Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekend Grocery Shopping

For a few years now, it's been my routine to do the weekly grocery shopping on either Monday or Tuesday between 5:30 and 6 PM. But, now we have two kids instead of one, and so we have to figure out our routines all over again. Trying to cram grocery shopping in between dinner and bedtime with two children at home isn't optimal, it turns out.

So...what about grocery shopping on the weekend? I've avoided doing our grocery shopping on weekends because a) it's crowded, and b) we're usually busy on weekends, with road trips and curling and bike rides and church and whatnot. But, we're currently less busy on weekends, at least for the time being. So, let's try grocery shopping on weekends! Maybe I'll do it either Saturday or Sunday morning, depending on how the weekend plans are shaping up.

Well, here's one problem with that: even though our neighborhood Kroger opens at 6 AM on Sundays, it's self-checkout only for at least the first couple of hours. Self-checkout is fine when you only have a few items, but when you're doing a full weekly trip, self-checkout ruins what would otherwise be an enjoyable grocery shopping experience, at least for me. I try to avoid it at all costs. Not unlike shopping at Walmart Neighborhood Market, shopping at Kroger at 8 AM on a Sunday is great, until you're forced to spend 10 minutes wrestling with the self-checkout machine.

Does Kroger post the times in which they staff the checkout lanes with cashiers? Not that I've seen. I think this will just come down to trial and error. Hopefully I'll be able to find a weekend time in which there are cashiers, and it isn't too busy. Also complicating things are the pharmacy hours: 9-6 Saturdays, 12-6 Sundays. We don't need the pharmacy every week, but it's frequent enough that it's an important consideration. So, maybe Saturday morning is best? Except that Saturday morning is most often when I do my longer bike rides.

Actually, this is just making me anticipate the opening of the Cary Publix even more. Certainly, Publix isn't going to be self-checkout only on Sunday mornings...right?

1 comment:

Spartangoogle said...

Publix Where Shopping is a Pleasure does not have self-checkout. Except for the crabs leg department, according to J. Winston, at least.