Grocery shopping can be overwhelming. There are so many distractions that get in the way of having a successful shopping trip. Here are some of my top tips for grocery shopping, how to be prepared and leave feeling confident in your purchase!
Make a List
To have a successful shopping trip, plan ahead by making a list! If you have everything written down, you’ll be less likely to forget what you need. I make mine by first planning out my all meals and snacks and then listing out what I’ll need to make them!
When I plan ahead I know exactly what ingredients I’ll need and it helps me stick to the meals I’ve planned out and I’m less likely to waste food.
Don’t Grocery Shop Hungry
Allow me to repeat myself, “DO NOT GROCERY SHOP HUNGRY.” I don’t know about you, but if I go grocery shopping hungry, I buy EVERYTHING that looks good and tend to stray from my list. Everything looks good in the moment when you’re hungry! It’s likely you’ll end up impulse buying and you may find yourself getting things you don’t need and don’t actually want. It also doesn’t do you any favors if you’re trying to stick to a budget!
If you find yourself hungry before you go grocery shopping, try to eat a snack so you don’t stray too much from your list. If you need to, buy a protein bar or a piece of fruit or something to snack on while you shop.
A lot of stores offer grocery pickup! I love this option for sticking to your list. You can add all the items to your cart from your phone or computer at home and then go pick it up at a set time!
Stick To The Outer Edges Of The Store
When I don’t do grocery pick up and actually go to the store, this tip is a lifesaver! Picture a grocery store in your head. Usually the outer edges contain the produce, meat, and dairy and the inner aisles are where the more processed, sugary, less nutrient dense foods are.
Start your grocery shopping trip on the outer edges to get all of your fruits and veggies, protein, and snacks like greek yogurt and hummus. After you’ve gotten everything on your list, then make your way to the inner aisles if you need to for things that are only on your list. Then quickly head to checkout so you don’t impulse buy!
I hope these tips were useful and that you’ll be able to incorporate some of them into your grocery shopping routine! For more tips and recipes, check out the rest of our blogs.