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If you are planning to buy more than a few groceries, bring someone with you and push two carts. Lets face it, if you fill your cart to the brim without planning ahead, you will have absolutely no control over how it is packed back into the cart at the end of your shopping trip. If you can push two carts around the store, you can decide more easily which order groceries get put on the conveyor belt at the checkout stand.
Have your coupons ready. Also, you should check to make sure your money or your cards are with you before you fill the cart. Nothing is as annoying as filling a cart full of food, loading it on the belt, waiting for the cashier to check it out and then realizing that you can't pay because you left your money at home. Also, it helps if you have a way to separate the coupons you are going to use from the ones that you need to put away.
Look to the end of the checkout stand to see if it narrows. If the belt is wider than the place where the food will pass through the scanner, then filling it to its capacity can cause jam ups or force your food to fall to the floor as it tries to fit through the pass. Load your food so that it either is in line with the scanner pass through, or so that it has room to move around naturally.
Load heavy, bulky packages first. These can serve as a base for stacking other food in the cart in a way that will make it stable. It wil also fit better and have less chance for breakage if the heavy stuff is on the bottom.
Put things packed in glass either on the bottom or in the middle. If you put glass bottles on top of a loaded cart there is a very good chance that you will lose them before you get home. They will slide off and break, and if they do it after you have left the store, the store will not replace them for you.
Put your bread, cake and eggs in the cart last. These things are so fragile that the they need to be on top of the pile. Make sure the eggs are in a secure position, and make sure that nothing is on top of your bread.
Follow these tips regardless of whether you shop at a store that bags for you or makes you bag for yourself. These are all common sense tips that are often overlooked by shoppers, but if you follow them your grocery shopping trip will be greatly enhanced.
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