One of the most time consuming menial tasks I have is grocery shopping. It is also one that can easily become a money drain. This is why I spent a lot of time trying to optimise it. Here are my takes to date:
1. Don’t shop when hungry
The first thing I did was not go to the supermarket hungry. It is amazing how short your shopping list gets when you’re not hungry. Snacks don’t have as much appeal, and it’s much easier to rationalise your choices.
2. Shop online
Next, I cut on my commute and browsing time by shopping online. This also helped me save a lot by having easier access to sales on products I consume frequently and can stock up on. Most vendors have decent interfaces nowadays for finding sales.
3. Learn your routine
Then, my wife and I learned our routine. This helps us cut on waste. We know exactly how much we need of everything, and buy accordingly. We never throw away expired goods anymore. Nothing has to wait that long to be consumed.
4. Book time slots in advance
Lastly, if we learned something during the pandemic it’s that it is hard to book delivery slots last minute. So we book slots a week in advance, and edit the order right before delivery.
Do you have any advice on optimising your grocery shopping? Please do share!
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