(Hate the word gripe but love alliteration…)
One of my most dreaded tasks is going to the grocery store to procure nourishment for the family. (See me a-gathering.) It costs too much, it’s bad for my diet, it makes me hungry…the list goes on but I know a lot of women feel the same way about grocery shopping.
But to add to the pain…WHY is there never ONE STORE that has everything I need?
It’s taken me a few months to explore the grocery stores in my new city (and I still haven’t made it to all of them but I’m okay with that. There’s such thing as grocery store overload.) I’ve narrowed it down to three stores, and of course, not a single one of them has all the different types of food my family needs.
Granted, we are difficult. We don’t eat gluten or dairy so we need special (ie overpriced…why is it that foods that lack certain ingredients cost MORE?) products. And yet, I have children who take their lunch to school everyday so we still need convenience foods.
Store A is the healthy store. They have all the specialty foods we need and excellent produce. But they are overpriced, so I try to only buy the things we can’t get other places at Store A.
Store B is the huge we-have-everything store. And they do have a ton, but no soy cheese (not that we eat a lot of this nasty stuff, but sometimes, there is a need for it), none of the good brand of nuts, and a few other items. I do most of my shopping at Store B because it’s CHEAP.
Store C is from the devil but of course is closest. They have some of the things we need some of the time and their prices are between A and B. But of course since it’s about 5 miles closer to home, we hop over there for quick trips.
I’ve been tempted to try grocery shopping online at Peapod but don’t know anyone who’s tried it. I suspect they have high prices too. (I have bought groceries from Amazon many times…their gluten-free products are actually lower than the local store…but you have to buy in bulk.)
So…am I alone or does anyone else make a ridiculous Tour De Grocery Stores? Anyone have Peapod experience to share, good or bad? I’m on a quest to decrease my grocery pain…