Shopping at a grocery store can be tiring and time consuming. What should be a quick trip to the grocery store could easily end up lasting 45 minutes or more. However, there are some helpful tips you could follow to make your shopping experience brief and worthwhile.
Make a list
This is the oldest hack in the world of grocery shopping. Making lists helps save time because you won’t be staring down an aisle wondering what it was you had decided to get from the beverage section. Lists also help you to gauge how much you are likely to spend and help you track the progress of your shopping. To make sure you do not forget your shopping list, create one on your phone or take a photo of it after you make it. This will surely save you some time.
Talk to the shop attendants
Shopping attendants can be great assistants when you go grocery shopping. If you are not quite sure how to locate a certain aisle section, ask an attendant. If you are looking for great deals on produce, ask an attendant. You can ease some of the burden that comes with being completely clueless at the grocery store, by simply talking to a shopping attendant. Because they shelf everything you can see in the stores, they are the best ones you should speak to if you require any assistance.
Be practical about trolleys
At the grocery store, it always seems more convenient to wheel around a trolley but here’s the thing; most shopping carts are oversized and though adding a few more items that aren’t on your list may seem harmless, you only end up buying what you do not need. More often than not, the size of the shopping carts, in addition to reducing your mobility, makes you feel like you’re not purchasing enough, playing on your feeling of guilt. They are also difficult to navigate around the checkout area and require more effort to unload due to all the bending required. Unless you are purchasing an extremely large object, stick to the hand-held baskets or medium sized trolleys.
Do not shop hungry
Studies show that people who shop on an empty stomach tend to buy more of everything, even non-food items. This slows down your shopping process, since you tend to brood more over what you want to eat. Additionally, if you’re on a budget, you could end up forgoing important items you intended to buy to satisfy your craving. The best way to make sure you do not end up misusing your own funds is to make sure to grab a bite (or two) before heading out to grocery shop. This way, you can spend your money on exactly what you came for without sparing a second more.
Check for dates
The last thing you want is to find out that half the items you bought at the grocery store have gone bad by the time you get them home. To avoid this, consciously inspect the items you intend to buy, check for nutritional content in case of allergies and most importantly, check for the date of expiration. Unless the item is something you can eat within a week, do not buy food items that expire in the same month you are purchasing them. Though this doesn’t directly help you save time when shopping it will definitely save you a second trip to the store.
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting the store once a week, or taking small trips every other day, smart grocery shopping is the single most important way to keep the experience hassle free and brief. Hope our tips are of some help to you. All the best on your next shopping trip.
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