Grocery shopping is one of the foundations of health. Learning how to do it well can help you save tons of time and money.
Incorporate these steps into your routine and reap the benefits of home cooked meals (delicious leftovers for lunch) while still working and getting everything done.
Here are the tips for saving time shopping so you can spend more time being healthy!
1. Avoid the rush. Shop at unpopular times if possible.
2. Plan your meals in advance. You have two opportunities here. First, you can plan your meals during the weekend. Then you can make a list and buy all the ingredients at once. You can pick up the fresh produce mid-week for the remaining meals. Second option, you can come up with a regular meal schedule. Compile 7-10 meals that you are really good at preparing. Create meal “nights” like “Curry Night” or “Taco Night.” In the long run this will save you tons of time because, as you know, practice makes perfect, but practice also makes for efficiency and saves time.
3. Grocery map shopping list. Huh? Here's the real genius. Shop in the same order every time and begin to create your list based off aisles and the general layout of the store. If you shop at a co-op, memorize or print out your most common PLU #s.
4. Stock up. Buy large amounts of things that you use indefinitely. Like toilet paper and dish soap. Have backup so you aren't going to the store mid-week for things you already know you need. Otherwise you'll leave the store with more than you came for. Fewer trips to the store saves you more money than anything else.
5. Shop full. Don't shop hungry. You'll spend way more money and buy things that aren't as good for you. If you do go hungry, first buy your meal sit down and eat it before you begin shopping. Make this a regular practice.
6. Shop at the same place. This will save you more time as you become familiar with the store layout as well as specials.
7. Prep your groceries as soon as you get home. Wash and dry produce and store them in containers or bags. Put a paper towel in with the lettuce, cilantro and parsley after washing to keep it fresh and from getting soggy. Consider investing in the Evert-Fresh green produce bags. They really do increase the life of produce.
8. Master grocery list. Always keep it in the same place and when you run out of something, add it to the list.