Grocery shopping can be overwhelming at best! Here are just a few tips that will help your approach to grocery shopping, and make it an enjoyable experience!
·Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. It’s important to make sure your pantry and your refrigerator are completely cleaned out so you can see what you need and what you already have multiples of before you head to the store.
·Plan ahead. Decide on Saturday morning what your menu for the week will look like. Determine which ingredients you will need for that week, and hit the grocery store as early as possible to get the best deals possible. If you do not like the Saturday morning crowds, plan to go on Sunday or Tuesday evenings, when the crowds are smaller and the best deals are made available.
·Make an ingredient list. Using your pre-planned menu, make a list of all ingredients you will need to complete your menu. Make sure to stick to your list when wandering through the store. It’s easy to stray when your kids are begging for certain types of cereal, or your eyes are drawn to the fresh, yummy-smelling, box of doughnuts placed in front of you! Stay focused and stick to your list.
·Eat before you go! It may seem a little silly, but a curbed appetite will keep you from buying things that you do not intend to buy, but sound good to you while perusing the grocery aisles. An apple or a banana will give you enough energy to shop, are low in calories, and will dull your appetite enough to keep you from buying your favorite treat.
·Use coupons to save money. Most weekend newspapers will carry coupons for your local markets. If you are price-conscious, the coupons will enable you to purchase your favorite items at a lower cost.
·Bring your calculator. Especially if you are on a budget, using your calculator with each purchase will help ensure you stay within your budget. You will also avoid purchasing items you don’t need because you will keep track of what you are spending as you go.
Tips & Warnings
·Only buy what you need for that week–anything else will either go bad or will sit unused for months on the back of the shelf.
·Plan your menu with foods you know you will eat–and ingredients that can be used for different things. For example, if you buy 2 pounds of ground beef, use one pound for chili and one pound for hamburgers. Two meals out of one ingredient!
·Stick to your food budget!
HAVE FUN…You are making amazing choices for you and your family!