Grocery Shopping Tips

BYOB: It Also Means "Bring your own bag."

grocery bagThe movement to ban those flimsy thow-away plastic grocery bags has recently come to Chicago and one of it's neigboring suberbs, Evanston. I have  mixed feelings about this required change in my bagging habits.

Supermarket Bargains You can Find

Grocery Shopping It's easy to overspend at the supermarket, but, believe it or not, it's also easy not to.  The advice below will help you keep your grocery bundles and bills a reasonable size.


Shrimps: Cost, Selection, and Handling

ShrimpShrimps have been in the news lately because of a disease called EMS (early mortality syndrome).  It's a killer disease, but, thankfully, the pathogen that causes it (just recently identified) rarely affects humans.  Still, the whole matter is significant because, among other reasons, Americans love shrimp.  We eat more of it than any other seafood, about 4.2 lbs. per capita annually, about twice the amount we were eating in the 1990s. Therefore, we need answers to these questions: 1) Are shrimps good, healthful food?  2) Are retail prices for shrimp going to zoom up because our supply of imported shrimp is down?  and 3) What should shoppers know about selecting shrimps in the grocery store?  4) How should consumers handle these fragile creatures?

New Roles for Supermarkets

Grocery ShoppingYou probably won't find a customer-visible clock in your neighborhood supermarket.  The store wants you to forget about the passage of time and stay there forever, browsing the shelves and soaking up desires for more foods.  But beyond grocery-shopping, supermarkets are offering additional inducements for you to stay put.  Let's check out the specifics of what's fun and instructional in many stores.  Then, let's focus upon the one place at which the store wants to speed up your departure--the check-out counter.  A high-tech device now being tested can do this.

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