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Around The Home: Follow the rules of shopping

POSTED: August 8, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Shopping trips, whether it’s for back to school items or grocery, may require a little extra patience this time of year.

Common courtesy makes a big difference. I’ve been bumped by a shopping cart in the checkout line a time or two. I didn’t make a big deal out of it because it just wasn’t worth the time.

Attitudes are contagious. Your expectations and preparation can shape the outcome of your day.

If you know you’re going to be out and about shopping for a long period time, make sure you get adequate sleep the night before.

Save time and gasoline plus avoid extra stress by planning your driving route. Make a list of stores to visit in advance.

Fuel up with a good breakfast and take snacks with you, especially if children are going along.

Make children’s safety a top priority. "Teach them how to locate help at theme parks, sports stadiums, shopping malls and other public places," recommends the "Take 25" Child Safety Campaign, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (

The center also suggests "identify(ing) those people who they can ask for help, such as uniformed law enforcement, security guards and store clerks with nametags."

Here are some more tips to keep in mind:

Stay with your buggy. Don’t leave anything valuable unattended.

Use the dividers, if available, when you’re putting your grocery or items on the conveyor belt.

Make sure your shopping cart or buggy isn’t too close to the customer in front of you. Give him or her time to place their items on the conveyor belt.

Try to have your coupons and discount cards ready when you reach the register.

Avoid negative comments about the cashier or store while standing in line. It doesn’t help the situation. Besides, shoppers don’t know the whole story behind the number of cashiers available or what the cashier has faced during his or her shift.


If you enjoy sharing recipes, here’s another chance.

The Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center is working on a community cookbook.

What’s the occasion? The center is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Send recipes to: Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center, Attn: Merry Howard, 430 Prior St. SE, Gainesville, GA 30501 or e-mail to:

Submission deadline is Oct. 5. More details will be released at a later date.


If you love fall as much as I do, then you can’t wait to add season-related activities to your calendar.

Be sure to check The Times Get Out section and the upcoming issue of Harvest for info on fall festivals and events throughout Northeast Georgia.

School festivals offer opportunities for parents to volunteer, but don’t let your service end there. Check with the school, extracurricular clubs and teams for chances to help throughout the academic year.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact: 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on



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