The Water Cooler – Grocery Shopping – Love It or Hate It?

September 23, 2013 · 61 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Grocery shopping, love it or hate it?

Talk about it….

1 Killjoy September 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

My wife hates it……..when I go with her. LOL
She says it’s a lot more expensive when I go. Yeah, I’ll pick up a couple bottles of wine to go with a couple of meals, etc etc etc.

2 Mac September 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I just had a baby and started ordering from Safeway.com!! Love it!! Never going to the store again!!

3 Hate it...except late at night September 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Since I work full time, anytime daylight time I’m not at work, I want to be outdoors, exercising. Grocery shopping sucks up my outdoor exercise time. But…since it’s a 6 mile RT of driving to go BACK to the grocery store, if I don’t go on my way home from work, it means at least 30 minutes to go back to the store after exercise! I could really enjoy not having to grocery shop! At the same time, I am very thankful to have a grocery store with plentiful everything within 3 miles…a lot of people in the world don’t have that :-)

4 Denise September 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Now that our kids are grown, I don’t mind it. I just shop for my husband and I, and I go by myself.

When we were raising kids, I hated it. Bringing young children with you is a hassle.

I also go during off hours, when the store is less crowded. Never on the weekends!

5 Shulla September 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I like grocery shopping. It’s the rude, inconsiderate shoppers I can’t tolerate. Park their cart in the middle of the isle, blocking it. While checking out, they “forget” something and leave to go get the item while everyone has to wait (rude). Wait until the checker totals the bill, then they dig in their purse for their checkbook. It never occurs to them to fill out the check while they are waiting in line and just leave the amount blank. Simple consideration of others would go a long way and make shopping more pleasant.

6 Anon777 September 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I don’t mind the actual shopping, but I HATE:
*the planning
*the paying
*the schlepping
*putting it away
*cooking it
*cleaning it

7 Keith September 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

@ Hate It-#3

Where do you live that your consider a 6 mile RT “close to home?”

I’ve never lived anywhere (we live in WC) where a grocery store isn’t w/in a 1/2 mile.

I don’t grocery shop. My wife does, and she doesn’t mind. As long as I don’t go with her. It runs up the tab.

She also shops early in the morning or late at night to avoid the crowds.

8 Antler September 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I think it’s fun, especially when I’m buying special ingredients to cook for company! But I’ve been advised by doctor not to get the cart get so heavy when I must pivot it around the end of one aisle and over to the next.

Mac, yes, safeway.com is excellent, especially if one is ill. But I did have issues with them substituting their house brands even though I had clicked the “NO substitutions” box. After three or four times of sending things back and STILL having to go to the store after all, I stopped regularly using the service.

9 Mac September 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I made a deal with my wife.
She goes and buys it at the store.
And i cook and clean up after.

I really hate shopping of any kind.

10 Mac September 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Yeah way…another “Mac”
People that is not me.
And No, i didn`t just have a baby :-)

11 Pure Vegan September 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I love shopping for groceries. I go daily. I shop at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s.

12 Antler September 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

ha-ha, Mac ~ ~ ~ yeah, I was sorta wondering because you have written about your daughters’ children and how much you are enjoying them. Hope you and yours are well.

13 Julio September 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I don’t mind shopping if money isn’t tight like late in the month sometimes. Taking anyone with me is a mistake. Even the gkids. I only shop Safeway on sales and if I can save at least 50% on my tag. Maybe once or twice a month. Fortunately now at a point I don’t have to shop on the way home from work.

14 Steve September 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

@ Mac-10

Why are you so concerned about someone with the same name, and pointing out “it’s not me?”

I’m sure there’s a lot of Steve’s on Claycord.

I don’t mind shopping. My wife hates it. I think she got sick of it while raising kids, so I go after work.

Our kids are grown, so it’s easy shopping for my wife and I. I go later at night when it’s less crowded.

15 Triple Canopy September 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

A necessity but I don’t like doing it. I have a set list and keep it a “seek and destroy” mission.

My dad could spend hours in a grocery store like a woman looking for new shoes. It was amazing.

