Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesdays Question

It's Wednesday so that means it's question time. It's time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We'd all like that. I'll even answer my own question as that's only fair.

So here's this weeks question: Do you check the prices of everything you buy at the grocery store, or just get what you want?
Back in the 70s my budget for food each week was $20.00. I checked the prices and never exceeded $20.00. I remember visiting some family in the bay area and she went grocery shopping and I tagged along. She went up and down the aisles and put whatever she wanted in the basket. I remember thinking how nice that would be. I've arrived. I rarely look at the prices of anything. If I want something I put it in my basket and move on.
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  1. I just pop it in the basket. My shop roughly is the same price every week. If I went posh shopping, I would have to check the prices LOL Have a super day.Big hugs xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. I think most of us get about the same thing every week too. I hardly ever do posh shopping. Big hugs back. ♥♥♥

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  2. I remember the days of strict budget shopping. No fun. If it's something I buy regularly I don't bother looking at the price I just drop it in the cart. If it's something new and there are several brands I do compare prices before I make my choice

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    1. Yep, we do the same here. :)

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  3. I don't have expensive taste - literally. I buy real food. Real fruit, veggies, chicken, fish and turkey. Very little of what I buy is packaged or processed - almond milk, yogurt... very little bread and occasionally pasta. I can not live without pasta. I also stock up when what I normally buy is buy one get one free, I don't worry about it.

    Have a wonderful day! big hugs xoxo

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    1. We do some processed food, but mostly fresh stuff too. It's far better. I love the buy one get one free too. :)

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  4. I just put in what I want but then later if I look at the receipt and see how much some items were, I am shocked and will not buy them again. For example, a little plastic container of cut up strawberries and blueberries is $9! I couldn't believe it so will get the big container with the whole strawberries for $3 and chop off those tops myself.

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    1. I've done this more than once. If it's something unusual I'll check the price always. :)

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  5. Oh I always check the prices. But sometimes, if it's an essential item, the price will not deter me. But being on a budget I always gotta check the price :)

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    1. I've got a budget, but food isn't on that budget anymore. :)

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  6. I am a cross in the middle. I generally shop the sales, however there are always a few impulse items that end up in my trolley.

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    1. I think we all go for the sales. I know we do. :)

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  7. Mostly, I buy what we need/want without looking. Regardless of cost, I will buy fruits and veggies we like. Cereal and such is only purchased on sale, but I buy lots of it when it is.

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    1. Cereal is really expensive. I can't believe how expensive cereal is. Gosh. :)

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  8. I do a little of both. :)

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    1. Me too, but mostly I just toss it in the basket. :)

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  9. I do check the prices but I usually buy just about the same thing every week and I always buy the cheap brand. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to spend just $20.00 a week.
    So, Sandee, Zane and Little Bit, you all have a wonderful day.

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    1. It would be wonderful to be able to get what I get now and only spend 20 bucks a week. :)

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  10. I look at prices, but buy pretty much whatever I want. Love BOGOs, so will stock up on those.

    Big hugs, honey...

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    1. Me too. It's stock up time when that happens. :)

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  11. My wife & I do look at the prices but usually get just what we want. She is great in budgeting everything. We watch the costs in meat, veggies and cereal. Today's costs are going up and up and you have to watch what you buy today. I stay away from pop and sweets as much as I can but I lose once in awhile. Have a great day Sandee. See ya.

    Paul

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    1. We all put stuff in our basket that we don't need, but that's the fun of shopping for goodies. :)

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  12. i just buy what roche' tells me to buy. he's always right anyway.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. Roche is pretty expensive too. Just like his dad Seymour. :)

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  13. I do look at all the prices closely, even the ounces to see what is a better buy.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. You are a smart and thrifty shopper. :)

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  14. I am a thrifty shopper on most items I buy. But I am particular about a few things- Mayo must be Kraft, tea must be Lipton. In my situation it's not the price of the item, it's the total. I can't go over a certain total, so I plan my shopping trips ahead.

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    1. We all have those things we won't settle for less. For me it's Best Foods mayo, and so on. :)

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  15. Every price is scrutinized, almost all meat is bought marked down for quick sale, and i scan the sales flyers so that if i'm passing a specific store i can stop in and get stuff cheaper. What i don't do is drive from store to store just to get a sale, i stop there when i'm passing it anyway.

