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The Best Day of the Week to Shop for Groceries Is...

If you do your shopping on the weekends, you might want to reconsider your strategy

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Wednesday is the best day to grocery shop
Late evening and overnight hours are the least crowded times at stores
New sales launch on Wednesday, but previous week’s deals are still valid

We’ve all been there: Trying to tackle our grocery shopping on a Sunday, when stores are mobbed and shelves are feebly stocked. Sure, that may be a convenient day off from work to handle chores -- but it also happens to feel like a lousy time to approach the task when you can’t even find a space in the parking lot or an empty shopping cart with four working wheels.

So what’s the best day to shop for groceries? If you can swing it, Lifehacker suggests you try Wednesday nights. Grocery stores tend to release their new sale advertisements that day, while also honoring advertised sales from the previous week. Further, mid-week is when stores often restock items like produce and meat.

The New York Daily News suggests Wednesday is also the least-crowded time to shop -- and that almost no one (just 4 percent of us) is shopping between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. So you can have a little elbow room if you do your weekly shopping during off hours.

To score price reductions on perishables, MyGroceryDeals.com recommends shopping in the evening, or go a few hours prior to closing, suggests CBS News.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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Look high and low on the shelves.

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Grocery shop on Sundays to "stack" savings.

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Tuesday is the worst day to grocery shop.

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