Efficient Grocery Shopping
I love going grocery shopping, and I do it often. I like to choose my fruits, vegetables, bulk products, and flowers carefully -- and so I set time aside each week to make sure I can do a thorough job.
I mostly shop at my local Whole Foods, where I've reached a level of being on a first name basis with over 50% of the staff. The benefit of having one grocery store you shop at all the time is you know exactly where all of your favorite items are, and so it doesn't take you very long to find them.
When I walk in, I know exactly where the organic mushrooms are, and I can immediately go and grab a bag (rather than having to find someone to point me in the right direction).
Because Jon and I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, grains, and fish, our shopping takes place in the rightmost section of the grocery store. We are able to grab the veggies we need quickly. Some weeks we’re into Rainbow Chard, and some weeks it’s Cabbage -- even beets on occasion. Every once in a while we see an exotic vegetable and try it — recently I discovered a large black radish which was delicious!
Same goes for fruits. Depending on the season, different fruits are sweeter and more available than others. Peaches, nectarines, and cherries in the summer. All berries in the summer, too. Apples in the fall. It can be tough to get good fruit in the winter, but this is when the "frozen banana" can prove useful.
Last summer, Jon and I actually purchased several boxes of organic blueberries and strawberries to freeze -- and we had them throughout the winter. They lasted us about 6 months. It was a lot of work, mind you, to wash, prepare, and then organize everything in the freezer … but well worth it. We actually had to move houses in the Florida summer heat, and we brought our frozen goodies with us!
Back to grocery store efficiency. Once you know the layout of your store, you find the items you need quickly, and then head directly to the register. You will be able to allocate your time to selecting the best possible product, not finding the location of it in a labyrinth of unfamiliar aisles.
If you’re able to do all of your grocery shopping in under 20 minutes, then going to the store won’t seem like such a daunting task. Learn your local store's layout, then execute!