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Old 03-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #41
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Some food items I buy online because no store in my area stocks these items anymore.

Sharwood's Major Grey Mango Chutney. Not seen any in stores for decades.

Campbell's Beef Noodle Soup. No major supermarket stocks this soup anymore.

Maxwell House Decaf Coffee 2-4 cup filter pouches. I've seen regular, but not decaf.

Pappy's Old Fashioned Seasoning. Use to be able to buy locally, not anymore.

LA Vie Pastillines candy tins. Small round fruit flavored hard candy drops.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:11 AM   #42
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Bolas - only some supermarkets offer free delivery - most of the bigger ones, Tesco, Ocado, Sainsbugs all have a delivery charge no matter how much you spend. Iceland I believe is free over a certain amount but erm who wants to shop at Iceland?

Really interesting to hear other peoples shopping habits. I can totally understand wanting to look, sniff and feel your fresh produce. I like a sniff and a feel myself.

However, for the bulk of your shop, the boring stuff, its just ideal to save you hauling groceries around, all delivered to your door, fab.

I don't really want to sniff my toilet rolls - well not before use anyway.

Erm or after use she hastily adds....
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:17 AM   #43
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I would use a delivery service for my bulk and canned items, no problem. As long as I can pick the brands I want, I see no reason not to. However, the store I shop is two blocks away from work, on my way home and I love the employees. I have several favorite cashiers and would hate to miss our chats.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #44
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We haven't used what is available to us for delivery (PeaPod) mostly out of habit I suspect.

We never know what we are going to have more than a few days in advance (and that can be pushing it) so we just are in the habit of a quick run up the street to pick up stuff.

I also get picky with canned items. I don't like dented and banged up cans. Yeah, I know they are fine as long as they haven't been breached, but I don't like them. Sometimes they don't stack well.

Produce I couldn't have delivered unless I had "a guy" that I trusted. Meats and seafood would be the same way.

Paper products, I could almost go for that, but.... sometimes I have had to dig though the stuff at the store to find paper plates that don't have holes in the packaging, or paper towels that aren't crushed to start with.

Ok.. I admit it.. I am way too picky.

And don't get me started on how the cashiers pack your stuff into bags when you go through those lines. I used to be against the self checkout lines, as they reduce jobs. But... those people try to fit $400 worth of stuff in one stinkin little bag at times. Drives me crazy to spend time picking out buns that aren't flattened only to have them toss in the cans of tomatoes in the same bag.. GAH!

I might have to look into the delivery again.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:10 AM   #45
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You're not being way to picky. I can say that with confidence as I do the same things (so they must be the exactly right things to do).

Actually, SO and I often go shopping together a part of a Saturday morning list of things to do. She brings reusable grocery bags and micromanages the bagger to ensure he puts the right thing in the right bags in the right order. I pretend I don't know her.

This kind of attention to detail is necessary. Once when she told the bagger to put the perishable items in the insulated bag, he asked her what perishables were!
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #46
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Andy and Frank, I'm picky about that stuff too.

Andy you made me think. When DH and I go to the store, I usually watch the cashier ring up the items and he bags or bugs the bagger (we have a number of stores where you do your own bagging. Yay!

But, with the scanners reading the codes, so the cashier isn't punching in numbers, I haven't had a mistake made in ringing up stuff in quite a while. It isn't important to keep an eye on that any more. I should probably be at the bagging end.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #47
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...But, with the scanners reading the codes, so the cashier isn't punching in numbers, I haven't had a mistake made in ringing up stuff in quite a while...
The scanning makes it a lot easier and more accurate. Sometimes I catch a pricing difference on an item marked as being on sale but no one told the computer.

The real issue becomes the produce that doesn't have bar codes. I often have to tell the cashier what an item is so she can ring it in properly. "That's lemon grass NOT scallions."
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The scanning makes it a lot easier and more accurate. Sometimes I catch a pricing difference on an item marked as being on sale but no one told the computer.

The real issue becomes the produce that doesn't have bar codes. I often have to tell the cashier what an item is so she can ring it in properly. "That's lemon grass NOT scallions."
Our produce has a sticker and if the scanner can't read it, the cashier keys in the code. You can even tell from the code if it is organic.
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I arrange things on the conveyor so that they will get packed the way I like them - cans go together, meats and cold foods, dry goods away from the cold foods, eggs and bread last.

It makes it easier for the clerk to bag them right.
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I arrange things on the conveyor so that they will get packed the way I like them - cans go together, meats and cold foods, dry goods away from the cold foods, eggs and bread last.

It makes it easier for the clerk to bag them right.
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