I don't like grocery shopping but I am now okay with the idea of going to the store. I haven't been since mid March. I've had food delivered 3 times. I am kind of wondering what is on the shelves these days.
I am happy that I am able to work from home. Starting next month I believe we will be back to doing home visits instead of virtual visits and back to the office more. I am trying to get things caught up while I have a chance since I am spending less time on the road.
I love shopping. Any kind of shopping. In a store or online. Just for research or against a deadline. It's a distraction. I especially like walking around shopping centers on cool evenings on my way home from work -- when the days are short and people aren't yet Christmas shopping. It was best when my kids were young. Now my kitchen is filling up with gadgets.
I grocery shop on my way home from work. I pass a lot of grocery stores on my way home and most are co-located with retailers I have business with.
The cycle starts on Wednesday when Hannaford, Market Basket, and McKinnons flyers arrive in my mailbox. I use these to tell Alexa what to put on my shopping list. I don't often shop at McKinnons. When I do, I take a different route home. It's the same route I take to pick my kid up from school. If I have to pick him up, I stop at McKinnons. Thursday morning, the Shaws preview is available online. I use that to amend/complete my list. Friday morning, Shaws posts their just-for-me deals. By the time I leave for work Friday, my shopping plan is complete.
McKinnons and Shaws ads start on Friday. I pick one for my ride home Friday night. Generally, I stop at Shaws and Aldis (where I get milk, eggs, and bread) on the way home Friday night as Shaws runs three day specials that end before my next commute. Monday and Tuesday I stop at Market Basket and/or Hannaford as my list dictates. Wednesday we start over again.
The pandemic has changed my shopping habits. First, sales are less common and less compelling. Market Basket is inconvenient to get in and out of. Hannaford has been sparsely stocked. I have been living out of my freezers only venturing out for fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, and dairy. Most of the time, I just go to Aldis as they have what I need at good prices with no unreasonable restrictions on access.
This week, Shaws ran a decent ad including $5.67/# porterhouse steaks, $4.99/# jumbo shrimp, $0.25 New England Coffee k-cups, and $1.99 Friendlys Ice Cream. I stopped on my way home Friday night. It's work observing the one way traffic restrictions. Good exercise, I guess. Over to Aldis for rye bread (reubens), milk, potatoes, and salmon. They clean the carts for you as you enter and have one way aisles, but the aisles are short and no one loses their mind if you sneak in from the wrong way to grab something. Not stopping anywhere else this week. So, not quite normal, but I felt like lighting up a cigarette on my way home, if you know what I mean.
New Hampshire hasn't really been impacted except for the unemployment rate -- first to worst in the nation. Mostly affecting service and hospitality employees. Help wanted signs everywhere, but most I know who have been furloughed are pretty happy with the $600 bonus in their unemployment and expect to return to work soon.
My job is business as usual. No complaints. June 1 I start a two week vacation ;-)