If you mindlessly throw things off your shopping list into your cart, you likely aren’t doing yourself any favors. In fact, you could find that you’re buying food that isn’t as fresh as it could be.
Stores use the FIFO policy – first in, first out. This policy means that the items that have been in the store for the longest are the most readily available on the shelf. While this might not be an issue with some things that move quickly or have a long shelf life, it could be an issue for other things. Being mindful of what you pick up can help ensure that you won’t get home and find that the product isn’t the quality you thought it was. Here are some things to be mindful of when you’re shopping for good-quality products.
Despite what you might think, bread products don’t sell as quickly as you might think. Yes, people love bread, but there are also a lot of choices, and your preferred brand might not sell as quickly as others. Sometimes bread comes in bags that you can’t see through, so you can’t inspect it for mold. To prevent getting home and finding old, stale, moldy bread, always look at the best by date. That date is a good gauge of how long the bread has been sitting on the shelves. Look at multiple loaves of bread and choose the one with the best by date that is the farthest away. This will ensure that your bread will be as fresh as possible.
Whether you are buying pain or cold medication or supplements, you want to know that no one else has opened those containers. If you get all the way home to find that the safety seal has been removed, you’re going to be pretty upset to have to drive back to the store to replace it. All medicines have tamper proof caps of some kind. When choosing what to buy, inspect the cap to ensure it hasn’t already been opened. If it has, take it to an employee for them to deal with.
If the product has a cap that easily comes off, ensure that the tamper proof seal hasn’t been broken. Some products might have a tab on the cap that you must break off to open the cap. Regardless of the safety method, make sure that it hasn’t been destroyed before adding the product to your cart.