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?
I 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.
7 Grocery Store Shopping Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shop what is in season – Food out of season costs more, plus you give your body the opportunity to try stuff that’s new.
- 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!
- 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!
What tips do you have for a successful grocery shopping trip? Do you prefer to shop online or instore?
Photo credit: Essence