Getting in and out of the grocery store quickly saves you time and money while reducing your exposure to germs and viruses. You might be worried, though, that rushing through will cause you to forget food staples and ingredients for the week’s recipes. These tips will help you speed through the aisles while ensuring that you get everything you need from your grocery shopping trip to feed your family.
When to Schedule Your Grocery Shopping
The time of day you shop makes a difference. Conventional wisdom states that you’ll find the best selection during the early- or mid-morning hours. Also, stores usually are busier just after most people are leaving work.
Due to layoffs and increased telecommuting, though, you’ll find the store a bit more crowded in the morning. Some stores are also reserving the first hour of the day for senior citizens or those with chronic health issues; check with your grocer before shopping.
The manager at your neighborhood store may be able to recommend an ideal shopping time based on that location’s sales volume.
Organize Before You Shop
Keep in mind that your grocer may not have all those ingredients in stock. Have possible alternatives in mind, or look up substitutions online when you get home. Organize your list by area or department to avoid doubling back.
Browse the sale ads at home to prevent lingering at the store. For maximum efficiency, download your grocer’s app. Most allow you to create a digital list and monitor your spending as you go.
Frequenting the same store every week makes finding everything on your list quicker. To simplify further, consider shopping only the store’s perimeter. You’ll avoid the crowded inner aisles, and you won’t miss the processed foods found in the center of the store.
When possible, set your cart aside and grab several items at a time. You won’t have to maneuver your cart around other shoppers, saving you time, effort, and exposure.
Keep cold items together in your cart for easier bagging. Separate heavy items so they’re ready to be placed on the bottom of each bag at checkout time.
Cutting Costs the Easy Way
Coupons go a long way towards cutting grocery costs. If you’re using paper coupons, weed out expired ones beforehand. Place valid coupons with your list for easy access. Check for restrictions, and make sure you’ve grabbed the right variety and quantity of items before you get to the register.
If you use your store’s app, ensure that you’ve downloaded all the coupons you need before you go.
From store shortages to crowded aisles, grocery shopping has become more challenging than ever.
While these tips should help you speed through the store, keep in mind that you don’t have to do it all in one trip. Online shopping can help fill in the gaps when your favorites are out of stock, or you don’t want to fight the crowds.