I had a great comment from a PPP reader yesterday discussing when is the best time to shop, and it got me thinking that there are definitely better times to shop than others! While I know all of us have gone through (or are in the middle of!) stages of our lives when shopping at naptime with a tired toddler is the best we can do, working to try and plan our shopping around our peak times at the grocery stores can really make life easier for us. Here are a few tips, and I'd love to know when you shop too:
- If you're planning to shop Walmart or other big box stores, try to shop off hours. I typically make my Walmart trips on the way home from the gym (which is usually before 6 AM – yikes!), but there's always a cashier present, I don't have to fight any crowds, and I can usually be in and out within fifteen minutes. For me it's worth waking up 15 minutes early in the morning to save me 30 minutes of stress in the middle of my day!
- If super early doesn't work for you, even getting up and shopping before 8 AM will hugely decrease the traffic in the store, so try to get up and out if you can.
- Avoid shopping close to naptime if you have little ones, and during the evening rush hour if at all possible. ‘Nuf said.
- Not a morning person? Try shopping in the late evenings once the crowds have died down (and your kids are in bed . . .) and enjoy a little peace at the grocery store!