Grocery shopping made easy:

Grocery shopping may seem like an easy task, but somehow we always manage to walk away with stuff we don’t need! This week, Alexis (our in-home coach), is giving away 7 tips for effective grocery shopping. Follow her tips to save time, money, and calories.

1. Always make a list

Bringing a prepared list will help you stay on track while you’re at the store, save you money by reducing unnecessary spending and ultimately reduce the amount of time you spend grocery shopping. This helps to ensure you only buy what you need. Make a list by planning a weekly menu (see tip below). Check your pantry, fridge and freezer for any items that you may need or already have.

2. Plan a weekly menu

By making a weekly menu, you’ll be able to make a list of only items that you need and will effectively reduce the chance of wasting food and money! You’ll know exactly what to cook and be more prepared when it’s time to make meals. Planning a weekly menu gives you a chance to get creative with your dishes! Have fun with it! Try themed menu nights or a new slow cooker recipe for an upcoming day in which you’ll be getting home late.

3. Avoid ready-made packaged foods

I hope by now, most people know avoiding prepackaged foods is beneficial for your health, but did you also know it’s beneficial for your wallet? When you buy these items, you’re actually paying for the packaging and processing more than the actual product itself. To have a healthier diet, try buying more wholesome foods that you need to prepare and cook yourself. These items are fresher and don’t contain unnecessary sodium, processed sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.

4. Buy fruit and veggies in season

You’ll know when certain fruit and vegetables are in season because they’re usually cheaper. They will also be more nutritious, fresh and tastier than the produce not in season and provide a good source of variety in your diet. Fruits and vegetables not in season are usually harvested early to withstand long distance transporting and won’t have their full nutrients. They can even sometimes require irradiation, which exposes them to bursts of radiation to kill germs and might even be full of preservatives to protect them during the shipment.

5. Look for sales and coupons

Only use coupons and sales that are relevant to your weekly menu and grocery list. Sign up for your local grocery store’s e-newsletter or check the paper for weekly coupons and sales. Sometimes you might not find deals for your weekly menu but it could be fitting for those extra household items that might be on your list.

6. Don’t go when you’re hungry

Going to the grocery store when you’re hungry might be one of the oldest tips there is. Shopping while on an empty stomach leads to impulse buying and when you hear that grumble all you can think about is wanting something quick, easy and typically unhealthy. Plus, if you’re grocery store is anything like mine, they give out numerous samples which aren’t always nutritious. Then you’re snacking as you shop! Do yourself and wallet a favor and eat before you shop so you can make clear conscious decisions about what you’re putting in your cart.

7. Read the labels

This might be time consuming at first, but once you start to realize what ingredients are in certain items, you’ll know what products to avoid which ultimately save you time in the long run. Being knowledgeable about what you’re putting into your body is one of the most efficient ways of maintaining a healthy well balanced diet. You want to stay away from high sodium, added sugars, saturated and Trans fats which are bad for the heart and can increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

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For our 2 related blog recommendations  of the week related to this topic, check out:
  1. Mamavation: Grocery Store Frozen Food: Ingredient Investigation
  2. Diane Carbonell: Recipes