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Old 05-20-2005, 10:25 AM   #1
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Do You Over-Shop at the Market?

I only needed a few things. But, somehow (even with a list), before I knew it, I've spent/bought much more than I planned. Has this happened to you?


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Old 05-20-2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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This has happened to me, but usually I stick to my list.

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Old 05-20-2005, 10:36 AM   #3
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I try and try to stick to my list but always find other things I "just have to have" or think we need.
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:46 AM   #4
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You must have great will-power, GB. The "super" market strategy is to get us to buy more...i.e. you need to walk thru the aisles to the back of the store to get dairy/bread staples. Along the way, they tempt you with all the other goodies like cookies, cakes etc. Thank goodness, I can walk past those items.

The checkout line is a hoot...candy, gum, tabloids. Fortunately(?), I linger in the deli/salad bar, seafood, produce sections. Then, think, okay, I'll buy two. One for when I get home & one for later.
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:49 AM   #5
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I over-shop if I find something good on sale. I do pretty good at sticking to my list though.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:11 AM   #6
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If you spend the majority of your grocery money on items found in the outer perimeter of the store you'd be eating well. =P It's the dreaded inner-isle stuff that we should try to have less of.

If I have a list I'm good about sticking to it. I'm also pretty good about just shopping enough for a day or two. But if I go the store with no plan it's always ugly. Weird, strange and usually very unnecessary stuff finds its way home with me. Shopping while hungry is also a huge mistake for me. Again, I find myself reaching for things then that I'd usually ignore completely.

So yeah, Mish. Sometimes that happens to me in spite of my good intentions. =P


Edit: Shopping with children and / or friends is very dangerous! Gawds, the stuff I get talked into purchasing. =P I am always much more sucessful at sticking to my list when I'm alone.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:17 AM   #7
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LOL... every single time!
I always have my list and I always double it.
It's ok though. I have a huge pantry.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:33 AM   #8
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Did my husband tell you to post this?

Yes, I tend to overshop - I'm a fresh produce/veggie junkie - I always buy too much and then have to scramble to make something before things go bad.

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Old 05-20-2005, 11:55 AM   #9
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me too elfie. i don't think i have ever just bought what was on my list, ever. then i find myself grilling in the backyard at 10pm to cook things before they're bad. (not allowed to use the oven so late in case the smoke detectors go off.).

they end up being some pretty good lunches the next few days. makes my co-workers that are on diets go a little crazy, tho.
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:04 PM   #10
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Kitchenelf, you sound like me. A trip to the Farmers' Market out here in So. CA is overdue. Great way to spend an afternoon.

The one huge market I love, has the best deli/sammich/salad bar. It's very tempting when you're looking over the honey smoked turkey & they say, here, try a sample.

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