Everyone has a different style when it comes to meal planning. Some people wing it, visiting the grocery store every day and whipping up dinner from what they find. However, if you want to save money and time, a little advance planning goes a long way.
Shopping for groceries, is something we all need to do and it can be a joy or a chore depending on your approach. Many people find shopping for more nutritious items an even bigger challenge, but equipped with a few easy tips you can make your trip to the grocery store a stress-free part of the week.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU MASTER SHOPPING AT THE
GROCERY STORE WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR BUDGET!
USE A LIST
Ever find yourself dragging your feet in the grocery aisles and staring blankly at the vast selection of goodies? Services like The Fresh 20 and Emeals do the thinking for you, providing a weekly menu list, recipes, and a grocery-shopping list. Do what they say and you’ll never worry about dinner again.
CHECK THE FROZEN AISLE
The frozen food aisle should no longer be associated with the TV dinners of our youth. There are a multitude of nutritious, low calorie options that can be the basis of a great meal vegetables for soup, stir-fry or steamed as a side dish; berries for smoothies; whole grain breads; fish and even low calorie frozen fruit bars to enjoy as an occasional treat.
SHOP THE PERIMETER
This is the part of the grocery store where fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and fish are located. Shopping the perimeter first is a strategy that will help you to avoid the center aisles where junk foods lurk. It will also help you choose “real” foods with as little processing and as few additives as possible.
PLAN YOUR MEALS
Make a weekly meal plan including main dish, sides and dessert for 5 days of the week. Base these on what’s on sale and what you have on-hand that you need to use up. Making a meal plan before shopping is key, so you know what you need to pick up to complete any recipes/meals and not overspend.
Sure, grocery shopping requires some thoughtful planning and a little effort, but once conquered it also leads to low stress, and healthful meals that are packed with enjoyment. If your New Year has you spending late nights at the office or you are constantly in the car chauffeuring your kids to their after school activities, you may have little time to grocery shop.
HERE ARE 5 ONLINE SHOPPING SERVICES THAT WILL
DELIVER GROCERIES TO YOUR DOOR!
Shopping in your pajamas? Yes, please. Also, if you have children, you don’t need to take them grocery shopping with you and ask for stuff you didn’t plan on buying. With Amazon Fresh you pay an annual fee and then can order online anytime. You get these large Amazon Fresh green bags with your first order and then the next time you order, you leave the bags out for the driver to pick up. Get more details here.
Peapod’s home grocery delivery allows you to shop online without leaving the convenience of your home. It works two ways, home delivery or pick up at the store. Prices are based on the average for your area and often times double your coupons. In the end, this is a good way to save money and time. Get more details here.
Every day, thousands of New Yorkers open their doors to find cardboard boxes neatly packed with the groceries they just ordered by phone or computer from the delivery service FreshDirect. Focused in New York City and surrounding areas, it is an inexpensive way to get your groceries with ease. Read more here.
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