Grocery shopping is one of the most dreaded “chores” there is. It’s never as simple as making a list, hitting the aisles, and buying the items you have written down. There really is a lot more to it than that, but most of us don’t fully understand what it takes to shop efficiently.
Obviously, if you do make any of these common mistakes listed below, it’s not the end of the world. You are not going into financial devastation after spending a few extra dollars on that pre-chopped broccoli rather than chopping it yourself at home. But like a lot of things in life, a subtle adjustment can make a huge difference.
9 Grocery Shopping Mistakes You Are Probably Making:
1. You buy too much food.
If you are like us, you are probably an unintentional food waster. It’s crazy to think about all of the items that are left sitting in your fridge. While you had planned to eat it, you didn’t get around to it and ended up having to throw it out. Really think about the amount of food you and your family eat in a week and don’t buy any more than that.
2. You shop hungry.
Big mistake! You can bet money that if you grocery shop on an empty stomach, you will make impulse purchases that will have you scratching your head later.
3. You only purchase name brand items.
We totally agree that some things should be brand-name, but there are items that can be store-brand. Buy the store brand salt for $.99 rather than name brand for $2.99. You won’t notice the difference.
4. You choose the worst checkout line.
Guilty! It never fails that I end up in the slow line. Pay attention to the speed of the checker and the number of people in the line ahead of you. Otherwise, you could end up purchasing a few strategically placed items while waiting.
5. You buy too little food.
Sometimes, we forget items and end up buying too little. This can cause a last minute trip back to the store or worse, ordering takeout. Shop with a list as often as possible to help remind you of what you need.
6. You opt for pre-cut produce.
We know it is more convenient, but the markup is crazy! Unless you are in a major time crunch, choose whole produce so you can cut up, dice and slice at home.
7. You don’t have a strategy.
Wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles is almost as bad as shopping while hungry. Go to the store only if you are armed with your list and a strategy.
8. You don’t know the prices of foods you purchase often.
How will you know if that 2-for-1 deal is really a deal if you don’t know how much you usually pay? Keep a mental list and never fall for a “fake” sale again.
9. You purchase fresh produce out of season.
When fruits and vegetables are in season, they are less expensive and they taste better. In-season produce may also be local which is even better!
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