The Great Debate: Grocery vs. Grocery Store

Living with people is a funny thing. Whether it be roommates or a husband, you learn a lot about yourself and a lot about them. I always try to prepare college freshman for this unique situation, but it’s just one of those things you have to learn through experience. A life lesson, if you will. Each of my roommates have been a completely different living experience, so there’s just no way to prepare someone for what may or may not happen. Some roommate situations are a beautiful thing, while others are completely disastrous. I think we can all agree on that. Anyway, what got me off on this whole tangent was something that one of my current roommates says that I’ve recently caught on to as well. Because we all know that living with people also means picking up some of their quirks for yourself. I find that actually humorous.

She calls the grocery store, “the grocery.”

For instance, if used in a sentence she says something to the effect of, “Hey y’all, I’m going to the grocery. Anyone need anything?”

The grocery.

For the longest time I gave her the hardest time, but more recently, I’ve been calling it the grocery while simultaneously kicking myself because what in the world? It’s the grocery STORE.

I pick up groceries at the grocery store.

This dawned on me this past Monday when I was about to head home from picking something up at my parent’s house and I said out loud, “Oh, before I go home I’ve got to head to the grocery.”

And then I stopped dead in my tracks. What did I just say?

I even googled it, because you know, the google is the answer to all life’s mysteries, but google was helpless to me in my time of need. Blast.

Although I was left stunned at my own ability to say “grocery store” I decided to make my list of items so I wouldn’t forget anything I needed.

This is what my list consisted of.

1) Apples
2) Peanut Butter
3) Avocados
4) Chocolate Almond Milk
5) Mascara

Otherwise known as my top five HEB (a Texas only grocery store) grocery items. These five littler items keep me frequenting HEB time and time again.

I realize one does not belong with the others, but that was my emergency grocery list.

I’m sure some of you are curious if I buy mascara every time I go to the grocery store, and I’m here to reassure you that no, that is not the case, but I do love me some mascara. Yes, yes I do. Thank you, Loreal.

It got me thinking that I can’t be the only one that frequents the grocery for certain items. We all have our go-to items that are on nearly every grocery list we make. And honestly, it has to say something about us, right?

I am the girl that can’t go a day without eating an apple with peanut butter. And the avocados? Well, why not? An avocado makes life better. As does mascara.

What are your top five grocery items? And because I’m a closure kind of girl, let’s settle the debate here and now: grocery or grocery store?

And yes, I just wrote an entire post about the grocery STORE. Deep thoughts, y’all.


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  1. 51
    Laura says:

    Grocery store definitely!
    5-Ground Beef

  2. 52
    Peggy says:

    I call it the store. It’s easier. hahaha

    My top 5:

    1. Bananas
    2. Yogurt
    3. Blueberries
    4. Chocolate
    5. Dog treats

  3. 53
    michelle says:

    Ok, this is one I can do!
    1) butter
    2) avocados
    3) laundry soap
    4) bottled water
    5) a magazine (or 2 or 3)

    This is my usual go-to top 5 @ the grocery store!!

  4. 54
    Kathy B says:

    Moments like these I realize the transplant is complete. I totally go to the grocery. Often! Raised in the north, but living in the south for all of my adult life. A girl without a country. But, thankfully not without a grocery ๐Ÿ™‚
    1. K-cups
    2. creamer (preferably sugar free)
    3. lite cool whip (for coffee, of course)
    4. Light soy-vanilla
    5. Bread

    I’d defend myself, but…no. It is what it is. And my husband doesn’t even drink coffee.

  5. 55
    NurseRae says:

    FUN post!
    I say “I’m going to the store” and it’s just understood…

    Top 5:
    – milk
    – eggs
    -1/2 and 1/2 (because that’s easier to write than
    – sandwich meat
    – some type of hair product (shampoo, conditioner, volumizing mousse, defrizz spray, etc…because it would be too easy to just be out of everything at the same time…)

  6. 56
    beckyjomama says:

    I’ve always said “grocery”. But the people here in Michigan are not as receptive to my wanna be Southern Belle ways as they were in Arizona so I have lately found myself adding “store” … which is kinda sad.

