Grocery shopping is one of the tasks most people do on a regular basis. For many people it is an exercise in racing through the store with coupons strewn through-out their cart, throwing items in at a breakneck speed while they worry about getting home to get dinner on the table.
Shopping can be a stressed time of grab-and-go, forgetting half of the items you had wanted to pick up, or impulse buys that you hadn’t planned on purchasing. But shopping doesn’t have to be stressful or forgetful.
Shopping when you are organized can be a relaxed experience that provides the nourishing foods you want to feed you and your family. All it takes is a little planning and preparation. The steps you take before you even get to the store can help you get organized.
Planning your menu in advance can give you a chance to check what you have on hand, see what you need, plan to try new recipes, and make sure you have what you need for family favorites. From weekly menus to monthly meal planning, it can be as in depth or general as you like.
A quick run through your supplies, checking for things you may be low on, such as coffee, sugar, peanut butter, or other items you may be out of can save time, multiple trips to the store, or running out of needed items.
About.com recommends organizing your list into shopping sections. You can group your items to match your shopping style. Making a list in the order that you shop, grouping all items from the department together can prevent frustration when shopping, as well as avoid forgotten items.
Taking numerous trips to the store can eat up time and money. When planning out your trips, plan to purchase enough items to make it through to your next trip, including items such as bread and milk. Take note of any special events also, such as holidays, birthdays, parties, or other special events.
Coupons are one of the biggest ways you can save money on groceries. MomAdvice explains also about the importance of not just collecting the coupons, but organizing them. Having the coupons but not keeping them organized often means that you won’t use them. There are also great apps, like the Valpak mobile App, which can allow you to search for coupons and redeem them right from your phone…which means less paper to organize!
By getting organized before you even step out the door to go to the store, you save yourself time, money, and stress. Creating a system that works for you can help make what use to be a chore into an enjoyable trip.