7 Facts about Grocery Shopping that Might Shock You

Posted on July 25 2017

Grocery shopping is one of those unavoidable chores, right? Well… kind of.

Home Food Delivery services are becoming more popular because they remove a lot of the stress and time-consuming shopping trips from your everyday life by bringing the grocery store to you.

Think about these 7 facts the next time you’re waiting in line at the grocery store for one of the two open cash registers.

1. How long does the average shopper typically spend in the grocery store? 

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The average person goes to the grocery store 1.6 times a week and spends 43 minutes there, not including the time spent getting to and from the store. Therefore, on average we spend about 60 hours grocery shopping per year. Imagine what you could do with even half of those hours back in your life! Here’s a few ways we think you could spend it:

  • Go to the gym 60 more times this year (and get in tip-top shape!)
  • Learn to play the guitar to serenade that special one in your life
  • Take your kids to 21 more baseball games this year
  • Watch The Notebook for 2 days straight, because why not…

2. How many items does the average grocery store carry?

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Grocery stores love it when you take home way more than you planned for, that’s why they have over 39,500 items on average! With that many choices, you’re sure to buy a few splurge items that you definitely didn’t need. Sure that Strawberry-Pineapple Coconut Smoothie sounds like a tropical vacation in your mouth, but it’s $7!

3. Do you typically shop on the weekends?

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Well, if you’re like most people, Saturdays are prime time for grocery shopping, as a generous amount of the population has off on Saturdays. If you visit the grocery store on a Saturday or a Sunday, you’ll spend an average of 5 minutes more in the grocery store.

4. Do you run to the store right before dinner?

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Well, then you’re probably seeing a much larger crowd than normal, because weekdays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. are the most popular times to shop. And, going to the store when you're hungry causes you to overspend and purchase higher calorie items too

5. What are shoppers spending the most money on?

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The biggest chunk of the shopping budget goes toward the middle aisles of the store. Nearly 25% of grocery shopping dollars are spent on processed foods and sweets! Trying to kick those unhealthy habits aren’t easy when there are cookies and pastries staring you in the face!

6. Don’t touch the shopping cart!

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A study of 85 random shopping carts found that 50 percent carried E. coli, while 72 percent contained coliform bacteria. Gross, right? These levels are higher than a public restroom! Make sure you wipe every cart with a sanitizing wipe before you go on your way.

7. Have you noticed your cart getting bigger?

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Doubling the size of a store's shopping carts can lead shoppers to buy as much as 40 percent more! Some stores place shopping baskets “randomly” throughout their store, but there’s a method to their madness. They do this so customers who just ran in to buy a few items can easily pick up a basket and end up buying more than they intended.

So, how do I avoid the grocery store?

As we all know, the grocery store can be quite the hassle. Between overcrowded aisles and the long lines to check out, grocery shopping has become a headache for a lot of us. So what if you could remove some of that stress from your life?

With home food delivery, you’ll have a freezer stocked with Certified Angus Beef®, Chicken, Pork, Organic Vegetables and the list goes on… Why bother spending so much time in the grocery store when it can come to you?

By eliminating the middleman costs and delivering in quantity, you can stay within your budget and maybe even eliminate some of the impulse buys that used to spike up your grocery bill!

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