How to Shop in a Grocery Store – Part One

Grocery shopping

Josh Bowman is spending the next couple of weeks offering tips on how to do basic activities (you’re welcome). Today: shopping in a grocery store. Part one.

  1. Your kids are loud. I know you don’t care, but they are. Hitting them just makes it worse.
  2. Don’t cut in line, even if you only have one thing.
  3. Being a cashier sucks, so don’t give them such a hard time. Also, if your coupon is expired, take the L.
  4. Aisles are small. Park your cart on the side if you are going to be there for a while.
  5. Buy stuff in the fringes. That is where you find the healthy cereals, the cheaper beans, and the no name chips. Companies pay for prime shelf space, so look around before you buy.
  6. Go in with a plan and a list, or you will end up leaving with a lot of ice cream bars, nacho chips, and a whole box of oranges that you will never finish.
  7. Sales are great, but if you aren’t going to eat all those Oreos, then it’s just spending money for no reason. Also, maybe don’t buy so many Oreos.
  8. If you have a smartphone, it is a huge saviour in the grocery store. Use it for recipes, grocery shopping apps, and secretly looking at naked ladies in Google Image Search. Ah! So naughty!
  9. Buy organic. Buy local. Buy ethically sourced meat and eggs when you can. Spend a bit more, and get way better food. With the right recipe and premium ingredients, you can make amazing food at home. Yes, even you.
  10. Get to know your butcher, your produce person, and your baker. They know a lot, and can help you choose the best food. Even if it means going to a bunch of local places as well as the supermarket, it’s definitely worth it.

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About Josh Bowman

Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, story-teller, comedian, and blogger. He has worked and consulted in Vancouver, New York, and now Toronto for almost a decade. Josh improvises around Toronto, including regular shows with Opening Night Theatre, and also blogs for the Huffington Post. You can email Josh here.. If you want to know more about Josh, check this post and this post out first.


  1. Great tips !!! When you shop groceries online you can save much time, compare and find best deals. Personally i feel this would be the best choice rather than going for the store.

  2. Joanna Schroeder says:

    So true.

    Also, just saying “ice cream sandwiches” made me stand up and go get an ice cream sandwich.

  3. Get to know your local store manager. Not all Kroger/Safeways/Publix stores, etc. are created equal. If you find a store that is a little farther away, but you know the manager runs a tighter ship, shop there. It makes a huge difference. (I am a grocery industry veteran.)

  4. #1 – hitting children? In the supermarket? Boy, I’m glad to live in a place where that would unthinkable (and illegal).


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