5 tips for conquering the grocery store

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Going to the grocery store can be an overwhelming pain in the butt. There are a zillion products to choose from and people everywhere bumping into you. Unless it’s late at night or the middle of a weekday afternoon, I try to get in and out as fast as I can. Here some tips for surviving the grocery store:

Make a categorized list

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Make a categorized list of what you need to get in each section of the store so that you’re not going back and forth between aisles (which personally makes me feel annoyed and crazy). You can do this by first writing all the categories and filling them in, or brainstorming a big list and then putting the items into categories.

Don’t go when you’re hungry

You’ve probably heard this one before. If you’re hungry, you’re more likely to make bad decisions and buy some Cheetos or Fritos or other junk food because you’re hungry and it looks good.

Stay on the perimeter of the store

The aisles in the store have all the processed food, while the perimeter has produce and fresh food. Make it a habit to spend more time around the perimeter.

If you’re eating the skin, it should be organic

Organic produce can be pretty expensive, but if you’re eating the skin of the fruit or vegetable, it’s best to lean towards getting the organic version. The non-organic produce has been sprayed with pesticides, which might still leave a residue even after washing.

Check the price per ounce

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If you’re trying to compare prices between 2 similar items, save yourself from doing the math: just check the tiny print on the price label where it says how much it costs per ounce, gram, etc.

Let me know in the comments if you have any grocery shopping hacks!

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