By Kacie for The Tightwad Times-Journal
PITTSBURGH–Not on the list? Then you don’t get in.
Area supermarkets are taking on an exclusive club mentality when it comes to their shoppers.
Large Peacock, a grocery chain with 42 locations throughout the area, is mandating that all shoppers must enter their stores with a shopping list in hand. If they don’t have a detailed list, they will be turned away.
"We’re trying to prevent sloppy shopping," Large Peacock regional manager Kent Clarkbar said. "It’s gotten out of control."
Clarkbar shared several stories of shoppers spending up to two hours in their stores, and piling their carts full of things such as Hamburger Helper, Fritos, pirogies and cases of Heinz ketchup; but forgetting things such as toilet paper, milk and fruit.
"I just don’t see why there is so much disorganization among our loyal shoppers," he said. "It’s embarrassing."
This move has made some shoppers confused and frustrated.
"I had every intention of pushing my cart up and down every aisle, tossing items in as I pleased," said Larry Smurt, 34, of Cranberry. "I take a haphazard approach. I like to buy my groceries on a whim. I live on the edge."
Now, Smurt will have to preplan his trip, paying attention to items he’ll need for the week and using up things he already has in his pantry.
For other shoppers, the new store policy won’t change anything for them.
Nancy Headband, 28, of Shaler, said she’s always made a shopping list–and she’s stuck to it, too.
"Sure, it takes a little bit of thought before I come to the store," Headband said, while shuffling through coupons in aisle 10. "But if I don’t stick to my list, I end up paying a lot more than I should. And I buy things I don’t need."
OK–we all know that Large Peacock doesn’t exist. But Giant Eagle does. No store in their right mind would EVER implement a policy like this. Stores hope you come in without a good list–they know you’ll spend tons and tons more than you would otherwise.
A shopper that takes a little bit of time to plan a trip will save so much more money and have a more efficient shopping trip than the shopper that wanders aimlessly through the store.
Don’t throw your money at a grocery store.