I know…it’s kind of a weird topic, but I was inspired during my weekly trip to the grocery store this morning. Why? Well, I’m curious how other people shop. I’m always looking in other people’s carts or at the food on the conveyor belt to see what they’re buying. I like to imagine what they might do with their food choices, and I try to determine what kind of person they are or household they live in. Yes, I’m a voyeur at heart and looking into other people’s grocery carts feels almost like looking into their windows.
But here’s why I’m writing this post. You see, when I shop, I tend to buy foods in terms of meals. Not that I do a lot of cooking, but I’ll always run through my head Okay, pasta, sauce, parmigiana to put on pasta, bread, butter or oil for bread…snacks – apples, grapes, cheddar bunnies, Larabars…bread for sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly to go on bread…
You get the gist, right? So my cart ends up having a wide array of foods, mixed in with cat and baby food and occasional paper products.
But the carts that catch my attention look nothing like my cart. I’m completely fascinated by the people who come in and buy 10 loaves of bread, 6 containers of cranberry juice, and 2 boxes of freeze pops. Do you know the people I’m talking about? I’m sure they have coupons or that these things are on special that week, but um…what do they eat??? Can people really survive on bread and freeze pops alone, because that’s all that’s in their cart! Now, this isn’t always the combo of products, it’s just an example. But make no mistake, I see this all the time. At least two or three times in one trip. And the foods are never things that go together, they are never, ever any kind of produce or food that have any kind of nutritional value, and they are always the only things these people are buying.
If you shop like this, I would love to hear about it! Tell me why and reassure me you have real food at home!
And because I’m nosy, I want to know what the staples of your grocery carts are! 🙂