I'm a busy mom and try to spend as little
time as possible running to the store. I'd
rather spend that time playing with my kids.
So over the years I've come up with some
strategies that help make shopping faster
and easier for me. As a result, I spent less
time and money in the store. Here they are:
Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Making a list and sticking to it will keep
you from buying too much junk. Not only will
it encourage you and your family to stick to
the new healthy eating lifestyle, it will
also save you some money on your grocery
bill. Please apply common sense to this
though. If you remember that you forgot to
put your baby’s diapers on the list, by all
means get them. On the other hand, if you
feel tempted to get the new chocolate pie
because there is a two for one sale, skip
it. You get the idea.
Eat a snack before you go grocery
Never go grocery shopping while you are
hungry. You’ll be much more tempted to buy
junk food and already prepared meals. You’ll
also end up buying much more than you really
need. Either go shopping right after a meal,
or eat a small snack before you go. Even
eating a piece of fruit and drinking a glass
of water will keep you from feeling hungry
while you are in the store.
Avoid the aisles with the chips,
snacks and candy.
yourself by going down the “junk food”
aisles. You’re only human and the candy
and snack manufacturers put a lot of
money into making their products as
tempting and appealing as possible. The
easiest way to avoid having those items
land in your cart is to skip the aisles
Buy fresh meat and produce whenever
Buy your meat and produce fresh whenever
possible. You’ll get the most nutritional
bang for your buck that way. If there is
something you either can’t find fresh, or it
just doesn’t look good, go with a frozen
version. The only exception to this is
tomatoes, especially if you are going to
cook them anyway. Tomatoes loose their
nutritional value quickly after they are
If you are making tomato sauce or are using
them in a stew or soup, just stick with
canned tomatoes. They are canned immediately
after they are picked and contain more
nutrients than a batch that has been sitting
in a truck for days.
Write your grocery list with your
supermarket in mind.
You will make your shopping trip much easier
and faster if you keep the layout of your
market in mind when you write your shopping
list. Think about the departments and isles
you go through first and put those items on
your list. Mentally make your way through
the rest of the store adding your items to
your list as you go. You’ll avoid
backtracking for an item further down on
your list once you are in the store.
Clean veggies and herbs.
Unpack and clean your vegetables and herbs
as soon as you get back from the store.
Loosely wrap them in some paper towels and
stick them in a Ziploc bag. They’ll be ready
to use when your recipes call for them.
To freeze or not to freeze?
Portion your meat out depending on how much
each recipe calls for. Keep what you will be
using over the next two days in the fridge
and freeze the rest. With hamburger meat,
you may want to freeze any portions you are
not using the day you bought them.
You’ll see that by implementing even just a
few of these grocery shopping tips, your
shopping experience will be more pleasant
and most importantly more efficient. You’ll
spend less time in the supermarket and more
time enjoying your family.
A Quick and Easy Way
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Why not planning your
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relationship with your kids,
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