    And Bananas are ALWAYS on the list – fruit in nearly any form, but always, always, ALWAYS bananas. Which reminds me … I need to get some soon.

    • 56.1
      Beth says:

      Bananas smeared with pimiento cheese or peanut butter? ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad it’s been a good first week for H & S!

    • 56.2
      Laura says:

      Hi BeckyJo, Are you a NorthRidge person?? I saw your avatar and thought “she looks familiar”. Then saw your Michigan comment.
      I live in Canton and go to North Ridge church.
      I say grocery store. : )

  7. 57
    Nicole says:

    Grocery STORE.. Yes, that’s it, “I’m going to the grocery store” tonight.

    1. Yogurt
    2. Milk
    3. Cheese (shredded)
    4. Butter
    5. Fruit

    Haha, and when I read the list I’m tickled (and laughing). Y’all should know I’m from WI! Can’tcha tell?

  8. 58
    Kitty Yates says:

    1) Milk
    2) Bread
    3) Fruit
    4) Vegetables
    5) Some type of ice cream (Skinny Cow, Ice Pops)

    I say grocery story. But like using just grocery.

  9. 59
    Betty M says:

    Hey! Lindsee!
    1. Bread
    2. Milk
    3. Eggs
    4. Toilet paper
    5. Arch books for the kiddos in SS!!
    (yes, you can find them there!)

  10. 60
    Marilyn says:

    Grocery store! Gotta add the store to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Top 5 are:


  11. 61
    christina says:

    A lot of times we say “Kroger” and avoid the controversy altogether. I would probably say “grocery store.” My grandparents always used to say “the Piggly Wiggly.” We didn’t have a supermarket with such a cool name (to a little child) in my town, so it was big doings when they took us to the Piggly Wiggly.

    Top 5:
    1. 100% whole grain bread, preferably wide pan
    2. steam-in-bag vegetables
    3. light Greek yogurt
    4. fruit in some form, either apples or seasonal (which we’re almost out of)
    5. half and half (The healthy stuff just doesn’t taste the same in my coffee!)

    Lindsee, I’m right there with you on apples and peanut butter, even though they’re not daily right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 62
    Corley says:

    When I lived in New Orleans for seminary, I was bewildered to find that they refer to grocery shopping as “making groceries.” As in, “I’ve got to go make groceries.” I never did pick up on that.
    1. hummus
    2. tortilla chips
    3. nutella
    4. cheese and then some more cheese
    5. avocados

  13. 63
    bethany says:

    Most typically I just refer to the store by name. So I usually say “I”m going to the 99 cent store or to Grocery Outlet or Safeway”. Kinda weird but that’s been what I’ve done lately.
    I think that I might just start calling it the Market. Sounds easier.

    My top 5

    1. Bananas
    2. Almond Milk
    3. Bread
    4. Cheese
    5. Pens (I’m a pen junkie!)

  14. 64
    Jamie b says:

    I usually just say “store” or Publix.


    2-paper towels





  15. 65

    Top five:
    Nutella (it’s an addiction)

    My husband, who is originally from the New Orleans area, says, “I’m going to the grocery.” It used to make me crazy, being as I’m a speech-language pathologist. But now I sometimes find myself saying it too. Ggrrrr.

