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22/12/2012 at 08:17
When shall I do my food shopping?
I only need to do the normal stuff, plus maybe a few little treats for Christmas Eve and Christmas day evening, and also the ingredients for the Malteser cheesecake.
We've got a reasonable sized Co-op in the village that shouldn't be too busy and could get most bits from, although could really do with going to one of the bigger supermarkets, but when should I go?
ETA - I really hate busy supermarkets on a normal week, I'm dreading going this weekend
22/12/2012 at 08:21
We're doing our food shopping tonight after the kids have gone to bed! My mum is babysitting, we do this every year as it's quiet in the supermarkets and roads, we usually have a bite to eat too and get home about midnight!
22/12/2012 at 08:24
I was thinking that might be a good time and just go on my own (MrDD doesn't know about the Malteser cheesecake so don't want him to come anyway), although needs to be early enough to get it all done before they close, but not too early that it's still really busy!
22/12/2012 at 08:34
We go to our nearest 24hour supermarket which is a 45 min drive away but we do live in a rural area so normal for us!
If it makes any difference, we only have one supermarket in our "town" - it's a huge army garrison, and we went at peak time yesterday (Friday after lunch, just when everyone is knocked off work) and it was busy, but not hell - fingers crossed it's the same for you today!
Can you take a drive up, see what it's like, and then leave it to later if it's mental (this was our plan).
22/12/2012 at 08:37
Now, as early as possible!
22/12/2012 at 08:41
Mossy - I guess we're lucky that we have 3 big supermarkets within 10-15 minute drive (Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco), I'd normally choose Sainsbury's as it's the quietest, but it closes at 10pm - think the other two close at midnight with it being Sunday tomorrow.
LM - Good idea, might drive past one of them when we're near there in a bit, although it's usually awful to even drive near this time of year because of the retail park right next to it.
Hep - I would if we weren't going cinema!
22/12/2012 at 09:06
See, I always go Christmas Eve. Midday ish. It's dead in the supermarkets then I find. Unless you need really specific stuff, I'd go then.
However I'm not doing any food shopping this year because we're not here!
22/12/2012 at 09:08
I'm working Christmas Eve - we'll finish early but not that early
22/12/2012 at 09:40
Go tonight if you can't go this morning. Bet its not as bad as you think.
22/12/2012 at 11:11
Argh yes, retail parks are best avoided by now! Though you never know, people may have the same idea to avoid them (wishful thinking...)
Fingers crossed it's not too bad, and that they have all you need!
22/12/2012 at 17:56
Well I made it to the local co-op after we went cinema and think we've got enough to keep us going for a few days - don't have any treats but got everything for the cheesecake, and can always go back there on Monday if I need to, or get MrDD to pop to the shops local to his work. It wasn't too bad in there, although queues at the tills were definitely busier.
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