Recently I've taken on the chore of grocery shopping. What was always Craig's task has now become mine - by choice - after all, why should he put in a long day and then come home only to run to Hornbacher's? It certainly isn't my favorite household job, but I have a new appreciation for marketing. Especially now that I'm addicted to cooking shows.
Some things I've learned:
1. The best time of day to shop is late morning. The shelves are stocked, the produce is fresh and there isn't a large crowd. This is useful knowledge since I tend to get shopping cart rage.
2. People at this time of day (say around 10 or 11 a.m.) are more inclined to commiserate. There's something endearing about discussing how to ripen fruit or the quality of meat at the butcher. No one is in a rush, we're all just taking our time perusing the aisles. So refreshing compared to the hustle and bustle of a five o'clock trip to the store.
3. The cashiers tend to be a bit more relaxed and chatty. I equate this to not having to deal with "happy hour" at the grocery store. I should note that I've never, not once, had a rude clerk at Hornbacher's (which is why we shop there).
4. The employees who bag your items and put them in your car really do appreciate a tip. Now if I could just get them to come over and put my groceries away.
5. It's best to make grocery shopping your one errand for the day. Otherwise, you could lose a whole chicken and a liter of Coke in your truck (but this has never happened to me).
I still dislike buying groceries, but in a month or so I'll wish I had the time to make the trip. Good thing Hornbacher's delivers.