16 Our SW needs some serious cleaning ASAP September 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. I will say one thing though, our local SW here in Martinez where we live better do some deep cleaning soon, or we are finding another place to shop. Pet Co is ten times cleaner… And if you don’t believe me, look behind displays, in corners, between things, on the floor ,under the candy racks, anywhere a broom can’t touch, and it is Gross…….. Clean it up SW. Please.. ( we have two SW, this one is the North one.

17 Anonymous September 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Hate it! Husband loves it! Waste of my time as I know that I will be back in a week or so to purchase more.

18 Enfield303 September 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Hate it until I get hungry.

19 Incognito September 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I don’t mind it because I love cooking and entertaining. It would be nicer if I could shop during the week, but since I work Monday through Friday, it ends up being a Saturday morning thing. Sometimes it gets annoying when patrons block the aisles, but if the stores would put less “displays” in the aisles there would be more room to maneuver around.

20 EdiBirsan September 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I inherited the ‘What you talkin to me?” gene when it comes to grocery shopping. I do it, I hate it, it is unnatural, hunter gathers should kill their food, it is a disgrace to have someone already do it for you.

21 Anonymous September 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Starting to hate it!
Has anyone else noticed that the Safeway at 5431 Clayton Rd. never have baggers at the checkout line? When I have a full cart of groceries (not self-checkout) and line behind me….I feel obligated to bag and help the checker because no baggers are there. Frustrating!

22 Cassandra September 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

It’s a necessity. I just do it. It is easier if I don’t bring our kids with us, but they like to go.

If my husband is home, I leave the kids home because it’s faster, and we save money!

23 Sheryl Wands September 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I grocery shop when I have to-sometimes and I hear you #15 I really don’t like going into stores that aren’t clean. It’s as if the people are lazy or unmotivated to clean-usually takes about a week when it is cleaned. I wondering if the other store is the one that’s been there 29 years but has a 39 year look about it; I hope not. But anyway, grocery shopping when my husband and the kids need to eat.

24 The Mamba September 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I actually really enjoy it as long as it is a well run store. That Safeway in Walnut Creek behind Nordstrom makes me want to gnaw through my wrists.

25 Well... September 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I don’t mind it. I usually go very late or very early. I try not to go during normal hours.

What I don’t understand is – why does the whole family have to go? It drives me nuts when you see the whole family blocking the isles, the kids are either running around or are screaming. One parent can stay home with the kids or stay in the car. I no longer try to avoid little kids running around. If they run into me or my cart and get hurt, oh well.

26 Walnut Creek Resident September 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I love to cook, grocery shop at specialty stores and regular stores like Safeway. I also do my folks shopping as they are getting on in years and their hired help figure out what to prepare for them. Simple cooking is the best. That helps when I do the grocery shopping. Salads, rice, seafood, meat for grilling and veggies for grilling to! Fresh fruits and eggs and bacon. Good to go! It is not hard for me to figure out. I can create ideas and I do not have to worry about recipes all the time.

27 Walnut Creek Resident September 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Safeway in Alamo is the best because the owner lives there. FYI

28 Lari September 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I do enjoy it, especially since moving to CA. Stores in NY are more cramped and the produce is not as fresh. I love seeing the bounty, too … and knowing that I can buy whatever I want (though I also enjoy price checking/coupons). We once went through some hard times and I remember not being able to buy meat, so going food shopping makes me feel very grateful for what we have.

29 Our SW needs some serious cleaning ASAP September 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I want to make it clear our SW workers work hard, are not lazy, what they need to do is hire a late night cleaning service and clean. Move stuff, clean more.. I do not blame the workers, but SW corp. I have seen gutters cleaner than our SW. Which is pretty sad….

30 Malice In Wonderland September 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I actually like grocery shopping…the wife hates it. When I was growing up, money was scarce, and sometimes even groceries were a luxury. Now that I can afford to literally ‘bring home the bacon’ I take much pride in it.

31 Sold September 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I love to cook and do all the cooking in the house. I love getting a recipe and shopping for the ingredients. Of course, it helps to have money, when money is tight it is not so fun to shop.
# 21 I agree with you. It seems whenever I check out with a full basket of groceries there is no bagger, kind of annoying. Do they just have baggers sometimes??

