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. 251
    Jessica McCullough says:

    My top 5:
    1. Ground beef
    2. Milk
    3. Chocolate
    4. Tea
    5. Paper towels

  2. 252
    Stephanie Stensland says:

    The closer you get to New Orleans you may hear people say, “I need to go make groceries!” Isn’t that funny!? My husband said its a Cajun thing. Top 5 ( I have a toddler) 1. Milk, 2. Mac and cheese single servings, 3. Bread, 4. Pepsi Max for my hubby 5. Toilet paper! I’m having another baby in January so #6 will soon be diapers!!

  3. 253
    Denise says:

    We say we’re going grocery shopping, or we say exactly what grocery store we’re going to (e.g.,”I’m going to Publix”). There are several that are nearby and each has its specialty of what we prefer from that particular grocery store (one has fresher fruits and veggies; one has better prices on other food; one has my favorite cereal). I have never said I’m going to the grocery store or the grocery. And, now our list:
    1. Apples
    2. Bananas
    3. Milk (almond for me, organic for daughter)
    4. Avocados — you reminded me that we’re out!
    5. Pepperidge Farm dark chocolate chip cookies

  4. 254
    Julie says:

    I’m laughing because I thought your question was going to be “what are some other things that people have funny names for?” and my answer was going to be: warshing machine (washing machine) and crick (creek).
    Top five GROCERY STORE items:
    diet 7 up
    coffee creamer
    chobani yogurt
    lean cuisine entrees
    kitty litter

  5. 255
    Subodh Kumar says:

    I support you Julie because my answer is going to be: Cooling Machine.

  6. 256
    Chelsea says:

    1) coffee creamer
    2) wine
    3) eggs
    4) a cheese Danish
    5) either a John Frieda frizz ease hair product (or) the ingredients for green bean casserole 🙂 [or sometimes bread if, rarely, I’m out of Ezekiel bread – Cause unfortunately that happens]

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