Quarantine Induced Shopping Disorder

shopping, social distancing, stay home, humor, Modern PhilosopherI don’t need Web MD to add a new diagnosis to my ever growing list of quirks and issues, Modern Philosophers.

After events of earlier this week, I can state with certainty that I have contracted a case of Quarantine Induced Shopping Disorder.

This was bound to happen during these uncertain times when leaving the house to be out in public is really rolling the dice.

The thing is, I hadn’t been to the grocery store in three and a half weeks, and while there were still provisions at The House on the Hill, supplies were scarce and the selection was extremely limited.  Another trip to the store was inevitable.

Since I had to be outside of the confines of my basement bunker on Wednesday, I decided that a Hump Day supply run made sense.

Unlike the last trip, when I hit the store just as it opened and was the very first person in line, I went at 4:30.

To my great relief, there weren’t many cars in the parking lot, and there was not a line to enter the store.  I put on my armor (aka my mask and gloves) and decided to boldly go where I hadn’t gone in three and a half weeks.

This time, I had a month of quarantine experience on my side.  I knew what I’d craved, what had been missing from my last grocery run, and what needed to be bought in bulk on this trip so I could put off my next one for even longer.

shopping, social distancing, stay home, humor, Modern PhilosopherMy list was very long.  Usually, when you enter a place of business in a mask while carrying a list of demands, you’re about to break the law, but if you do so during a pandemic, you’re merely complying with the law.

The one big change that I noticed immediately was that arrows had been painted on the floor to make all the aisles one way.  Well, that and the fact that everyone in the store was wearing a mask.

It wasn’t that crowded, so I was able to move quickly through the store.  I was only slowed down by the sheer weight of my cart as I piled in my items.

I was pleasantly surprised that the shelves were well stocked.  I was not able to get hot dogs buns, and I had to settle for the more expensive brand of chicken breast, but other than that, I found everything on my list.

Yes, I bought a lot of things for a one person household, but I really don’t want to have to go out again for a very long time.  And can you ever really have too much canned veggies, spaghetti sauce, rice, and pasta?

I don’t think that’s possible.

I put on a belt this week for the first time in over a month.  I had to cinch it to the very last hole, which was three holes tighter than when the stay at home order started.  Clearly, my increased running, combined with eating less due to rationing and not having any snack foods in the house, had led to significant weight loss.

As a reward, I stocked up on snacks this trip.  After all, if I’m going to be trapped in the house with only the cats and my reflection to keep me company, I need to break the monotony with some fun foods.

And, yes, I bought ice cream.  I also bought a stick of pepperoni and a block a cheese so that I could enjoy my Dad’s favorite special occasion appetizer.  Technically speaking, quarantine does fall under the heading of “special occasion”.

shopping, social distancing, stay home, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt seemed like a lot when it was in the cart, but once I had it up on the checkout belt and saw the total due on the cash register, I realized I had really a shopping problem.

I’d purchased a normal amount for a family of six, but an insane amount for just me.

Luckily, the RAV has a lot of space in the back because I needed all of it.

I bought so much that it wouldn’t all fit in the fridge and cupboards.  I now have supplies in the basement and up on the shelves where I keep the glasses and dishes.

It’s very settling to have provisions and know that I don’t have to go out again for at least a month.  I didn’t like that hanging over my head, so now there’s less to worry about.

And for all the rest that still worries me, at least there’s ice cream to make me feel better…

How often are you going to the store to stock up on supplies?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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11 Responses to Quarantine Induced Shopping Disorder

  1. Abby says:

    I laughed so hard at the title of this post. I think March was the craziest for us. I found myself grocery shopping for one thing or the other at least twice a week. My mind was always on what could run out next and then I was shopping again. But things calmed down in April. I decided to only go bulk grocery shopping once during the month like I had been doing before, and only getting perishables once a week. I definitely panic-shopped from mid march to early April. And yes, ice cream and treats was on the list every time. Not anymore now that we’ve settled down into social distancing and staying at home.

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad the title made you laugh. I’m told laughter is the best medicine, and you don’t need to break quarantine to acquire some. 🙂

  2. Bryntin says:

    We are lucky here in one way only… most of the big grocery supermarkets offer a home delivery service, so you can order online and have a delivery driver drop everything off at a specified time-slot. However, getting an actual slot booked, which you have to do before you do the online shop, is harder…
    Everyone really wants to stay at home if they can, the slots are limited in number and they only make them available one week in advance max.,so they go in seconds when they come up for booking. Still, we have avoided actually going to a store for over a month now.
    Hopefully a months worth of ice cream is good enough for you to see this out now!

    • Austin says:

      They have something similar here. You can call ahead and then go pick up your order. But there is a long wait, plus, if they are out of items substituting becomes a hassle. I’d rather see what’s on the shelves so I can make decisions on the fly…

  3. Because we eat mainly fresh vegetables and fruits, we have to have weekly groceries. Because we are both handicapped, my daughter and I rely on friends who kindly shop for us. I would love to be able to do a month’s supply at a time. What a relief that would b!

  4. Lori says:

    QISD has a nice ring to it.

  5. markbialczak says:

    We do the deliver to you route when my dear wife Karen finds a convenient slot, Austin, and we augment that with a quick weekly run for such things as deli meats, bread, half and half, muffins, bananas … I know good times to visit our non-chain local place to avoid lines and over-population.

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