Today’s blog is a guest post from Laura Taylor, owner of Honest to Goodness, a kitchen concierge who services the greater Seattle area. She will help you with menu planning, in-home meal preparation, grocery shopping, party planning, and more.
People hate grocery shopping for a number of reasons, including not having enough time. In order to get in, get out, and get on with your day, follow these simple tactics to save time and money:
- Develop a meal plan and corresponding grocery list for the week before you get to the store. Having a plan of action will keep you on track and minimize the “what’s for dinner?” stress.
- Use a hand basket or the small shopping cart. You’ll be less inclined to impulse buy on more items when you have less space to fill.
- Shop primarily on the perimeter of the store. Michael Pollan’s Food Rules book provides guidance on choosing real food, most of which is not found in the aisles.
- Buy in bulk or stock up on non-perishable items when they’re on a good sale. Having your favorite items in good supply at home means fewer trips to the store.
- Use the self-checkout lanes.
- Shop in the morning or late evening to avoid crowds.
You’ll notice that coupons are not listed as a money-saving tactic. Even though it’s possible to save a few bucks with them, I don’t clip coupons anymore. Here’s why: the bulk of my grocery purchases are fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. None of these items are coupon-worthy, and I’m okay with that, as are my wallet and my waistline.