What kind of Grocery Shopper are you – do you shop daily for fresh fruit and vegetables, every few days because you forgot something on your weekly shop, or are you a seasoned professional and shop monthly with only a brief visit in between to top up on bread and milk. Do you shop by list or how you feel – here are some guidelines on saving time and money in the shopping centre.
Shopping Centres were designed by incredibly smart people who are keen to keep you in there as long as possible. So of course the items you went in there for are always at the back – and in the corner – so you know you have to pass all those temptations before getting the staples that you really need. To top it off – the most expensive items are right at your eye level – damn sneaky!
It you know your shopping centre well and shop there regularly – you can design your shopping list by aisle. If not – sort by categories such as dairy/frozen/fruit & vege/general etc. Make sure you eat before shopping and take your list!!! Doing this will hopefully cut down on those impulse buys. Hop online and see if there are any super specials at your usual store. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to visit multiple stores when you take into account the time taken to travel between them and the cost of petrol!
Before compiling a list check and see what you already have in your cupboard that you can use up – take particular note of what is close to the ‘best before’ date. Throwing away food is like throwing away money!!