If you’re like many people, myself included, you go to the grocery store with no real plan of attack. You tend to buy the same things and stray according to what is on sale. But this method can sometimes be costly because of over buying things you don’t necessarily need. By planning in advance for what you need, you can save time and money. Check out these tips from ChooseMyPlate.gov.
List your weekly meals
- Before going to the grocery store, write out what you’re going to cook each night. Take a look in your fridge and freezer to see what you already have to know what you need. Remember to consider your weekly schedule, as well as your kids, to accurately plan on what to make.
Make a grocery list
- Now that you know what you’re going to cook, it is time to write out your list of items you need. Make sure to actually write it down on paper, or in your phone. Don’t try to commit it to memory. You can download this template to stay organized.
Save, save, save
- Make sure to eat before you go grocery shopping. If you’re hungry, you will tend to buy more food then you need. Check the local ads for what is on sale that week and try to use those products. Clip coupons from the newspaper or online. Many stores now have savings apps, so be sure to check if one is available. Try store brads. They are usually cheaper and are many times made from the same manufacturer as the name brands.