7 easy grocery shopping tips for a healthier lifestyle

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Take a look in your fridge, now close it, now open it, now close it, there’s still nothing in there! Which is interesting because I’m sure the fridge has stuff you just don’t want to eat.

There’s that unlabeled container that’s been in there for a month, but you don’t think it’s been that long till you pull it out when you clean the fridge. or maybe you have a few takeout boxes in there that you brought home from work, or did you abandon your meal prep because you just don’t feel like eating it?

black turnipI used to be the biggest culprit of having a full fridge and pantry and still having “nothing to eat,” I was shamefully wasteful. But I’m glad I turned a new leaf, and “I won’t go back, can’t go back to the way I used to be.”

If you look in my fridge now, I only have what I need. My goal is to eat what I have and once I deplete that, I can go shopping. It’s working out pretty well and I’m spending less on groceries per month.

So, how does that happen Blu?

I will gladly tell you.

Checking grocery list

reaching for salad dressing

reading labelsclose up of reading label7 Grocery Store Shopping Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

  1. Check your fridge or pantry – If you haven’t cleaned out your fridge in a while, now is probably a good time to do so. Go row by row and figure out what to toss, compost or keep. Repurpose old pasta sauce jars to store things like water, freshly pressed juice or homemade salad dressing. Clearing out your fridge makes it easier to lessen food wastage and prevent duplicate items, plus you can see where the hell everything is!
  2. Make a list – Check your fridge twice, make sure it’s filled with things that are less naughty and more nice. This will cut down your time in the grocery store, it will also be helpful for meal prep and more wallet-friendly; plus you’ll be less tempted to eat stuff that’s not conducive to your eating healthy goals.
  3. Take a certain amount of cash – I learned this tip from my friend, Essence. When we go out she only carries cash so she doesn’t spend more than necessary. Debit cards are so convenient and it’s easy to overspend, and just because you have it doesn’t mean you should overdo it. When you set a budget for your groceries it forces you to get what you need, so, “swiper, no swiping,” and no “tapping that” on Applepay.
  4. Shop the perimeter – That’s where most of the unprocessed whole foods in the store are. The Trader Joe’s near me has a wine section around the perimeter, so who am I not to follow the rules? Once you start worming down the aisle you’re bound to pick up stuff, not on your list.
  5. Shop what is in season – Food out of season costs more, plus you give your body the opportunity to try stuff that’s new.
  6. Bring reusable bags – The only reason you should still have plastic bags in your home is to replace that trash bag in the bathroom. Occasionally, grocery stores give out free reusable bags or you can purchase them for about 99c. When you check out, the store usually takes 10c off of your bill for bringing in your own bags. My mom is in South Africa and they charge for plastic bags!
  7. Don’t shop hungry – That’s how frozen pizza boxes and Talenti end up in your cart. Raise your hand if you successfully shopped but stopped by Chick-fil-a on the way home because you were hungry. I get it, sometimes you don’t feel like cooking something when you get home. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot when you’re off to a good start. The grocery store “appetizers” will only carry you so far my friend.

See, it’s not that hard if you’re keen on eating healthy at home. Make sure you read this about eating healthy outside of your home. It’s all about balance and forming healthy habits till they become second nature!

Posing with reusable bag

What tips do you have for a successful grocery shopping trip? Do you prefer to shop online or instore?


Standing on the cart

pushing cartPhoto credit: Essence

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  • Reply Kim

    I have got to learn how to not shop hungry. It seems like that is the ONLY time I’m at the grocery store!

    November 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply Blu

      lol! I used to be so guilty of doing this!

      November 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Nina Bashaw

    I was just cleaning out my fridge and realized that I had a few things in there that were not good for me at all! This is such a good reminder of that saying “You are what you eat”. So many health related issues could be solved by a healthier diet!

    November 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Your last sentence is why I started this blog!

      November 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Essence Renata

    These tips are super helpful ! I’ve definitely made some adjustments to the way that I grocery shop because I buy only fresh foods because they go bad quickly . I also switched to bringing my own bags from watching your eating habits .

    November 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Whenever I bring my own bags I feel like a saved a little piece of the planet. Sans cape. lol

      November 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Diamonds N' Denim

    I’ve recently started shopping on a timer, by a list, and with only cash in hand and I’ve saved SO much money this way. I love my reusable bags too but I’m forgetful and they don’t always make it into the store with me- whoops! This is an awesome list, thank you for sharing it with us!

    November 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Using a timer has never crossed my mind! I’m going to try that because ill literally stand there reading labels! Thank you!

      November 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Esse D

    These are really good tips. I’m guilty of letting things like in my fridge without actively purging. It’s easy to do.

    November 14, 2017 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Blu

      Might be a good time for a purge 🙂

      November 14, 2017 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Brittny

    Having a list and not deviating from it also helps me! Cash(only) is the way to go for more than just groceries. Carrying cash makes you think twice about things you don’t need. I love this post Blu♥️

    November 14, 2017 at 8:05 am
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you so much, Britt! I’m glad you love it 🙂

      November 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Esperanza Scotto

    These are all such awesome tips! I implement some of these already but I’m glad to learn some new tips!

    November 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Priyadarshini Rajendran

    Very useful tips. Making a list and sticking to it, shopping seasonal foods save me every time.

    November 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thanks, Priyadarshini 🙂

      November 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Ashley Strain

    I love this. Ever since I was pregnant I’ve been trying to eat heathier. Two years later, it’s still a challenge. Thank you for the tips!

    November 16, 2017 at 9:07 am
    • Reply Blu

      Congrats!! I hope these will be useful to you.

      November 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Marisa

    Such a fun post!! I love your tips… I’m trying to taste new things. there is so much out there that I never tried before! thanks for the tips!

    November 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Welcome Marisa 🙂

      November 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ GrowingSpangs

    I’m absolutely guilty of condiment hoarding. Actually, there’s chipotle sandwich spread in there that I HAD to have in my third trimester and I’ve been meaning to get rid of it…the child is now two year old. The bigger mayo jar is less per ounce, but since I’m the only one in the family that can eat it (everyone else has egg allergies), I can’t ever get through it in a timely manner. I’m pretty good at the rest of your tips, but condiment hoarding and making a pantry list to use up are definitely problem areas. Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Awww!! Looks, like it’s time for a clean out 🙂 I just did one last week.

      November 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

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