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More and more I find online grocery shopping to be less stressful. Shopping instore is very stressful and I can't for the life of me understand why the whole family has to do it. Many times I've had to swerve around children on scooters or running laps around the aisles. Bickering (even shouting) couples and all adding to the crowding.

Even as a young mum i loved shopping alone, hubby and kids left at home or dropping me off and going to the park. Less stress all round and usually a cheaper bill. I appreciate not everyone can avoid taking the kids, especially if single, and well behaved kids who are helping are fine. I just don't understand why a lot of folk don't shop alone even when possible. How do you shop?

Lynibis
2 weeks ago
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telmel

I know some stores have or used to have late night shopping for the elderly or those like yourself that dislike the crowds L

I just go when i need to

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Lynibis

telmel I reckon it's a touchy subject as everyone's lifestyle is different. I guess because I have always shopped alone I don't like doing it even with friends or family as I forget half of what I want and get distracted by them😄

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telmel

Lynibis I prefer alone too L , i am in and out like a rocket , i am not one for window shopping

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Glitterandgold

Iv been doing our grocery shopping online for years now & would never look back. I hate going into the large grocery stores now, for the very reasons you said. The aisles are always over crowded, but perhaps i feel that way because I go so little now. I do find I can budget & plan meals better online. I also have more willpower online & don't get dazzled by any naughty treats.

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Lynibis

Glitterandgold your last sentence certainly resonated with me, I have zero willpower when it comes to sweet treats, so yes not so tempted online.

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MelissaLee1

I like shopping alone.I can poodle around in my own time.Always preferred.

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Lynibis

MelissaLee1 me too!

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Pinkspirit

I love shopping on my own, l can get around the store at my own pace, stick to my list without the littleuns asking / picking extra items up. I do prefer to go into a store rather than order online as l then get to choose the best date products and not squashed products 😊

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Lynibis

Pinkspirit I agree, however I am no longer shy of giving back stuff to the driver and explaining that just one of me cannot use the item before the bbe date. Sainsburys have always refunded on same day but only get an online money off coupon if it is a substitute I accept which costs more.

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Pjran

During the pandemic I started doing the big weekly shop online and I’ve not returned to the supermarket except picking up odd bits. What makes my husband tut is when people have to pay and they’re searching for their purse or wallet 😂

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Lynibis

Pjran or forget something and the cashier has to send someone to go get it while we all wait patiently lol.

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KAW18

I can't shop on my own unfortunately because I have Agoraphobia so don't go out by myself. I prefer to shop with my mum because she likes shopping but I don't get to see her much. My mum doesn't live near me. On the day's I do go out which is at the most twice a week for about a hour at a time. I go with my ex partner he doesn't like shops so makes it more stressful. I started during covid pandemic to do most of the shopping online from Tesco and I'm still doing that much less stressful.

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Lynibis

KAW18 online would seem to be a good option for you but I expect you look forward to a little outing with your mum. I doubt very much that you career round the aisles bashing into people 😂Without fear of being sexist I would say most men have a built in dislike of shopping, especially groceries.😂

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KAW18

Lynibis I did have to run round the shop when I was with my ex because of him hating shops so much and probably was one of them annoying arguing couples you talk about. He use to shout and swear at me. So I don't miss shopping with him. I only now go to small shops to get a few things we never do a big shop. It is a male thing there hate shops can't wait to get out of them as soon has you have gone in!

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EmmaWright762

I mostly shop online with the occasional shop in store. However, I personally find the mistakes which supermarkets make online the most annoying. I think the real problem is the penny pinching owners who strongly resist taking on enough qualified people to do the job properly, simply to increase their overheads.

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Lynibis

EmmaWright762 you have a point there. I always avoid the automatic tills, prefer a human.

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jms19

Online shopping is definitely more convenient but i was always getting items with short sell by dates or not great looking fresh food. I’d rather pick the food i want myself

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Lynibis

jms19 I haven't had that recently but I had no qualms handing back for refund when I did. But then end up without something you need.

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PhilipMarc

Shop alone and use staffed tills. I'm not going to use self-checkout machines unless they'd give me a discount for doing their job.

