Grocery Shopping Tips That Will Save You Time, Money, and Energy

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Some people absolutely love grocery shopping, but let’s be honest — it’s a chore.

From dealing with the other shoppers to making sure you’re getting everything you need on your list, it’s not always a pleasant experience.

Not to mention, grocery shopping can take all of your money in the blink of an eye. 

In order to help make the experience a better one, and to save you some cash along the way, here are some grocery tips that will hopefully make your life a little bit easier. 

Avoid Weekend Shopping Like the Plague

This may be challenging if you work late hours during the week, but going to the grocery store on a weekend is like going to the DMV on a Monday morning. 

It’s packed, it’s exhausting, and there are so many dang lines!

If you can help it, try going to the grocery store during the week. Yes, it will probably still be crowded during the after-work hours, but it’s better than going at 3 p.m. on a Sunday. Just avoid Sundays completely.

If you absolutely have to go to the grocery store during the weekend, try going first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. 

Be Honest With Yourself

How many of us have decided we’re going to eat super clean and healthy for the week, only to let all our fruits and vegetables go bad while we choose to eat takeout and frozen food instead?

Listen, we’ve all been there! And it’s great to stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods, but don’t bite off more than you can chew (no pun intended). 

This will lead to you spending money on food you never actually eat, which isn’t smart.

Buy healthy foods, but also make sure you’re purchasing items you’ll realistically eat. 

Check Expiration Dates

This may sound obvious, but make sure to check the expiration dates on perishable products before putting them in your cart. 

For example, two cartons of milk may be right next to each other but one’s expiration date is three days later than the other. 

Always make sure you’re grabbing items with the latest expiration date possible, as this will prevent things from going bad quickly. 

Become a Loyalty Member

So many grocery stores these days have loyalty programs that will help you save some cash, so make sure to take advantage of it!

It may not seem like you’re saving that much money, but let me tell you, it’ll add up over time.