A Guide to Affordable, Conscious, and Healthy Grocery Shopping
One of the best things about true adult-ing is getting a grip on your weekly nourishment without breaking the bank. Understandably so, this can be quite the task, but always worth it.
We love a weekly recipe regiment (learn how to cook/bake). If you’re already a secret chef, excellent! This section doesn’t have to apply to you. That said, for those of you on the path to independence, start with learning how to cook! Now, more than ever, learning how to cook is as easy as following a Tasty video you stumbled upon while mindless scrolling the inescapable infinity feeds of social apps. The great thing about these videos is that their objective is to get you choppin’ and stirrin’! They’re on a mission to let everyone know that, truly, if you like eating, you can cook. One of the best things to target while you embark on crafting a grocery list (which you should always do) is find a couple recipes to stick to for your meals and base your shopping only on the very items you need to build those meals. It’ll save both time and money, truly.
Don't shop hungry (we mean it). I feel like this is a general rule of thumb, but it’s such a vital one. Make sure you’ve had at least one meal, or even a substantial snack before hitting the shops. This way, you bypass unusual (and inconvenient) cravings. Those cravings aren’t friends to either you or your wallet.
Budget for the month, so you can budget for the week. Don’t sleep on spreadsheets, or rather, don’t sleep on just budgeting your spending at the very beginning of the month. If your paycheck is a consistent one, you know exactly what you’ll be getting every week. When you “set money aside” in your head, you’ll already have the mindset ready for you when that paycheck actually hits.
Have a separate trip for just household needs. At first thought, this may seem like a waste of gas, or a waste of time, even. But, think of the benefits. A trip dedicated to just food means, you don’t have to stroll through various isles, just to find batteries, which can also lead to buying another blender, then another not-immediately-need item just because it’s “convenient.” I’ll tell you what isn’t convenient: realizing you spent another half-paycheck on things you might use later.
Do a pantry sweep. At the end of each week, do a simply cupboard/pantry sweep, making sure you’re making a list of things that a) you use frequently and are getting low on, b) things you don’t use that you don’t need to buy again, and c) things you’ve bought multiple times on accident, and definitely don’t need to buy again. This list will feel like a warm hug from a supportive friend once you’ve shopped and successfully restocked your kitchen.
Grocery shopping is a feat, but being intentional about everything you do will make you a master shopper.