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Lynibis

PhilipMarc I agree.

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Jerseydrew

There was a kid on a scooter jn a charity shop yesterday near the breakables. I mean why was the kid allowed. Mine certainly would never be allowed, and it's not mine are adults either. I can't do the bulk online where I am. I do what I can. I took mine with me this week because it was the holidays but on the whole I refuse to cos its easier not to

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Lynibis

Jerseydrew I am on tenterhooks when I see kids playing around breakables.

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Jackscot

It can cost more money when you take the kids with you because they whot more sweets toys lol

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Lynibis

Jackscot absolutely and end up giving in to stop them whining and badgering.

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Jackscot

Lynibis that's true

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Mango4

We always shop instore ( usually just one of us do the shopping) as we can see what we are buying and there seems to be more deals and offers available. I tend to have a routine thou and can negotiate the store reasonably quickly ( until they do that annoying moving stuff around for no reason) , usually using scan as you go. I do agree thou about families shopping in supermarkets ,in most cases there is just no need and they are just in the way, I often wonder why the stores always put parent and child parking places in prime spots, this week in the stores has been particularly chaotic being half term week .

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didbygraham

Much prefer shopping online but when I do venture into a shop its always on my own. I enjoy shopping but other shoppers just really annoy me! Hate it when groups of people just stop for long chats in the middle of the narrow aisles oblivious to all the other shoppers trying to get around them.

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HEDGEHOGS

I don't food shop online but prefer to pop to the shops and don't tend to do a big shop but rather a few small shops in different shops. I'm quite happy to nip up at 8pm as find it quieter then and easier to get around.

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tumblespots

Just like many others I started shopping regularly online during the pandemic. Because of a back problem I still have home deliveries for most things BUT I don't like the staff picking certain fresh items (e.g. I resent paying for a floret rather than a cauliflower - and you can't see the size them on a screen at home). I also don't like them selecting meat other than mince & bacon as they aren't looking with my suspicious eyes at fat content etc so I do have to go to the shop sometimes, and, when I do unless I am getting anything heavy I go in alone and Mr T waits in the car. I load my bags when they are in the trolley empty so I don't have to transfer them to the trolley full and Mr T loads the car, so that I don't have to lug anything myself.

Even if I am buying something heavy Mr T comes in and puts it in the trolley then goes back to the car and reappears like magic at the checkout to lift it 😆

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eyeballkerry

When my children were younger I used to go shopping when they were at school. Now they are all adults I go shopping with my husband as he loves supermarket shopping. He has a list, takes the trolley, shops and pays. I just wander round in my own world.

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MrsCraig

It varies. Sometimes I shop alone, I will go in after work and get what we need. Sometimes I will go with my son because I didn't have time to go between the end of work and picking him up. Sometimes I will go with my husband and son. If it is a big shop then I take my husband to help pack and carry the bags. I shop in Lidl for my main shop so can't do it online. We used to do an online shop when our son was young as we weren't allowed to go the supermarket. I like shopping in store, especially finding the yellow stickers.

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Lynibis

I see that once again my topic title has been changed. The topic isn't about online v. In-store but why do people insist on going shopping in a crowd and I find it less stressful therefore to shop online.

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Imnotcheap

Lynibis to answer og question personally I didn't like shopping for grocery online as can't choose meat you'd like and lose out on offers if one thing out of stock

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Imnotcheap

I prefer going for a full shop with my OH when kids are in school. We go to lots of different shops to get different things it nice to have someone to help carry the bags

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LuEllen90

I shop every Saturday with my MIL, cause I'm disabled and rely on her driving me. But i totally agree it's a dam nightmare at times. People chatting in the middle of the isles and all sorts like urg move it

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suevernon1968

I think supermarkets ought to have a crèche- one for the kids and another for the husbands/partners who don’t like shopping!

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Lynibis

suevernon1968 nice one, I agree wholeheartedly. Partners could sit and play games on their phones.😂

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Pjran

suevernon1968 or they could patiently wait at home or in the car. Or better still one parent take a walk with the kids.

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