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To hate doing food shopping

(31 Posts)
AGivenNickname Sat 26-Jan-13 10:09:38

Today is the dreaded food shop day. I hate it. There's always closed tills where people could be on but no instead you're stuck in an aisle long queue with the slowest person imaginable in front of you.

HollyBerryBush Sat 26-Jan-13 10:10:39

Do what I do - go at 4am - no people, no queues in and out in less than an hour

StickEmUp Sat 26-Jan-13 10:11:28

Online? I love getting i delivered!

YorkshireDeb Sat 26-Jan-13 10:11:45

Do online shopping. Have it delivered to your house. X

WhateverTrevor Sat 26-Jan-13 10:11:48

Order online

StickEmUp Sat 26-Jan-13 10:12:06

4am is a good idea too. Ive been at 2am.

Pagwatch Sat 26-Jan-13 10:14:26

Get it delivered.

Yes there is a charge but you can chose the cheapest time and I find that being on line stops me impulse buying or buying stuff I don't need because I walk to the cupboards and double check exactly what we need.
Changing the order up to the day before is great too. I often go back to the order and reduce it, realising that ordering three tubs of ice cream was probably a bad idea grin

I love it! I leave DD with DH, leisurely stroll round, and have a nice coffee in peace grin
Have done the last few online though to keep an eye on spending <sigh>

AGivenNickname Sat 26-Jan-13 10:14:44

I would do online but I always forget something once ordered. I only tend to realise once it's arrived too.

Pagwatch Sat 26-Jan-13 10:15:34

Then do the order a couple of days in advance and double check the night before.

StickEmUp Sat 26-Jan-13 10:18:35

Pagwatch is right. When you get the bags at the front door, no messin', you'll wonder why you never bothered before.
Its bliss

Nancy66 Sat 26-Jan-13 10:20:12

I really want to be able to do online shopping - but I just don't rate any of them.

Tried Waitrose this week:

2 items missing and charged for - took 20 mins of holding on phone to get money back.

3 items out of stock

1 totally unsuitable subsitution

bananas and avacados all over ripe

and I know that if I had gone to the supermarket myself I would have found: eggs, milk, juice, yogurt and meat with a longer sell by date

BadRoly Sat 26-Jan-13 10:20:41

I do 2 'big' shops a week online then top up in between - its a lot easier nipping into Asda/Sainsburys/Tesco/Lidl with the 3year old to pick up one or two bits than do the whole shop smile

I have the Asda 6mth delivery thing so it doesn't cost me more to have 2 deliveries a week and a £40 spend is easy to do if I stick a washing powder, nappies or cat food into the basket!

Bunbaker Sat 26-Jan-13 10:28:31

I order regularly online from Tesco
Tried Ocado a couple of times, but there are a couple of things I buy fairly regularly that they don't stock. They also cocked up our delivery massively both times, so I was unimpressed. Sainsbury's have only just started delivering in our area - they missed the boat on that one. I have friends who have used Asda and just don't rate them, so Tesco it is.

I would do what Pagwatch suggests and order a couple of days in advance and top up the night before.

I have been using them for over 10 years and have to say that their service is outstanding. I can count the number of problems they have made over the years on one hand. Last week they were a little late with the delivery. It wasn't a problem as I was in all day, but I rang them just to make sure they were on their way. The guy rang me back 5 minutes later, just as the van was pulling up outside. Because they were late they waived the delivery charge. I call that excellent PR.

BadRoly - two big shops a week and bits in between! Do you have a huge family?

marriedinwhite Sat 26-Jan-13 10:31:31

I like to do my own shopping. I quite enjoy it but I do make sure I do it on a Friday night or first thing on a Saturday morning. DH has left me supervising builders this morning and I will not get to the supermarket until about 12.30 and it will be grim; very grim sad

BadRoly Sat 26-Jan-13 10:42:19

bunbaker I have 4 dc smile

The 'big' shops are not necissarily huge - I have to do a minimum £40. So mostly they are about £50 each. Monday shop is mostly packed lunch stuff and fruit as well as meals until Thursday.

Friday/Saturday shop is more meat/wine for weekend meals. Dh is away Mon-Thurs so me and the kids eat less meat for some bizarre reason!

The bits in between are things like milk, bread or fruit that either I've forgotten or we've run out of!

redbobblehat Sat 26-Jan-13 10:47:09

i quite like it, but then agaiin, i go during the week, and do a couple of small shops a week, rather than one bigger one, food is fresher and nicer and theres less waste, and its less of a chore

however i do have the luxury of time

Pagwatch Sat 26-Jan-13 10:50:28

I do too redbobblehat

Big shop once every 10-14 days and then the market/butchers on a Friday. But I have loads of time too.

