Quick Tips to Ease Your Grocery Shopping
At some point or another, we all have to shop for groceries. Do you do it daily, or do you try to go once a week and get everything you need for the week?
In my home, trips to the grocery store are almost as crucial as trips to work. We all need to eat. And honestly, I used to stress a lot, and spend even more, when I went without a plan. Now, whether I am shopping online on Amazon Fresh or at our local supermarket, working off a meal plan list makes it a lot easier and cheaper! Following a few helpful hints can make it a whole lot easier!
- A Plan – There is nothing more stressful than going into an activity without a strategy. Not knowing what you are looking for can cause you to purchase extra items that are not on your nutrition plan and forget things that are. Having a specific plan each time you get to the store will allow you to maximize your trip and get you in and out efficiently and effectively. Just as we plan out our work, try planning out each trip to the store so that nothing goes without attention. This also helps you save money by not buying what you already have!
- A Budget – Going into your grocery trip with a set budget will help you avoid bad purchases and stretching your costs. Overspending your money is a stressful thing, so set a limit that you feel comfortable with and find the food on your nutritional plan at the best prices. You can also incorporate setting your budget into prepping and planning your meals for the family. This works hand in hand and can take some stress off your mind and pocketbook.
- Reusable Grocery Bags – This is not just a new trendy accessory for your grocery shopping needs, a reusable bag is a great way to make shopping easier. By bringing your bag to the grocery, you can help give yourself some shopping limits. Setting a boundary of only buying what you can fit in your bags can make sure you do not purchase items that you do not need. There are some forms of reusable bags that can also assist in keeping frozen items cold and hot things hot. And you’ll also feel good about helping the environment by not using plastic bags.
- Note Pad – Many of us have the habit of bringing a grocery list into the store. Instead, try bringing a blank sheet of paper to take notes on while shopping. There are many valuable things to keep track of when shopping such as: when to buy particular products, when certain items may go on sale and the price of what you need compared to other stores. You can also mark things that they are out of so that you know you need that still. You can use real paper and pen, or there are a lot of apps on your smartphone that allows you to keep notes.
- Time – Time is the one thing you do not get back and not having enough of it during the day can be another stressor. Using time management skills during your trip is a great practice and even starts before pulling into the parking lot. If you rush into the grocery store, you are more likely to buy the first thing close to what you are looking for rather than being smart with your purchases. You are also more likely to forget some needed items. This causes those repeat trips and added stress on you. Be aware and prepared with your trip around the store as well. Try not to bounce from aisle to aisle and waste valuable time. Know the layout of your store.
Which of these will you try first next time you go shopping?