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Old 11-15-2016, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I live in a large 55+. We have Fry's (Kroger) and Safeway. It is all old people at all times everyday. It seems strange to see the occasional young person stop in.

Once I was going down the aisle and coming up the other way a mother was explaining to her child that you had to be old to live here. He must of asked why the store was full of old people.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I don't understand the addiction to just browsing in these stores. Go in, get your crap and get out.

My sister was just telling us how she spent THREE hours in the texas version of a super store - HEB. Again yuck!

I tell you, if she wasn't so afraid of computers or the internet, she would find better things to do - lol!

She refuses to LET her husband get a computer. I think he would love looking up things. But then maybe he's a porn addict and it would just fuel his addiction! Just kidding - I think. You never know -lol.
HEB is the best grocery store I have ever shopped at. It is the only grocery store I patronize for many reasons. Their prices are the cheapest on every item I buy compared to other grocery store, I don't have to use a silly grocery card to get good prices, their store brand foods are usually excellent, they have a huge selection of everything I want, the employees are friendly and helpful, and they always have adequate staff on hand so the checkout process is fast and easy.

A couple of years ago, I slipped on a dryer sheet that had fallen on the ground in the HEB produce department, whacking my calf hard on the lower bar of my grocery cart. Anyone who uses dryer sheets knows those things are slippery, and anyone who has hit their leg on those carts knows they hurt a lot. I immediately informed the store, and they took full responsibility for my fall, which, even though it was minor, was quite painful. They offered me a small settlement and payment of any medical bills I incurred (none). They earned my forever loyalty for being so nice and not ignoring or denying the event as many companies would.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:47 AM
 
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HEB is the best grocery store I have ever shopped at. It is the only grocery store I patronize for many reasons. Their prices are the cheapest on every item I buy compared to other grocery store, I don't have to use a silly grocery card to get good prices, their store brand foods are usually excellent, they have a huge selection of everything I want, the employees are friendly and helpful, and they always have adequate staff on hand so the checkout process is fast and easy.

A couple of years ago, I slipped on a dryer sheet that had fallen on the ground in the HEB produce department, whacking my calf hard on the lower bar of my grocery cart. Anyone who uses dryer sheets knows those things are slippery, and anyone who has hit their leg on those carts knows they hurt a lot. I immediately informed the store, and they took full responsibility for my fall, which, even though it was minor, was quite painful. They offered me a small settlement and payment of any medical bills I incurred (none). They earned my forever loyalty for being so nice and not ignoring or denying the event as many companies would.
I do use HEB, but three hours just going up and down the aisles to look at stuff made in China?

I went to the first super store they opened in san Antonio years ago and it was just okay.

But then I've seen her look at every earring in a department store display.

And she thinks i'm nuts for talking to strangers online. LOL
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Another thing I absolutely HATE is people who use COSTCO as entertainment. They go there with their entire family getting all the samples and clogging the isles.

Ugh!
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Ugh. Don't get me started on Costco. Oh, wait. Here I go. My wife is addicted to that store and I think it's very overrated. I do think there is a place for it; specifically large families who need to buy things in bulk. The prices on some items are good, but many people fall prey to the misguided belief that "Because it's at Costco, it must be a good deal," which is false. And we don't qualify for the ideal bulk buyers. There are only two of us, and it takes us a long time to go through, well, anything. I dread it so much she never tells me in advance when we're going. She just pulls up to the parking lot and promises it won't take long.

Of course we went yesterday to buy toilet paper. Picture Costco on a Sunday in Houston, Texas. She surprised me again, I groaned, and in we went after searching for a parking space for 10 minutes. That should have been an omen, because we looked around a little until I pointed out the lines, which were about 15 deep. We left once again without buying anything.

As for grocery shopping, my wife and I have a flexible schedule even though we work, and I agree with OP. We like to shop on weekdays. I don't like crowds. They make me anxious and frustrated, and 10:00 AM is my golden hour. It's after people head to work and before people make a quick trip on their lunch break, so it's usually fast.


We go to COSTCO on Sunday morning at 10am. Not too crowded, the samples aren't out yet so those folks aren't there. It is just the two of us also, but I don't cook, and rely on the baked chicken and ready to cook entrees.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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The worst for me was one of the Trader Joe's in Portland, OR. If was infested with yuppie mothers and their little rug-rats. The moms either let their kids run free bumping into people and knocking things off low shelves or had them pushing those tiny supermarket carts which the kids used to run up people's ankles.

This was a problem at all times but more so on weekdays. It couldn't totally be avoided on weekends but it seemed that the problem wasn't as prevalent then.

The store was small and the aisles narrow. There was barely enough room for shopping carts to go through let alone double as a playground for unruly children. After being run into, stepped on, pushed and hit by these spoiled little snowflakes I stopped going to that store and went to one farther from my home where people showed some manners.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Honestly, Costco shopping for most is something you do one a month or quarter or for us, twice a year. Retired folk included. So midweek or Saturday afternoon, no diffferece.
LOL! Tell that to my husband! He goes at least once a week- we could open a store with what is in our spare closet!
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Three hours at a grocery store seems excessive but I have spent two hours at stores that are new to me. Many of the larger nicer stores have all sorts of interesting food items. Healthy foods, gourmet foods, imported or ethnic items, local and regional foods and beers, unusual fruits. I recently went to the Chicago area and an upscale, small grocery store had all kinds of Eastern European items.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I tend to do my regular grocery shopping on Monday or Wednesday as my store offers a 5% discount to seniors on those two days. I also use an electric cart. All stores are guilty of putting things in the isles that make getting around difficult.
I am a good cart driver too, been using one for 20 years or so.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:29 PM
 
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Maybe some retirees like the free food samples that are only offered on weekends, at my store anyway.

When I was working and now as a retiree, about the only reason I go to the store on weekends is for beer, wine and snacks for an unanticipated weekend gathering.
It's a big deal at my local Costco. I swear my father-in-law gets his midday meals there.
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