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If you’re anything like me, your Saturdays are spent running around town, from store to store, buying all of those necessities that you need to make your life work. From groceries, to toiletries, to cleaning supplies and more, you can literally lose the entire day trying to get everything you need. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want to spend my Saturday. I want to get those items…I need to get those items. But I don’t want to spend an entire weekend day doing it. I’d much rather spend that time with family and friends, watching Law & Order marathons and, most importantly, napping.
Well, thanks to #MyMariano’s, I can get everything I need and want in one place, saving me time. Time that is best spent doing the things that bring me real joy. Things like napping.
I recently made my first trip to the Mariano’s store in the Jefferson Park neighborhood in Chicago. Though it was my first time in this particular store, it wasn’t my first Mariano’s adventure. Earlier this year, while working in the suburbs (and spending lots of time driving, when I really wanted to be sleeping), I would grab lunch at the Mariano’s location near the office. I would also visit the store’s awesome wine wall. Because of these midday meal excursions, I thought I was familiar with the Mariano’s brand. I was wrong.
I hit the store, armed with my weekly shopping list, a list that contained a variety of items, from chicken breasts, to Parmesan cheese, to paper towels and cat food. I was doubtful that I’d be able to get everything I needed, at comparable prices. Again, I was wrong. I was able to grab all of the items on my list, as well purchase three bottles of wine that were not on my list but were so needed.
When I entered the store, I was surprised to see they had a pharmacy. I never noticed before. I was skeptical, though, that I would get quality food items at a ‘one stop’ location. I just always believed that something suffers if a store tries to do too much. Wrong again.
Mariano’s has fresh high-quality food items AND all of those other items you need. A trip to Mariano’s will really maximize your weekly shopping.
Shopping Mariano’s for all of your grocery and household needs requires a strategy. I started by working the inner aisles, getting all of my non-perishable items…I didn’t want seafood or dairy products to get warm while I lingered in the cosmetics aisle, contemplating a new nail polish color or mascara.
Within 15 minutes of entering the store, I was able to get my favorite translucent powder, my hair conditioner and facial moisturizer, then I headed over to the pet food section to get cat food and litter. To do that, I usually have to hit 2 different stores, so I was excited at the amount of time and gas I was saving.
After getting my paper goods, it was time to focus on food shopping. Sticking to my strategy, I hit the perimeter of the store to get my produce. Once my weekly fruits and veggies were snug in my cart, it was time to gather my perishable items. You always want to get your meats, etc. last – this way, they aren’t sitting in your cart, getting warm and growing bacteria while you do your other shopping.
I was able to grab nice aged cheddar, recommended to me by an associate. The cheese section felt like its own store within the store, and the staff was very helpful.
Mariano’s had an impressive meat and seafood counter – I was able to pick up the jumbo shrimp and the chicken breast I needed for the skewers I planned to make that evening. I usually go to a seafood shop or butcher for my proteins, but was very happy that I could get quality products in the same place I bought my cat food. The best news is that the team working behind the counter was very knowledgeable, able to comment and offer suggestions on the variety of seafood and cuts of meat, just like my butcher does.
After I finished up at the seafood counter, I realized that I was done with my weekend shopping! I had everything on my list, plus a few extras, and I had only been in the store for an hour. I really believe that organizing my shopping list, with a focus on ‘attacking’ the store section by section saved me even more time. Because I was so happy with the amount of time I saved, I zipped into the store’s florist’s area – I told you they had everything you need – and bought myself some flowers – again, a very helpful associate was able to help me buy the best flower for my low sun exposure condo. I really enjoyed waking up to those beauties after my midday Saturday nap…a nap I was able to take because I saved so much time.
Now tell me: are you a Mariano’s fan? What’s your weekly shopping strategy? Do you love naps as much as I do?
And, don’t forget to connect with Mariano’s. Make sure you visit the Mariano’s online community – it’s updated weekly with fresh content. And follow the company on Twitter and Facebook. You won’t be sorry.