Work Smarter, Not Harder: Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping has become a Sunday staple in my life. I can now shop for a week’s worth of grocery’s in 30 minutes without sweating, crying or calling my mother.

That’s right.

It was not uncommon that I’d break the cardinal rule and call my mother during a Redskins game, frustrated in aisle 7 on the verge of tears wanting to know where do they put the instant mashed potatoes in this Godforsaken establishment?!

Probably near the gravy, Colleen. Like near the stuffing and spices. Do you know where that is?

*Sniff* Yeah, yeah, Mom I think – – go around me, lady! go around! — I know where that is.

It was a dark time.

But I have a system now, and I’m not above sharing it with you. I figure that if grocery shopping used to take me an hour and frustrate the hell out of me (where’s the condensed milk!?), I might as well share how I became The Best Grocery Shopper in the World.

Step 1: Take the time to do some work at home before you go. If you’re above clipping coupons or surfing for sale items, you don’t belong here.

When I know what’s on sale, it helps me streamline my meal planning. There’s no sense in planning a steak dinner if chicken breasts are buy one get one free, AM I RIGHT?!

Step 2 Meal Plan, meal plan, meal plan. I used to go to store and then decide what I wanted to make for dinner. What an idiot. What a poor idiot. If I go in without a plan, I spend double the time walking around and double the money buying things I don’t need.

This also solves the “what’s for dinner?” question

Step 3 Organize your list This has saved me the most time. First, I had to learn the layout of my grocery store when I moved here. Now it’s easy, so I organize my list in a way that mirrors my “route” in the grocery store. There’s no “oops, now I need this – let’s go back five aisles.”

Type A? Maybe. Time Saver? Absolutely.

Step 4 Avoid self check out. This eats up tons of time. If you don’t think bagging a week’s worth of groceries is a true art form, you’re nuts.


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