Shop accordingly

There are times I don’t want to be caught dead in a grocery store: when there’s a tornado watch, right before an OU football game, or right after the first of the month. To explain the latter:

It’s not just food stamps. It’s social security and disability checks as well. I see it when I shop at Costco. I’ve learned to avoid the place like the plague right after the first of the month, when a huge percentage of government checks get rolled out, and the place is jammed.

I admittedly haven’t always had the option of going the day before, or the day after, but now that I do, I take advantage of it whenever necessary.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2013 · 2:13 pm

    When I was in grad school, in a larger and more grocery-enhanced (and more prosperous) city than I live in now, I never understood why a friend of mine who lived in Kentucky told me “Don’t go to Wal-Mart on the first of the month.”

    Seriously, it’s like Beyond Thunderdome. (It’s also bad the day before Super Bowl Sunday; that’s a day I made a mistake of trying to shop).

    Oddly enough, the small locally-owned non-chain grocery? Is just FINE on the first of the month. (Of course, they have less of a choice and you pay a few pennies more)

  2. McGehee »

    9 May 2013 · 8:45 am

    In my neck of the woods, if you can imagine these woods as having a neck, the day to avoid — at least at Kroger — is Wednesday. That’s the day the local paper has its Food section, and with it the weekly coupon circulars. Publix’s circular aparently doesn’t have coupons nearly as attractive, judging by the traffic at the two stores.

    When I lived in Sacramento the local papers ran their Food sections on Thursday, and while all supermarkets tended to be crowded those days, Raley’s was the worst for coupon traffic.

  3. fillyjonk »

    9 May 2013 · 12:04 pm

    Also the noon hour. Don’t try to do ANYTHING in my town over the noon hour. So I spend it either eating lunch at my desk, or on days when I have a bit more discretion over my time, I just go home and fix lunch at home.

    Trying to pick up one’s blood pressure medication over the noon hour is probably a prescription for a stroke.

  4. CGHill »

    9 May 2013 · 1:35 pm

    The newspaper circulars appear here on Wednesday, but I don’t think they’ve boosted Thursday traffic that much.

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