Whether you live to eat or eat to live, there’s no mistaking the fact that at some point throughout the week, you probably need to visit the supermarket to pick up your pantry essentials. Maybe you genuinely enjoy grocery shopping each week, or perhaps it ranks lower than cleaning the bathroom on your list of chores. Either way, there’s probably no escaping it — especially if you want to eat well and avoid takeout containers every night of the week.
If you go about grocery shopping the right way, you can save money while also shaving minutes off the clock. Even if you don’t view it as the worst experience of your week, no one wants to spend multiple hours wandering up and down the aisles of a busy supermarket. A few of these techniques might take some time to perfect, but you’ll be well on your way to speeding up your trip each week if you can follow these tips.
1. Check out the sales before you shop
If you’re a budget-conscious shopper (and let’s be real, we all are to some degree), knowing which sales are valuable to you ahead of time will save you mental energy when you’re actually in the store. Most supermarkets now put their deals online, so check out the coupons and price cuts before you leave your home. Even people with lists can be distracted by huge mark-downs, Good Housekeeping points out, so knowing which ones you want to take advantage of and which ones you can ignore in advance will be a huge help.
Checking out these deals can also help you decide what you want to make that week, the Domestic CEO Amanda Thomas at Quick and Dirty Tips writes. “If I go onto the store’s website and see that pork roasts and chicken breasts are on sale, I can come up with a few recipes that use those two meats,” she explains.