Going grocery shopping can be a big hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. The next time you go to the supermarket, follow these tips for a worry-free trip.

Plan Ahead

Before you leave for the grocery store, take a look at your pantry. What are you running out of? What ingredients do you need for this week’s meals? Don’t forget to check your bathroom or cleaning closet to see if you’re running low on soap, shampoo, cleaners, or feminine hygiene products. Then, use your phone or a notebook to make a list of everything you need. If you’ve forgotten an item for the past few trips, star or underline it.

Choose the Right Cart

Once you get to the store, don’t just grab the first cart you see. Choose one that’s appropriate to your trip’s size, whether you need the biggest cart available or a handheld basket. Make sure that all of the spring loaded casters are secured and can properly turn. Use a disinfectant wipe to clean the handlebars so that you don’t get sick.

Shop Strategically

Equipped with your list and high-quality shopping cart, enter the grocery store and shop strategically. Start in the back of the store and work your way towards the checkout lines instead of moving back and forth between the aisles. Put the heaviest items, such as flour and milk, at the bottom of your cart, and leave room on top for lighter items such as bread and spinach.

Bring Your Own Bags

When it’s time to checkout, use reusable fabric bags to pack your groceries. These bags can hold more items than disposable plastic ones, reducing the number of trips you have to take into your house as you unload.

By following these tips, you keep your shopping trips efficient and stress-free.