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Survive the grocery shop this Christmas!

Survive the grocery shop this Christmas

We all know what it’s like, going into the local supermarket to “pick up a few bits” and ending up with a trolley load of treats and tipples you would never normally buy…because it’s Christmas.

When you have guests over, it can be tempting to buy more food and treats than you need. Let’s do our best to avoid overshopping. After all, it’s just one day and then the shops are open again…

Our top tips are as follows:

  1. When you go to the supermarket to get a pint of milk and a few bits, grab the smaller trolley or even a basket, it will rein in the capacity to load it up.
  2. Better again, go online and do your shopping. You definitely won’t spend as much and you’ll end up removing items at the checkout page.
  3. Budget and beat the ATM. Make a list, set a budget, and bring only cash with you. Better again, grab one of those scan-as-you-shop tools and keep track of what you’re spending.
  4. Survive the grocery shop this ChristmasEnd-of-aisle displays and fresh food smells are triggers to buy more – be wise to these strategies and make good choices that are FROM THE LIST YOU MADE.
  5. Stay focussed – keep that list in your hand – when you venture down an aisle where everything has been moved about to confuse you and entice you to add other things to the trolley, keep walking.Survive the grocery shop this Christmas
  6. Did you know why shelves are laid out the way they are?
    Top = Smaller and gourmet brands that don’t have the budgets to pay for better placement.
    Mid = Here you tend to see higher-priced items or items with the highest markup.
    Kids eye level = Specifically located with child appeal. If possible, leave the children at home
  7. You’ll often need to pass lots of nonessential items before you reach the dairy, eggs, meat, snacks and bottled goods. You’ll also encounter more temptations at the checkouts. Put your blinkers on and stick to your list!

Survive the grocery shop this Christmas

Survive the grocery shop this Christmas

You’ll find our Festive  Shopping Battleground guide here. Have a positive shopping experience. Don’t forget the list!

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