32 Babs September 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Shopping is a big joke in our family. I don’t go…too much of a pain with walker or using the cart thing. So either Mrs.GoGo or GoGo goes….which is the joke, even if you give him a list….he over spends…OMG, he can’t go to Costco alone!!!!! Plus he usually forgets something, too.. He is famous for getting the fixins for a cake or cookies to make…thank you he can make a great cake.

33 escapehatch September 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’m retired from a “desk job” but was a grocery clerk for a while after high school. Great entry job. Now I have taken over the food shopping and chef duties and enjoy it. The prices have crept up but the selection and quality have really increased. We are lucky in this country. My most difficult problem is menu planning for just the two of us without leftovers. My wife often comments, “This looks familiar!”

34 @Our SW needs some serious cleaning ASAP September 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

SW thanks you for the insight into this matter. Your words will be taken into consideration in the best possible way.

35 Angelica September 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I don’t mind as long as I don’t have to bring our young kids with me…lol!

We live in WC, but shop at Safeway in Alamo. It’s a nicer Safeway, probably because of location.

Are the “rich folks” treated better? Probably!!!

36 Tina September 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Hate it with a passion; just as much as having to fill up the ol’ tank with gas.

37 WtgJo September 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

#21 Agree that Safeway on Clayton Rd is very frustrating – sick and tired of bagging my own groceries – the final straw was when another checker came and started talking to my checker (socializing) – neither one bagged my groceries!!!! Even stood there waiting for me to finish!!!! They sure need some competition!!!

38 elouise September 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

@WtgJo
Sorry it may have seemed that way-I pretty sure there were other baggers around. I was told sometimes that I just like to sit around and talk-well sometimes I do-but not in a check-out lane. It beats talking at the air.

39 elouise September 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Whenever I go to Safeway-there are usually a bunch of baggers there–sometimes two or three per person. I just sit and watch sometimes-and they yap forever. lol :-)

40 DontMindIt September 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I don’t mind grocery shopping. On weekends, I go early in the a.m. to TJs or whereever I need to go to avoid the lines and the traffic. If I really need to get something, I just stop after work and do self checkout. No big deal.

41 Love My City! September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Although I love to cook, I really don’t like grocery shopping. But since it is my year for this chore, I shop at Lucky’s on Clayton and actually it is a pretty good experience overall. Since we buy a lot of our produce at the farmer’s market, I am usually just shopping for dairy, meat and staples and Lucky’s seems to carry most of what I want. I like to keep my pantry well-stocked so I can shop there for dinner in a hurry. Hubby is always impressed at what I can turn out when I haven’t been shopping in a week or so!

42 vicki September 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I HATE to grocery shop. Safeway behind Nordstrom is the worst. They run out of the small carts all the time, the produce is gross, and they don’t have enough checkers. The Safeway in Alamo is better, and Whole Foods is nice. But I still hate it.

43 conco roncord September 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I sm really tired of the stores that have not added self checkout yet. Stores such as safeway in Martinez, and nob hill on oak grove. It takes sooo long to check out at these places so I avoid them.

44 JustMe September 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Love to grocery shop. Go every week to Safeway. If you go early on the weekend, there’s hardly anyone there…. you’re in and you’re out. My only pet peeve is when they remove an item that I buy regularly, replacing it with a Safeway brand, forcing me to shop at another store to find that item. For a while I was grocery shopping at Target, but they don’t have everything, and you’re forced into buying brands you wouldn’t otherwise there, because of the limited selection. Their pricing is better though.

45 Coggins Square September 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I enjoy it overall. I do a fair amount of my shopping at Trader Joe’s, but occasionally shop at Safeway and Lucky. I usually shop at the Trader Joe’s in Oak Grove Plaza at Oak Grove Road and Treat Blvd. (I live closest to that one), but sometimes go o the one on Concord Blvd. near the airport, as well as downtown Walnut Creek, and I am halfway between the Safeway in Countrywood Shopping Center at Treat Blvd. and Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek, which I like because it is large with good selection, but it can be so hard to park at Countrywood. I also like the Safeway on Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill, even though it is pretty small (I am halfway between that one and Countrywood). I also like the Lucky in Downtown Pleasant Hill.

46 Mitch September 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I haven’t grocery shopped in over 20 years. I think I was single, and I didn’t have any choice.