  16. 66
    Dana Goodwin says:

    I either say, “I’m going Krogering,” or “I’m running to the grocery store,” which doesn’t involve any running whatsoever . My husband grew up in Louisiana and he has confirmed many times that they “make groceries” down there. Always cracks me up.
    Our top 5 items-the first 3 are his and the last 3 are mine are:

    1. Chobani Greek yogurt-pomegranate
    2. apples
    3. Landana gouda cheese
    4. Ale 8 (a Kentucky soft drink)
    5. Stacy’s sea salt pita chips and plain hummus

  17. 67
    Michelle says:

    I am a New England girl and it was the grocery store my whole 35 years of life… then my southern friend called it the grocery, and I loved it. So now I call it the grocery and I just love that I do. I feel fancy when I say it, fancy? I know, silly but hey if I can make the grocery fancy I will! My top 5 grocery items
    1.) milk
    2.) bananas
    3.) eggs
    4.) pouches, our nickname for baby food or apple sauce in pouches- I know an weird name
    5.) cereal

  18. 68
    trisha bullard says:

    I am originally from the west coast……
    there is would be Grocery Store! I have lived in Alabama for the last 8 years so I would say Either works here!
    When I first moved here someone said something about making a “pallet” on the floor. Where I came from that is a square made out of wood that you stack merchandise on to ship or display! I now know “Ya’ll” is a word, and a sentence all by it’s self and it can be used singular or plural!!! I once had a roommate and for some odd reason every time we went to the store we bought mayo and mustard……not anything to go with it but hey we were ready just in case!!!

  19. 69
    Johnnie says:

    I must admit I have not given it much thought but I say “grocery” and do not add store. As for as go-to list it depends. I live in NC and if there is an ice storm is on the way, everyone goes to the grocery for bread and milk. I never understood the logic in that because when the power goes out the milk will spoil so why buy milk?? But that is just what you do in NC when an ice storm cometh.

    Other staples would be coffee and toilet paper–two things you don’t want to be without. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 70
    Kristi says:

    Hi Lindsee, Cute post! I have really enjoyed it after a tiring day.I call the supermarket a grocery store and I refer to the bulk food store my family owned as ‘the store’. When I say that or someone asks, “Are you going to the store today?” we all know it refers to “our” store down the road. I like the sound of the grocery, tho. Might begin using that. My top 5 are:
    half and half -2 spoiled coffee drinkers in this house
    raw milk maple yogurt -YUM
    fresh veggies
    horse feed (at the store)
    Keep up the good work. Kristi

  21. 71
    Barbara says:

    Grocery store!

    My items:
    organic lettuce
    coconut milk ice cream
    raw mixed nuts
    some type of “healthy” chips (I know – an oxymoron…) : )

  22. 72
    Kristi says:

    I usually just say that I’m going to the store. If I want to be more detailed about it, I might specify which store. Once in a while I will say grocery store–depending on who I’m speaking with.

    Always on my list for the store:
    1) Bananas
    2) Chicken of some sort for meals
    3) Slaw or Lettuce
    4) Cereal, either oatmeal or cold cereal
    5) Almond milk, vanilla or chocolate

  23. 73
    Patti Reavis says:

    We live between 2 grocery stores so we usually say the actual name of the store. What do you need from “Lowes” or Harris Teeter? Sometimes we just say “store”.
    1. bread
    2. fruit
    3. milk
    4. lettuce
    5. fresh vegetables – avocado?, celery, squash, etc.

  24. 74
    Kristin S says:

    Hilarious. I picked up “come with” from an old roommate. Example: “I’m going to the store. Wanna come with?” What the heck happened to the word “me”?

    I keep my Trader Joe’s standard list in notes on my phone.

    1. Lettuce
    2. Fruit (apples)
    3. Vanilla almond milk
    4. Honey Greek yogurt
    5. Cheese

    Gosh, I hope I’m never told to go dairy-free….

  25. 75
    Lisa Laree says:

    Hm. Where I grew up, we went to ‘the store’.

    If our retail destination was not a grocery store, then we were ‘going shopping’ or ‘going to the mall’.

    But the top five items from the store at our house would be:

    1. Milk

    2. eggs

    3. bread

    4. yogurt

    5. ice cream — usually vanilla

  26. 76
    Brianna says:

    grocery store

    1. Dove Dark Chocolates
    2. Fruit
    3. Butter
    4. Flour
    5. Eggs
    (I’m a bit obsessed with baking, and I seem to always be running out of something.)

