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Grocery Shopping Tip: Shop at the right time. Don’t shop at the same time as the amateurs.
My mother-in-law taught me a useful phrase and concept. Once, casually, years ago, she said something like, “I had to go to the store Saturday afternoon, but I do so hate to do that. All the amateurs are out.”
It’s so true! It takes longer to go through your grocery store route and routine when the store is packed, and packed with people who don’t go with the flow of the store’s traffic and who leave their carts in the middle of the aisle and who don’t know what they’re going to buy so spend their time staring.
We’ve all had those days or those phases of life; one’s grocery shopping habits are not something to condemn anyone over. I’m just saying like just as we try to avoid rush hour traffic if we can, we should try to avoid grocery store rush hours.
My favorite time to grocery shop is between 9-10am. Only people who know what they are about are out at the grocery store at that time of day. Old ladies who tickle baby toes, other moms with small children, these are the people I like grocery shopping with – even if a few of them are still in their pajamas.
Of course there are other good times, but the times to avoid tend to be similar times to higher traffic on the roads: after school lets out, after people get off work, and Saturdays after the first of the month.
If you shop when there’s room for you to quickly move through the store, grabbing what you need practically on auto-pilot, you’ll finish up much more quickly and it will be a much more pleasant experience.
You are not an amateur grocery shopper. Avoid amateur hours at the grocery store.
Tomorrow: Track prices simply.
Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too!