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post #1 of 135
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For some reason, I always dump out half of the grapes when they are in those plastic net bags.  I guess I am trying to save money.  I don't know.  I have always done this, though we love grapes.

 

DH got groceries last week and I was like drool.gif because he brought home tons of grapes.

 

I don't like store-brand nuts (like Kroger) but like bulk nuts at the natural foods store.

 

Do you have any weird grocery store rules, aversions, etc.?

post #2 of 135

I only buy Canadian carrots, it's something my mother always did. If they don't have Canadian, I do without. No offense to you Americans out there, but you're carrots are bitter!  (or least by the time they get here they are)

I also prefer to buy local : )

You can tell right away because they turn the bags upside down hoping you won't notice the "product of U.S.A."

post #3 of 135

I can't buy anything Valu-Time brand that's food.  I just can't eat mac & cheese from a box that was only $.33.  I don't know, maybe it's delicious and wholesome but it doesn't feel that way to me.  It's soooo cheap.

 

I only like to buy meat from the butcher's case.  I know the pork, for example, is the same on the shelf and in the case but I like to pick out what pieces I get.  I supposed meat on a foam tray doesn't appeal to me as much.

 

 

post #4 of 135
Vegetables packaged in styrofoam. In the small town I live in the package everything in styrofoam and aside from the fact that its horrible for the environment, it inevitably goes bad faster. Hello, when you take vegetables that are made of water and trap them between stryofoam and plastic wrap it decreases the lifetime! Silly small town IGA.
post #5 of 135

I refuse to buy chips, candy, cookies or soda that isn't single-serving, because while I can be such a health-nut in the grocery store, I have absolutely no control once the food is in my house. Last time DH was out of town I bought an 8 pack of ice cream sandwiches and ate them all for dinner in one night.

 

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Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

Vegetables packaged in styrofoam. In the small town I live in the package everything in styrofoam and aside from the fact that its horrible for the environment, it inevitably goes bad faster. Hello, when you take vegetables that are made of water and trap them between stryofoam and plastic wrap it decreases the lifetime! Silly small town IGA.


Me too. I just find it so wrong to package everything! I also can't buy any seafood from China; I only buy stuff fished in US or Canadian waters.

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Cat:  Join the club.  If I buy cookies or sweets, I have to give them to DH (which is, BTW, at my request, not his demand or anything!) so he can give me 3 a day.  Otherwise, they're gone in short order!  I get it!

post #8 of 135

I agree on the produce packed in styrofoam. I also refuse to buy grapples.

 

I try to buy the "dirty dozen" organic, but I also buy organic carrots, simply because I find they taste SO much better than the conventionally grown ones that there's no comparison.

post #9 of 135
Grapples are so weird. They taste like eating grape bubble gum with apple texture. I did buy them once. I just had to know.
post #10 of 135

I don't buy packaged cookies, or anything in the bakery section. I'm an excellent baker so I really just don't see the point of buying something that has tons of unpronouncable ingredients when I can make it myself at home, for less money, tasting better and healthier for you.

 

We also rarely buy pre-packaged meals unless one of us is sick. Sometimes we will get one of those frozen "skillet meals" with chicken and veggies.

post #11 of 135

I had to google Grapples.  Weird.  I don't think they have them in stores around here.

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Grapples kind of give me the creeps.  My older son bugged me for years to get them, but you can't buy just one and the four pack was something like 5 or 6 bucks.  I finally got them and they were nasty.

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I had to google Grapples.  Weird.  I don't think they have them in stores around here.

yeahthat.gif I never heard of them... but I don't go into the big grocery stores here so I'm sure there are lots of things there that I never heard of (well, I know there are, because my friends are always introducing me to new things!)

Going to the grocery store is a nightmare for me. It's such a huge balancing act between cost/nutrition/chemicals/organics/cravings that it takes everything in me to get through the store. I'm screwed up I guess.

I refuse to buy pine nuts, even though I love them, because it's $7.99 for a teeny tiny bag of them.

I also refuse to buy bundled fresh herbs because I'm afraid I won't use them before they wilt. I only buy dried herbs or grow my own (but I can only grow basil). Funny thing is, I love herbs so I'm sure I would use them if I gave myself the chance lol.

Other things I won't buy include: Anything containing animal products. Anything with trace amounts of artificial colors or flavors. White pasta/rice/bread/etc. (even if it's 99% whole grains, I won't buy it for the 1%). Anything with HFCS... or more than 5g of any kind of sugar per serving. Anything that costs more than ~$1/serving. Store-brand cereal. Anything with more than ~300 grams of sodium. There are lots more rules... I fully realize some of them are completely arbitrary or extreme but I can't seem to shake them lol.
post #14 of 135
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Grapples are so weird. They taste like eating grape bubble gum with apple texture. I did buy them once. I just had to know.


I'm curious, but have managed to resist the temptation to try them. I don't even get Grapples. If I want a grape, I'll eat a grape, yk?

post #15 of 135
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I also refuse to buy bundled fresh herbs because I'm afraid I won't use them before they wilt. I only buy dried herbs or grow my own (but I can only grow basil). Funny thing is, I love herbs so I'm sure I would use them if I gave myself the chance lol.


You're magic. I planted several herbs a few months ago. My oregano is thriving. My chives did okay. My rosemary is doing fine.  My basil is dead, dead, dead. My mom's basil is dead. My neighbour's basil is dead.


I'm sure some of it is climate, but I don't know anybody who can keep their basil alive.

post #16 of 135
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I'm curious, but have managed to resist the temptation to try them. I don't even get Grapples. If I want a grape, I'll eat a grape, yk?


You won't regret not trying them. They're really gross. They taste nothing like grapes or apples -- they taste like a grape-flavored lollipop. 

 

Some things I won't buy at the regular grocery store, just because I can get them so much cheaper at Trader Joe's, are nuts, olive oil, and cereal. 

post #17 of 135
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Are Grapples GMO? 

 

I have panic attacks most every time I go to the grocery store.  I just, just hate it.

post #18 of 135
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You're magic. I planted several herbs a few months ago. My oregano is thriving. My chives did okay. My rosemary is doing fine.  My basil is dead, dead, dead. My mom's basil is dead. My neighbour's basil is dead.

I'm sure some of it is climate, but I don't know anybody who can keep their basil alive.

LOL how weird. Well here are my secrets: I water it twice a day (usually -- sometimes I forget the second time). I rotate it every few days so it gets even sun. And I pluck the large leaves and make sure to leave lots of small leaves. My last one survived about a year (didn't get watered enough while we were on vacation... next time I might just bring the plant with me!) and this one has lasted at least 6mos so far & is doing great.

I don't know why I can't keep anything else alive... maybe I just don't give anything else the attention I give the basil plant!! My chives & green onions do well outside but I am afraid to bring them in for the winter. I really want cilantro & rosemary plants but I don't know how dedicated I can be to them.
post #19 of 135
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Are Grapples GMO? 

 

 



I don't think so. The website says they're prepared through "a relaxing bathing process". I wish I were kidding:

 

http://www.grapplefruits.com/process.html

 

post #20 of 135

The mixed pbj, I think it's called Goobers.  I ill try pretty much anything else though, even if it's not very often hide.gif

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