Some of the biggest pet peeves at the grocery store are what motivate people to get in and get out.
I don’t know about you but my pet peeves can vary depending on the time of day to the day of the week that I go grocery shopping.
While I was writing this I decided to put together a list of pet peeves that really get under my skin at the grocery store.
They say not to sweat the small stuff and I really am a laid back kind of guy but there are some things that just make me shake my head.
There are things that get under my skin but I don’t really show how it affects me because it doesn’t benefit anyone but me.
That never solves the problem but deep inside I just wish things would be different. Back to the saying, ‘not everyone or everything is perfect’ and ‘go with the flow’.
Not everyone will find my pet peeves bothersome but to be honest, they shouldn’t.
They are my pet peeves and since we are all different I bet your pet peeves will be different from mine.
I won’t be surprised if some of us share common pet peeves but for the most part not everyone wants to pull their hair out because the wrong label and price is on a bunker full of product.
Yes, that’s a pet peeve of mine. Just one of them.
What is the meaning of pet peeve? It’s not when you are peeved off at your pet either. It’s simply something that irritates you to the point where when it happens it bothers you.
Here are a few of my pet peeves that I came up with this morning on my list.
I know it may only be a job in a supermarket and not the career you once hoped for but you really do get some miserable depressing people at the check out. Not everyone is like this I’ll admit and everyone is entitled to a bad day now and again but sometimes a smile is all you need.
Happier staff tend to lead to happier customers, it can generate a more positive ambient environment. I’ve also found that the happier the staff are the more willing they are to help you out. They are much more approachable too, why would you want to disturb an unhappy person?
When those sales come around it’s time to stock up, or so you think. There are plenty of occasions when you go to the supermarket because they have a sale on (for this instance, fish).
You know it’s a great deal and there is no fine print in the flyer that states “while quantities last” so you head out to go and hunt down some deals.
The problem is, the fish is all gone and they are not getting anymore in and you can’t get a rain check because it’s a one-off “special size“.
That’s almost as annoying as the “one day sale” when you’ve got other things planned and cannot possibly make it in time to take advantage of the deal in question.
I’m not sure if it’s a marketing ploy, but it they only have a limited amount of stock then they should say so. It’s almost verging on the bait and switch tactic that is illegal in Canada.
The ridiculously small special offers that sometimes appear in the flyers aren’t quite as good as you think they are. Watch the sizes compared to the normal regular size and compare the prices per unit, e.g. cost per 100g. You’ll soon notice the sales aren’t as good as you first thought.
Irregularity of choice
Even though there is a huge choice of pre-made processed foods available in every supermarket the range of fresher foods including fruit, vegetables., meats and cheeses can sometimes suffer from place to place.
You can tell when there is a distinct lack of choice when all you get offered is the large name brands, which tend to be highly processed.
The stock changes from one branch of supermarket to another depending on the local demographic. There is definitely a greater selection of Asian foods at one supermarket close to where we live, but the other branch of the same supermarket doesn’t have anywhere near the same lines of products.
It’s not a complete disaster, just annoying that they think that customers basic essential food items should be based on jarred, tinned and other highly preserved products.
In the end no one supermarket is going to be your only place to shop. There will always be excuses to venture out to the next place and experience something different or find something strange and unusual.
What are some of your pet peeves at the grocery store?
March grocery game challenge posts
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up for the month each week here in this section for you.
Since it’s the start of a new grocery game month we have a winner for February! I made a few adjustments to the last few posts I moderated for ballot numbers as I mixed the month up this morning. Instead of going back to change all the posts I made the adjustments in my book. No worries, it was all sorted out. Easy. Always track your own ballot numbers.
Congratulations goes out to Lynaka ballot #11! Please email me with your address.
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Food food and more food
- x 2 Mushrooms 227g Sale $0.88
- Romain lettuce $1.49
- Roma tomatoes Sale $0.88lb $1.76
- Eggs 18 pack $2.88
- Green spring onions $0.88 for 2
- Potatoes 10lb $1.88
Total out of pocket $10.65
- Celery Sale $0.88
- Chick Peas Dry 1kg Sale $2.99 x 6 (stockpile budget)
- Oranges $0.88lb x 5lbs $4.40
- Pineapple Sale $1.88
- x3 Iogo Yogurt sale $1.99-$0.75 -$1.24
Total out of pocket $10.88 with $17.94 to stockpile budget
- 2 x 4L bags of milk $3.97 each
Total out of pocket $ 7.94
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $240 per year or $20 per month.)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with potentially one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget for March $235.00
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.25
- Total Coupons Used to date: $24.50
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Discounts Used to date: $5.54
- Total Gift Cards Used to date: $33.18
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used to date: $0
- Stockpile Budget ($20.00): $17.94 (chickpeas dry)
- Stockpile Budget Used to Date: $20.00+$19.08+$17.94
- Total Spent This Week: $29.47
- Total Spent So Far March: $27.69
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month: $
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $235.00-$29.47=$205.53
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $242.66+ Feb $191.74+ March $
- Weekly Overview: Some great deals this week but we didn’t need much as we have plenty in the house this week.
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- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?
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I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.
You may also substitute items in order to stick to your grocery budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do.
This is why the grocery game challenge was created to not only show you that we are like everyone else but to bring us all together to work as a team to get our budgets on track.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2014 get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving.
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You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
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