You’ve heard the number one rule of grocery shopping, never go hungry right? Well, we’re here to add a few more tips to your grocery shopping experience, along with a grocery shopping list.
If you don’t make a list you’ll end up wandering the aisles of the grocery store aimless and hopeless. Without a list, you might as well just throw your money away. Make your list by pulling from a weekly menu, or essentials that you may be running out of. Check your pantry and refrigerator before making your list to include all your needed items and refrain for buying doubles. Part of this tip is to stick to your list! We know those TicTacs on the checkout stand are looking pretty yummy, but if they weren’t on the list before, you don’t need them now.
A list will do you no good if you have no idea what you want to make for the next week. Planning out a weekly menu will help you know what to buy and keep you from eating out too often. If you had a plan, it’s a lot harder to justify takeout every night. Be sure to plan in for leftovers!
Make a budget for your shopping trip and stick to it! It’s important to budget out your groceries so you know how much you’re spending and can adjust that budget as you go along.
Tips #4 Always Grab Dairy + Meat Items Last
These items should be snagged as you’re just about to check out to keep from getting warm too quickly!
The outskirts of the grocery store is typically where the healthier items are. This is where the produce, meat, dairy, and whole grains are kept. When you venture into the aisles more often than not the items lining the shelves are processed. If you try to shop the outskirts more than the aisles you’ll generally end up with a healthier grocery cart.
Sometimes it’s minutes before you head to the store and you’re frantically trying to make a list before you get there. But more frequently it should be a list on your refrigerator that makes it easy for you to jot something down as you run out of it.
Easy meals could be sandwiches, a quick stir-fry, or easy spaghetti. Regardless of your quick and easy meals ideas, make sure you always have those ingredients on hand so you can quickly whip something up when you’re in a rush or feeling lazy.
We talked before about aisles being stocked with most processed foods. We’re on a journey to make the majority of the foods we eat whole. Look for items that are the least processed, like whole grain as opposed to white bread or fresh fruit instead of canned fruit in juice Take a look below for our Whole Foods Grocery List!
Bring your own bags to the grocery store to reduce your plastic usage. It’s good for the environment and who needs another plastic bag anyway?
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