I shop at numerous grocery stores, but not every week. Therefore, if I get home and find I bought something that is bad or damaged, I’m not likely to return it. The hassle of going back to a store that is not “on the way” is just not worth it to me. The result is wasted money.
Since I dislike returning items, and I dislike wasting money, I try to avoid the situation altogether by making sure I buy what I want. Here’s what I mean:
- Check packages of cheese, grapes, berries, or bread for signs of mold.
- Take the lid off a coffee can, yogurt container, spice jar or other similar item to make sure the seal is intact.
- Look carefully at the bag of potatoes to make sure they are not green.
- Move the baby carrots around in the bag to make sure they are wet, but not slimy.
- Check cans for dents.
- Make sure you are buying the right item and not a different variety your family doesn’t like.
- Check jars of pickles or fruit to make sure they are sealed.
- Look over all produce well.
- Check expiration dates, particularly on dairy products.
Doing these things does add time to your shopping trip, but not that much. It only takes seconds to check most items and usually the total time you spend checking will be significantly less than the time it would take to return something.
I’m sure there is something I missed in the above list. What would you add to it?
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