Other People’s Shopping

Have you ever watched the customer in front of you in the supermarket queue, taken an interest in what is actually in their trolley and even more the cost of the bill at the end?
Judging from my previous post, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m a ‘closet cashier/checkout operator’.
snoopyI would think after the novelty has worn off (day 1), it is a pretty thankless and boring task, sitting at your till all day, scanning the same items in various orders then asking ‘cash or card’ after hitting the ‘total’ button. It is one of the reasons Hubby and I always strike up a conversation with the staff, not to annoy them or the people behind us, but to break the monotony.

We have been concentrating on getting our Friend mobile these past couple of days, so he has been well wrapped up to take the dogs up to the local field with Hubby in the car, and this afternoon I went shopping with him.
It was an interesting hour.
cartoon shopperFor a man living alone, as well as convenience foods our Friend buys a lot of fresh produce and the healthier options, so I was interested to see what he’d put in his trolley.
He has a sweet tooth, and so a variety of chocolate was the first to hit the bottom, plus it’s one of the first shelves as you go in to the store.
On the fruit and vegetable counter he picked up a stew-pack (swede, parsnip, turnip, onion and 5 carrots), a bag of small potatoes, a cabbage, celeriac, 3 limes, cherry tomatoes and a red pepper.
From the meat section he selected a prepared stuffed pork joint for dinner tonight, 4 pork chops, 8 sausages, (when we got home I split the chops into 4 individual portions and the sausages into 2) and 2 fish cakes. He also chose a bag of prepared roast potatoes.
From the chiller cabinet, he took some Greek style yoghurt and caramel custard.
After that, it was all the usual basic stuff, dog food, washing up liquid, stock cubes, a box of stuffing (Hubby loves stuffing!), sugar, honey, biscuits, a couple of tins of mackerel and a malt loaf.

I am usually pretty good at keeping a rough tally in my head, so based on what I’m used to paying, I guessed the final bill would be around £23.
I was way out, over ten pounds actually, but with a flourish, our Friend opened his wallet and took out two twenties without batting an eye.
Seems for him, this was a ‘cheap shop’.
groceriesFor me, this was a large amount spent in a cheap supermarket.
Whichever way you look at it, with his cupboards and freezer now well stocked, he has enough supplies in for at least a fortnight.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Other People’s Shopping

  1. When I was a in my early twenties living in Devon, and then in London… even then (10 years or so ago) I never spent less than a 20 in Tesco’s. I was a smoker… maybe that’s why – and that was usually just for about four days worth. being a traveling care giver I cooked all the time for others… so when it came to me it was the quick and easy but still good stuff. It annoyed me that all the fresh stuff that I wanted was mostly from south Africa and ridiculously expensive…. (I am South African),

    • It’s crazy the cost of food in some places. Our average weekly food bill is around £25. It goes up if we have to get Maggie’s food which is £6.50 a bag, but that will last her about 3 weeks. ‘Organic’ is the pr£ce riser here, the supermarkets seem to think they can charge three times the cost simply by adding that word over a relevant shelf (and sometimes the stuff for sale is identical to the cheaper produce further down the line).

  2. I adore grocery shopping. And I absolutely love my vegetable garden and the farmer’s market and the local orchards and berry fields. Having grown up in farming communities and where nearly everyone grew a large portion of their own food, it was a no brainer that I’d continue to do many of the same things myself. Grocery stores are probably where I spend the most time doing math. And you’re right, you really have to have both eyes fully open and read what’s on offer in order not to be taken advantage of. Marketers are unbelievably crafty these days. Consumers beware.

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