The Shop Before the Storm: How to navigate the grocery store before the Thanksgiving winter storm

The mention of snow inevitably means packed grocery stores. As a winter storm sweeps in while many of us are preparing for Thanksgiving, it can get tough to do your shopping.

NewsChannel5’s Kristin Byrne has tips to help you get in and out of the store—as well as what you should have on your shopping list.

#1) Avoid the Express Lane.

A Stanford research survey found it takes 41 seconds for a person to move through the line—BEFORE they start tallying their items. That’s according to the Boston Globe.

#2) Skip dinner and go shopping instead.

Readers’ Digest says the best time to hit the stores is between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Or go before Good Morning Cleveland starts! Only 4 percent of shoppers are out from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

#3) Have a list and stick to it.

That should be, “Have an organized list.” Group your items by their location on the grocery store so you can glide through.

#4) Stock up on things you’ll actually need.

It’s easy to get distracted by the displays and sales and discounts, but if you don’t get the essentials, you might regret it. Make sure you have flashlights and batteries, water and some non-perishable foods.

#5) Consider going on Turkey Day.

Only 24 percent of people shop on Thanksgiving itself, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, there are fewer places open on the holiday but still you’ll find more space on the aisles in the stores that are.

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