9 Things That Drive Us Crazy About Grocery Shopping (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Aug 20, 2013 Home & Garden

produce aisleAnd now it's time for another exciting round of: First World Problems! I know it's obnoxious to kvetch about the inconveniences and tiny troubles of modern life in these United States. But can we please talk about grocery shopping? We live in an age of overabundance. So much food, so many calories, we hardly know what to do with them all. Yet grocery shopping sometimes feels like an alienating, industrial experience that almost takes all the joy out of eating altogether. It's all about getting the goods and then getting out alive, without the potato chips and soda you know you don't need. Here are nine things that drive me crazy about grocery shopping. I'm sure you could probably come up with a few of your own.

  • Grocery Shopping Pet Peeves




  • Grocery Shopping Then


    Look how cute! This is what grocery shops used to look like. And there was some guy in a striped shirt with those arm garters putting your flour and horehound candy (whatever that is) into little paper bags.

  • Grocery Shopping Today


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    Now they're these massive, impersonal behemouths, so huge it takes you five years to get through the whole thing and complete your shopping.

  • Shopping Cart Disappointment


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    When you get that shopping cart with the one broken wheel.

  • Dairy Aisle Is Freezing Cold


    Gonna die of hypothermia by the time I pick out my milk.

  • ZOMG Frozen Food Section Even Colder


    Like an Arctic expedition. Why didn't I think to bring my parka?

  • Lemon Avalanche Waiting to Happen


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    When you think you're being careful picking out lemons, but you knock half of them onto the floor anyway and everyone looks at you like you're some sort of barbarian on her first visit to a grocery store.

  • Sugary Cereal Placement



    The sugary cereals are all placed at kid-eye-level, which is why you can never bring your kids with you grocery shopping. Except when you have to. Which is every time. Thanks, grocery store.

  • Organics Quarantined


    All the organic foods that don't need to be refrigerated are stocked all together in one little section of the store because obviously if you want to buy organic food you must be some weirdo who needs to be separated from all the "normal" shoppers.

  • Too Many Choices


    So many different kinds of yogurt/milk/rice/pasta/toothpaste that I am too paralyzed to make a choice.

  • Candy Bars at the Checkout


    Shut up, candy bars at the checkout, with your siren calls of chocolate deliciousness. I don't see you.

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