Have you ever wandered the aisles of a grocery store a little lost, or maybe even a little bored? Or gotten home and realized that you’d forgotten half the things you needed and bought a bunch of stuff you didn’t?
I grocery shop for a living—and with the help of my ultra-organized and efficient team members, I’ve figured out how to streamline my shopping trips. These days, when we all want to shop as quickly and as infrequently as possible, it’s especially important to have a plan when you walk into the store.
It all comes down to organizing your shopping list properly. This won’t just save you time at the store; it will also save you money and minimize food waste. And if you’re feeling a little shopping malaise, it might just bring some joy back to this task.
The same habits I formed as an America’s Test Kitchen’s shopper serve me well in my life outside of work. Here are some of my favorite tips.