I do the grocery shopping at our house. I shop at Target because I know where everything is. I know it's not the cheapest, but I tried to shop at the Walmarts a couple of times and got utterly lost and frustrated. Since Joanne usually stays home by herself while I shop I am motivated to go as fast as I can because I don't like leaving Joanne home alone. So Target it is.
Here are my secrets: make a list. I try to always know what I am going for before I head out the door. If I try to remember stuff I always forget something, and it is usually the most important something.
I mentally plan my path through the store. This is a little weird, but as I drive to the store I visualize the path I will take through the store. I guess a lot of elite athletes visualize their event before participating so why should I be any different? Pharmacy, then the bread aisle, cereal and then dairy. Check.
Get a cart that works. I don't have time for a cart with a sticky wheel. If I pull out a cart and it fights me, I abandon it and go back for a new cart. I also won't use carts that pull to the left or the right. I need the cart to be on the team!
Stay alert: there may be something that I needed that I forgot to put on the list. I can't get too focused on the list that I forget to grab a can of Salt and Vinegar Pringles for Emma's lunch when I walk down the chip aisle.
This morning I had a list of 20 items and the entire trip from my house, through the store and home took half an hour. Joanne says I am a shopping super hero and that I need to wear a cape when I grocery shop. I don't think so...it might slow me down.