Brrrr! It’s cold in here. Well, that’s because you’re holding open the refrigerator door expecting food to magically appear. Guess what? It’s not going to. And, don’t think if you hold open the cupboard door anything will be different. It won’t.
Yes, it’s that time again. Time to make the trek to the supermarket.
The key to maximizing your food shopping experience is to have a plan. With a shopping strategy, you’ll find the healthy food you need for the most economical prices, making your way in and out of the grocery store with time to spare. Think you can do it? We know you can!
Simply follow the tips below to grocery shop like a pro every time!
That’s Right. Write It Down!
We’ve all heard it before – always take a list with you whenever you shop. So let’s take it up a notch and make the list aisle-friendly. Hey, there’s a reason the supermarket places the fruit and milk aisles on opposite ends of the store – they want you to walk the entire length of the grocery in hopes that you’ll purchase much more than you need. It’s great if you want some extra exercise. However, if you want to get in and out quickly, an aisle-friendly list will do the trick. Simply list your items in the order that you’ll walk the store. That way your shopping trip will be quick, and you can cross off items from your list as you go. Grocery shopping like a pro also means you’re always keeping an ongoing list in your kitchen to add to as food and other household items run low.
Money! Money! Money!
Wow! According to the most recent statistics from Progressive Grocer, total supermarket sales topped $638 billion dollars. And, with 5.6% of disposable income spent on food for home, that’s a lot of green! What’s even better for you, the consumer, is keeping more green in your pocket, while putting more healthy greens on your plate. So, get out those scissors and start clipping coupons! Truth is, they can save you money. If you’re not the clipping type, no worries. Simply head over to a coupon website, such as smartsource.com or coupons.com for great deals and offers you can print, or download one of their apps for an even easier shopping experience. With all the money you’ll save, you can add an extra-special splurge to your list.
Time Is On Your Side
If you choose wisely, you’ll be surprised at how fast you can zip your shopping cart up and down the grocery aisles. Today, many supermarkets are open 24 hours, with others open for business around 7am. Supermarket shopping is a breeze on off hours, especially around lunch or dinner time. To make your trip even more efficient, you’ll find more great tips about smart shopping on The Food Network.
Don’t Go Hungry
It’s a good idea to grocery shop when you’re not hungry. Those chocolate chip cookies (we hope) are much less appealing when you have a full stomach. Keep in mind, supermarkets are designed to tempt you into purchasing more than you need anyway. You’ll find the most expensive items at eye level, enticing sales positioned at the end of an aisle and stacks of impulse buys stationed at the checkout counter. Yet, another reason why you need your shopping list, mentioned above, to grocery shop like a pro!
Shop & Learn
Take the kids! Well, at least once a month take them with you to the grocery store. With consumers making 1.5 average trips (per week) to the supermarket, there’s more than enough opportunity to make grocery shopping a healthy learning experience for your child. Teach them about healthy shopping and nutritional eating, let them select some healthy food and explain to them the importance of packing fruit in their lunch box instead of cookies.
Here's to grocery shopping like a pro!