Aloha Friday #98

September 3, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under aloha friday, daily life, memes

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

When you go grocery shopping, do you go with a plan of attack or just wander through the aisles?

Comment spotlight by Sweet Serendipity: I generally make a list but forget to look at it half the time because I have to shop with 3 kids, which is no fun. I’m lucky if I manage a coupon or two. I feel like such a disaster after reading that nearly everyone has a detailed list and menu plans, etc. I am not that organized, lol.

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.
Kailani

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82 Responses to “Aloha Friday #98”
  1. Upstatemomof3 says:

    I always go with a detailed list and I TRY not to buy anything that is not on the list.
    Upstatemomof3´s last blog ..Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Place My ComLuv Profile

  2. Jennifer says:

    I always have a plan and a list in order of the grocery store.
    Jennifer´s last blog ..Era? Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  3. TheAngelForever says:

    We plan out meals for the week so we stick with only buying what we need.
    TheAngelForever´s last blog ..Cirque du Soleil My ComLuv Profile

  4. Cathi says:

    Oh my gosh. I cannot leave the house without a plan of action and my daily list. My list has all the stops I need to make and lists of what I need to buy at each stop. I am a list maker!
    Cathi´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – Sleepy My ComLuv Profile

  5. Smellyann says:

    I always have a careful list. Once in a while I’ll wander aimlessly – like, twice a decade, maybe. Then I get in trouble!
    Smellyann´s last blog ..Friday Fragments My ComLuv Profile

  6. Sarah says:

    I try to go in with a plan, but there are times when I just walk in and go up and down every aisle.
    Sarah´s last blog ..Aloha Friday 9/4/09 My ComLuv Profile

  7. Amanda (Garibay Soup) says:

    I try to always go once a week w/a plan and list in hand! That way I don’t spend over my budge :)
    Amanda (Garibay Soup)´s last blog ..Friday Favorites and RSS or Follow?? My ComLuv Profile

  8. Drahdrah says:

    I usually have a list, but if time permits, I also wander through the aisles.
    Drahdrah´s last blog ..Why do we GIVE? My ComLuv Profile

  9. Becca says:

    I go with a list but almost always buy things not on the list!
    Becca´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #17 My ComLuv Profile

  10. Swoozie says:

    I write my grocery list in order as to how I would find them in the grocery store; you know, aisle by aisle! I also have my coupons in this same “aisle by aisle” and it works great. It saves me a TON of time plus I know the grocery store like the back of my hand so I am able to zip around and can avoid the dreaded back-tracking of aisles.
    I’m also a once-a-weeker! Anymore might make me crazy…….
    Aloha!
    Swoozie´s last blog ..Aloha Friday! My ComLuv Profile

  11. Audrey says:

    I only go when I need something but I always buy other things also.
    Audrey´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #16 My ComLuv Profile

  12. Kara says:

    I go with a plan of attack! In fact, I just addressed this in my most recent post! http://homewithpurpose.blogspot.com/2009/09/food-budgets-menu-planning-and-healthy.html
    Kara´s last blog ..Food Budgets, Menu Planning, and Healthy Eating My ComLuv Profile

  13. Kiki says:

    I do make a list, but I always forget it. I end up buying a ton of junk we don’t need. I also make the mistake of shopping when hungry. Aloha and take care.

  14. Jen says:

    I would say that I have a list and a menu plan most of the time. There have been a few times that I have just flown by the seat of my pants, but it always seems like I spend more when I do that.
    Jen´s last blog ..Friday Eye Candy: Reasons to Watch New Fall TV Shows My ComLuv Profile

  15. Mika says:

    I go grocery shopping the same way I always saw my mom do it – by first making a menu, then a detailed shopping list organized by the layout of the grocery store. I’m glad to know others do the same aisle-by-aisle list! It helps me mentally plan out my shopping trip first, and minimize the “extra” items that sometimes pop into my cart.
    Mika´s last blog ..Tallgrass My ComLuv Profile

  16. Michelle says:

    I definitely use a list.
    Michelle´s last blog ..Panda Bear Birthday Cake My ComLuv Profile

  17. Sues2u2 says:

    I always make a two week meal plan although it’s flexible in that I don’t have to make a certain meal on a certain day. Then I make a grocery list according to what I need plus what’s on sale as well as what coupons I have.
    Sues2u2´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – 4 Sept My ComLuv Profile

