I have always enjoyed grocery shopping. When I was little, my mom would stop at the deli counter and hand me a slice of American cheese, oh so thin, to eat while she was waiting for her number to be called. I loved it. As an adult, I view grocery shopping as a sort of adventure. What am I going to make this week? Will organic apples be on sale? What tasty samples await me? (It’s the simple things, people.)
Apparently, this is not the case for everyone. So many people I know don’t cook at home because they don’t like the act of shopping for food, mostly because they don’t know where to start and feel overwhelmed or too busy. Shopping for and cooking your own food is rewarding for all the senses. It’s fun, colorful and good for you.
If you enjoy grocery shopping then cool, we have that in common. If you don’t, follow any or all of the below and let’s get cookin’.
- Make a list. This seems like such a cliché thing to do but you’ll leave with what you came for.
- Don’t go when you are hungry. Even if you have a small snack, like a piece of fruit, your body will thank you later when you aren’t shoving fistfuls of cheez-its in your mouth on the way home.
- Have an idea of the sort of menu you want for the week. If you make a big pan of lasagna, you better feel like eating lasagna for a few days.
- Buy frozen foods. No, totino’s pizza rolls do not count. Stock up on frozen fruit for smoothies, veggie burgers for easy lunches and frozen vegetables like peas and corn for salads and soup.
- Look for deals on items that are usually on the costly side. If coffee is on sale, buy in bulk. Trust.
- Get a store card or ask the cashier to swipe one at the register. Saving money is cool, even if you feel like a total grandma.
- Bring your reusable grocery bags. If you’re like me, you only think of these buggers when you are in line so you end up buying more (or have plastic guilt trip). Keep one bag packed with couple others somewhere by the door so you don’t forget.
- If you have the funds, pick up a small bouquet. It’s a simple act but flowers really add life and happiness to a home.
- Stock up on canned beans. Garbanzo, pinto, navy, kidney…any are handy to store in your pantry (or teensy NYC cabinet) and use for salads and side dishes.
- Before leaving, ask yourself this. Do we have toilet paper?
What are your tips for a successful shopping trip?