Shop Smartish

I always do the weekly food shop.

This is because, if Mrs M does it, it takes twice as long and costs twice as much.

And, I don’t mind doing it really.  It’s an hour or so, on a Saturday morning.

Mrs M used to write a list for me, but nowadays I just go up and down each aisle, and normally when I see something, I’ll know whether I need to buy it or not.

Then, with my full trolley, I’ll make my way to the tills. I have my favourite tillsters: there’s David, he’s a chatty old boy; there’s Sandra, she’s my mate’s sister and there’s Rachel, who’s a lovely girl, with a great sense of humour and a chin you could get pickles out of a jar with.

But, I no longer need to visit them. This morning, I ‘checked out’ in little more than a minute, because I had already scanned and packed everything, because our local Sainsbury’s has now introduced Smart Shopping or Scan & Go or whatever they call it.

At this stage, I’m not sure whether I like it, because I kept forgetting to scan things and then I’d struggle to get it all in the bags – definitely easier to pack at the till. It’s hard to tell in the picture above, but I had a mixture of stuff in the bags – they weren’t packed to my usual OCD standards.

We will see how it goes though.



  1. Alan

    We are all posh down here. Bought a set of bags that hang in the trolley for the shop & scan. Much better than going through the normal checkout. Mind you if have bought booze or something with tag on it you sometimes have to wait for it to be dealt with. Get the cold sweats sometimes when they do a random check. So far have not missed scanning anything.
    Stick with it, we are glad we did.

    • Masher

      Yeah, Mrs M got some of those fancy bags that hang in the trolley, but I didn’t like ’em… couldn’t pack as much in them as my usual ones.

      I did wonder whether they would do random checking or anything, as the system is seriously open to abuse.

  2. Brennig

    I’m seeing you in a whole new light; such a domestic side to your personality! Ocado does our shopping for us and brings it to the house. That way neither of us has to engage with anyone else. Except the delivery driver. Small price to pay. That’s not his name, just what we call him.

    • Masher

      Oh, trust me, I can do domestic when I have to.

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