I don’t know about you guys but the grocery store trips each week takes away a huge chunk of our paychecks. Whether I am running in to pick up a few things or doing my big shop I always felt like I was spending so much time and money.
Therefore I looked into more effective ways of grocery shopping to save time and money and feel these would be so beneficial for all of you! You can thank me later…
Never Shop On Sunday Afternoons
You have probably noticed that Sundays are the busiest and overcrowded times at the grocery store. Doing major shopping at the peak time periods is not a good idea as it can cause you to rush more because you want to leave the overcrowded environment. By rushing you could grab unnecessary items or not grab the items you need.
Always Have A List
We all think that we remember everything we need but once you get to the grocery store you are bombarded with specials, deals, delicious looking food and then BAM you have forgotten what you were actually there for. Therefore before you go to the grocery store, check your house for what you really need, write it down and bring it with you. This will save you time and money whilst at the store.
Never Shop Hungry
We have all done this before and what starts of as a $50 shopping trip turns into a $150 shopping trip. If you are hungry it is harder to concentrate and also puts you at risk at buy way more food than you need because at that time you are hungry and what to eat everything in the aisle.
Don’t Just Buy an Item Just Because It’s on Sale
It is incredibly difficult to not buy an item when it has a big fluorescent sale sticker but you always want to stop and look at other items and pricing. Just because an item is on sale doesn’t mean it is the cheapest option. It’s similar to when a women buys a $180 dress because it used to be $220… you didn’t save $40, you spent $180.
Grab Perishable Items from the Back of the Shelf
They stock new inventory behind the older inventory therefore when it comes to your dairy, produce, eggs and other fresh food items we recommend you grab them from the back with the most-distant expiration date.
Don’t Shop for Produce in The Middle of the Day
If you are looking for the freshest produce them time your shopping trip with the delivery times of the store. Most stores with get deliveries in the morning rather than later in the day. If you are unsure on the timing simply just ask your store so that you can ensure you are getting the freshest food.
Check Out the Brochure Before Going
Shopping centers such as Coles and Woolworths have a brochure with all of their specials inside it and this can be a very useful tool. Simply pick one up before your shopping trip, look at which deals are genuine savings and then make note of them for when its time to shop.
Help the Bagger
Sometimes due to the store being busy or the employee having a long day, they don’t necessarily pack your bags in the best way therefore give them a hand to ensure your food is not squished and ruined whilst at the checkout. Place your items on the belt in the order you would like them packed and we recommend starting wit heavier items and then moving to light items such as bread and eggs.