The Shopping Lists Addict


p1170660 Shopping List found at Aldi, Southampton

Bread, milk eggs, meat for stew, steaks, double cream, blue eggs (trendy tinted ones?), cauliflower and/or broccoli, pointed peppers,  bottle of Merlot wine, 5-6 pots of heather (lovingly doodled).

Further to my Confessions of a yellow-sticker shopper(two posts back – or click here) – I have become addicted to a wonderful new blog called The Shopping Lists (click to visit if you dare – you may become addicted too!)

The site records scribbled, shopping lists, mostly those left behind in supermarket trolleys.

The Shopping Lists tries to piece together what these people are like via their eating habits and lifestyles. Comments are encouraged offering answers to clues about the shopper’s circumstance.  What’s the meal and how many are they cooking for?  What age, gender, time of year ? – Is it a party?

I have spent the last few evenings playing detective with…

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Shopping List Analysis

I thought it about time that I started to interpret some of the shopping list data on a wider scale rather than looking at the individual lists.

Below is a graph showing the top shopping list items by percentage of lists that they appear in.  The staples of milk, bread, potatoes and eggs appear popular but the surprise entry in the top 5 is crisps (potato chips).

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Fruit and vegetables are placed at position 10 and 12.  I would assume people always buy these and don’t always spend the time listing them.

Meats by popularity are chicken, bacon and sausages.  Beef, Lamb and other meets do feature but they are further down the list.

In terms of non food items:

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Kitchen towel/roll is popular appearing on over 16% of all lists.  Washing up liquid has its rightful place as do toilet rolls.  What ‘wipes’ entails I guess is more ambiguous but they are certainly popular.  The data suggest that cats are more popular than dogs – or they eat more.

Click on the graphs for larger versions.

Comments, as ever, are welcome.