If you’re anything like me then you probably dread going to the grocery store. You cringe at the thought of finding a parking space, standing in a line, and having to load and unload all those bags. The fact of the matter is that we all need food and that means we have to go to the grocery store. However, there are some things we can do to make the trip to the store go a little smoother and simultaneously keep us sane.
First things first, take an inventory of what you already have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Find out what are staples for you and make sure to always check for those items before each trip to the store and see if you need to restock. Isn’t it the worst when you’re in the middle of making a recipe and the one thing you always expect to be there is gone?
Plan your menu. I cannot stress this enough; this is probably the biggest time saver of all the tips. If you know exactly what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day that week (or month if you’re ambitious), you are less likely to have to keep returning to the store for things you didn’t get the first trip.
Find out what the best time to go is at your store so you can avoid the large crowds. Going on a Friday at 5pm is a sure fire way to raise stress levels. You can often do a simple online search to see when busy store times are.
Map out a route and make your list flow with the path you take. I have made it all the way to the other side of the store before realizing that I forgot to grab something. Use my free printable shopping list to help you with this. Sticking to your list will also cut down on time as well as save you from spending money on stuff you didn’t need.
Minimizing distractions can save time and headaches when grocery shopping. Don’t go hungry, as this can make you get confused and distracted about what you really need. If they seem to make shopping harder, leave kids at home if possible. If you often find yourself feeling obligated to stop and chat to people, try wearing headphones, as this can send a message to others to not stop and chat and just leave it at a friendly smile and wave.
As we all know, we can’t avoid the store forever because we've all got to eat. Hopefully you will find these tips useful and by making some of these small changes, your grocery shopping trips can become less of a stressor and more efficient.
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