  18. Pamela M. Kramer @A Renaissance Woman says:

    Always a plan of attack. The problem is I don’t always write it down so I’m bound to forget something. When I do write it down I forget the list! Arg. lol
    Pamela M. Kramer @A Renaissance Woman´s last blog ..Freebie Friday – Week 23 My ComLuv Profile

  19. Vicki says:

    I buy groceries etc. 2 weeks at a time and most of the time I write a list. I still sometimes forget something(s)
    Vicki´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  20. Kelly@ Parenting Princesses says:

    I always make a list but usually find other stuff to buy as well. I really need to plan my dinners out for the week to save money though
    Kelly@ Parenting Princesses´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #98 My ComLuv Profile

  21. Kimberly says:

    I usually go in with a general idea but then it ends up with me going up and down the aisles. The worst is when I go there hungry. Then I want to buy everything in sight!
    Kimberly´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – Lunches My ComLuv Profile

  22. Jennifer @ It's A Beauty Filled Life says:

    Generally, I go with a plan, a list, ‘coz the few times I go without, I ALWAYS spend more than I should! LOL!
    Jennifer @ It’s A Beauty Filled Life´s last blog ..Top Ten Thursday – Buh-bye Summer! My ComLuv Profile

  23. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    I don’t always go with a list – but I do have a set way that I shop. I start at the very back of the store and work my way forward, aisle by aisle. That way I’m right up by the checkout lanes when I’m all done. :)
    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls´s last blog ..Even when we’re early, we’re late… My ComLuv Profile

  24. Nina says:

    It depends but most of the time it is random. I can’t ever seem to remember lists and coupons because most store stops are on the fly.
    Nina´s last blog ..SAVING ENERGY My ComLuv Profile

  25. Thom says:

    Neither…I go in, get what I need and get out :) Have a great Friday
    Thom´s last blog ..55 Flash Fiction Friday – 9/4/09 My ComLuv Profile

  26. Jessie says:

    We do both, honestly. I’ll have an idea of what we need. But we tend to pick up other things along the way that aren’t on my list
    Jessie´s last blog ..Aloha Friday # 7 My ComLuv Profile

  27. Jamericanspice says:

    I have a list…I make a plan and I go….like I do everything around the store and then the last stop is the fridge stuff :)
    Jamericanspice´s last blog ..Aloha Friday: Let’s Support The Girls! My ComLuv Profile

  28. sheila says:

    Oh, I have a plan of attack alright, lol. But I always end up not following it and spending over my ‘limit’. *sigh*

  29. jen says:

    Plan of attack. Now if that plan actually goes through is a different story altogether! ;)
    jen´s last blog ..Your first true love? My ComLuv Profile

  30. AuntieE says:

    Oh I go with a list, but somehow that just doesn’t fly..I end up with things not on the list and not things on the list,lol.
    AuntieE´s last blog ..Tasty Menu Blog hop My ComLuv Profile

  31. Niky @ Design It Chic says:

    Oh i definitely go with a list..but sometimes i make impulse buys too..not to many times tough..list is the key:)

    Aloha Friday!

  32. Laura says:

    I always go with a plan of attack. I have to have a list. If I don’t, I end up wandering the aisles and getting a bunch of junk. I also will come home with nothing that I can really make a meal with.
    Laura´s last blog ..Working Mom of the Week – Jennifer Belanger My ComLuv Profile

  33. Jean Stockdale says:

    Hey there. I use a list to shop with because I iive out in the country and it is a long way to the grocery. But I usually stroll through the store just in case something sticks me. And half the time I arrive at home without everything I need!! I am not highly organized or high strung and my husband is rather “low maintenance” and very easy to get along with, so I try not make myself crazy over this regular chore!! Blessings and thanks for hosting. jean
    Jean Stockdale´s last blog ..Joy in the Journey Lecture 10 My ComLuv Profile

  34. pam says:

    I generally buy the same items over and over, so I go without a list. I see though my daughter has a list started on the fridge…she has nutella and vegetable soup on the list. LOL
    pam´s last blog ..Aloha! My ComLuv Profile

  35. Kim says:

    I’ve got to go grocery shopping with a plan of attack. Otherwise, I wander and come home with a lot of unnecessary items.
    Kim´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  36. Kristen Andrews says:

    usually I have a list but sometimes I don’t, that is when I forget things
    Kristen Andrews´s last blog ..Because it brings comfort… My ComLuv Profile

  37. Melissa says:

    I go with a list.
    Melissa´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  38. Emilie says:

    I have every intention of having a plan but generally I wander. That is NOT a good thing. I’m trying to get better about having a list and planning everything out before I enter the store.
    Emilie´s last blog ..Aloha Friday ~ #12 My ComLuv Profile

  39. Parenting Pink says:

    I always try to make a list – TRY is the operative word here! LOL. I tend to go to Costco once a month and then hit our local Giant grocery store in between Costco runs. With three little kids, we go through lots of milk, bread, and chicken nuggets around here!

