If you arrive home from the grocery store with bags full of food, but there’s nothing in the bags that will help you put together dinner, perhaps these tips will help you.
A trip to the grocery store without a list, AKA winging it, will undoubtedly cost you more time and money. I promise you, making a list is worth the time.
First of all, determine the number of meals for which you will shop. What will you eat and what ingredients will you need?
If cooking isn’t your favorite activity, simplify the matter with a slow cooker, grill or some very basic recipes. Eggs, sandwiches, soup, salads, and pasta are quick options. Dinnertime will be calmer when you know what to make and have everything you need.
Next, find out whether you already have the ingredients. Open the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Snap photos with your phone, or otherwise note what you have. You’ll save money on duplicate purchases and be reminded to use the fresh items you purchased during your last grocery trip. While you are at it, throw away or compost food that isn’t safe to eat or has lost its flavor.
Choose to shop at a store that best meets your needs. Shopping at multiple locations could lead to more impulse purchases as well as consume additional energy and time. Your choice may be based on location, price, selection or another factor.
Decide on your best day and time to shop. When is it most convenient for your schedule? This may change from week-to-week. If possible, avoid crowded weekend or dinner time hours. More grocery stores are now offering convenient home delivery service. This helps you stick to your list and save tons of time. This service will let you avoid the grocery store altogether, order your groceries online for a quick pick up or have them delivered.
After unloading your groceries, return your reusable bags to your car so they’re ready for your next trip.
Now you’ll be able to get in and out of the grocery store quickly, buy what you need and not have to return for at least a few days.
What have you done to simplify your grocery shopping experience?