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Grocery Shopping Etiquette

I have come to learn that there are two types of people in this world – ones with grocery shopping etiquette, and those that just say F the system. It’s important to know that you are not alone in the grocery store. If I was a betting woman, I would guess that about 87% of us do not want to be there. Typical rules of the road should apply.

Grocery Shopping Etiquette

Here are some examples of how not to have grocery shopping etiquette:

  • Parking diagonally in the aisle while you thoroughly examine the nutrition facts.
  • Walking side by side with your spouse creating a human shield blocking the aisle. Allow me to suggest divide and conquer – gets the job done quicker.
  • Failing to acknowledge that anyone is behind you…ever. Some of us just want to squeeze on by. Please let that happen.
  • Corralling around a sample counter like it’s a buffet table. Hey, I love the heck out of some samples, but grab ‘n go. There’s no reason to block the entire aisle and hang out there.
  • If your child must push the tiny child cart, take the opportunity to teach them shopping cart etiquette. Don’t just let them plow through the store taking out kneecaps.
  • Having to search every corner of your purse for your coupons/credit card/checkbook, etc. Have all your stuff ready upon reaching the checkout. I am a coupon-user and encourage people to do so, but have them in your hand and ready to go.
  • Stopping in the middle of the exit door to check your receipt or find your keys. This is exactly how to get rear-ended by a cart. Some of us are hauling ass to get the heck out of the store. If you think you were double charged for mangoes, pull the F over to allow others to escape freely.
  • Not putting your cart away after use. Allowing your cart to roam about the parking lot hitting cars and causing mayhem makes you suck. If it’s an extra windy day, I seriously question your humanity. Here’s a tip – just park closer to the cart corral to make this an easy task. Better yet, realize that a twenty foot walk to the cart corral won’t give you a heart attack.

Let’s face it, I am not getting any awards for being the most patient person, but you have to agree with me on a few things here. Be courteous in the grocery store and you will be a better human for it.

How do you feel about grocery shopping etiquette?


Thursday 18th of May 2017

Thank you so much for this! I live in a different state now and no one here, I swear, has any manners what so ever! They do everything you say not to do and more. Your post gave me a laugh, but it's also a sad truth. :(


Saturday 7th of March 2015

Thank you for voicing this !! Love it !! Can I add not saying excuse me as you rudely reach over me to grab an item, and practically knocking my head sometimes think I must be invisible......

Sarah L

Monday 15th of September 2014

All it takes is some thought and politeness.

Sarah L

Friday 5th of September 2014

Yes, indeed. Those are very good things for people NOT to do.

Michele P

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

lol your post made me chuckle since I went grocery shopping today and saw lots of that going on... I think I've been run over by many a person texting or whatever when pushing their carts- crazy I tell ya, there should be a law against it!