A grocery shopping method, I have personally came up with is what I like to refer to as ½ time grocery shopping! This method is still creating one grocery list based on grocery store aisles (see previous post Grocery Shopping Efficiency), but this time, ripping the grocery list in ½!
On my half of the *list*, I would have:
- fresh produce
- meat and seafood
*These items are on the right side of our local grocery store.*
My husband’s part of the *list* has:
- kitchen and household
*These items are on the left side of our local grocery store.*
As we work through our list, we check mark or cross off items we have placed in our carts.
After we get done with our lists, we will meet up somewhere in the front near the cashier stations. We will then combine our items into one shopping cart and line up to check out.
This method only works only if you and shopping buddy are:
- focused and abide by grocery list (that means “Absolutely No Diddle-Daddling and No Detours” in the words of my grandma!)
- Forgot to run to the grocery store when you should have
- Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma, grandpa, sisters, brothers and newborns unexpectedly visit you unannounced and have not gone grocery shopping (this actually happened just this month)
- don’t want to spend too much time in the store
By practicing ½ time grocery shopping, we spend ½ the time shopping in comparison of walking through each individual store aisle.
Other helpful suggestions for grocery shopping:
- Shop at slow peak times – early morning hours when the store opens.
- Sunday mornings, in my local area is the ideal time to go grocery shopping. Grocery stores are usually very clean and well stocked, and let’s not forget, you get first dibs on clearance aisle items! Can I get a Woop-Woop!?
- Have your shopping bags and baskets in the car before leaving the house! (We always forget them)
- Stockpile and store plastic grocery bags in the car trunk! You will be glad you did.