Free Services You Can Get At Grocery Stores

Free Services You Can Get At Grocery Stores

Grocery shopping may be a time-consuming chore, but according to money site, you can score a number of free services at many stores. All you need to do is ask.

Photo by Andrew. editor Constance Brinkley-Badgett points out that while stores don’t exactly advertise these free services, they will usually offer them in the name of customer service.

For example, if the store has a flower section, they likely also have a florist on staff who will arrange your bouquet for you. I’ve experienced this myself. When buying flowers for a friend’s birthday, the florist at my local store offered to arrange them for me. It probably helped that the store wasn’t terribly crowded, but either way, it was a useful service.

Brinkley-Badgett adds that many grocers will sharpen your knives for you, too:

Did you know the butcher at your local grocery store will very likely sharpen your knife for you? For free? It’s true. All you have to do is ask. It’s best to do this early in the morning right after the store opens and the meat counter isn’t terribly busy. You can just drop off your knives, do your shopping and pick the knives up on your way out. (Pro tip: Buy some inexpensive plastic knife sheaths to protect your blade edges and yourself during transport.)

Some stores also offer free Wi-Fi, which comes in handy if you visit that store often. You can automatically hop onto their Wi-Fi and reduce your data usage while you’re shopping, which comes in handy if you need to access your grocery list or recipes on your phone.

While not all of the tips in the linked article are relevant to Australia, many do carry across the Pacific, including those mentioned above. You can check out the rest in the link below.



  • Anyone remember when there was a coffee grinder available at all grocery stores? Open your bag of beans, pour it in and freshly grind your coffee back into the same bag.

    I did hear of people putting other items through them though, which may have contributed to them no longer being around.

  • this was on the US lifehacker right? i can tell you it does NOT apply here in Australia. For starters the butchers at supermarkets get their knives sharpened professionally and don’t do it themselves (the guy comes every week or something). The morning is the WORST time to hassle a staff member as thats their busiest time of day! They have to do counts for the inventory management systems, setup for the day, organize nightfill for tonight ,etc. No free wifi usually unless its part of some advertising campaign.

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