Posted by Andie on May 28, 2018
Some people genuinely love grocery shopping, but I am not one of those people. In fact, I loathe it! I get a pit in my stomach when I open the fridge and realize that it's time to go buy more food. I've realized over time though, that part of the reason I hate grocery shopping, is due to the fact that I haven't been very smart about it. So, today I am sharing 6 effective ways to make grocery shopping SO much easier...
1. Meal Plan
Before you go to the store, the most important thing you need to do is plan out your meals for the next few days, or preferably week! To be honest, I hate doing this, only second to grocery shopping itself! But when I don't meal plan I always end up wandering around the grocery store and buying random things, only to need about twenty more ingredients throughout the week when I finally figure out what I'm making for dinner. Do yourself a favor, and make a plan, and things will go much smoother. Here is a free printable below to help:
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2. Make a detailed shopping list
This printable below takes making a shopping list to a whole new, easier level! Everything is organized into aisles and departments. Isn't this genius? If you stick to a list like this, you won't be running around the store in circles, and instead, you'll only have to go down every aisle just once!
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3. Leave kids home, if possible
Trust me, I get it. Your children might be little angels in normal situations, but I'm convinced that every child turns into a monster at the grocery store (if you haven't witnessed this as a parent yet, just wait. Your time will too come.) Crazy children trying to jump out of the cart and begging for treats they know I'll never buy them at the grocery store is my jam! I've done it a hundred times, and if there is ever a way for me to NOT take them to the store with me, I'm all over it. If you can go shopping while your kids are at school, drop them off for a friend to watch, or wait until late at night or early on a Saturday morning when your souse is home and you can easily leave your kids home, do it! If I'm alone at the grocery store, it takes about 90% of the usual stressfulness away.
4. Eat before you shop
The worst idea ever (besides taking children with you to the store) is to go grocery shopping when you're hungry. When I do this, I end up buying things that I don't even normally eat, or like for that matter, because I get a little delusional and just start tossing things on display in my cart. That, or I'll end up eating half a can of Pringles before I even get to my car. If nothing else, keep a snack in your purse that you can munch on while shopping to help you think clearly about your purchases.
5. Stick to your list.
Again, this is much easier to do if you aren't hungry. You're on a mission, and that is to only buy items WRITTEN DOWN ON YOUR LIST! This is so hard, but if you go determined, you can accomplish anything.
6. ORDER YOUR GROCERIES!!!!!
This is by far my best piece of advice. If you're like me, and you'd rather scrub toilets than go grocery shopping any day of the week, consider yourself blessed to live in 2018 and sign up for a grocery delivery service. I paid $150 for free delivery for a year through Instacart (there are lots of companies that do this, Instacart just happens to be the one that services my area) and I can honestly say it has changed my life. It takes me five minutes to order my groceries on my phone, and they are gauranteed to be at my house in less than two hours! And the grocery delivery person even brings all of my bags inside and sets them right on my kitchen counter! If that isn't magic, I don't know what is! I've only been doing it for a couple of months, but it has been worth every penny. Plus, I've saved tons of money because ordering my groceries means I don't impulse buy at the store!