Grocery Shopping

sportchampps Senior Member
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020 1:06 AM

How did you shop before Covid? How have you shopped during Covid? How will you shop after Covid?

 

We used to go down every aisle grab what we needed and a few impulse buys as well. With Covid we switched grocery stores (Meijer to Kroger) because their online ordering system is so much better. We have done all our grocery shopping online and curbside pickup. 
 

When we return to normal I think we will go back to shopping in person. It’s nice and saves time but I still like to pick out my fruit and meat. I also like to see if there’s any new items or flavors to choose from. 


friendfromlowry Senior Member
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020 2:47 AM

Only difference is I use a mask now. I didn’t really take my kids to the store if I could avoid but I’m definitely not now. Try to be respectful of other people and maintain distance. I’m the type who goes a few times through the week only buying a little bit at a time. I could never do big shopping that’d last more than a few days. For a while though I was trying to avoid that and only go once a week. But I’m back to going 2-3 times a week now. 

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
8,068 posts 106 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 9:16 AM

We used to go to the store together. Now only one of us goes into the store.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 178 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 9:19 AM

My wife does all of the grocery shopping. We used click list a couple times, but found it to be lacking most times. We'd have ingredients for 3-4 meals and they'd always be out of at least one ingredient for each, but we still got all of the other ingredients and had 3-4 incomplete meals we couldn't cook without making another trip. She's back to shopping normally at this point.

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 184 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 11:28 AM

Two differences, one small and one large.

SMALL: Wear a mask while shopping.

LARGE: Used to make 2-3 small trips to the store per week, just grabbing a basket and picking up stuff I needed or was at least worried about getting low on. Got in and out in 5-10 minutes unless I had to wait to get a U-Scan machine. Now, I aim for one trip a month and buy everything I might need during that trip, usually hitting both my town's Kroger and a near-by Meijer.

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 84 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 12:14 PM

We are now using curbside pickup only. It has worked out well, although there are always some items we can’t get, but that’s because the store is out and we wouldn’t be able to get them even if we were to go inside.  I don’t think we are going to go into a grocery store for a long long time, and this includes any kind of dollar store.  The stores we use for pickup are Giant Eagle and Buehlers. 

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 112 reps Joined Feb 2010
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 6:08 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

We used to go to the store together. Now only one of us goes into the store.

Same plus I wear a mask.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 77 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 6:21 PM

I have’t changed much. No mask requirement so I don’t, but I make a list and only get what’s on it, based on the current sales. We live less than 1/2 a mile from the store so I go a couple times a week, but don’t get near anyone else while there and use self checkout when I can. When things get near expiration they mark them down so I like going to get the deals that wouldn’t show up on online ordering. 

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 87 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 8:15 PM

I've ordered delivery a few times, but when ordering meat Amazon usually makes the choices in whole pounds (and recently starting at 2-3 lbs in some cases).

So basically I end-up going twice a week.  And then about once a week to the convenience store for something I ran out of or forgot, or some beer.  I wear a mask.  No big deal and I'm in and out pretty quick usually.

I am actually thinking about getting a separate freezer and stocking it up with fish/chicken/beef so I have a few months of food when the next apocalypse comes.  I wouldn't be looking to re-freeze something from the store, so would have to buy already frozen from somewhere.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 178 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 9:43 PM

Definitely get a freezer. We have a large freezer in our garage with enough meat to last us several weeks without access to a grocery store  

We also have a quarter beef coming our way in August. 

bigorangebuck22 Senior Member
322 posts 6 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 11:57 PM

before: The Mrs. would do the primary trip once a week varying between Meijer/Kroger/Wal-Mart. I'd go to a local regional chain closer to home once or twice a week if we needed something.

Now: I'm doing all the grocery shopping once a week. One week at the local store, the next week at one of the larger chains.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Mon, Jun 15, 2020 6:41 AM
posted by justincredible

Definitely get a freezer. We have a large freezer in our garage with enough meat to last us several weeks without access to a grocery store  

For sure. I think ours was less than $100, and it has come in very handy during these times. 

thavoice Senior Member
15,437 posts 41 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Jun 17, 2020 1:33 PM

It hasnt and wont change.

 

If anything, i have went to the grocery much more often during the Qtine.

 

The ONLY difference is warshing my hands when I get home. That was not the norm before.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 178 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jun 28, 2020 10:02 PM

My wife did a pickup order at Kroger today. She's been waiting for over an hour and a half and still hasn't had them brought out to the car yet.

BRF Senior Member
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Sun, Jun 28, 2020 11:15 PM

^^^ Sorry for the bad experience. Maybe it is a Kroger thing, but we have had very good success with curbside grocery for like a dozen times.  Mostly it is with Giant Eagle. We actually went into Sam’s Club a few days ago and were very impressed with what they are doing to keep everyone safe. Hope your wife has your groceries by now!

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sun, Jun 28, 2020 11:19 PM

It was an hour and 40 minutes when they finally came out, just a few minutes after I posted. And they didn't have or substitute our main side dish (tater tots) for dinner tonight so she had to run to another one on the way home.

There is a dedicated pickup location about 20 minutes away that she will use from now on.

Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Mon, Jun 29, 2020 12:39 AM

I am way too picky not to hand select my food to do the curbside service

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
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Mon, Jun 29, 2020 1:03 PM
posted by justincredible

It was an hour and 40 minutes when they finally came out, just a few minutes after I posted. And they didn't have or substitute our main side dish (tater tots) for dinner tonight so she had to run to another one on the way home.

There is a dedicated pickup location about 20 minutes away that she will use from now on.

I can't believe she waited that long. Would have said fuck this after 10 minutes of waiting.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 178 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jun 29, 2020 1:14 PM

She was not in a pleasant mood when she got home, but she was basically stuck in a long queue of cars for more of it so she couldn't really leave.

GOONx19 An exceptional poster.
7,413 posts 93 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jun 29, 2020 1:19 PM

We use curbside now at King Soopers (Kroger is parent). They give us a 2 hour pickup window, I think, and it's been ready everytime by the front end of that window. I'm not positive because my wife has always gone. She also runs in and grabs the frozen items herself at that time.

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 26 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jun 29, 2020 4:25 PM

I used to open things and eat while i was in the store. i don't anymore. 

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