The aisles of a supermarket are full of crying children and tired people all hungry and ready to go home and collapse. Supermarket's shopping is an endurance sport, predicated on your ability to stay focused and take advantage of any advertised sales for that day.
Do you shop with a list based on a menu you anticipate to prepare? You are half way right. At least you know that you have to stop by the dairy case for your milk, and visit the vegetable/fruit area for your fresh food.
The experts tell us to stay on the outside aisles. Guess what? The advertisers have that figured out; so, your grab and go stuff meet you at the door and at every angle as you manage to walk on the outside aisles. My biggest challenge is keeping my mate from ruining my budget and my plan.
For years, I shopped with a list, and he and sometimes the children would wander around to pick up some of their favorite food items that they knew would not be on my list. I would pick up the plain oat cereal, they would show up with a new box of cereal they wanted to try.
We have a better plan now. Once a month we shop at Costco, mainly to stock up on paper goods, canned food, wine, meats and cheeses. The rest of the time, we visit a local grocery store every other week for fresh goods and dairy. We try to walk briskly across the aisles, making this our indoor walk on inclement weather days.
We shop with camera phones and take pictures of specials to share and consult with each other if one of us is picking up something across another aisle. This technique has worked well. Hubby eyed avocados and send me a text on the day I took the picture above; I responded by asking how big the avocados were. He answered they were small. I texted; they might rot before they ripen.
I ended up buying one big avocado that day because once the idea came up, I began to crave for guacamole. From then on, back to the vegetable aisle to pick up tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno to make pico de gallo.
Here is my guacamole recipe:
One ripe, large avocado, cut into small cubes, and mashed.
A small pinch of salt.
A tablespoon of jarred salsa or fresh pico de gallo. (Recipe on the right.)
Chips for dipping. Buy small corn tortilla, cut them in quarters and fry them in hot oil.