7 Things to do While Waiting in the Supermarket Checkout Line ...


Standing in the supermarket checkout line can be very boring as well as time-consuming. These are some things I have learned to do while waiting to help the time go by faster. Standing in the supermarket checkout line doing nothing but waiting will make the time drag by. These are some things you can try to help you when you are in this situation, too.

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Get Your Coupons Together

One thing you can do while you are waiting in the supermarket checkout line is to get your coupons together. This is helpful to both you and the cashier. It saves you from digging in your purse looking for them when you could be out the door and on your way. Getting your coupons together helps you to be prepared when it is your turn. When I do this, I always double check my expiration dates, too.


Look at a Magazine

You can also look at a magazine while you are standing in line. A lot of times you can browse through a magazine to see if it is one you would like to buy or not. This is an enjoyable way to pass the time. You can catch up on the latest celebrity gossip or learn some fashion or makeup tricks. You may just find a new favorite magazine, too.


Balance Your Checkbook

Standing in the checkout line is a good time to balance your checkbook. This is usually a chore that can be done quickly. You can also prepare the entry where you will enter how much was spent at the supermarket. Of course you do want to be careful to do this carefully where your account numbers cannot be seen. But it is a small chore you can take care of so that you don’t have to worry about it later.


Check Your Email or Social Media

Sometimes you just want to lose yourself in social media land for a few minutes. This is a good time to do that. You can also check your email to see what has come through. It is another way to make good use of your time. Doing something is better than doing nothing.


Plan the Rest of Your Day

This is something that I often do. I will generally plan the rest of my day while I am waiting in the supermarket checkout line. I evaluate where I am on my to-do list for the day. It kind of helps me to shift my mind onto what needs to be done next. Then, when I get home, I am ready to go on to some other project.


Look What Other People Are Buying

Let’s just admit it. We have all done this from time to time. It is interesting to see what other people are buying. Not just for curiosity’s sake but also because it can give you some inspiration for new snacks or meals. It is also just plain fun to scope out what is in your neighbor’s cart.


Strike up a Conversation

I don’t do this one often because I am content to be quiet and get lost in my own thoughts. Sometimes however, I will notice someone’s clothes or purse and strike up a conversation with them. There are a couple of advantages here. You can find out where they got their really cute stuff and kill some time. You never know, it is even possible to make a new friend.

These little tricks can help make your time in the supermarket checkout line go by more quickly. What do you do in this situation? Please share your tips with us!

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this article is stupid, really?

number 5 is a no no. I hate when people look at what's in my cart.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if you grocery shop regularly, you are bound to be waiting in line; I think this is a well-intentioned light-hearted effort to suggest that you can do a variety of things besides just wasting your time waiting. I agree, I hate it when someone scrutinizes my cart, something I try to avoid at all costs; and I rarely start a conversation in line, only because so many guys in line think this is a perfect place to try to pick you up....not! At the same time, I use this time to check over my list: I always forget something! And I do organize my coupons so the cashier can see I have purchased the correct items. But, for me, the most productive thing to do is meditate, try to relax my brain, try to get back to a more mindful state...some of my best ideas have come to me while trying to relax while waiting in line...

NUMBER ONE TIP FROM A GROCERY CASHIER! Remember to use good manners.... NO BLABBING ON YOUR CELL PHONE, unless your are a neurosurgeon needed at the ER STAT! No one wants to listen to the details of your life. I have overheard one side of some fairly odd conversations, listened to people cursing out the others, etc. CONSIDERATION PLEASE! And do not treat the cashier as if that person is INVISIBLE!!! SO RUDE!!!

It is not okay too look into someones cart, but it is okay to call something this lady wrote stupid is pretty acceptable? idiots, idiots everywhere!

Waste of time reading this lol

dumb post....

I second that.

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