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My Shopping tips

Make a list of required items to reduce supermarket wandering and lingering
Go once a week when the list is substantial
Always wear gloves
Bring sanitiser in the car
Bring your own bags
Don’t use shopping trolleys
Keep your distance
Buy sliced bread in a plastic bag that has been made and sliced by machine
Look, choose, pick up once
Don’t go down busy aisles
Choose less busy times: 12-14.00 (our supermarket is open during lunch)
Don’t touch stainless steel and plastic shelving without gloves where the virus can survive 48 hours
When home wash hands AND face as you have probably touched your face while wearing the gloves.

Probably missed some important things so feel free to share tips and suggestions for improvement

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Bring your own bags
Don’t use shopping trolleys
How realistic are those two? Otherwise good advice.

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We have accumulated quite a few shopping bags so that is no problem. We see most locals with bags also but also using trolleys. We now use our own bags even at the risk of one of us taking some to the car while the other waits minding the rest. But usually 2-3 bags are all we need most times.

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We have accumulated quite a few shopping bags so that is no problem. We see most locals with bags also but also using trolleys. We now use our own bags even at the risk of one of us taking some to the car while the other waits minding the rest. But usually 2-3 bags are all we need most times.
Most shops I've used in the UK or France will not allow the use of your own bags while shopping.

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Most shops I've used in the UK or France will not allow the use of your own bags while shopping.
Have not come across that one, many people, including myself, go to the supermarket and fill a shopping bag or a wicker basket and when one gets to the till, empties it and shows the cashier their empty bag before refilling it after the goods have been scanned and passed through the checkout.
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Most shops I've used in the UK or France will not allow the use of your own bags while shopping.
I've never had a problem at our local Monoprix with using either a brought-in bag or a wheeled cart.
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Most shops I've used in the UK or France will not allow the use of your own bags while shopping.
Pretty common over here.

When I first arrived I thought I'd spotted a shoplifter and followed her all around the shop.

It's even worse when you're in the queue at the till (normal times), and you offer to let the little old lady standing behind you 'overtake' as she only has two tins of cat food - then she proceeds to empty a fortnight's supplies out of her shopping bag.

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Honestly never seen it, anywhere!

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Pretty common over here.

When I first arrived I thought I'd spotted a shoplifter and followed her all around the shop.

It's even worse when you're in the queue at the till (normal times), and you offer to let the little old lady standing behind you 'overtake' as she only has two tins of cat food - then she proceeds to empty a fortnight's supplies out of her shopping bag
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Yes, I've done that as well Clicky .... grrr ... won't do it again in a hurry, although, Friday lunchtime standing at the checkout with my trolley an elderly man (probably in his 80's) came ambling towards the checkout complete with walking stick and hearing aids looking rather frail so I gave up my space to him and went to another till. He gave me such a lovely smile bless him, made my day and made me feel like a worthwhile human being.

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If you have small, independent shops that you would hate to not find after this is all over, and they are still open, then use them now!

My local fromagerie also supplies milk, eggs, yoghurt, butter and homemade fresh pasta. She is accepting orders by phone and email, for vulnerable clients she is offering to deliver for free! I will continue to buy from her as long as she is allowed and able to stay open. Likewise the grocer next door, and the butcher. Not only will I be supporting a small business but I will not have to go to the supermarket more than once a fortnight or so. If you can afford to do so, please support the independent shops as much as you can. Our local town would die without them.

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