Grocery Shopping Tips
1. If you like to avoid lines and big crowds, you should shop later in the evening. Only 5 percent of shoppers visit the grocery store after 9 p.m. or before 9 a.m. And if you want to know the least-crowded day of the week? Wednesday.
2. Yes, reach way back for the fresh cold milk. Everybody does.
3. Always check your receipt.
Make sure your prices are scanned correctly. Make sure your coupons are scanned correctly. You don’t need to hold up the line: simply watch the price of each item as it’s scanned. If you suspect an error, step to the side and check the receipt as the clerk begins the next order. If there’s a problem, politely point it out. It’s your money. Ask for it.
4. Your produce will be fresher if you choose items that are restocked often such as broccoli. Picking an exotic fruit that doesn't turn over as quick may not be as fresh.
5. If you like employees with a good attitude try shoping at stores that are employee-owned. When employees have a stake in the profits, it shows in their work.
6. Grocery stores charge premium prices for real estate. So look up and down — literally — for good values from smaller manufacturers who can't afford to stock their products in the eye-level sweet spot.
7. The baby formula is locked up because thieves resell it on the black market. Ditto for the cough and cold medications, smoking-cessation products, razor blades, and batteries.
8. If you want to avoid getting your car dented from shopping carts try to park at an end spot or far, far away.
9. 13 percent of what you buy usually ends up getting thrown away.
10. Try the store brand products. Generic and store brand items are cheaper than the name-brand stuff and are usually of similar quality. The store brand items may not have fancy packaging but if it cost less and taste the same, who cares?
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Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer
Avoid throwing away moldy groceries by making them last much longer!
These tips and tricks will help extend the shelf life of your food.
1. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.
2. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic bag.
2. Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge.
3. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
4. Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge.
5. Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out.