Grocery shopping is a necessary evil. Does anyone look forward to their weekly visit to the grocery store? If you’re like me, you defer these duties to your spouse. My wife has the grocery shopping down to a science. She tries to get in and out of the store as fast as she can. Don’t we all?
Here are some tips that she has to make your grocery shopping visit easier to deal with:
- Make a meal plan: Decide what you’re going to eat this week and what you’ll need to make that happen. (Erin will write more on this specific topic next week.)
- Make a list from your plan: Not only will this help you remember what you need, it also discourages you from picking up things that you don’t need.
- Separate the items on the list into their own sections (dairy, condiments, cereal, produce, etc.). This will reduce the chances of having to double back for something that you forgot in another section.
- Go shopping at off-peak hours. The less of a crowd the faster the shopping goes. Avoid weekends. (My wife goes before work early in the morning.)
- Sale items above all: Look over your weekly sale items before heading to the store. Saving money on groceries is a good thing.
- Get physical. Don’t be afraid to elbow fellow shoppers to get to the checkout ahead of them.
Ok, so that last one is a joke, but I hope these tips help you use your time more wisely. The less time you spend in the grocery store, the more time you spend doing something you actually enjoy.