“I’m not like you, I hate grocery shopping!” Someone said this to me recently and it made me chuckle. I do love grocery shopping (and I’m kind of a pro at it). But I know it’s not just a hobby – it’s a necessary task for everyone! I started to think about my approach to grocery shopping and how that really impacts my enjoyment of the task. If I wandered into a random grocery store on a Saturday afternoon without a list or a meal plan, I’d probably hate the experience just as much as anyone!
If you hate grocery shopping, I have three tips that just might change your mind!
#1 Shop with a list
This requires a little bit of work before you leave home. Look through your pantry and fridge to see what you’re out of and/or what you want to buy at the store. I always make my lists from Southern Savers’ weekly rundown of my store’s sales – it’s sorted by department, which helps me not forget anything, and it’s always stored in the app in case I forget to print the list at home! It goes without saying that using a list helps you to pick up everything you need, saving you a dreaded return trip to the store!
Additionally – if you want to increase your productivity, lower your grocery bill and reduce the chances that you’ll have to go back to the store the next day, try meal planning.
#2 Shop at the same store every week
If you can, pick one location of one store and always shop there. This way you will learn where everything is located in that store, saving you from spending time hunting for things you need. For example, I shop at one of two Aldi stores on a regular basis. One week I had to run errands in a different town and popped into that city’s Aldi. I couldn’t find anything and became very frustrated. Stores are very rarely laid out exactly the same!
You’ll also get to know the cashiers and staff which increases your chance of good customer service (provided you are nice to them). 🙂
#3 Shop at off-peak times
When you’ve chosen a “home” store for yourself, you can easily learn when is a good time to shop that location. I often ask cashiers or employees if certain days or times are slower and then arrange my schedule to shop during those periods! You may also want to avoid shopping while the aisles are filled with restocking pallets – some stores do their restocking in small batches, some do the whole store at once, making it really hard to get to the shelves. Personally, I shop my grocery stores on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Target on Saturday evenings. I stop on my way home from work during the week – otherwise I’d go first thing Wednesday morning.
Of course, there’s always online grocery shopping. I’ve found that these tips make my online shopping trips easier as well!
Let me know if you try any of these tips – and if they help you hate the grocery store even a little bit less! 🙂