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Never Shop Hungry: A True Grocery Shopping Confession
Because I’m a food blogger, I’m in one grocery store or another at least three times a week. That’s made me something of a professional grocery shopper.
You’d think this vast experience of grocery shopping would prevent me from making the most rookie shopping mistakes.
You’d be wrong.
Follow along as I walk you through a typical shopping trip.
First, because I’m often too busy to pay attention to the whims of appetite, I forget to eat whichever meal I’m supposed to have eaten recently. And then, I don’t take any notice of the ensuing hunger, because I’m (apparently) too busy for that.
Everyone knows that you get ready for a grocery store trip by writing an exhaustive list of exactly what you’re going to buy, so that you don’t buy anything weird or impulsive.
I split my list into categories: Dry Goods, Dairy, Meat, Produce, Frozen, and Other. Then, I check the freezer, fridge, and pantry to see what we will need for the next few days. I carefully note down each required item. I also write down a list of meals for the week to make sure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all covered.
By this time, the thought of all those items makes my stomach grumble ever so slightly. I even start to look a little funny.
But I ignore it. I grab my purse, walk out the door, and forget my list on the counter. I then proceed to the nearest grocery store without realizing what I’ve done.
Upon arrival at the store, I realize that I’ve forgotten my list. I take a moment to mentally kick myself, then attempt to write another list from memory on the back of a recycled napkin. When nothing but cheese-filled hot dog egg rolls come to mind, I give up, crumple up the napkin, and toss it aside.
I attempt to gather my wits about me (what’s left of them, anyway), and head into the store.
When I enter the store, the sight and smell of food causes my stomach to growl like an angry honey badger, and I have the impulse to begin hurling random bags of food indiscriminately into the cart.
Only now do I realize that I’ve committed the cardinal sin of grocery shopping. Like a fool, I tried to shop hungry!
If I continue in this state, I’ll soon be heaping my cart high with strange and impractical combinations, such as lobster tails and grape jelly, and when I get home I’ll have a mental breakdown in front of $284.36 of poorly selected groceries.
Thankfully, I keep a supply of SNICKERS® Crispers (available at Walmart) handy for just such a moment, because there’s practically no problem that chocolate can’t solve. Especially if it’s surrounding caramel, peanuts, and crisp rice.
I have a few bites to restore my sanity, and I save some for later. You’ll see why in a minute.
Newly invigorated (and no longer hungry, “hangry,” or a victim of Hungry Shopper Syndrome), I march proudly through the aisles and collect my items in an orderly fashion. I may not have my list, but I’ve got my brain working again, so that has to count for something. At least I won’t be buying lobster tails and grape jelly.
OK, maybe just the lobster tails.
Once I’ve paid for the haul and loaded up the trunk, it’s car party time! Remember that bit of SNICKERS® Crisper I saved? I will celebrate my triumph over the grocery store with those last few nibbles of chocolate.
I’ve earned it.
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