You can probably relate to my least favorite thing about grocery shopping: standing in line to pay.

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Wait, you say. What about curbside? You can order it online and just have them bring it to you, right? Well, you can, but I'm not really a fan. It's fine for getting staples like paper towels, milk, or detergent, but I like to be the one picking out my groceries. I'm old-school, okay?

H-E-B Trying New Technology to Reduce Lines

The self-checkout is fine, until you ring something up twice, a price isn't right, or your coupons don't work. Then you might as well be in a regular line, because a cashier still has to fix things for you. So, if you're like me and prefer to go inside the store, but want to save time, I've got some good news!

According to, Texas-based H-E-B is testing a different way for customers to check out called 'Fast Scan'. Basically, H-E-B is testing a checkout device that would ring up all your items automatically as the basket goes through a scanner.

When Will Fast Scan Come to Killeen, Texas?

H-E-B says that the Fast Scan technology is currently in a pilot phase exclusively with store employees. reports that last month a H-E-B shopper shared his thoughts about the new checkout option at store in Schertz, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio:

All you have to do is run your basket through and the machine (is) going to scan everything inside the basket and pay the amount on the receipt.

-Christoken Johnson,  H-E-B Shopper

There's no official word from H-E-B about when other stores throughout the state will be getting this cool new time-saving feature, but it would be amazing if Fast Scan technology comes to Central Texas before the end of the year. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Blue Bell Ice Cream On The List of Top 15 Brands Nationwide

Blue Bell is the official ice cream of Texas, and my personal favorite. According to a new list of the 15 best brands of ice cream nationwide, Blue Bell was ranked in the middle.

In addition to ingredients, texture, and variety, Tasting Table used Influenster and other site reviews as part of its ranking process.

Scroll on to find out how Blue Bell compared to the number one ice cream, and how all 15 on the list were judged.

The Top 10 Worst Places to Live in Texas

While it's always a good idea to know about areas with the lowest crime rates and best recreational opportunities when you are looking for a place to live, it’s also important to know which places to avoid. Even if you move to a neighborhood with a low crime rate, you could also be close to less safe communities.

Here are the top 10 worst places to live in Texas according to

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