Just Doin' My Part

Normally I do my big weekly grocery shopping at one of the two chain stores within 10 miles of my house depending on the sales. Okay, half the time I just wing it and pick up some crap I think we need and a bunch of junk for the girl's lunches and call it a day after I finish working. All you uber-organized coupon clippers are welcome to tell me about how much money I am wasting. Here's the thing, I know. But damn my kids have some kind of worm and insist upon being fed 3 meals a day PLUS snacks. And I seriously hate to grocery shop, so I can not motivate myself to do more than the minimum needed most days. Hey, you stimulate the economy your way, I'll do it mine.

So a couple of weeks ago hubster wanted to make these delicious, nutritious, good for us chicken enchiladas we haven't had in a long time. We are trying to make an effort to eat better around here, but that's a whole 'nother post. Anyway, they only sell the green chile enchilada sauce at that big super store that is WallyWorld. Oh Joy. This face? Right here. My over the moon face.*

See I HATE grocery shopping, but I do love to shop for nothing and everything at a discount store. To me finding a good bargain is better than any drug induced high. Which is why I avoid WallyWorld and the Red Dot store unless I actually have something to shop for. Lack of self control, who?

So when they plop a grocery store in a discount store, my head spins. I want my grocery store drudgery and fun shopping separated. ** Because I CAN NOT skip all the fun stuff and just grocery shop there. You know why? They put health and beauty products on one side of the store and the food on the opposite side of the acre wide amusement park of possible deals to good to pass up. Did I mention, lack of self control?

Then you know what happens? I find whole chickens for $4. Dude, I don't even know what to do with a whole chicken, but I had to have one for that price. Maybe that's the root of my aversion to all things grocery shopping related, I really don't know how to cook. I can throw a few different meals together, but my hubby is the main cook around here.

Also, I might have ADD.

Back to shopping. That $4 chicken, who's butt hubby shoved a beer can up, was so yummy that I was somehow moved to visit WallyWorld again today. Only problem is my great deal of a $4 chicken is negated by the pile of goodies I didn't need in my cart. Today I'm looking at you, Think Green glittered St. Patty's day t-shirt. Damn the bright and shiny always distracts me. Have I mentioned the ADD?

So we'll agree to just chalk up these extra purchases to me doing my part to stimulate the economy. Okay?

*Anyone know what tv show that quote is from? Hint: It's not on anymore.

**Yes we do have Walmart Marketplaces here. But they are not super close or on my everyday routes so I have to plan ahead if I'm going to shop there. And ya'll already know about lack of organizational skills in all things domestic.


I do not know the quotes. I am too lazy to think. I will say, you can shop better but I won't give you tips in this comment for fear you will ban me... :-D

And, Wallyworld is fantastic except for their meats. They tend to have a very short freezer life that leaves me wondering...why?

Way to go on the Canned cooked chicken! WE do that around these'er parts too! LOL! (We leave the beer in the can...and call it drunk chickens). ;-)

March 6, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

I am with you on all points. I LOATHE the grocery store. I was just telling someone this about 30 minutes ago. I hate the place, but I end up there 3x a week because I can't plan more than one meal at a time!! how sad.
I do get distracted easily....ugh for all the pretty sale items.....
I don't know the over the moon face...but I would like to know it.
For the 4$ chicken. We eat an entire chicken at least one time a week. with leftovers.
Put that baby in a shallow baking dish. (pull out the innards first, yuck) put on some seasonings...salt, pepper, garlic, lemmon pepper if you are feeling exotic and put her in the oven, uncovered for about 2 1/2 hours at 325. Or lower temp for longer. easy peasy, lemmon squeesy.
It has become a staple for us...some rice/salad. Done.
oh wait, were you looking for help? I can't even remember now it has been so long....

March 6, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

Ban you?! I love you. I'm just saying all the tips in the world can not help me who refuses to be helped. Hee hee!

Suz, easy peasey cooking tips I can always use! And I am happy to know I am not the only ADD grocery shopping hater!

March 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

I haven't roasted a whole chicken since Costco started doing it for me and only charging me $4.99.

March 6, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

We're gonna get you cooking!

Here is the perfect roast chicken (Barefoot Contessa inspired recipe and not dry like those grocery roasted birds):


March 7, 2009 at 3:02 AM  

I too have Attention Deficit Ohh Shiny!

Walmarts are just EVOL that way.

(And they are almost done building the one a MILE!! from my house.)

I'm with Jenn on the whole "why pay $4 for a raw chicken when you can get a perfectly seasoned and unburnt one for $5?" I figure that extra buck is what I would have paid in electricity in cooking it anyway.

March 7, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

wait, did you just say geen chile enchilada sauce???????

March 7, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

I love the roasted chicken from the store, but they don't cost $5 around here. More like $7 or more most places.

Prohomemaker with you and Suz to help I may learn to cook a few more things!

Gary, yes I did say green chile enchilada sauce. Soooo good!

March 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

I agree with all of it. By the way I DESPISE SHOPPING.....

March 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

I hate shopping, but there is no way I am going to let Granny anywhere near any store. She can walk in for a gallon of milk and come out with $100 worth of stuff we don't need. She MUST spend.

Therefore, I who hate shopping, do most of the grocery shopping. And I don't plan. I am at the grocery store almost every day--sometimes more than once a day--to pick up one or two or 6 items each time. A TOTAL waste of time. Obviously, I don't use coupons, either.

March 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

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