I'm convinced that New York City is another country -- I don't have any of the shopping experiences that other people on the team have.
Weekends here are the worst food shopping days -- weekdays are better, and there are usually "manager's specials". I've been getting home after 10pm, so I walk to a 24-hour supermarket in the neighborhood.
Manufacturer's coupons have been worthless for decades. The stores are alerted in advance and raise the prices accordingly.
Smaller stores either don't accept the coupons at all, or give you a really hard time about them.
The last time I remember using a manufacturer's coupon here (without incident) was in the late 1970s.
We don't have bulk stores for anything -- those are out of reach in New Jersey, Connecticut, or out on Long Island -- and I doubt we'll ever get one here.
Right now, there's a major protest against a potential WalMart that wants to open in Manhattan. (The same people don't protest against places like Starbuck's or The Gap, so don't ask me to explain.)
I do try to prepare at least one set of meals for the week. I do that on the weekend.
But I also leave some cooking for the weeknights because I live in a small basement apartment and using the stove makes the apartment warmer.
Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 1/16/2011 (12:48)
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