  27. 77
    Valerie says:

    I do most of my shopping at Costco and rarely go to the grocery store. In CA, we say, grocery store. In my town we have this great little store Fresh and Easy, and I will say, “I have to go to Fresh and Easy”. Lindsee, I love me some Loreal Double Extend mascara! My absolute favorite, even of the super expensive kinds. Love love love. What is your favorite Loreal?

  28. 78
    Mary from Birmingham, AL says:

    In the camp of grocery store:)

    1. Greek Yogurt
    2. An onion
    3. Half and Half
    4. Toothbrush (I go through these like crazy!)
    5. Sunday newspaper

  29. 79
    Joyce watson says:

    1. Tyson Chicken strips
    2. Pita Bread
    3. Lemon popsicles
    4. Hazelnut coffee
    5. Peppermint Patty (only one) to enjoy as I head home

  30. 80
    Becca says:

    I can’t envision someone saying “the grocery” without a british accent. I have no idea if it’s a british thing, it just seems as though it should be.

    The only “roomate” I’ve ever had in adulthood is my husband. God had a sense of humor when he paired a former grammar nazi with a… well… not so much. (To his credit, the hubs is a fantastic story teller, but I will never again be his editor!) Anyhoo, one of his spoken quirks is “I have to go bathroom.” And every time under my breath I have to emphasize “TO THE”. If I can say “I have to go TO THE bathroom” out loud,just to get it out of my system, it makes me feel even better. Because every time he says it his way, I can’t help but picture the little girl hiding Annie in the laundry and then Miss Hannigan repeating in her irritating voice “She hadda go bafroom.”

    Also, interestingly, my husband’s grandmother always called hamburgers “hamburgs” for short rather than “burgers”. And his mother says “how” instead of “while”. For example “Wash your hands how I set the table.” I find it all fascinating. And so as not to leave myself out, I pronounce Oregon “ore-ih-gahn” like (octagon). I’ve never met anyone else who does, so I’m not sure where I got it from!

    Top 5:
    -almond coconut milk
    -colby jack cheese

    Wow. Evidently the exhaustion induced long-windedness holds true for me with written words as it does for me with spoken words. I need to go to bed.

  31. 81
    Robin in New Jersey says:

    I call it the grocery store. But I usually say, “I need to go grocery shopping.” However, when I first moved to New Jersey, 15 years ago, I found it odd when I heard people say, “I need to go food shopping.”

  32. 82
    Brandy says:

    I usually call it the grocery store, but if I am going to drop a word it is usually the “grocery” and say that “I am going to the store.”
    2.)Half and Half
    5.)String Cheese

    Brandy, Roseburg, Oregon.

  33. 83
    Genevieve Garrison says:

    1) Milk
    2) Nestle Quick Chocolate Power
    3) Deli sliced honey turkey
    4) Bread
    5) Something with chocolate in it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am feeling a little guilty here because I don’t have fruit, vegetables, nor yogurt on my list. Oh well, everything God makes is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 84
    Kristi says:

    I usually say that I’m going to Publix! I love Publix!

    Top 5:
    1. Vegetables
    2. Fruit
    3. Cereal
    4. Milk
    5. Yogurt

  35. 85
    Anna M says:

    I always call it “the grocery” as well, but my husband has always given me a hard time over it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Top 5 on the list:
    1) milk
    2) eggs (we eat eggs like they’re going out of style
    3) bread
    4) cheese
    5) yogurt

  36. 86
    Suzanne says:

    I just say I’m going to Publix, it’s the best grocery store ever!

