I hate grocery shopping.
Which is a real shame because clearly I like food.
I just don’t like the pre-fabricated mood, bright lights and John Mayer tunes all that much.
I am also discouraged that the money I spend in groceries could have been used for other really cool things that offer a much longer lifespan, mainly boots and books.
That said, I am aware of the importance of eating well and healthfully for me and my family.
So, I get a little peeved when grocery stores try to capitalize on our vulnerabilities. Andrea Woroch, consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli, Inc. points out nine tricks grocery stores like to spring on consumers to encourage overspending, and ways to overcome them.
Alternatively, we could boycott grocery shopping.
I picture “All we are saying … is give peas a chance … ” slogans alongside “Down with cookies in aisle 9”
Ha! But I did wonder how long I could go without making a single food purchase, based on what I already have in the kitchen. I complain that I spend a lot on groceries, but that’s because I estimate that with the exception of purchasing milk and greens, could conservatively go 2 weeks without stepping into a grocery store. So, clearly the grocery stores are still winning, as I am currently over-buying.
What about you: How long would your pantry let you go without grocery shopping? (Click through for the real strategies!)