Whether you dread or love grocery shopping, it’s an inevitable task that rolls around every week. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our top tips to help guide you through the aisles knowing what you want and how you’re going to go about it.
1. Shop on a full stomach
I can’t express enough…do not shop on an empty stomach. You know how when you go to a restaurant hungry you find yourself struggling to decide what to order because EVERYTHING sounds delicious? Same idea here. Hitting the grocery store without a fully belly will have you reaching for food items you may regret later because you’ll either eat them before even checking out you simply don’t need them. When your stomach is satisfied, you’ll make smarter choices and put into your cart what you came for.
2. Bring a list
Furthering the idea of shopping on a full stomach, if you’ve prepared a list you’ll focus on what you really need vs. mindlessly shopping. Bringing a list will help you save time as well. Instead of scouring every aisle, comparing items for cost, health benefits, etc., you’ll be able to go directly where you need to, saving your wallet and waistline.
3. Shop seasonal when you can
There are always plenty of veggies and fruits but try and buy seasonal! Seasonal produce is at its peak and is much more affordable than produce not in season. We also recommend hitting local farmers markets to support your local farmers, save money, and stay healthy.
4. Digital coupons are your friends If you’re not familiar with money saving apps, try them out! Ibotta, Shopkick, Checkout 51 to name a few. Even some retailers provide digital coupons on their website or in store such as Kroger, Publix, Meijer, Sprouts and many more.
5. Stick to the perimeters for the most part
Fresh foods are found around the perimeter of grocery stories. However, we recommend weaving in some aisles to satisfy your urges for better-for-you snacks and/or drinks.
6. Read labels
If you’re looking to buy packaged goods, take a quick glance at the back of the package. You’ll want to look for two things: Is it going to give you any nutritional value and can you pronounce the ingredients? If the answer is yes, throw it in the basket. The lower the amount of ingredients the better and pay attention to the first ingredient listed because that’s what the product is primarily made up of! Low in sodium, sugar, and fat are also key, but be careful because some products may be misleading and we encourage you to do a quick internet search before buying.
7. Bring reusable bags
It’s great for the environment and who doesn’t have totes laying around? Stash a few in your car for last-minute grocery trips or remember to bring some before you head to the store. Throwing away or finding a place to keep bags provided by stores can be a pain, so it’s a win for you, stores, and the earth. A lot of grocery stores also charge for bags, so you’ll save yourself some extra cash too!