You, too, can grocery shop like a home time management expert.
I know… I am one. And I’m getting ready to share a few of my tips and tricks with you. Remember, they won’t all be right for you or your lifestyle so feel free to pick and choose what you think will work for you.
I always hated, hated, hated to grocery shop.
Did I mention how much I hated it. Now, with 4 kids it was impossible for me to avoid it. I’d put it off for as long as possible then go blow $400.00 (this was back in the late 1990’s and all through the 2000’s so that was A LOT of money).
It wasn’t that I couldn’t afford it, I just hated it. So I’d go and get a BUNCH at one time and we lived like that until I went back to college at the ripe young age of 37.
I should also point out that I could make 3 meals out of a single chicken. So that trip really would last a long time. I paid for the kids’ breakfasts and lunches at school so we really only ate 1 meal/day except on the weekend.
After I returned to college, though, it was a different matter. First, my oldest 2… the natural chefs of the kids… had grown and moved out and the younger 2 hadn’t started cooking much yet. I was in college full-time and working between 1 and 2 part-time jobs.
So, I had to do a whole lot more advance planning. That’s when I really picked up using menus which is the first step of how to grocery shop like a home time management expert.
So that’s where I’ll start.
Grocery Shop According to Weekly Meal Plans
You can’t go wrong by shopping according to menus created in advance based on your family’s activities in the upcoming week. You’ll save time, money, and effort.
Grocery Shop Only Those Aisles That Have Food You Plan to Buy
You’ve heard it before, those outer areas of the store are where you need to be as the inner ones are where the candy and chips are.
Grocery Shop at the Best Time for YOU
I used to shop at night when I didn’t have to take the kids. There were times, however, when I would take one and that would be some time alone with that child. There also came a time when my favorite grocery store really sucked at having things available at that time of the night. Everything was on pallets. So I quit doing that… but it did work for a long time.
You’ll have to figure out what’s best for you. I’ve had planned shopping days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I’ve been in the habit in the morning and late at night. And everything worked for awhile.
Again, find what works for you. But… remain flexible.
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