It’s easy to arrive at the grocery store without a plan. It’s time to stop that and Shop Smarter.
Make a plan. Use what you have first, then buy only what you need.
Thinking about the week that lays ahead is an easy way to waste less food.
Way more often than not, we spend more money at the grocery store than we need to.
- We don’t know what we have at home in the kitchen and end up buying things we already have. Sometimes we forget, sometimes our fridge is too disorganized.
- We get lured in by “buy one get one free” and “2 for 1” – you can save money doing this, but only if you actually eat what you buy.
- We buy what’s on sale – yes you save because it’s not full price, but will you eat that dollar-a-pound asparagus before it goes bad?
- We tend toward the bulk buys and less expensive per ounce foods – it’s true, it’s cheaper by the pound, but how much of that food will you toss in the end?
- We shop without a plan and we shop when we’re hungry.
Not only does all of this mean we are wasting money, but we are also wasting food.
Ok. So what do I do? Here are some easy tips:
- Shop your fridge, freezer and cabinets before you go to the store! Use up that leftover rice. Make a sauce from that leftover tomato paste.
- Use the Eat First Basket!
- Organize your fridge so you know what is in there and where things are.
- Make a meal plan. Here is our easy to use Shopping List and Meal Planner. Check out this blog from Kirkland Conserves about a meal planning experience.
- Stick to your list! Deals like buy 3 get 1 free are only deals if you actually cook and eat the food!
- Bulk doesn’t have to mean large quantities. Buy what you need.
- Check out our blog about using technology to shop smart.