SkinnybitchWannabe Sat 26-Jan-13 10:52:18

Can you go sunday mornings? I work in a huge Tesco Extra and we open at 9.30am. Checkouts don't open til 10am but you'll get a head start!

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 26-Jan-13 10:58:39

I do online for most things, secure the delivery, add to it as the date gets closer. If I don't initially have enough to secure the delivery, I add in a couple of bottles of gin/rum/whisky or something which I then take out as the order is completed.

However, between you and me, more than once I've forgotten to add in the food, and the very booze heavy order has arrived.

grin

DeafLeopard Sat 26-Jan-13 12:29:33

Yes to online.

Why anyone would willing subject themselves to fighting their way round the supermarket, putting stuff in trolley, take it out at checkout, put it back in trolley, take it back out in car park to load into car, when you can have someone bring it to your kitchen is beyond me.

ceeveebee Sat 26-Jan-13 12:48:55

I use Ocado online iPhone app. Can just add things to my list as and when I remember them ( you can add things with one click and have up to about 18 hours before delivery) and rarely have missing/substituted items - it's very very easy. Unfortunately I still have to put it all away

somuchslimmernow Sat 26-Jan-13 12:55:43

Love online shopping and not just for grocreries. Have used Tesco for years and no real problems. Life is way to short to waste on food shopping.

noviceoftheday Sat 26-Jan-13 14:25:17

Definitely online! I set up 3weeks in advance so I get my slot, then menu plan and do shopping list based on menu. It also reminds me of my usuals when I go to check out. I haven't done a proper shop in about 4 years other than nipping to marks for small things. Bliss!

QuickLookBusy Sat 26-Jan-13 14:25:44

Love on line too.

I have a delivery pass with Ocado for 6.99 a month. For that I can have as many deliveries as I like as long as I spend over £40.

I hate supermarket shopping and as we live rurally I can't just pop to local shops.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 26-Jan-13 14:47:47

Is there an Aldi near you? It takes me about 40 minutes from parking in their car park to getting home again and it's a rare occasion that it's hugely busy. Think it takes less time because there's less choice of each item so you're not constantly stood in the aisles internally debating the individual merits of the 25 different types of strawberry jam or 13 versions of tinned tomatoes, like you are in the bigger supermarkets.

It also helps if you go first thing. I'm off to Aldi tomorrow and will be there at 10am when it opens and back home with a cup of tea in my hand by 11am grin.

marriedinwhite Sun 27-Jan-13 21:23:15

I've been going to Asda this year as a resolution not to spend money unneccessarily and there are many things that are hugely cheaper than Saino's and Waity's - ie, tinned toms for 50p, pasta for 50p - in fact almost everything one picks up is cheaper and the quality is excellent - it really is. I reckon a saving of about £40 pw.

However, on Saturday I had to go early afternoon. It was utterly disgusting, it was crammed full of large families, unwashed families, it was hard to unpack because the manager had put Hot X buns at all the checkouts so one had three feet further to haul the heavy shopping onto the belt (it's hot x bun sales competition; they might sell the buns but they won't keep the customers). To add insult to injury the checkout lady forgot to remove a security tag from a £5 pair of gummy headphones so having battled through that lot I was chased by a security guard who had to inspect my bill. Potential shop-lifter me.

If I didn't have £40 quid a week to waste I would go back but I do and there is no way I am confronting that level of unpleasantness, general inconvenience and downright horror ever again. Not saying there was anything wrong with the products but the overall experience was utterly vile.

Asda - hope you are listening.

DeafLeopard Mon 28-Jan-13 21:25:52

Married for a weekend shop you may be better off doing a delivery with Asda in that case - you'll still save a hefty amount even with paying delivery charge

Blondie1984 Mon 28-Jan-13 22:28:59

I love it! I can easily spend ages wondering around looking at things. Where do you live? I will do it for you, just give me a list!

DamnBamboo Mon 28-Jan-13 22:34:05

Oacdo is bloody brilliant.

I will never, ever go back to 'normal' shopping again.

Excellent service, lovely lovely guys and their tesco price match means that they are no longer the expensive option.

Do it OP, you won't look back.

DamnBamboo Mon 28-Jan-13 22:34:53

Ocado

that would be

<drinking one of the free bottles of wine they randomnly give you>

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