Grocery shopping is one of those things that you love or hate. For those of you hate it, using curbside pick up is probably your best friend or you are lucky enough to be in an area where a grocery store will literally drop your groceries at your front door. Regardless, if you love or hate grocery shopping there are always ways we can all be better at grocery shopping. When I say better I mean more efficient in the items we purchase and being kinder to our wallets. Plus, if you really are someone that hates grocery shopping these tips will get you in and out of the grocery store quicker than ever before.
Don’t Go Hungry
This tip isn’t a secret. We are warned time and time again to never go grocery shopping when we are hungry. We end up buying items we don’t need and next you know you are unpacking your groceries at home and you realize all you bought are snacks. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good snack but you can’t fuel all your meals for your body just with snacks.
Bulk Shop your Staples
If there are items that you buy over and over again, then try buying them in bigger quantities. Of course, you can’t buy some things, like produce in bulk if you aren’t going to eat them all within a week. (You could try freezing them though to get them into week 2). If you can purchase bulk from places like Costco, then take advantage. That means you will be shopping less for these items and saving money by buying in bulk. You can even buy a lot of your dry items online in bulk that will save you a lot of money as well.
Categorize your List
If you can organize your list based on where they are in the grocery store then you won’t have to worry about wandering down the aisles trying to find what you are looking for or having to go down the aisles more than once. We have certainly all have had to cross back across a store more than once before, remembering an item father down on the list that we didn’t see when we were on that side of the store. Think to categorize your list by fresh, frozen, produce, meat, dairy, etc.
Don’t Shop the Brands
For many items, there is no need to shop for certain brands. There are even brands out there that are purposely not branding their items to take out the costs it takes to brand the item which then, in the end, means you are spending more for it. Instead, they are focusing on you as the consumer wanting to spend less and making it possible by not branding it and giving you quality products at a cheaper price.