  40. LZ says:

    I write a list and then rewrite according to area of the store. I’m normally toting 2 squirmy kids with me, so speed and efficiency is important!
    LZ´s last blog ..Aloha Friday! Would you Rather? My ComLuv Profile

  41. Amy@Coffee with the Mrs. says:

    I always go with a plan of attack. If I wandered around I would plenty of what I don’t need and very little of what I do need.
    Amy@Coffee with the Mrs.´s last blog ..Aloha Friday ~ Labor Day Weekend My ComLuv Profile

  42. Kim Kihega says:

    I try to stick to a plan, but most of time it never works! :)

  43. Selene M says:

    I have a plan of attack, sometimes with more strategy than other times.

  44. AmyG says:

    When I first starting doing my own shopping, it was just fly by the pants, then I went to a list here & there, now, I plan for a week before I do a major shopping. Looking up recipes I’d like to fix, making a menu and a shopping list from that menu. Big production now. LOL

  45. Charlotte (Life's a Charm) says:

    I have a list, but most of the time I go over the list especially when we go grocery shopping hungry. If time permits, I get lost in the aisles.

  46. shelly says:

    I try to avoid grocery shopping at all costs. lol However, when I do have to go with my hubby, we go with a plan of attack. Whatever gets us through the fastest!
    shelly´s last blog ..Aloha Friday: Dating Your Husband My ComLuv Profile

  47. Alicia says:

    I usually go with a list, but half the reason I put off going is creating that list!
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  48. Stefany says:

    I am a coupon clipper so I definitely plan!
    Stefany´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  49. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    I guess for me it depends on the day, time available and things like that. I don’t like to wander because then I end up buying things I don’t need, and don’t need to eat and I spend too much money! :)
    Autumn @ My MoonBean´s last blog ..Friday Fave My ComLuv Profile

  50. Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries says:

    I go with a list and then stick with the outside perimeter of the store for all other shopping. I try to stay away from the junk in the middle.
    Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – September 4, 2009 My ComLuv Profile

  51. Ric says:

    I do 95% of the shopping, I do go with a plan, which usually results in buying more than I intended to buy! xoxox Have a great weekend!
    Ric´s last blog ..Aloha Friday! My ComLuv Profile

  52. Shannon (The Mommy-Files) says:

    Before I had to take 3 kids with me to the store, I would wander the aisles. Now, I come up with a list and go down only the aisles I need to get stuff from. ♥ Happy Friday! ♥
    Shannon (The Mommy-Files)´s last blog ..Aloha Friday # 18 My ComLuv Profile

  53. Jenni Jiggety says:

    I am a wanderer. It never ends well. Especially if I wander with the kids! Then I end up with a cart full of snack, and NO actual FOOD.

  54. Kellie says:

    I used to just go an wander, buy whatever looked good. But then i started looking for deals & couponing and now I stick to what I need only. The extra stuff will really blow my budget! Oh, and having a hyper toddler also means I get in and out as quickly as I can! LOL!
    Kellie´s last blog ..Disney On Ice! My ComLuv Profile

  55. Baba says:

    We always go with a plan. It’s saves by cutting down on complusive buying.
    Baba´s last blog ..Welcome to FeedBurner My ComLuv Profile

  56. Muthering Heights says:

    I always have a plan, but I sometimes wander around if I want to find a treat or something. :)
    Muthering Heights´s last blog ..In A Former Life… My ComLuv Profile

  57. SageMom says:

    I usually go with a plan of attack, however that usually doesn’t work because I always end up buying impusively!

  58. kelley says:

    Wander…sometimes grocery shopping happens. If I get spare time alone I will run and get grocery shopping done …it is just sooo much easier than doing w/ my son.

    Have a great holiday weekend all!

