Supermarket Sweep

I’VE always thought the contestants could do a bit better when dashing around the supermarket with their trolleys. If I was dashing around a supermarket with the aim of filling my trolley with the most expensive products, I’d be tearing down the spirits aisle grabbing a few bottles of 15 year old single malt whisky.

I do realise that Dale’s supermarket was carefully designed for the TV studio – there is unlikely to be any spirits above twenty pounds. Still, here are five tips that I feel would help the contestants do a bit better

  • Tip #1. Get rid of the underwear. Yes, that right, ditch the Y-Fronts, bras, knickers, thongs and string vests. Less weight is essential for speeding through the supermarket aisles and no underwear is advantageous. A shell suit, socks and useful footwear is all you need. Caution: make sure the shell suit is not see-through.

  • Tip #2. Wear the right footwear. It makes no sense wearing a lightweight shell suit then messing up by wearing weighty footwear that’s more suitable for stomping on cockroaches. A light pair of trainers with a good sole grip and flexibility is the obvious choice. Caution: don’t be fooled by some trendy looking trainers that look stompy – you’re on Supermarket Sweep to compete in a trolley dash, not in a fashion show!

  • Tip #3. Think small and expensive. Two chilled salmon fillets is likely to cost more than a four pack of toilet tissue. There’s no point in slinging large cheaper items into your trolley and ignoring the smaller premium priced products – if you do, your trolley will be full in no time and worth very little cash. You’ll also waste valuable time getting another trolley. Use your loaf, and whilst sprinting down bakery aisle, go for the Mr Kipling Angel Slices and not the large economy sliced bread!

  • Tip #4. Use the Eddie the Eagle technique. This is done by sprinting with both hands on the trolley handle. Once you’ve gathered enough speed, lift your feet off the ground, put your body weight on the trolley and keep at a 45 degree angle. When executed correctly, you be speeding down the aisles like a bullet. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Eddie the Eagle supermarket trolley technique!

  • Tip #5. Brakes on! Supermarket Sweep is all about speed and there will be times when you need to stop sharply to grab that valuable item off the shelf. The conventional way of stopping a shopping trolley does not cut it in this swift game, so make use of those lightweight trainers: use the rubber heels as brakes. Dig those heels in for an abrupt stop. Reversing will be redundant once you’ve mastered this braking technique and you’ll save valuable time. Remember: brakes are not just for transportation vehicles, they are for shopping too!

So there you have it, five tips for doing a bit better whilst dashing down the supermarket aisles. Follow them and there’s no doubt you’ll be crowned king or queen of the Supermarket Sweep.

Dale Winton. 22nd May 1955 – 18th April 2018

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6 thoughts on “Supermarket Sweep”

  1. On point #2 – Footwear:

    Contestants should invest in a pair of plimsolls. Nothing compares to the speed you can build up in those beauties. A pair of basic plimsolls like generations of kids in the 80s and 90s wore in PE lessons up and down the land should be basic kit. Nothing is faster than a nine year old child doing laps of a school hall.

    They are the perfect shoes, lightweight, comfortable and grippy, allowing the wearer to make sharp and tight turns whilst still remaining upright.

    1. Yes, you’re absolutely right 😀✔️ I remember having a few pairs during the 70s and 80s whilst at primary school. They were lightweight, comfortable and had gripped the school hall floor really well during PE 😀

  2. Boy did I love Supermarket Sweep! Yet another reason to look forward to the summer holidays. The Eddie the Eagle technique made me LOL! But personally I would’ve employed the snow-plough method where with one swift movement of my arm, I’d swipe the contents of an entire shelf into my trolley. I may well be disqualified for that but hey – Dale didn’t say you couldn’t do that!

    1. I love your snow plough method 😂😂. I’m sure it would have led to instant disqualification (I have a sneaky feeling the contestants had the rule book read to them prior to filming)
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂 I hadn’t thought about the rule book being read to contestants :/ Though in my case they’d have no doubt ended up throwing the book at me! :O

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