of their expiration dates. The store is very good at giving a wide range of dates so it stays fresh a long time.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:26 pm
pdog - getting homesick?

Butrfly - so, why not buy every 2 weeks and have a mix of fresh and frozen all the time?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:28 pm
Butrflynet wrote:
It's a huge delivery to an upstairs apartment. I feel sorry for the guy who gets stuck with it. They aren't allowed to accept tips so I always ensure I have a large glass of iced tea ready for him when he needs to stop and catch his breath.


Another kindred spirit, I always make sure to have a full pack of condoms on the counter for the delivery girl....

Kiddin' :wink: But the tip issue is something I haven't figured out, Im charged 10 bucks for delivery, are tips expected as well? When I huy online I don't use cash and I rarely carry cash around... sigh
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Oct, 2003 08:29 pm
do what butrfly does, Craven, offer her a drink or some cookies, or something.
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