husbandI think I have mentioned before that my husband is my co-homemaker . For the past two years, he took over my role in grocery shopping. It’s really sweet of him to shop for me. I don’t mind it one bit because I don’t enjoy grocery shopping. Prices of the goods are quite depressing. I just buy whatever is on the list then leave the supermaket in 45 minutes. One thing has been bugging me the past months. I’ve never understood why it takes my husband more than two hours to shop.

Last sunday, I tagged along with him just to observe his system of shopping. Ah now I understand. If I had studied Butch under my time and motion study, he’d definitely fail .

See this is his style.

He leaves his cart in a location where there is not much traffic. He gets the goodies from the shelf then…

he walks down two aisles towards the cart and unloads his shopping goods.

No wonder it takes him a lot of time to shop if he has to walk back and forth.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed our sunday morning together just strolling the aisles together. Sometimes we sample the food, sip coffee or impulse-buy some things. We must have enjoyed ourselves too much because our bill reached 6,931.00 pesos ($145.00) . Too much! Our usual weekly budget for groceries is 5,000 pesos or $100.00. Like he always says, “let’s not scrimp on food”. Still, I can’t help but wonder if we can do with a lot of the grocery items.


Anyway, Butch wrote a review of SM Hypermart at our Food blog. It’s his favorite supermarket for the month. Let’s see what happens next month.

Speaking of grocery shopping, who does the grocery for your family? and do you stick to your budget?

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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