    Top 5:
    1. Dr pepper
    2. Reece’s peanut butter cups
    3. Dr pepper
    4. Something for dinner
    5. Dr pepper

    Okay, I love my Dr Pepper..,

  37. 87
    Beth says:

    You just can’t say “grocery” without “store” attached! “Grocery Store”! or just “Publix”. The deli guys and cashiers say, “See you tomorrow”. How sad…
    1. deli meat
    2. bagged salad
    3. bananas – which will almost always go bad before bread can be made… (fruit flies)
    4. yogurt – greek cafe mocha is the new fav!
    5. club soda

  38. 88
    Kim Cook says:

    My sisters and I TOTALLY say “the grocery.” It’s sort of funny, but not. Maybe it is a Texas thang. But I get it!
    1. Coffee
    2. Coffee Creamer
    3. Whatever was on my list that I left at home with my reusable hsopping bags…….

  39. 89
    Alicia Lowery says:

    Oh Lindsee. I think we would be great buds. Our minds think alike!!:). Totally “grocery store!” So much better than THE grocery or “making groceries”!;)

    My top five are:
    1. Bananas
    2. Apples
    3. Milk
    4. Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream Bars
    5. On the Border Cantina Thins

    Gotta get my salty and sweet satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 90
    Lisa says:

    Around here, we usually say the actual name of the grocery store. I don’t think I’ve ever said “grocery store”, and definitely not “grocery”.

    Top 5:
    1. Milk
    2. Orange juice
    3. Cereal
    4. Breakfast sandwiches
    5. Tissues

  41. 91
    tahnycooks says:

    hello????!!! its grocery store for sure!!

    1.) Butter

    2.) Sugar

    3.) Flour

    4.) Avocados

    5.) Milk

  42. 92
    Rachael Bachman says:

    Grocery STORE, definitely!
    1. Almond Milk
    2. Fruit
    3. Bread
    4. Yogurt
    5. Tissue (we blow our noses a lot)

  43. 93
    KariB says:

    LOL. here in Oregon I just say I’m going to the M & W!!!
    1. protein coffee
    2. kind bars
    3. 1/2 n 1/2
    4. bread
    5. milk

  44. 94
    Carole says:

    Loved your fun post, Lindsee!!
    Here in southern California, I just go to the ‘store’ and always seem to need:
    1. Spinach
    2. Kale
    3. Tomatoes
    4. Creamer
    5. Ice Cream

    Always… ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 95
    Marlinda Flynn says:

    If this post repeats itself it’s because we are having a
    storm here.

    “I’m going to the store” since there is only one grocery store in town. Or I could say “Murry’s” that’s the pharmacy which includes a coffee bar! But I like “Ive got to go make groceries” its colorful.

    1. fuji apples
    2. sharp white cheddar
    3. milk
    4. OJ
    5. and a coke for the ride home

  46. 96
    Kathy Strawn says:

    Grocer, grocery, grocery store – all the same to me – I use them interchangeably!

    1 – coffee
    2 – carrots
    3 – milk
    4 – bread
    5 – dog biscuits

  47. 97
    Debbie says:

    Well being English we don’t say Grocery or Grocery Store we say the name of the Grocery store like Asda or now that I live in New Zealand, Foodtown or Pak N Save. My top list would be
    1. Chocolate
    2. Brie cheese
    3. chips (crisps)
    4. Dandelion and Burdock drink
    5. wine

  48. 98
    Erin says:

    What a fun subject and after thinking about it….we say we’re going to HEB (since you already explained)

    Peanut Butter

    See y’all at HEB ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 99
    Kathy says:

    To me it is THE STORE. Store because they sell a lot more than just edible items.

    My top five:
    1. juice
    2. hot whole wheat rolls from the bakery
    3. EverRoast Chicken from the deli counter
    4. Baked tortilla scoops
    5. Red Diamond non-sweet tea

  50. 100
    Dawn W. says:

    I normally just say the store’s name or just say “the store”. But when I do use “grocery”, I normally say that “I need to get groceries”, a little boring I guess.

    My top 5 are:

    Coffee Creamer
    Almond Milk

    In doing this I realized that I don’t have a top 5 but a top 10!

    Fun post!

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