We get this question at every class.
When Should I Shop?
Here are my tips:
1. Check with your local store’s to see which day of the week they get shipments.
The Walgreens I shop at gets shipments on Tuesday so the product they ordered for the Sunday ad is not even fully stocked until Tuesday afternoon. So I usually wait until then to shop.
Slow store hours
2. Shop early in the morning or late at night?
The drawback to these times is that there is usually only one check lane open. That is no big deal if you are the only one in the store. If you are shopping and there is only one checker and several other customers consider letting them go first if you have a lot or items, coupons or transactions. If they have another option to check out do not worry about it.
I find that during lunch time is usually a pretty good time to shop, the store gets a little slow but the checkers are overlapping shifts.
Never shop between 5 pm and 6:30 pm if you can help it. It is the busiest time of day.
You will learn your store as you shop there more and it never hurts to ask a manager what they think.
3. Go when your kids are not with you!
It can be hard to shop with children whether you coupon or not. Little people require a lot of attention and so does working out deal scenarios. It is hard to do both. I have friends that go early before their hubby goes to work, others go late at night when the little people are in bed. You can also go when they are in school, or after school when your built in babysitter is home. If you have one of these. I like to go on my lunch break on the days I work.
4. Find a routine that works for you.
I find if I plan a certain day or two as my shopping days the schedule runs a lot smoother.