Our shopping schedule is influenced by external events.
1. Krogers has it’s Senior Citizen Bonus Day the first Wed. of each Month. They give an extra 10% off the total for your purchases on that day. Because Senior Bargain Hunters tend to be not only aggressive, but violently Hostile Shoppers, we try to get up and get out before the majority of the nasty ones make it to the store. Krogers doesn’t always have items on sale that we use , so we usually manage to get to one out of three "Bonus Days" depending on what’s running in the ads.
2. Our major shopping happens about once a month (more or less) Early in the day (Our Walmart is a 24 hour operation). The Bakery and Meat "Mark-Downs" hit the counters at 7:30 to 8:00 am and we want to check them out before they get picked over too much.
We can do the grocery thing..then hit the pharmcey for the monthly renewal of the drugs needed for survival, then Pet supplies.
3. Shorter runs to WalMart for ‘fill-in’ supplies- Soda, Beer, and items not on the master list are more ‘spur-of-the-moment’ type of excursions. If possible they are linked to a Culver’s Sandwich stop on the way home . Meat Specials at a couple of local Markets, and checking out the seasonal stuff at the local farm stands takes more time..and is not usually part of the normal List type of shopping. Example. 2 weeks back one of the local Markets had Boston Butts Average weight 6-7 lbs on sale. I called and had them freezer wrap 6 of them and we picked them up later that day. Great to have on hand when Bushie announces he will drop by for a snack sometime soon. (I’ll Smoke 2 Butts and a 10 lb Sirloin Tip Roast for that day!!)[V]