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Speedy Groceries: How to Shop Fast

Do you feel frustrated with all the time you spend shopping for groceries? Here are some tips to slash minutes off your grocery shopping excursions.

Plan Ahead. Planning ahead means having a list, bringing any necessary coupons, and mapping out the route you'll take around the store. Do some pre-shopping planning, and the actual shopping won't take nearly as long as it might otherwise.

Walk Quickly. Don't do the “mall walk” in the grocery store. If you do, you're likely to get distracted and start browsing without a thought to the time it's taking away from your day. Instead, walk briskly and go straight for the items you need. It's also a great way to pack some exercise into your routine!

Bag your own Groceries. This tip seems counter-intuitive on the surface, but bagging your own groceries can make putting up those groceries once you get home much faster. Place canned goods together in one bag, frozen foods in another bag, food that will need to be put into the refrigerator in another bag, and so on, organizing groceries according to where they are kept in your kitchen.

Pick your Lane Wisely. Self checkouts are sometimes quicker, but only if you know how to use them. It's often faster to go to a lane with a cashier who can ring up items speedily and accurately. If there are multiple lanes, take a look at the people waiting in line. A line of five people, each with just a few items in their baskets, can move along much more quickly than a line of only two people who have carts filled to the brim. Likewise, if you see someone in line pulling out a checkbook, take a look around for a faster lane.

With these time-saving tips, you can get done with your grocery shopping quickly and maybe even squeeze in a much needed and well-earned break!