Style

How To Pick The Fastest Line At The Grocery Store

October 5, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

If it feels like you spend a lot of your life waiting in lines–it’s because you do. MIT professor Richard Larson estimates that Americans spend 37 billion hours per year waiting in lines, which is a lot of time spent doing *basically* nothing (scrolling through your Facebook feed doesn’t count). If you want to get some of that time back, here are some proven tricks that Larson discovered in his research for getting in the fastest line. You don’t have to be clairvoyant–it’s just a matter of follows these simple cues:

READ MORE: Is It Really Better To Buy In Bulk? The Answer.

Follow the people with bigger carts. Seems counter-intuitive, right? According to Larson’s research, there is a standard amount of time–about 41 seconds–that it takes for each person to say hello, pay, gather their items and go. So waiting behind more people with fewer items actually takes longer than waiting for fewer people with many items. People with large cart loads only have to swipe their cards once (versus multiple swipes in the express line), so following them is a good strategy. The express line is a sham!

READ MORE: 2 Things You Should Never Buy At Whole Foods, According To A Former Employee

Go left. According to another expert in the area, Robert Samuel,  since 90% population is right-handed, most people tend to go for the right lanes when checking out. Buck the trend, go left and you might have a shorter wait time.

Look for female cashiers. Samuel also found that women, on average, are faster cashiers. The checkout process with women attendees tends to go quicker, so look for lines with women at the register.

READ MORE: The Worst Thing To Buy At Costco, According To An Employee

So, there you have it! The sneaky ways you can actually tell which line is going to be fastest at the grocery store–or any store, really. Here are more tips, plus don’t forget to post more life hack questions for us on Quora!

READ MORE: If You’re A Whole Foods Shopper, You’ll Want To Read This

 

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

This $26 Dress Looks Good On *Every* Woman

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
The. Best.

Fashion

These Bestselling Nordstrom Leggings Are 50% Off For A Limited Time Only

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
You're welcome!

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Sweater Dress--It's Super Warm And It Looks Good On *Everybody*

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
The perfect winter dress!

Fashion

Psst! The Best Waterproof Boots Are On Sale For Less Than $40 Right Now

December 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Don't think twice.

Fashion

The Coat Everyone Will Be Wearing This Winter (& It's Not Puffers!)

December 13, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We're shopping this trend ASAP.

Fashion

The ONLY Jeans You’ll Need This Winter, According To Hundreds of Customer Reviews

December 12, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're on sale for $37 right now!!

Fashion

6 Things You Can Get From Anthropologie's Sale Section Right Now For Under $21

December 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Who's ready to go shopping?

Fashion

The One Coat Trend That’s Going To Be EVERYWHERE This Winter

December 10, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We love this trend!

Fashion

Drop Everything--Natori's Crazy Popular Convertible Bra Is On Sale For Just $27!

December 7, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
It's cheaper than ever!

Fashion

This $26 Dress Looks Good On *Every* Woman

I love a deal as much as the next woman, ...

Fashion

Psst! The Best Waterproof Boots Are On Sale For Less Than $40 Right Now

With the official start of winter just a few days ...

Fashion

Believe It! All Of These Luxe Leather Gifts Are $65 Or Less #ThanksCuyana

If you're anything like me, then chances are holiday ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS