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Anyone else's DH do the post food shop 'parade'?

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CraneBoysMysteries · 18/03/2023 10:34


Most of the time, with two small children, I will organise the food shop. Either go and get it or do a click and collect order. We have a system of writing on a whiteboard everything we need. It's not too onerous and sort of just happens in the background

Today my DH has physically gone to the shops. And I've just had the post shop 'parade' as I call it

DH reached into bag and pulls out a cucumber 'look at this! We've not been able to get salad for weeks and I found one!!' (Beaming)

Pulls out loo roll. 'Now this is more expensive but is a bigger roll! Look how much fatter it is! So I reckon I've saved us some money here'. Me 'yes, we've had them for ages'

Reveals a dozen eggs 'AND I was able to find twelve eggs, but they're white! WHITE!! Amazing!'

Pulls out a couple of bottles of bleach. 'Now, I know you said bleach but you didn't say scent so I decided to go for lemon as thought it would make the loos smell a bit nicer! Good idea, right?'

...and on it goes. Each product has some story to it or money saving.

The food shop takes an hour but I reckon the post shop parade takes just as long 😆

Anyone else's other half do this or just mine? I do remind him that when I do it, it just happens but he seems to enjoy going over his haul for some reason

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Sunriseinwonderland · 18/03/2023 12:39

OMG lol.


JFDIYOLO · 18/03/2023 12:42



magicstar1 · 18/03/2023 12:44

We both do this. We've no kids so I suppose have to entertain ourselves somehow lol.


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NaomhPadraigin · 18/03/2023 12:47

Haven't experienced it in real life, but if you're selling tickets I am up for a road trip 🤪


theemmadilemma · 18/03/2023 12:50

😂 Not quite such a parade here, but yes, if I send DH with a list I am required to go to the kitchen on his return and gaze in glory at his success.


WeBuiltThisBuffetOnSausageRoll · 18/03/2023 12:51

Love this thread!


roundtable · 18/03/2023 12:54

We both do this but only with reduced things or hard to find items. Have to guess how much they cost too. I'm really good at guessing which annoys DH 😁

DH then has to work out what money we've saved. There was much excitement yesterday when a wine that I love but rarely buy as it's quite pricey for one bottle (for us anyway) was reduced from £12 to £10 and then was included in the 25% off. Happy days!


longtompot · 18/03/2023 13:04

Sierra26 · 18/03/2023 11:34

Hahaha no, but loving this thread.

I can relate to some others with the high performance packing.

we usually shop together and he doesn’t let me pack, he loves fitting everything in neatly. Then anything which doesn’t fit will get chucked to me and I finish the job by shoving all the reject items in to a final bag 😂

Ahh, my dh is chuck everything in the bag no matter what and then is dismayed at the squashed bread, tomatoes or doughnuts. I am quite anal about my packing as I hated the squashed foods, and even load the conveyor belt in a certain way to stop it from happening. Much as it stressed me out doing the food shop on my own during covid, I loved having everything done just so☺️

He is also a show-er of what he's bought when he's shopped alone. Not every item, but I'll be told of what treats he has bought me🥰 He doesn't put everything away though, which I think is my doing as I can get a bit frustrated trying to find things he has put away. This isn't just limited to shopping, it also happens with dishwasher emptying.

Also, when I unpack the bags I like to put things into piles of where they need to go, so a fridge pile, a tin cupboard pile etc He is slowly coming round to my way 😉


ArmchairAnarchist2 · 18/03/2023 13:07

Oh God, I thought it was just mine. A perfectly normal capable human being that turns into 'The Price is Right' host, especially if he's been to Lidl. He forgets I'll still be going to Sainsbury, wasting time and fuel, to get the items you can't get there; clever boy he is.


ArmchairAnarchist2 · 18/03/2023 13:10

Forgot the Tetris skills he mentions every time too when unpacking, despite the fact he has put bleach in with strawberries (a box large enough to feed our road) and grapes. I no longer allow him to come to Costco with me.


ItchycooParkCult · 18/03/2023 13:11

I’m wondering if there’s some evolutionary thing to this.

going out hunting or gathering we’d proudly bring back our feast and get straight into preparing and preserving it often as a tribe or family unit.

bringing in the shopping, showing it off and the good value before putting it away is the same thing. Wholesome in a weird way.


Divorcedalongtime · 18/03/2023 13:13

I do this and I’m a single parent to teens so I’m the only one who ever shops. I thought this was normal behaviour. WhT do you do then?


Rinkydinkydoodle · 18/03/2023 13:14

You’re not wrong, I did start out that way but tbh it’s a toss up what’s more annoying, surrounded by bizarrely wrong shopping while he’s away out for the third attempt to spark whatever flickering synapse retains ‘food we’ve eaten daily for the last seventeen years.’ I should just go myself but I feel obligated to let him keep his hand in just in case I’m hit by a bus or whatever, don’t want the kids to be left with The King of Chigaco Town 😂🫣


AmyDudley · 18/03/2023 13:15

Grin I live with my adult DD and I've got to admit to doing the post food shop parade, she tells me off about it. I just get so excited about finding a bargain or getting something we haven't had for ages and thought had been discontinued. She's very blunt though and keeps me under control ' Mum I'm making us a cup of tea, please don't follow me into the kitchen to tell me you've bought drain unblocker'


Ireallycantthinkofagoodone · 18/03/2023 13:15

Nothing to add, but what an entertaining thread!
I live alone, but I get really excited about bargains and little treats when I am food shopping. Or any shopping actually.


user1471517095 · 18/03/2023 13:17

Yes! I call my Husband a Bowerbird when he comes back from shopping. They pick up things to decorate their nests to attract the Ladies.

Anyone else's DH do the post food shop 'parade'?

jays · 18/03/2023 13:20

Wisterical · 18/03/2023 10:48

I do it. And I live alone.

😂😂 that made me laugh.


wingingit1987 · 18/03/2023 13:21

Yes! I’ve never actually realised this was a thing til now.


blueshoes · 18/03/2023 13:21

This is the food shopping equivalent of an unboxing video. Lol to OP's dh.


ainehorizon · 18/03/2023 13:24

My DH does the food parade too! He's so proud of his little foraging adventure.


Snazzysausage · 18/03/2023 13:27

Yes mine does this. I do the main shop but when he picks bits and bobs up he lays it all out on the worktop for me to admire,waving his arms at it as if to say"look,look what I managed to hunt down! I smile and say "great stuff" and he wanders away looking happy and it's stuff I don't have to get. Sorted!


ElizabethBest · 18/03/2023 13:27

My dad used to do the opposite - “now, I know you wanted shallots, but I couldn’t find them, so I got a cheese and onion pasty instead - will that do?” God, I miss him!!


NeverDropYourMooncup · 18/03/2023 13:27

I have to show DP what's been bought and tell him why or as far as he's concerned, we have no food.

Things he can deal with are more tins of tomatoes, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, toilet rolls - but if it goes into the fridge/freezer or isn't immediately obvious in the packaging, it ceases to exist; last night, it took him three attempts to locate a particular GF pasta on the shelf that was right in front of him - although that could be an issue with my communication, as I'd said 'spaghetti or tagliatelle' and not 'linguine', when I should have apparently said 'long pasta of some kind - strands, sticks, ribbons or nests'.

I don't need to do it with the animals as they are already well aware that the nice man in the fleece that parks his van outside the front window brings them presents - and then inspect the bags from the outside to make certain he's remembered kitty crunchies, shouting at him very loudly if it looks as though he's forgotten them.


WelshNerd · 18/03/2023 13:32

I hope you're planning something special for his medal ceremony.

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