I've gotta say, I totally suck at routines. I know most people swear by them, and feel they make life easier, but sticking to a routine is just something I've never been able to master.
It's not that I don't try... OH, how I try! I just can't seem to force myself to operate that way unless I really have to. I mean seriously, I'm 46 years old, and I still haven't mastered the basics like (ahem) bedtime!
So when AnExactingLife left a comment in my last grocery shopping post asking how I shopped before this little challenge that I'm undertaking - well, I was stumped!
I guess the simple answer would have to be: haphazardly!
I've never had a "shopping day" or anything like that. I generally shop at one of the two stores that are in walking distance from my house, and to be honest, the timing of my trips is much more likely to be determined by the desire to take a walk than it is by the need for groceries.
I suck at making grocery lists. I do make them on occasion, but usually I'll make the thing, set it down, and then walk out of the house completely forgetting about it. Sigh. I've even been known to put it in my pocket and then forget to look at it once I get to the store!
But what "targeting shopping" I do is generally only for a few crucial items that I'm out of - eggs, onions, or something like that. When I get to the store I'll buy whatever is on sale and/or looks good and fresh - although I do have my moments when I throw caution to the wind and just say, "Oh fuckit! Life's short, I'm getting the $8/pound organic cherries."
I don't buy pre-packaged foods, mostly because of my allergies, but they're also expensive and usually filled with crap. And with the exception of a few things that I make specially for CatMan, I also don't shop with specific recipes in mind. I just buy ingredients that look fresh and good and aren't terribly expensive, and create something from there.
So being organized enough to read the weekly circulars and plan trips to a pile of different stores with specific lists of things to get at each store is... well... it's proving to be a bit of a challenge for me! At the moment I'm still enjoying the project, and the fact that CatMan is injured and we can't go for bike rides means that I've got some extra time on my hands.
I'm also using this as a bit of an excuse to get my old bike fixed up and optimized for errand running, and to get a bit of a biking fix that way. Being on my bike opens up a few stores that I don't generally frequent, so that's adding a fun twist to this whole little experiment.
So that's about all I can say about my shopping "habits!" So how about you? Are you a lover of routine or does it feel like prison to you?