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Shop at One Store to Save Time
Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 11, 2013 @ 4:57 pm In Good Eats,Homekeeping,Meal Planning,Time Management | 9 Comments
It’s true that you can save money by buying only the best priced items at each store. It’s called cherry picking, and it’s one means that I’ve used over the years to stretch a buck. I have a list of go-to items for Costco, Walmart, Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts, my five main stops.
However, grocery shopping can take a lot of time and fuel if I make all the rounds each week.
Today, on a Friday of a very long and tiring week, making the rounds to restock our rations did not appeal to me. I’m exhausted. And I didn’t really want to spend a lot of time shopping. So, I made the best decision for me this weekend: I shopped at one store.
And this week, Ralphs was the one-stop shop. While Walmart was closer and has some cheaper prices on some things, a weekend shopping trip at Walmart is a recipe for frustration. Sprouts was too pricey for the things on my list. Trader Joe’s doesn’t even carry some of the things on my list. And Costco on a Friday afternoon? You think I’m insane? Not yet.
While it might not have been the very cheapest way to stock up, it saved me time, mental energy, and frustration to shop at one store instead of chasing all over town.
I’m kinda tempted to make this a habit for a few weeks and just take a load off!
This post is part of the Kitchen Time Savers series . You can follow along this month as we explore lots of ways to make more efficient use of our time in the kitchen.
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