The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and even if you don’t car a whit because the 49ers aren’t in it (sniff…) everyone should be extra cautious with their decisions about grocery shopping over the next few days. Seriously, if you don’t need deli meats or soda, DON’T go down those aisles. They’ll be filled with people wearing oversized jerseys and ugly slide sandals. But really, if you’re a parent, you always have to strategize about shopping. When you choose to go to the store can mean the difference between zipping through with your smartphone list, or banging your head on a germ-filled cart as you wait in line behind the lady who is sure those Lipton iced teas were a two-for-one.
So that you may shop at the best time for your personality, I give you “Who Goes Shopping When.”
Who Goes Shopping When:
- Friday morning – Stay-at-home moms; old ladies paying with checks.
- Friday afternoon – Harried parents who realized there’s nothing in the fridge and whose kids are pissed off to be shopping after a long week at school.
- Friday night – Teenagers inappropriately dressed for winter; men who might be homeless.
- Saturday morning – Dads and their kids, ruthlessly kicked out of the house by mom; oenophiles prepping for their dinner party tonight.
- Saturday afternoon – Leisurely childless couples.
- Saturday night – Partiers buying liquor; dateless singles buying the single-serving mini bottles of wine and a prepared stuffed chicken breast; defeated men buying tampons.
- Sunday morning – Extremely efficient moms who follow the exact same path through the store each week; heathens.
- Sunday midday – The people who were in church this morning, wearing their finery.
- Sunday afternoon – People with no sense of urgency who park in the middle of the aisle trying to think of what they want; moms who think shopping should be a family experience; couples married more than five years who bicker over pasta brands.
Good luck, and good Super Bowl.