The Grocery Store Survival Guide: A Step-By-Step Guide for Grocery Shopping Success

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Grocery shopping is difficult for many people. This can be especially true for first-timers and time-strapped parents. It takes time to navigate the aisles of the grocery store with all its interesting items, multiple aisles and possible combinations.

Grocery shopping is difficult for many people. This can be especially true for first-timers and time-strapped parents. It takes time to navigate the aisles of the grocery store with all its interesting items, multiple aisles, and possible combinations. 

And it's easy to feel overwhelmed and confused before you even get started. But don't let this discourage you, because there are plenty of things you can do to make your grocery shopping experience more satisfying and efficient. Grocery shopping can be a daunting task.

  1. Do not show up to shop hungry. Eat something before you come to save time and energy for other tasks.
  2. Bring a list of what you need and keep it on hand as you find items in the store- this will help you remember everything!
  3. Be prepared for your purchase and have money ready to pay with, so no waiting in line or forgetting your wallet!
  4. Know the store layout before going in use this knowledge to plan your trip around the store! You'll be glad you did because it

What to Buy

-  Plan your trip to take advantage of the multiple aisles in each section and the cooler sections.

- Buy tips perishable and frozen items first to avoid line wait and beat the heat.

- Remember your place in the store- it will help you remember how to get back to the same aisle you came in from and how much further to go!

- Price match with similar items! Price match with like items in the same category!

- Shop what's on sale, not what's the highest price.

- Choose store brands over name brands. They are just as effective and often cheaper!

- Buy "as is" to avoid a trip to the grocery store for repairs and the cost of replacement items.

- Buy frozen and refrigerated items ahead of time because you can freeze and thaw them when you get home. This saves a lot of time and energy.

Plan Ahead

Having a plan in place helps you have a clear head and will help you avoid making impulse buys that you don't really need. Let's start with the grocery list.

A grocery list is an important asset to have in order to make it through a long grocery store trip with a list of the items you need. 

I generally come prepared with 2-3 grocery lists in my purse or backpack that can help me with different aspects of a Shopping trip. These lists often contain some of the following items:

Meat and poultry

Snacks

Grocery list

Don't forget to check your expiration dates!

Fruits and vegetables

Dairy

Dry goods

Shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc

Pet food

Beef, chicken, ham, and pork

Don't forget to check your expiration dates!

Shop Smart

Before you even enter the store, you should always know what you are planning to purchase. This will help you keep better track of your list and avoid making costly impulse buys. Here are some easy ways to make sure you're prepared when you start shopping:

- Locate the items on your list in the store so you don't waste time looking around

- Keep a little pocket-size notebook or paper notebook handy. Then when you need to write something down you have somewhere to write it down easily.

- If you have a little one with you, you can prepare the meal at home and then take it to the store on your list with your husband/co-pilot. This will be an easy item to take with you when shopping.

Use Your Store Layout

Do some research before you get to the store! Don't just go straight to the deli counter. If you aren't sure what you want, maybe you'll want to see what types of things are in the freezer. Ask someone at the deli counter to recommend something or check the food list for something you want to try.

If you are hungry, think about what you are shopping for, and make a list so you know what you want before you get to the store. This is the most time-efficient way to shop- even if you go to a couple of different places to get everything.

Don’t forget your reusable bags!

- Remember to take things from the cart and put them back if you go through the check-out line with it still in your cart.

- Keep an eye out for deals, especially sales! This is the easiest way to save money on your groceries!

- If you’re looking to buy more than one item, just get a combination pack. You’ll save even more!

 

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