Thank goodness: no shopping list. I don’t need an extra large cart, I don’t need help loading the bags into my car trunk; I only need a couple of things. So first I’ll head to the dairy aisle for eggs and milk.
What is that product near the milk: kefir? Kefir, I read on the label: a yogurt-like drink. Hmm; never tried it, but it sounds refreshing and tasty while being good for me, too. There’s not much in the cart so this would be a good time to try some. And into the cart goes a quart of strawberry flavored kefir.
Onward to the bread aisle. I’m saving so much time by knowing exactly where this supermarket keeps all its supplies. I grab my favorite seven grain sliced bread before noticing the packets of pita. That’s a great idea: pita sandwiches for lunch . And I can get some hummus and fresh tomatoes for the filling. That sounds like a perfect, light, meal. I fling a package of pita into the cart and mosey over to the fresh produce aisle to pick up a large, ripe, red tomato or two. Oh, these look interesting: yellow tomatoes. Low acid. Hmm; I’ll try some yellow tomatoes; wouldn’t they look pretty in a salad mixed in with the red ones?
What is this: a star fruit. Wonder what it tastes like. When it’s sliced each piece looks like a star. How lovely: the children will be thrilled. Feeling virtuous and adventurous, I move forward only to practically bump smack into a small table of samples. The woman behind the table is preparing a new product: pre-cooked French Onion soup. All I have to do, she assures me, is to boil the packet of soup in a pot of water for 5 minutes, place a portion into individual soup bowls and serve. “To be authentic,” she suggests, “you could grate some gruyere cheese on top, and have a wonderful home made soup in 5 minutes, with no measuring cups, or cutting boards to clean, no sharp knives to hand wash.” Sounds devine!
I wandered along, aisle to aisle, unencumbered by a list of necessary items, free to try new goods for the future. My cart was almost empty, so as I strolled I had the option to toss in cans, jars and frozen goods to try. When did I notice that my cart was no longer empty?
My short jaunt through the supermarket with no confining shopping list to restrict my purchases cost me the incredible amount of $216.94. And seventeen grocery bags to load into the car trunk and carry into the house. Never again will I go traipsing through that wallet burning, budget destroying store without knowing why I’m there, with my shopping list to keep me on the straight and narrow!