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Become a Boss at Grocery Shopping

Thursday, January 17, 2019

By , YMCA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

With adulthood comes many undesirable to-do's like cleaning the bathroom, filing your taxes, getting your car serviced...you get the picture. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, there is no chore I hear more gripes about than grocery shopping.

Love it or hate it, keeping food stocked is a must! So, to make this recurring task more efficient (and dare I say, enjoyable), here are my top tips for becoming a boss at grocery shopping.

6 Tips to Shop like a Pro

1. Shop on schedule.

The reality is that if you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food! No matter if it’s Sunday after church or Wednesday when the sales fliers come out, schedule a regular day AND time in your calendar (yes, like an appointment) to stock up on food needed for the week.

2. Make a list, and check it twice.

It may be true that an elephant never forgets, but humans always do! Don’t rely on your memory to pull through for you when you're at the store. Instead, make sure you have your paper or electronic grocery list in hand. (There are many apps that allow you to easily share and collaborate with other family members on your weekly grocery list.)

It’s also good practice to double check your fridge, pantry, and freezer for ingredients you already have and don’t need to buy again.

3. Limit distractions while shopping.

If you want to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible, try to limit unnecessary attention grabbers like phone calls, texts, or even the kids. This will help you navigate the aisles with more ease and get out of there in under an hour.

4. Follow a smart route.

The old thinking of "only shopping the perimeter" isn't realistic, as you can find many nutritious foods in and throughout the aisles. But, do save the frozen/refrigerated food section for last, so those foods stay safely cold.

Also try to avoid aisles that don't hold any of the foods on your list. They're distraction traps!

5. Save simply.

Nowadays, there are all sorts of ways to save money on the foods you need and love each week. One of the easiest ways to save is to compare the “price per ounce” listed on grocery shelf price tags.

You can also become a super fan of your favorite one-stop-shop grocery store and enroll in their loyalty program for on-the-spot savings and special paper and digital coupon offers.

6. Outsource your shopping.

Shopping for your own groceries is quickly becoming a thing of the past. You can pick-up groceries curbside or even get them delivered straight to your door.

Consider giving this a go if you dread going grocery shopping or need to reclaim some time in your week.

Do you have a great grocery shopping strategy? Share it with us on Twitter @ymcaofmiddletn.

Looking for more grocery tips and tricks?

Find out about 9 Misleading Food Labels and How to Choose Organic/Conventional Produce. The Y's registered dietitians also offer nutrition counseling tailored to your specific goals. 

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