5 Reasons Men Have Serious Grocery Shopping 'Issues'

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men grocery shoppingLast week, I sent my husband a grocery list that was explicit in its detail. I needed hamburger buns. The next night I went into the bread box to make the hamburgers and there, waiting for me, was a full pack of whole grain ... hot dog buns. Really, honey?

My husband is a man with multiple higher degrees, a scientist who is at the top of his game professionally, and yet a simple trip to a grocery store leaves him utterly flummoxed. He comes home with zucchini instead of cucumbers and cumin instead of cinnamon and fat-free cheese instead of low fat.

The second he steps into Whole Foods, it's like he has a lobotomy or something. Sorry, honey. I love you and think you are incredibly capable in so many other arenas ... but the grocery store? Not so much. I asked around and found that, while some lucky ladies have husbands who are all about the food and know the difference between grass fed beef and the regular kind, there are many, many other women in my boat. Why? Here are some ideas:

1.) He's blind: Sometimes I think this might be true, but then I remember that he somehow manages to do his job and lead a group of 40+ engineers. So then I have to assume he is merely TEMPORARILY blinded by all the fluorescent lights and sale banners.

2.) He's stupid: But it can't be! He managed to finish all the work toward his PhD and get a great job on a high level. He is a well respected scientist who has been published in journals. And yet ... somehow ... lettuce escapes him? Tell me how this works?

3.) He is immune to branding: This is his excuse. Why buy the BRAND I SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED when you can buy the cheap knock-off one (with the hole punched in the top where sour cream is leaking out) for 50 CENTS LESS?!

4.) He just doesn't care: This is the most likely culprit. In my hubby's case, he is just not a foodie. To him, low fat and reduced fat ARE the same.

5.) He is subtly rebelling: The hubs isn't the biggest fan of grocery shopping. This is kind of like that Shel Silverstein poem from back in the day when a girl wanted to stop doing the dishes, so she would -- oops! -- drop one on the floor. Yeah. Like that.

Why do you think so many men (not yours, I am sure) are terrible at grocery shopping?


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nonmember avatar Kimber

I remember my then brother-in-law going grocery shopping after my sister had given birth and she berated him for buying the wrong things. As an example, he bought plain Cheerios instead of Honey Nut - the list just said Cheerios and she was like "when in 5 years have you ever seen me eat plain Cheerios?" Needless to say, they are now divorced! (his doing)

Brain... BrainyMommy

For the same reason women are too stupid to be in the work force and should be at home where they belong ---->moronic stereotypes like the one this idiot author is perpetuating. 


youth... youthfulsoul

That is hilarious and exactly what my husband and I go through. He does the shopping but I always send him with a detailed list. Inevitably he comes home with about 30% wrong each time. I asked for mayo this past weekend and got tartar sauce. Lol

caral... caralicious

The only thing my husband puts in the cart that is "right" is the bread and he seems so proud if it too. Whenever we go to the grocery store he immediately runs too it and puts it in.


The ole adage of "if you want something done right ;do it yourself" comes to mind.And I don't think you should speak about your husband like that if you go to the bread box to make hamburgers.

nonmember avatar Krystal

My so does the grocery shopping for our house. He is awsome. His thing is he says I go in with 100 dollars and come out with 5 things while he can bargain hunt lol.

B1Bomber B1Bomber

I think many guys look at the list when they get to the store, then look at it again after they check out and say "Eh, good enough."

If I need to send hubby to get something, I tell him the brand that I want, what the packaging looks like, and approximately how much it should cost (and if it's a less common thing, which aisle and where in the aisle he can find it).

The stereotype exists because most men don't grocery shop or cook nearly as often as women, so they aren't familiar with store layouts, various brands, sale cycles, etc. It's just a silly "battle of the sexes" thing. If our husbands aren't offended by our teasing, feel no need to be offended on their behalf.

nonmember avatar Truth

Nothing like continuing the ever popular, men are idiots, theme, and perpetuating the stereotype that men are nothing more than moronic doofuses who, without a wife, would be lucky to not starve to death or burn the house down.

So, to stay on topic, let's see a story about 5 reasons wives have serious getting the car fixed "issues?"

hutch... hutchfam2007

I do all the cooking and hubs does all the shopping. He spends less than I do and ends up with everything on the list.

JAK_m... JAK_momma_2_4

Because many men are passive aggressive and lazy.

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