How to Grocery Shop Like A Boss

It’s an unavoidable and at times painful activity, but when it comes to grocery shopping, here are some handy life hacks to make it that much more bearable.

Grocery shopping is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning, said no one ever. The aisles are crowded, there’s a child in the sweetie section throwing the tantrum of his life, and, for some reason, there are only two cashiers serving increasingly grumpy people in the queue – you being one of them. But thankfully, there are a few lifehacks that can help make this unavoidable activity that much more bearable:

1.         Make a list

The most important thing about anything in life, including grocery shopping, is to know what you want. Always take a list with you,and try and organise it according to your grocery store’s sections. This will prevent you from going back to the dairy section three times in just one shop. It also helps to avoid buying unnecessary items that you aren’t likely to use – or buying things you already have stocked at home.

2.         Limit trips for just one item

Unless it’s urgent, don’t go to the shops just because you’re suddenly convinced that your award-winning homemade burger definitely needs mango chutney. Wait until you’ve got enough items on your list to make a trip worthwhile so that you do fewer of them. Both your petrol tank and your sanity will thank you.

3.         Don’t go hungry

You’ve heard this one before, but it’s a good idea for a couple of reasons. Not only does having a snack before you go shopping limit the chances of you buying something unhealthy to satisfy your growling stomach, but you’re also less likely to wander the aisles aimlessly looking for something to eat. Remember your mission: Get in. Get out.

4.         Buy in bulk

Buying non-perishables in bulk can be a great way of limiting your trips to the grocery store just because you’ve run out of light bulbs or toilet paper. It can also save you money, as grocery stores often have discounts if you buy larger volumes of a product. And, if you’re likely to get through certain foods quickly – maybe your workout routine has you cruising through eggs – you can also buy these items in bulk. Just make sure you’re going to eat them before they go off!

5.         Listen to your own music

The slow music in grocery stores is designed to make you shop slower and buy more. Rather put in your headphones and listen to your favourite uptempo mix. This will help you not to get distracted by items you don’t need.

6.         Stock up your freezer

Meat, veggies, berries, pizza, bread and many other items freeze well. Make sure you’ve always got a meal in the house by keeping your freezer stocked, so that you don’t have to go to the supermarket if there’s nothing fresh in the fridge. Remember to freeze your leftovers, too.

7.         Shop online

Skip the crowds and queues completely by shopping online from the comfort of your home. If you prefer to pick out your fresh produce yourself, you could always buy everything else online and then dash out to a market for your fruit and veggies.


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