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    1. I agree about running all over town chasing the sales. You'll spend more in gas these days. :)

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  16. I can remember when I could buy groceries for a week for only a $20 bill. Hah- I still check prices as I go along with my grocery basket....what really getsmy knickers in a twist is the fact that if you do not pay attention to the WEIGHT of items you won't catch the fact that the food producers are down sizing the amounts in what "looks" like what you have always purchased. For example: the 5# bag of sugar is now 4#. The half gallon of ice cream is NOT 2 quarts it is any where from 1.75 quart to 1.50 quart. The pound of coffee is now 12 ounces. Drives me crazee.

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    1. I've noticed this too. It's just the way things go anymore. Bugger. :)

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  17. I definitely check the prices and think twice on big ticket items, but for the most part I grab what I like and what I need.

    I once had an argument with wife #1 when I grabbed store brand salt to save 1 penny. 10 cents vrs. 11for Diamond Crystal. I got some lecture! Who knew some salt is produced with little hooks to grab and hold onto food.

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    1. You got lots of lecture from wife #1 didn't you. Bless her heart. :)

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  18. Blind shopper. Mostly shop at Costco and the local produce stand. I buy meats in large cuts and do the finish cuts myself. That's our big economizer. But I'm a perimeter shopper. There's never coupons for what I need and I buy basics.

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    1. We used to buy Costco meat, but got where we didn't care for it anymore. We buy meat at Raley's and love it. We go for the sales though. Everything else we get at Costco. Fresh fruit and veggies at Raley's too. :)

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  19. I buy pretty much the same thing every week since I eat the pretty much the same thing every week, so prices don't factor in. It's not my just OCD it's totally my OCD. Although, if I see something I don't usually eat, like bacon or bacon related foods on sale, I will let loose and splurge on change even though change has a very good chance of killing me and everything I hold dear. .

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    1. Okay, now I'm hungry for a BLT. I've been wanting one of those for several weeks now. :)

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  20. I try to keep on a budget and do almost weekly but sometimes I go over. It really depends on the sales.

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    1. Sales make a big difference don't they. :)

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  21. I usually just pop it in the basket although I do look out for genuine deals like buy one get one half price as long as they haven't upped the price beforehand conning you into thinking your getting a bargain c-)

    Have a pricetastic day ;-)

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    1. I think all of us look for the deals.

      You have a pricetastic day too Steve. :)

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  22. I get what I need mostly, but will check unit prices when I have a choice of options and they're both good.

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    1. Yes, it appears most are checking the unit prices now. Have to do that. :)

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  23. I'm a CPA so of course I look at prices! But, we do get what we want and choose quality over price if necessary although most items are pretty much equal. My hubby does most of the grocery shopping and he does a great job! :D

    Happy Wednesday Sandee! Scritches to Little Bit!

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    1. Quality is key in our shopping. I do some of the shopping, but hubby is the cook here so he does the majority of the shopping. He does a great job too. :)

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  24. There are a few items I will shop on price and several I am used to

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    1. We all have our own way of shopping. :)

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  25. I gotta watch myself. I love all foods and if I'm not careful the groceries would be worth more than the car that brings them home. They say don't go shopping on an empty stomach, but I'm always hungry.

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    1. I never go shopping on and empty stomach. Very dangerous and very expensive and the choices leave a lot to be desired. :)

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  26. I have to admit that I still watch what I buy!

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    1. We all should really. It's far safer and lots cheaper too. :)

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  27. I watch the prices and usually buy stuff ahead that's on sale.

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    1. I stock up when things are on sale. We'd be silly not to do so. :)

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  28. I still do check prices specially if I'm buying it for the first time.

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    1. I agree that buying something for the first time you're wise to check the price. None of us want sticker shock. :)

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  29. We do some comparrison shopping. Some times the name brand is no more expensive than the store brand. We now buy only what we need instead of two or three weeks ahead.

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    1. Hubby stocks up on things. We could go for month and months without buying some things. Meat is a couple weeks out, but toothpaste, toilet paper, and paper towels...we could go a long time without buying any of those items. :)

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  30. I don't have a budget, but I do shop the sales as much as possible. Usually we do not have to buy too much that's not on sale. We both are fans of craft beer though, so when we get beer we'll buy the higher end stuff.

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    1. We all have things that we won't settle for the cheap stuff. Beer would be one of those things indeed. :)

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  31. It actually depends on which Friday of the two week pay period it is. If its payday weekend, then I grab what I know we need without much care. unless there is a blatant sale, then I will compare and decide if the sale brand is one I can tolerate. If its the second Friday/weekend and funds are low, I will be a bit choosier, or maybe get only essentials. in that case I do pay more attention to prices, or even go to Aldi instead of our normal choice.

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