Sometimes I enjoy grocery shopping; but, more often than not, I want to get in & get out, as quickly as possible. I’m writing this post with the latter in mind
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Organize & write grocery lists with the store layout in mind. If the produce section is right when you walk in the door, have fruits & veggies written at the top of the list. Are chips & snacks right in front of check out? Add those last on the list. This way, you’re not wandering around the store in circles.
- When purchasing bananas, grab a few green ones! They’ll progressively ripen as the week goes on. This works out great, if you typically grocery shop for the entire (upcoming) week, over the weekend. Come Thursday, you’re not having to deal with overly ripe bananas…but, if you find yourself in this predicament, I have a wonderful recipe for banana bread!
- Check expiration dates. Food is usually organized on the store shelves by expiration date, and the freshest items are typically towards the back. A little bit of reaching & digging will get you the freshest ingredients available, and they’ll last a bit longer in your kitchen.
- Discern sales. Food with impending expiration dates usually have the bright orange “sale stickers” on them. It’s only a great deal, if those items are planned to be used right away.
- Don’t be tempted to abandon your spot in the check-out line. That super sweet-looking shorter lane has a person in it…and that person (subconsciously, of course) wants to kill & destroy the immediate joy you feel inside about leaving the store quicker. They don’t have their coupons cut, sorted & ready, and, they will pay by writing a check. You’ve been warned. Just stay put.
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