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If You Want Something Done Right...

...then don't send your husband to do it.

No, honestly I don't believe that theory at all, but after reading a recent report on Yahoo News, I feel the issue should be addressed when it comes to grocery shopping.

Apparently, when it comes to the grocery store, our male counterparts are totally and utterly overwhelmed. On top of that, they have tunnel vision when it comes to groceries and may end up buying only what they know best, aka meat, meat and more meat. Not exactly fitting into Meatless Mondays, now is it?

I can see it now, "Organic raw almonds? Oh, I just remember we needed nuts and [proud look comes across his face] these tins of honey-roasted-candy-coated peanuts were two for one, so I got four." So what's a busy woman in the 21st century, who's trying to keep to a healthy diet, to do? Well if you feel like the male grocery shopper in your life is coming home in a cold sweat armed with, well cold cuts then just make him a detailed list of the things you must have. This way you'll be sure to get all the low calorie, healthy and organic goodies you are accustomed to getting yourself, without actually having to get them yourself. Heck, Men's Health even has a pre-made list you can download here.


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nessabum nessabum 10 years
my guy's smart. but he can't read minds. i think that's real problem.
SU3 SU3 10 years
The bf is actually pretty good at food shopping and sticking to the list. We will usually go together, but if he goes alone... he buys the same stuff I would buy. (I totally agree about the meat, meat, and MORE meat though! :ROTFL: ) The only problem is that he ends up buying a few extra things (because they "look COOL" :OY: ) and swears he's going to use them for something. Problem is... he usually doesn't end up using them. Therefore, it's just a WASTE! :sigh:
The_coffeegirl The_coffeegirl 10 years
My male roommate is a far better grocery shopper than I am. He makes a list and gets coupons together in order of the grocery layout. And he stops to read labels on new items before just tossing them in the cart. Maybe they only tested men, and therefore it isn't a fair study. Michael always beats me on the savings percentage and is usually a healthier and more nutritious shopper. I have known men that need a photo shopping list tho..
blackjade blackjade 10 years
My husband and I almost always go shopping together; we both bag at the store (we rarely shop at Safeway-like stores) and unload at home the groceries so (in theory) he sees not just what he puts in the basket but what I put in too. Oh and we rarely use a cart. I think he's finally realized that he can't actually live off of dark chocolate, string cheese, pork chops, and cereal :) That being said, he's much better than most. He really loves just the preparation part (i.e. making sure we have all the ingredients, reading the recipe)that he's not so great at. :)
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
I tried giving him a detailed list. But he always comes home with produce that's about 5 seconds away from going bad and he doesn't check the dates on meat or dairy. :-/
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Actually, my husband does all of our grocery shopping and most of the cooking. Guess I lucked out!
vinnie vinnie 10 years
I hate to see stereotypes enforced as well - like all of those commercials with the smug wife and dufus husband. That said I sent my husband to the store to buy groceries and he came back with loads of Top Ramen, tuna, enchilada sauce and tortillas. So that's what we lived on that week. Not a lot of nutrition there. I think he's still got his bachelor shopping program running. Oh, and he's not an idiot.
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
I dunno. Marry an idiot and face the consequences? I'd have no problem sending my boyfriend to the grocery store and he'd often be better at choosing the quality items than me! Why are we enforcing ancient stereotypes of men being incompetent and needing guiding around this busy World by their earlobes?
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