Of the many household chores you’re expected to do, do you love or hate grocery shopping. The people who love to grocery shop usually do because they have learned to do it in an organized manner. If you’re still pushing a cart down the aisle and stuffing it with your favorite foods without a plan for how these foods will be used or how much you’re spending, then you need to begin by shopping with a plan.
1) Begin with a general game plan for the week. What meals will you be eating at home? Devise a menu for the week and check your cupboards for ingredients you may already have. This will help you decide what needs to be purchased and when. You may not want to buy all you salad fixings for the week as fresh produce doesn’t always keep for seven days. Maybe instead, you will plan a second trip to pick up additional fresh produce later in the week. This second trip will be less stressful as the only thing on the list will be perishable items, not frozen or canned foods.
2) Now it’s time to make a shopping list. With the advent of Outlook and other mobile programs, you don’t have to depend on pen and paper. If it’s more convenient use your tablet or phone to record your shopping list. Make a list no matter how few or how many items you intend to buy. This way you will not make trip and forget something important.
3) Organize your shopping list according to the type of food or category of items you’re purchasing. Group breads together, fresh produce, meats, and other like items. This will make your shopping go easier and possibly faster.
4) Avoid impulse shopping. Only buy the things on your list. This will allow you to stay on budget and get the things you need to have the food you planned for the week.
5) Do yourself a favor. Try to shop during off-peak hours. You will enjoy your shopping experience more if you can move easily through the store.
Be sure to follow these five steps. You’ll find shopping for groceries a better experience and maybe even an enjoyable one.