I do my grocery shopping on Friday mornings…very, very early on Friday mornings. We have a Wal-Mart “supercenter” nearby, and it’s open 24 hours. My husband and I both enjoy shopping when the aisles aren’t crowded.
Apparently, in some respects, I’m a bit of an oddity. When I go shopping, I have a list. Not only do I make out a shopping list, I also plan my meals in advance. Recently on NPR, I heard a report that at 4 in the afternoon, 80% of Americans have no idea what they’re going to have for dinner.
That sounds hard to believe, but maybe it’s true. I made an informal survey among my friends, and incredibly, 3 out of 4 said they had no idea what they were going to have for dinner.
Seriously? I can’t imagine not knowing. How do these people do their grocery shopping?
I did do a little Googling to try to find a link to the NPR report, but my Googling skills aren’t so great. I didn’t find anything, so I have nothing to back up the statistics other than my memory and my own informal survey.
Let me ask you the same question: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE FOR DINNER?
I would LOVE to hear your replies. This topic has totally boggled my mind, you see. I can’t fathom how anyone can function without menu plans and shopping lists.
My method, FWIW, is to keep a small notepad and pencil on the side of the refrigerator. Whenever we run low on something, we jot it down on the list. Then, on Thursday, I plan my week’s menus, make out the shopping list, and add whatever items we need from the “refrigerator” list. It works. At least, it works for me.
As usual, however, I’m digressing. I’m rambling on about one thing before I get to the actual topic of this post. It’s that little “OOPS” up there. You’re probably wondering what it has to do with groceries and menu planning.
Not a lot, to be honest.
Today’s actual topic is forgetfulness. Aha! Now, you might be sensing the connection.
After getting home with my groceries and getting most of them them put away, I came into MLWR (my little writing room) and sat down. I keep my cellphone nearby since my husband — my honey bunny — always calls from work each morning. I’d texted him to let him know I was home with the groceries, and that’s when I remembered what I’d forgotten.
A birthday card. His father turns 78 next week, and we’ll be going down to the farm tomorrow. I’d intended to pick up a card, but, you guessed it. I neglected to write it down. I never once thought of it.
When I sat down here in MLWR, I reached for my little Question and Answer book. It’s been a few days since I’ve addressed one of the daily questions, and oddly enough, I had this strange premonition that it would scold me for my forgetfulness.
“What did you forget today!”
That was the question I expected. What I found was a bit different yet still similar. The actual question for today is a fill-in-the-blank exercise.
A chore your ignored today was ________________________.
I haven’t ignored anything, unless you want to count the little shopping items I haven’t yet put away. Everything that goes in the refrigerator got put away. It’s just a few things — the oatmeal, the bread, the beans — that are still sitting out on the counter. I’ll put them away.
But I did forget to buy a birthday card. And I forgot to stop at the gas station on the way home. I meant to do that.
Maybe I’ve become too dependent on my shopping lists. (I also keep a list for household items we need and make a once-a-month shopping trip for those items — things like paper towels, detergent, soap, shampoo.) Or maybe I’m just getting old and forgetful.
DO YOU USE SHOPPING LISTS?
DO YOU PLAN YOUR MENUS?
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