Lots of stories and videos of mayhem breaking out in stores as people stock up on supplies lately. I don’t blame anyone, sometimes the media can put things into a bit of panic in the way they report on issues, but fighting over toilet paper?
Everyone should have ample supplies that can last for a few weeks if necessary. That does mean by the end of the third week you are not going to be looking at those beans and powdered milk that same way you did on day one. Shouldn’t have eaten all the Beefaroni and Hot Pockets in the first week, right? There’s still the SPAM (I like SPAM BTW).
This week I needed some groceries, and I didn’t want to look like the frenzied buyers that I saw on TV. Then someone asked me to pick up a few things, then my mom called and said, if you are going out anyway, would you mind? Of course not… Now I’m stocking up. Crap.
I thought about it and came up with some techniques and tips to help you when you actually need to go out.
1.Don’t do all your shopping in one place. Now, it is always a good idea to spread your money around. By doing this, you limit the amount of food in your cart. Which brings us to…
2.Don’t fill up your cart. There are 3 levels in most carts. By putting some items on each level gives the illusion of sparseness.
3.Have a small list. If you have a big list, fold it up! Voila, small list.
4.Walk slow. Look around, pick up an item or two and put them back. No rush.
5.Have a flyer handy. By looking through the flyer, you are a savvy shopper looking for the best deals, not buying before the person in front of you can.
And finally, the most important one of all…
6.Don’t buy toilet paper. As soon as you put that in your cart there will be one less package on the shelf which can start something akin to chumming shark waters. Remember what I said about always having ample suppliers? Plus toilet paper goes on sale quite often so you should be stocking up. But if you really, really need it…a four pack under the ramen might let you fly under the radar.