Earlier today after getting off work, I went over to Walmart to get face wash and found myself in a long line and noticed other long lines as well. I then wondered what it would be like at Safeway. Well, later in the day, hours after doing laundry, I drove to Safeway and could not even find a parking space. It was silly of me to even think of trying to get into Safeway tonight. Everyone seems to go to Safeway. Behind Safeway is Nob Hill, But I hardly ever go to that store. I wasn't going to bother with them, as I was sure they'd be busy and the parking lot would be crowded. Savemart, across town, is hardly ever busy, even on the day before a major holiday. I went over to that store and it was as unbusy as usual. I took a cart and went in, but ended up not buying anything. Since I won't be making a big dinner I really didn't need anything as far as I knew and guess I just wanted to see how many people were actually at this store. One year, I needed groceries during Memorial Day weekend and had passed by Safeway, noticing that the parking lot was full. So, I said "I'm going to Albertson's" (as Savemart was known then). No crowds there. Tonight, despite not may customers, the parking lot at Savemart was a little full, as part of it was sectioned off with fences, supposedly for displaying an upcoming Christmas tree sale.
Another option is a local independent grocery store, two of which exist in my town. One of those two stores is across the street from where I live, making it easy to walk to. I tend to only use this option when I need only a few things such as milk or ground beef. Otherwise it's across town to Safeway or Savemart. I used this store across the street to get milk on Sunday, so I won't be running out tomorrow. This is one of those things I worry might happen on the eve of a major holiday thus needing to get to the store. I plan to make sure I have all my necessary stuff by Christmas Eve so I won't be in a grocery store madhouse that day.
It seems that people who are at grocery stores on the eve of a major holiday are one of the following:
- Slackers: Those who put off getting important stuff until the night before the holiday.
- Unfortunates: Those who either forgot something important on their last trip to the store, or who unfortunately run out of milk or toilet paper or something on that morning.
I always try not to be one of the slackers, but am always afraid of being one of the unfortunates. But seeing that I have plenty of milk for a few days, I managed to avoid it on this holiday and plan to do the same of the next big holiday.