Short on time? 3 tips for how to shorten your next grocery trip

If you're busy, you probably don't want to waste your day wandering up and down the aisles of a grocery store. Try these three tips to shorten your next grocery shopping excursion and make it streamlined and more efficient.

Short on time? 3 tips for how to shorten your next grocery trip

1. Have a game plan

  • Does setting a plan for a shorter grocery trip seem counterintuitive? In reality, a plan will make you much more likely to shop effectively. Before you head into the grocery store, do your research.
  • Make a grocery list, and split it up by section, grouping vegetables with vegetables, and meats with meats.
  • Gather any applicable coupons, and take a look at the store's advertisement to decide whether you want to buy sale items.
  • Then stick to your plan at all costs. If an item that is not on your list tempts you from across the aisle, turn away, and keep going.

2. Get time-savvy

  • Slow-moving customers are an efficient grocery shopper's worst enemy. In order to cut down on frustration and make sure your trip as short as possible, plan your trip with care. It's usually best to visit the grocery store early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Shopping at the right time can help you avoid in-aisle traffic jams and ensure that you get in, get out, and get on with your life. Shopping at non-standard times also helps you avoid traffic jams while driving, making for a calmer and more productive trip.

3. Stand in the correct line

  • Do you know how to choose the shortest line at the grocery store? The right line can make the difference between a swift grocery strike and a frustrating time-wasting trip.
  • Be sure to choose the right line by following some mathematical advice: the best grocery line is the one with the fewest people in it.
  • That's right: although you may be tempted to go behind the person with the fewest groceries, you have no way of knowing what payment method they will choose or how long it will take them to close their transaction.
  • It is actually more efficient to choose the line with the fewest people instead.

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