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To ask why any sane person would take their dc's to do the food shop?

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TENDTOprocrastinate Wed 21-Nov-12 21:50:42

The kids hate it, it's more difficult to do it with them (for many reasons varying with age). Why not do it online (unless they don't deliver to your area- does this happen?) it's quicker to do it online once you've set it up. It's cheaper- as you don't tend to browse and buy crap so easily. And there is no crying/moaning/complaining children to drag along. You don't even have to load stuff excess times. Ie from shelf to cashier belt to bags to car to driveway to kitchen. No brainer really?

Trills Wed 21-Nov-12 21:52:25

YA obviously B very U because not everyone has someone to look after their children, or has time to go when the children are in school.

My question is why would any sane person GO to do a big food shop when you can make the internet bring it to you?

vodkaanddietirnbru Wed 21-Nov-12 21:52:57

dh shops on a saturday morning alone while I stay home with the kids. Have never done it online.

plantsitter Wed 21-Nov-12 21:53:19

Yes, but I think people only tend to take their kids when they really HAVE to (unless they are those special angelic kids who enjoy doing the supermarket shop). Sometimes it just happens that way. So you may not be being unreasonable but you are being a bit unrealistic.

Trills Wed 21-Nov-12 21:53:44

Hah, Read the first 2/3 and eyes just glazed over. Not sure what my brain was doing.

DecAndAnt Wed 21-Nov-12 21:54:40

My ds loves it, genuinely. I cannot stand to waste money on delivery costs, I want to see what I am buying, I am a single parent so have to take him, I hate waiting in for deliveries. I enjoy going shopping with him.


MissCellania Wed 21-Nov-12 21:55:32

It isn't cheaper for a lot of us. I go in and buy reduced stuff, whatever is on offer etc. And delivery is 6.99. And Aldi don't deliver anyway, so I'd still have to trek up there as well. My kids don't mind the shopping at all. And tough tits if they do, life isn't all doing what you want to do.
No way am I wasting my child free time going to sodding Tesco.

Trills Wed 21-Nov-12 21:55:36

Alternatively - some people are scared of the internet.
Some people think that they'll only get the short-dated or crap stuff.
Some people think that it's good for the children to do it.
Some people think that their children enjoy it (and maybe they do)
Some people go on the same day every week because their parents always went on that day of the week ad that is the way it is done.

I don't necessarily think that all of the above people are sane...

sooperdooper Wed 21-Nov-12 21:56:39

Totally agree, I do all our shopping online and we don't even have kids, I can't stand the supermarket even on my own, makes me clautrophobic, can't begin to imagine how hellish it is with kids

MammaTJ Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:19

Living in the stiks means no delivery here, well until very recently but haven't quite worked up the courage to ask Asda to deliver after reading threads on here. They are the only ones that do. Luckily I do have a DP and he does most of the shopping ALONE!!
I sometimes have to go and get the odd item with my DC in tow and it is hard work!! I avoid it where possible.

sooperdooper Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:21

delivery is £6.99 - which supermarket is that? I've never paid more than about £4.50, and when you factor in time, petrol etc I reckon it's worth it

usualsuspect3 Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:26

I hate online food shoping, I'd rather browse around the shop.

MrsBucketxx Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:51

yabu im alone in the week and aldi doesnt deliver anyway.

MammaTJ Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:53

STICKS* I can spell, just cannot type!

DorisIsWaiting Wed 21-Nov-12 21:59:00

Sometimes people have very little money and have to manage til payday when they can shop. It also costs for delivery-more if you live further away. Whilst that may not seem alot to you, on a budget of £50 it's a significant proportion.

A single parent in this situation would have no bloody choice!

You're also working on the assumption that most people have computer access. Maybe via a phone but I wouldn't want to do a food shop on my phone (largely because my eyesight's shit).


ISeeThreadPeople Wed 21-Nov-12 21:59:17

Well Aldi doesn't deliver. And the dc LOVE the food shop. DD wanders along next to us twittering on about a dream she once had about dancing olives whilst obeying commands to fetch and carry things and DS sits in the seat making eyes at old ladies and quacking at random people.

If YOU don't like being in the supermarket with other people's DC then YOU do internet shopping.

Trills Wed 21-Nov-12 21:59:18

I think I read the title as take their DCs when it's not about children at all, it's about going vs not going.

What if you don't have children - what then?

pinkyp Wed 21-Nov-12 22:00:20

I don't like it either, I'd rather pick my own food

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:16

Not me, I only nip out for superbly fresh items from my conveniently placed local top drawer deli and greengrocers, with which to create supremely smug dishes of devastating deliciousness.

Oh, no.. hang on, that's Nigel Slater.

Sorry. Bad hair day. As you were.

nannyl Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:38

I too wonder

especially when groupon regularly do ocado delivery vouchers for FREE so you dont pay any delivery at all ever.

Ocado also do amazing flash deals......
today i have got some lovely waitrose special bread (70p)
4 pints of milk 70p
a super yummy waitrose pizza £2.50 (instead of £5)
a whole "normal size" (ie not silly small) pack of lean mince £2.04
waitrose vine tomatoes 70p

infact i spent £60 on £88 of stuff and didnt pay any delivery (nor have i ever spend £ on a delivery pass)
(and if you dont have a pass they have slots where deliver is just 99p)

MissCellania Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:43


Ilovecake1 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:48

We are out in the wilds! No chance for delivery here...

INeedThatForkOff Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:00

I hate the mountains of plastic bags you get with an online shop. Substitutions or omissions get on my wick. I sometimes end up with an item smaller or bigger than I expected. Convenient delivery times cost £££.

Oh and there are indeed lots of places in rural mid Wales where the supermarkets don't deliver.

Actually DD is a gem when I take her, anyway.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:41

Ocado don't deliver here (not rural).

naturalbaby Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:50

because the big supermarket send us big coupons in the post (£6 off a shop x 4 weeks) and we can't use them online. As soon as I've run out of coupons it's back to online deliveries.

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