  59. Wendy says:

    I usually have a plan of attack! Now that I use coupons!
    Wendy´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – Favorite Place to go Camping! My ComLuv Profile

  60. Erin @ Closing Time says:

    I have a master grocery list (divided into aisles) on the computer, so that I can go through the store in order and not have to search through the list.
    Erin @ Closing Time´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #19 My ComLuv Profile

  61. Megan says:

    Generally, I have a plan of attack (with a list), but sometimes I just wander if I didn’t have time to make a list.
    Megan´s last blog ..Aloha Friday: Fall My ComLuv Profile

  62. Ave @ Made In Canarias says:

    I go with a list.
    Ave @ Made In Canarias´s last blog ..Aloha Friday #8 My ComLuv Profile

  63. Aunt LoLo says:

    Hmm…if it’s Costco, there’s a plan of attack, or else I’m liable to forget something.

    If it’s a NORMAL grocery store, I go in knowing what I’m willing to pay for things, and I buy produce, etc. if it’s below that number.
    Aunt LoLo´s last blog ..Fitness/Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  64. Mama Dweeb says:

    I HAVE to have a plan of attack – with a 5 month old and 2 year old if I don’t I will go crazy LOL

    I have also noticed that if i have a detailed list I spend quite a bit less!
    Mama Dweeb´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  65. A Frugal Friend says:

    Seriously, the name of my blog is A Frugal Friend….so of course I have the most Frugal Plan of Attack. LOL. I have my detailed list of deals and freebies……..when Kroger was doubling coupons up to $1.00 I spent 5 hours at Kroger one Saturday. OMG – but I got a $400 plus bill down to a little over $100. Can’t beat that.

    I can’t believe I used to just wander in the store with no list, no coupons and just bought whatever. Ha…..the old life. :-)
    A Frugal Friend´s last blog ..Free SwagBucks Code – Hurry! My ComLuv Profile

  66. Desert Songbird says:

    We shop at Trader Joe’s, so it’s pretty much the same list every time. I like to sample what’s new, though, and then it’s a treasure hunt to find the new stuff!
    Desert Songbird´s last blog ..Hiatus My ComLuv Profile

  67. noelle d says:

    I love your question!
    When I go grocery shopping, I sorta roam around and look to see everything… I know, I spend more money and buy things I don’t really need, but still!
    BUT, I went shopping with my dad a while back…
    Let me just tell you!
    Remember that show, SUPER MARKET SWEEPS?!
    Well, I think my dad is competing in a hidden camera version of it!
    So, he RUNS, ASFASTASHECAN! Through the store, to the point where he leaves the cart at the end of the aisle..
    Yep! That was MY DAD!
    Needless to say, haven’t gone back with him!
    If I wanted to exercise, I would get a gym membership!
    :)
    noelle d´s last blog ..Great contest!!!!!!!! My ComLuv Profile

  68. Serendipity is Sweet says:

    I generally make a list but forget to look at it half the time because I have to shop with 3 kids, which is no fun. I’m lucky if I manage a coupon or two. I feel like such a disaster after reading that nearly everyone has a detailed list and menu plans, etc. I am not that organized, lol.
    Serendipity is Sweet´s last blog ..Aloha Friday My ComLuv Profile

  69. Lorie Shewbridge says:

    The Hubs, Nano and I go shopping on Fridays… always with a list, which our grocery store provides (way to go Publix), that is separated by catagory. I also have my coupons (in a container that I HATE, but I just WON a Couponizer from Gobs of Giveaways… hooray ~ Thank you Kirsten). We sometimes go to up to 3 different stores to get the best deals. The Hubs worked in retail food for 45 years, so he is a professional and knows what he’s doing.
    Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..Beware of These PR Firms!!!! My ComLuv Profile

  70. Shawn C. says:

    I usually go in and look at the meats and fish first, and see what looks fresh and good. Then I plan dinner around that and then shop for everything I need to go with it. I don’t go in with a list, I look to see what looks fresh and good, even with the fruits and veggies, too. As far as the basics, I kind of have a mental list of what we need…I tend to be very brand loyal so that part doesn’t take very long…I try to stay off the junks aisle, otherwise I’ll come home with lots of cookies and chips! Yikes!

  71. Teri says:

    I usually try to have a plan of attack. Lately it seems I just go without a list (and make multiple trips per week) and I end up spending waaaaay too much money!! So I am going back to list making!
    Teri´s last blog ..Happy labor day weekend! My ComLuv Profile

  72. Stacie says:

    Sometimes I go with a list and other times I just get what I think I need.
    Stacie´s last blog ..Looking at the Sky on Friday My ComLuv Profile

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