Grocery shopping can be overwhelming. There are so many distractions that can 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. Another great way to stick to your list is grocery pick up! 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!
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!
Have A Budget
Have a budget set before you go into the store. Walk in knowing how much you can spend and stick to it. This will prevent you from buying things you don’t need. If you don’t set a budget, you’ll probably spend more than you wanted.
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. Then make your way to the inner aisles for things that are ONLY on your list. Then quickly head to checkout!
Plan Out A Weekly Menu
This tip is one of my favorites because it also helps me know what I’m making every night. Start by making a list of the meals you want to make for the week and then list the ingredients you’ll need. This tip will help you save money and be less wasteful. This is especially good for meals you make often because you can buy ingredients in bulk and it’ll be easier to make your list in the future.
Keep A Running List
This is a tip I’ve recently added to my routine and it’s great! Once you run out of something, write it down. Create a running list that is constantly being added to. Then, when it’s time to go to the store, you know what items you need to restock and won’t forget anything.
Give Frozen Veggies A Try
Yes, fresh veggies are better. However, they tend to go bad quickly. Try buying frozen veggies and find ones you enjoy. Frozen veggies really are good for you and they’re way better than canned. They also last way longer and are great for quick, on-the-go meals.
Try Store Brands
Store brands (or generic) are usually just as good as the brand names. Plus they cost less. If you’re skeptical, start small and only change a few items at a time. I can guarantee you won’t even notice a difference and it’s worth it to save some money!
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.