Grocery shopping can be a daunting task for some people. The thought of walking through the maze that is Superstore, standing in a line that’s a mile long to check out, and navigating the parking lot just to find a spot close enough to see the building is anxiety causing. Never mind the anxiety that comes when the grocery budget is (a lot) smaller than what you wish it was.
Fortunately for me I love grocery shopping, and fortunately for you I’m making it my goal to help you make your shopping trips as painless as possible.
First let’s consider a few things:
1.When can you go grocery shopping?
I like to shop on Sundays so that I can take everything home and start fresh for the week. Sundays may not work for everyone but it’s important to consider when works for you and make it a routine so you don’t have to hit the store 5 times a week.
2. How many days can you cook this week?
This may seem like an odd question but it’s SO important. If you have most nights off and plan to cook 5/7 days it’s important to have enough food for the meals you plan on making. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on cooking much, say 2/7 days because you have night class/work/meetings etc, you might not want to buy as much because you likely won’t be using it.
This leads into the next question…
3. Will you be meal prepping in advance?
It’s important to know this because if you plan on meal prepping on one specific day you’ll ideally want to shop pretty close to (or on) this day. This way the meals you are prepping are as fresh as possible.
OK! Now that you’ve been thinking about your week let’s move on to the next step:
Make a grocery list!
I know you’ve heard this one before. To be honest, Mr A and I don’t use grocery lists anymore because we basically buy the same things over again. Sometimes if we run out of particular herbs or something I might write it down, but it’s pretty rare. If you’re just getting used to doing regular grocery shopping lists, or you’re shopping for a family, a list is an indispensable tool.
When deciding on groceries I keep a few things in mind:
What veggies do you want to eat this week for dinner – our go-to’s right now are swiss chard, kale, squash, and salads – and we don’t buy too many or they will go to waste.
We cook all of our dinner meals in duplicate so we have left overs for lunches, but think about how many meals you want to get out of each cooking session. For example, if salmon is on the menu for dinner we cook 4 pieces instead of 2.
Having breakfast staples in the house is a must. I always have oats and bananas for my breakfast and Mr A needs cereal for his.
While on the topic of staples…pantry/fridge staples are also a must! This could include spices and herbs and also things like canned tuna, dried beans, eggs, and your favourite milk.
Now you’re ready to hit the store! Make sure to buy only what you need and keep your kitchen stocked with staples!
Putting a minimal amount of thought into your weekly grocery shop can save you time and money, and also ensure that you always have a kitchen full of ingredients that can be easily turned into awesome meals.
How do you do your grocery shopping? Do you even like grocery shopping or is it something you put up with?