Markets & Stores

How to grocery shop


Markets & Stores 14

How to grocery shop

Ruth Lafler | Sep 7, 2002 05:21 PM

I was in a small market I'd never been in before, and even though I only needed a couple of items, I spent a fair amount of time wandering up and down the aisles, looking carefully in the display cases and browsing the shelves. (This happened to be a neighborhood market with a small but particularly well-edited selection of products at reasonable prices -- I had to restrain myself from buying some premium oils and vinegars -- next time!)

I realized that I do this frequently -- whenever time allows in a new market and periodically in markets I patronize regularly.

Even if I'm not in the market for it that day, I like to know what's available where and at what price points. I make sure I check the top and bottom shelves (where the weird things they don't expect to sell much of are), and the specialty and/or international foods aisles. I keep a mental list of interesting products and/or products I like at exceptionally good prices.

I know many of my fellow hounds do this, but I also know from questions people ask about where to buy things, that many people don't.

How do other hounds shop? Any tips or strategies?

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound