We’ve written this article to give you some tips on how to be efficient when you go to the store to buy groceries. Keep in mind that ordering groceries online will save you time and money. But in case you like going to the store, here’s what we have to say.
Don’t take your kids with you
It’s better to go when your kids are at school, or while they’re at home with someone to watch over them. We know, it seems like a good idea to have someone else with you, but your kids are not the answer. You can move faster on your own. Sometimes people get lost in the supermarket, and then you’ll have to find them, too. Plus, it’s a bit embarrassing.
However, it won’t always be possible to leave your kids at home. So when you do take them with you, it’s best to assign them a job. For example, go to a specific aisle and read aloud the items from that aisle and let your kids find them and bring them to you. If your partner takes a lot of time to decide on which things to buy, you can do the same game with him or her, too.
Decide which way you’re going in the store
It’s best if you first buy the packaged foods and let the refrigerated ones – meat, dairy – for the last, as they need to stay fresh. It’s a very good system, if you think about it, and you won’t have to go around aimlessly.
Depending on how the store is organized, take a walk, from the beginning to the end and write your list accordingly. If, at the beginning of the store, vegetables and fruits are put, then they should be first on your list, too.
Don’t spend money on things you don’t need in excess
You need to make sure you focus on what’s on your list. Occasionally, you can treat yourself, but not on every trip to the store. If you get to browse the store, you’ll waste a lot of time and you’ll end up spending way more than you should. Just try to stick to the original plan.
It’s a good idea to make a routine out of restocking the essential things you need. If you keep putting off grocery shopping, then your trips will take longer, since you’ll have many things to buy.
Have a snack before you go
Before you get in the car to leave, have a light snack, because you might be hungry, and you might tend to buy things you don’t need.
Also, if you eat, you will have more energy to go to the whole supermarket, to gather the products, pay, and then drive home in no time.