Remember that game show Supermarket Sweep? Grocery shopping in Korea is not like that at all. Nor is it that fun.
The supermarket we went to was called Home Plus (Home+ ?) and it was about 3 stories, maybe more. They sell clothing, appliances, food, and lord knows what else. I am happy to say that I bought a rice cooker! I almost got in trouble though… the first one I picked out was made in China. OH NO! THANKFULLY, the saleswoman quickly corrected my folly and I soon had a purple Korean made rice cooker. I believe she said to me, “No. Made in China.” I also got a water boiler but I did not have the same issue as I had with the rice cooker, so it must be Korean.
It was actually kind of stressful. I spent what felt like 10 minutes picking out shampoo and conditioner, not because there was such a variety (mostly they choices were: Hydrating, Volumizing, and Repairing), but because I couldn’t tell what was what. I ended up being lame and just going with Korean Herbal Essences. In other words, I have much to learn about being adventurous.
There were no grocery bags at this place. Instead ala costco style (THEY HAVE A COSTCO HERE BTW) you put your groceries in old boxes. Tre eco friendly but also a little smelly. Also you have to pay roughly 10 cents American (aka 100 won) for a grocery cart, but NO WORRIES you get .008 cents (8 won) back once you return it.
I, of course, spent to much. But as one of my colleagues said, “You know you’re an adult when you spend more than $100 on groceries.” My response: “Then I don’t want to be an adult.”