Aisles filled with distracting advertisements, crowds, and carrying awkwardly filled, heavy bags are just some of the challenges we face at the local supermarket. Grocery shopping is a chore, but there are some steps we can take to streamline the process and make it less painful. Follow these tips and be guaranteed an easier and less stressful time during your next grocery run.
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Take a moment to figure a meal plan. How many dinners will you be eating at home? Do you pack a lunch? This way you know exactly which items and ingredients you will need before heading to the store. You’ll be a more efficient shopper and less likely to become distracted and start throwing things in the cart out of frustration.
Relying on memory for grocery shopping is going to end in failure. Forgetting just one or two items you need at home means you’ll have to go back the next day. There’s also the allure of items which you had no intention of buying. By bringing a shopping list, you will save yourself time and money. You can write it down on a piece of paper, type it into notes on your phone or use a phone app.
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A great way to organize a collective grocery list for your family is by using the OurGroceries app. Every person in your home can sign into the same account and add groceries to the same shopping list. Everyone under that account will see the same grocery list, so whoever is on the way home and conveniently near a grocery store can go pick up the groceries. Even better, you'll never forget the list at home (as long as you have your phone with you).
If you frequently shop at the local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, get a sense of the lay of the land. Then organize your list based on the route you will be taking through the store. You’ll move quickly, avoiding going back and forth between aisles to pick up items.
Between all the advertisements, fancy packaging, and enticing items, it is easy to be led astray from your shopping list. Remember, this list was made after carefully considering the food you need and will use. If a product is not on the list, that’s because you don’t need it. A little willpower and determination in the supermarket will save you time and money.
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If you can, avoid going to the grocery when it’s the busiest. Skip Sunday afternoon, especially if there is an evening football game and weeknights when people stop in on their way home from work. Instead, go in the morning when there are less shoppers, fully stocked shelves, and shorter lines.
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Not only better for the environment, reusable bags are much easier to manage because they can be put over the shoulder leaving your hands free. While plastic bags twist, tangle and dig into your hands. Check out the bags by Baggu. They are extremely light and fold into a small flat pouch that fits nicely into a purse.
Have you ever had a hard time locating the dispenser for those clear plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable section? You finally find the dispenser and tear off a bag only to be faced with the difficult challenge of rubbing together the top just right so it opens. Save yourself the hassle by bringing reusable produce bags. Try these eco-friendly mesh bags that are lightweight, durable, and washable.
Coupons are a great way to save money at the grocery store. But carrying around all those little rectangular pieces of paper can be burdensome. There are some in your wallet, a couple in the bottom of your purse, a few in your pocket. Even if you paper clipped them together, it’s work to rifle through the stack to find the right one. With a coupon organizer, tracking and accessing your coupons will be a breeze. We like this Grocery Coupon Organizer Binder and Coupon Holder, which attaches anywhere to the shopping cart.
Having your own grocery cart makes shopping so much easier, especially if you live in a city. No longer will you have to worry about seriously straining a major muscle group just to get your groceries home. They also come in handy during those times when all the store baskets and carts are in use. Rather than waiting, you can immediately start shopping. Check out the Sandusky 4-wheel Folding Cart with Liner, which collapses for easy transportation and storage.
Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience that leaves you exhausted and dreading the next trip to the supermarket. Follow this guide to making grocery shopping easier and you’ll save time, energy, and money.