Secret Grocery Shopping Tips To Save Time And Money
Never shop on Sunday afternoons.
From shoppers making their way to the store after church, entertainers getting ready for the big game or procrastinators hitting the store before the weekend is over, Sundays are one of the most crowded times at the grocery store. You will always be fighting crowds, enduring long lines, and likely have to shop through picked-over produce. Try shopping first thing in the morning, late in the evening, and during the week.
Always shop with a list.
Before heading to the store, take stock of your pantry items and make sure to write down anything you'll need for the upcoming week. Brainstorm a few dinner ideas so you know what to grab (and save yourself from having to figure out what to cook on the fly after work). plus, making a list beforehand lets you move more efficiently through the store!
Never shop hungry.
On top of making it hard to concentrate, shopping while hungry can potentially cause you to overspend. Instead, shop after meals or take along a healthy snack to enjoy while you shop.
Always grab meat and dairy items last.
When you plan a longer shopping trip, consider what items could lose their cool and spoil if left in a non-chilled environment too long.
Don't just buy an item because it's on sale.
Just because an item is on sale doesn't mean it's the cheapest option. Look around on the shelf and compare prices. The store-brand products are often the cheapest!
Don't shop for produce in the middle of the day.
Shipments of produce often arrive at local grocers in the morning as the store opens or later in the evening as the store prepares to close. So if you're seeking the newest produce or a wider selection in the store, find out when your store's shipments arrive and choose those times to shop.
Ask for a discount.
There are likely a variety of specials or discounts your local grocery store offers. It's possible your store offers extra savings for particiular groups, from senior citizens to students. Be sure to inquire about a discount card or a store membership program, as these often provide extra savings and special deals. Plus, store discount cards are often free!
Help the bagger.
Don't let your food get squished or ruined at checkout. Place items on the checkout belt in the order you wish for them to be bagged. Start with heavier items, like cans and jars; then add rigid boxes and containers; and finish with smaller, softer or breakable items like produce and eggs. This will help protect fragile items on the journey home and save time when you're unbagging everything.