Organize Your Grocery Shopping
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
This time of year, as we prepare to cook big feasts and host extra guests, grocery shopping becomes even more of a chore than it normally is. It doesn’t help that when you get to the store, everyone else is already there and you have to park a mile away and fight for space in each aisle. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes think about shopping in the middle of the night just to avoid the chaos.
I’ve put together a list of tips to help you have a more organized grocery shopping experience – but if you have other great ideas, be sure to share them with us in the comments or on Facebook!
Start with a Plan
Before you even go to the store, plan your meals for the week. Check the cupboard for needed spices and ingredients so you don’t end up making an emergency run for one missing item. Once you know what meals you’ll be having and what ingredients you need to make them happen,
Make a Grocery List
Going shopping without a shopping list does two things: It wastes your time, because you wander through the store and suddenly realize you forgot something six aisles back. And, it ends up costing you money because you buy things you don’t need or that the store cleverly convinced you that you need. Always make a shopping list! To make your list work for you, organize the list so that everything you need is organized by where you find it in the store (list all the breads together, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, etc).
Save Money with Coupons
Once you know what you’re planning to purchase, organize your coupons so that you have the ones available that will help save you money. (If you do the coupons first, you’ll end up buying things you don’t need just because they are on sale).
Make It All Easier with Technology
Technology can make a big difference in helping you to organize your grocery shopping. There are apps for everything from comparing prices and finding coupons to making lists. Epicurious has a great list of the best grocery apps.
Get It All Home
You can be a friend to the environment by using reusable grocery bags. We recommend that you have one or two insulated bags or a cooler to protect your frozen items.
There will always be times that you forget something and have to make a quick run to the store, but when you organize your grocery shopping by planning your meals, making a list, and using apps, you’ll spend less and stress less.