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I’m pretty sure most people despise grocery shopping just as much as I do. (Well, I actually loathe it. It’s my most hated chore – so maybe not.) Regardless of whether or not you feel as strongly as I do, you could almost certainly use that that time much more efficiently somewhere else, doing something else, other than schlepping around a supermarket. Possibly even something fun. So here are a few ways I have found – through my extensive research on the topic – that will cut your grocery shopping time in half, leaving you more valuable minutes to… play Candy Crush.

Pick the right time to go to the store

No, not a time that suits your schedule but a time that the supermarket will be at its least busy yet fully stocked. This is usually super early in the morning and rather late at night when the night-fill guys are packing the shelves. Whatever you do though, avoid Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoon/evening like the plague. You have been warned.

Self service is not quicker

You heard right. If you have a trolley-load full to the brim and if the make-up of that stash is primarily fresh foods, meats and deli items, it will take you 18 months to find all those little buttons on the self-service machine. Then there’s the weighing. Argh! You’ll be pulling your hair out in clumps when you can’t find the red onions and the weight of that butternut pumpkin is NOT 5.3kg. The check-out chick gets paid to scan your groceries and take your money. Let her do her job.

Get friendly with the staff in the deli

This is by far my fave part of the grocery store, yet it’s my least fave at the same time. Why? The wait! Clearly everyone else in my neighbourhood shares my love of kalamata olives, swiss cheese and hungarian salami. So this is where you grab the attention of the deli attendant (perhaps with a wink and a smile), you relay your order and then go about doing the rest of your shopping. When you return, your order will be their waiting for you – no matter how many people are ahead in the ticket queue.

Revise the way you write your list

In my everyday life, not just my grocery shopping, I am continuously looking (some may say agonisingly searching) for the most efficient way to do things. All things. Anything. So guess what? I found a way to make your shopping list work for you. The most efficient way to write your shopping list is not to quickly draft it in the Notes app on your phone as you run out of things until they all add up. You put the items in the order they appear in the store. Depending the route you take in your own supermarket, note down what you need in each section. There are some apps, like Pepperplate, Paprika and even the Coles app, that will help do this for you. Easy.

TIP: If you really can’t bear the grocery store at all, shop online instead. It’s quicker, it’s easier, they have everything that’s in the store and the guy that drops it off will even unpack it for you. Score!