There's the matter of "I used to" re shopping, and what I do now.
Back in the Eureka we both know in different years, BBB, I stopped at the Co-op after work or on a break a couple of times a week, and picked out what looked good in the produce and the fish or meat cases - you may remember they had a good butcher crew and excellent fish and grass fed beef, etc. Checked out the cheese counter, if I was up to affording it - the fine cheesemaker, Cypress Grove, was very local, and we'd talked with the owner/cheesemaker at one point. I never bought a lot at once, so things stayed fresh. I'd hit other sources for some paper products and drive to Wildberries once every few weeks just because it was a wonderful store. Too bad I'm not a beer drinker, as they had the best selection I'd ever seen. They had a terrific selection of local soaps and jams... and good wines at not too much money. I never bought all that much at once there either, but always got a latte and something from the bakery, and if it was a saturday, listened to the acoustic guitarist or other musician while I relaxed before the beautiful, always beautiful, drive home passing the bay. Once in a blue moon, I'd shop at the little deli attached to a local italian restaurant. Wonderful stuff there, that I couldn't get anywhere else.
As fate would have it, I got that Co-op newspaper in today's mail. They're hard to contact from here without making a long distance phone call. Time for me to send them a letter.
Alternately, in Albuquerque, I shop every ten or more days. I like some stores more than others, and none of them are complaint worthy, really. Except for Brooks, they're pretty far away. As luck would have it, Brooks is improving in goods available and I like the people there.
My buying has changed; with an eye to the dollar, I buy little meat or fish, although some, which I make go further than I used to. If I did go for serious meat or fish, I'd be going to Keller's, which I like a lot.
So, in Abq, I do make a list, which I tweak a bit in the store. For example, today at Albertson's they had good fresh eggplant in a 'center bin' for a dollar each, so I grabbed one. But, I succumbed to buying some good blue cheese. Way it goes...
Edit, if I buy olives, which I do mostly at Smith's, I'll try one, since the people who distribute the olives and the people who put the signs over them fail to communicate, and I can't always tell by looking. If I do buy a carton or two, that's serious money.