I have a choice as a happily married man. She’s grocery shopping now. She doesn’t mind, as long as it’s not crowded.

47 Akita_Luv September 24, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Hate it: the lines, the produce & meat selections, products not made in the USA, and the prices.

48 polly September 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM

I’m good at it!

49 Mac September 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

@ Steve # 14

I`m not worried or mad about someone else using “Mac”.
It`s not mine to own.
Concerned others might think it was me.
Seeing i have been the only “Mac” in here that i know of.

I`ve just been posting in here for a long while.
And wanted others who have followed or read my earlier posts.
To know it wasn`t me.

Don`t know why it concerned you that i mentioned it.

But have a nice day anyway

50 Lori September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

I don’t mind it unless it’s pouring down rain. Regarding bagging your own groceries, I used to do it myself if there was no clerk doing it. Once at Luckys in Martinez I was bagging and the cashier finished ringing me up and then stood there and watched me finish bagging. That was the last time I bagged my own groceries. If there is no clerk, it’s the cashiers job. I already put in my 8 hours I’m not doing their work for free.

51 FoodMaxx September 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The best-kept secret, FoodMaxx on Clayton Rd. You have to bag your own groceries, but have to do that at Safeway anyway(as stated by earlier posters). Their produce is wonderful! Prices can’t be beat. Owned by same company that owns Lucky (but cheaper prices). You will save 35-40%. Try it once and you will see.

52 Denise September 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

@ Mac-49

I’m with Steve. It’s annoying to see someone try to own a name.

How ridiculous would it be if I complained about others named Denise?

I don’t mind shopping now that our kids are grown. My husband and I go after 9 pm, and it’s never crowded.

I don’t think Food Maxx is a “best kept secret.” People know it’s there. It’s on Clayton Rd.!

53 Catlady September 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I have learned to make a list and send my husband to the store because I can’t stand grocery shopping. Having to rein in a toddler and schlep the groceries from the my car to our apartment sucks.

54 Mac September 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

@ Denise

You wrote to me on my post # 49, but did you read the second line ?
From your post, it sounds like it didn`t sink in.

Just didn`t want others to think it was me.
Because yes, i have been the only “Mac” in here for a long time.
But i`m in no way saying it belongs to me. (like i said in my # 49 post)

But if you did read the other comments.
Antler was questioning it too.

So i don`t need your Ok to post a comment in here under any name.
And no one needs my Ok to do the same.
But when i`m the only “Mac” in here for years.
I`m going to tell others when it`s not me.
If you have a problem with that, so be it.

55 Mac September 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

By the way, “Thanks” Antler for the nice comments. (i do appreciate it)

I shaved my Goatee off, and my Grandsons were unhappy about it.
So it`s on it`s way back. (guess i`m keeping it after all) :-)

My younger Grandson loves airplanes (he is a freak over them)
So i continue to take him over to the airport to check things out. (when i watch him on Fridays)
We both have a blast.
Last friday the fuel tanker honked at him, and you would have thought he got a medal. (he was smiling so much)

So yes, i am a very lucky Father & Papa.
And i`m proud as hell of it.

56 Mimi (original) September 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Don’t like to cook, don’t like to shop. Since the kids are grown and gone I eat a LOT of chips and salsa or crackers and cheese for dinner and that’s just FINE with me!!!

57 Antler September 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Mac, I’m clicking “LIKE”!

58 elouise September 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

@Mac #55
Nice going-your grandson’s must be big by now. I can imagine his face and how he was so excited by those truckers. :-)

59 Cat Woman September 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I truly hate grocery shopping-but I have to go especially when my husband gets hungry. In our apartment-we have a small refrigerator that I have to clean weekly. When I clean it, it looks empty so he swears up and down there is no food-so I have to go grocery shopping.

60 Keith September 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

@ Mac–#55

Get a life!

61 Mac September 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

@ Keith
Dude i have a great life
2 Daughters, Son-in-laws and awesome Grandsons that i get to watch once a week. (the Grandsons of course)

So i`m good.

:-) Have a nice day, Keith

And “Thank you” elouise for the nice comments.
Yes, they are growing like weeds.
And i`m loving every minute of it.
I hope you have a extra nice day today

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