Time Optimised Grocery Shopping in Stockholm

As students, we are exhausted trying to find a balance between studies, travelling, hobbies, everyday errands, parties and relationships. Its seems like we barely find time to rest and do nothing. The past few weeks of this study period have been about making to-do lists for the coming days and working the tails off in getting a tick on those lists. Twenty four hours never seems to be enough and sleeping for five hours seems like a luxury. I needed to optimise the time I take to do things so that I could focus on the important things.

That is when I tried to experiment with the shortest time to grocery shopping. I now buy grocery once in one and a half weeks in just an hour. I tried out with the ICA, Lidl and Willys stores nearest to Lappis considering fastest from the bus, tunnelbana and with shortest walking distance.

So the best time optimised store was at Lidl in Östermalmstorg. If you take the right exit, it will lead you right opposite to the store gates so you don’t have to carry your huge bags for a mile. It takes me 20 minutes to reach the store from Lappis, 30 minutes to buy groceries since I am kind of used to where all the items are, and 20 minutes to come back.

I find this to be quite convenient since it takes optimum time to finish the errand and it also works a break from mentally taxing machine design calculations.

PS: I occasionally visit Himalaya Livs to buys Indian items which aren’t available in Lidl. Since the store is right next to our campus, I drop in to pick up the items whenever needed.

Thanks to Abhishek Maji, my corridor mate who introduced me to this option.

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

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