You are particularly heading towards the grocery to find and buy the ingredients for a recipe meal you would like to prepare when suddenly you forgot the name of a particular spice. It is an important part of the recipe and now all you can do is call a friend and ask to check the recipe for you. As clumsy as it may sound, it is very inevitable for somebody to go shopping and forget something sometimes the ones more important. In a situation like this, you spend more time looking for that ingredient which is not ideal especially if you are in hurry. However, there are number of things you can do to avoid such case as well as to save time while doing errands or simply buying your household necessities.
Be prepared. In whatever situation, being prepared is always helpful in times you encounter unwanted circumstances. For instance, check if you have enough cash or credit before you splurge yourself into shopping whatever that catches your eyes.
Make a list. Make it a habit to list down all necessary materials you need to buy from hardware to recipes. These areas most likely have the smallest detail that sometimes most people tend to forget when buying. Having yourself ready with that piece of paper prior to going in the department store is useful especially if you are the forgetful kind of person.
Categorize. While making your list of things to buy, it would be neat if you could actually separate each of them from food, beverages, utensils, hardware, etc. As you know these items are located in different section inside the grocery store. It would cost you less time to find those when you already know what you are looking for.
Ask for directions. If you are not that familiar with the store and having a hard time looking for that certain item saya powder juice, you can approach the counter or a store keeper to guide you where to find that item.
An alternative. Always make sure to have an alternative replacement in the absence of particular material or ingredient you wish to buy. It is not a guarantee that all things are available when you shop.
Bring a bag. Not all stores can provide a handy plastic bag that will accommodate all the things you have just bought. Some stores only wrap things up with a fragile paper bag that might not be strong enough to hold heavy items on your list. Plus bringing an extra bag for excess items would also mean less paper and plastic bags and with this you appear to be environment friendly.
The listed things are quite obvious and easy to do. You may think of shopping as such a random thing but for those of you who would like to use time efficiently these will certainly work and yet a helpful tool in shopping.