I Hate Grocery Shopping

Daily Prompt: Back on the Chain Gang

Being a homebody, I can’t really think of anything I detest doing.

When the kids attended school, one thing I hated doing was to make their lunches. One liked cheese, the other didn’t. One liked salami, the other didn’t. One liked mustard, and of course, the others didn’t. It finally got to the point, when they got older, I decided that they had to make their own lunches.

One thing about living out in the country, you don’t always have everything on hand. We used to be able to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but now with the plague of allergies, that has come to a halt.

The thought just jumped out at me. I hate grocery shopping. Looking at every label to see what the product contains is time consuming, and I would much rather be doing anything else. I don’t like shopping if I’m hungry, because then everything I shouldn’t buy seems to end up in the basket. When it comes down to pay, I am horrified. Didn’t buy meat, so what cost so much.

I usually wait until I’m out of almost everything before I finally make my way out the door. It wasn’t always like that. I used to love shopping for groceries, clothes, and all the other things one thinks they absolutely require. Now it’s plain drudgery.

I garden, pick berries, and can. I have enough potatoes, canned tomatoes, salsa, peas, beans, usually corn (unless the racoons get to my crop), beets, onions, peppers, carrots, pickles, and maybe something else I have forgotten, so I only need to buy milk, yogurt, and eggs. I haven’t had to buy eggs the last couple of years because I had my own laying chickens. When I’m in the mood, I make my own bread and buns. I don’t bake much anymore to keep down my cholesterol, but once in a while I whip up a batch of cinnamon buns. My motto is: if it’s in the house, I’ll eat it.  So don’t be too careless. Eat what is available, and stretch the dollar.


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8 thoughts

  1. You grow an impressive variety of veggies! We grow veggies (not as many as you) and have our own chickens too. Aren’t fresh eggs lovely? During the summer I love to base dinner around what we have growing in the veg boxes. It’s a great way to eat. If I get the munchies, we’ll bake a load of buns rather than make a half round trip to the shops. :0)

    • I love the fresh veggies. Nothing like them. Don’t have chickens right now. My neighbours complained to the municipality about my four rooster crowing at all hours of the night. I needed a break anyway, because my mom needed me more. I hope to get more in the spring.

  2. I love that you can grow so many different kinds of vegetables, I wish i could do that,our weather is too cold,so there is very little time to grow the vegetables I like, I then have to buy from the supermarket.
    I agree if it’s in the house I’ll eat it. I’ve stopped baking if I bake I’ll eat,no baking for me either.

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