Being in social isolation has meant that many ways of life have changed. These can be scary times, and now a trip to the grocery store means a whole new way of shopping.
Stick to Essentials
If you go to a store, stick to buying essentials (like groceries). Other things can wait or be ordered online.
Curbside / To-Go Shop When You Can
Right now, it seems like a lot of To-Go services are overloaded, hard to find availability, or completely unavailable. However, when you can, skip in the in-store shopping and go with curbside services. You can order at some places, and when you arrive, you pop open your trunk, an employee loads your vehicle, and you are done.
Be prepared for your outing with appropriate protection.
For us, this means a mask and gloves, hand sanitizer. Also, wearing clothes to the store that we change out of when we get home.
Bring extra latex gloves, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray – anything else you need to feel protected.
Reusable or Disposable Bags?
Many, or most stores, have gone back to using disposable bags.
However, if there is an instance where you are using reusable bags, try to use ones that you can wash. We have nylon shopping bags that I throw into the wash as soon as we get home. I have some really cute Ulster Weavers bags and Chico Bags, and I love that they are washable (Coronavirus or not).
Organize your grocery list
Organize your list by the layout of the store, so that you can be quick and efficient.
For example, start with the produce department, and work your way through the categories, ending with the dairy and frozen foods.
This way, you can minimize your time in the store, minimizing exposure.
Have a way to decontaminate, set up ahead of time
For us, we have a system for when my husband gets home.
Shoes are left outside.
We place everything in the garage. Then, everything gets sorted and sanitized as needed.
Things like cans and boxes, and other shelf stable foods, go into plastic bins. They stay in the bins, and if we want to use them shortly after purchasing, we disinfect them. If it is a weeks before we use them, depending on how long those items have been in “quarantine”, then we don’t need to.
Items that go in the fridge have to be sanitized, so we wipe the containers down. Things like produce (apples, other fruits or veggies) get set aside so they can be properly washed before use.
We wash up, and clothes are washed as needed.
There are lots of great videos out there with recommendations of how to clean your groceries, like this one.
I’ve definitely been more diligent when it comes to grocery shopping. I try to stay away from the grocery stores as much as possible during this time. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips.
I only leave the house for groceries now and definitely try to make the trip as fast as I can. I carry hand sanitizer with me too so I can clean my hands often.
Great tips! My husband has still been working outside of the home so he usually does the grocery runs while I stay home with our daughter. Trying to keep contact limited!
Very helpful tips! I also want to remind everyone to be nice while you are out, especially to those who are working during this scary time. I talked to a cashier who was nearly in tears after dealing with so many hateful customers.
That video was so helpful. I made my kids watch it too so they didn’t just think mom was overreacting. Amazing how much our world has changed in a month.
I beg to differ on the reusable bags. Those are hard on the workers who are at the store since THEY don’t know if you have been sure to wash and clean them … With the best of intensions, I think it is important to help THEM feel comforable … The rest of course is a must. And I’m so pro reusable bags on other times.
Great best practices for staying safe shopping during this crazy time!
I started wearing a mask while shopping and making sure I don’t roam around too much. I felt less anxious the last time I went out.
Sticking to essentials is the key . Especially at this point where the price has gone high . For money saving as well. Great tips .
my husband does a lot of these as he’s the one going out for shopping and thats only every few weeks
Yes! I couldn’t agree more with minimizing your exposure. it’s not easy to distance yourself at a super market, but you can limit the time you spend there.
Great tips 👍🏻We need to do everything on our end to help
Great tips! And you’re right, Chico bags are the best – I have so many cloth bags that I can just toss in the washer whenever, but the Chico ones pack up SO tiny!
I’ve never been thankful for grocery delivery before!
I have done curbside and drive up as much as possible!
I manage to buy bulks of dry items we need. However, I still do my weekly shopping and spends less.
Great tips! I’ve been doing grocery delivery and it makes me feel way more at ease. I’ve also been trying to be more diligent about washing produce. Every little bit helps!
I wish we had an attached garage! It seems so much easier to decontaminate/handle groceries this way. We rent and we have a shared garage. Right now we wipe what we can and set it aside for a few days if possible. Great tips. Sticking to essentials also cuts down on the time spent in the store. I want to get out of the stoe as fast as poosbile these days.
We use a reusable bag and we pack the items by ourselves, we make sure we have the list (but still can’t help to forget some supplies), and masks, gloves and sanitizer all the time. Thanks for reminding all the safety precautions, these are the new normals today.
These are great tips. We’ve kept out of stores as much as possible but definitely take precautions when we do need to go.
These are great tips for keeping yourself and your family safe. I went to a store the other day and I was greeted by a host offering hand sanitizer and a mask. I thought that was really terrific and wish more stores would follow lead. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to the door and had to turn around and go back for my mask.
I did the curbside pick up at the beginning,but now I do my own shopping. I liked it but I prefer to do my own shopping,especially for my own fruits and vegetables! I do wear my mask when out!!
I really do not enjoy shopping lately. I do try to Organize my grocery list and shop as fast as possible. I find that I am forgetting a lot of items though!
Thanks for the great tips. I’ve been doing grocery pick up lately.
So important to plan ahead when shopping during these times. Less trips to the store means less exposure.