How To Shop During Holiday Season

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Grocery shopping is super time consuming—or it can be if you don’t have a plan. We Test Kitchen folk spend a lot of time shopping for groceries, not because we aren’t good at it, but because we test a lot of recipes. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at getting in and out of the grocery store efficiently, and here are my top tips and tricks:

1. Make a habit of going to the same store for all your groceries; eventually you will learn where everything is.

2. Don’t make grocery lists by type, i.e. international, canned goods, fish, frozen, etc. Grocery stores don’t really organize their stores like this.

3. Instead, make your list based on the aisle or area. For example, my store has the deli counter and specialty cheese right in the produce section. On my grocery store app (more on that later) I have Gruyere cheese, rotisserie chicken, and lemons all under the “produce” area.

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