The first thing people typically want to know is HOW I’ve lost all this weight. What am I doing? Am I taking something? What am I eating? How am I eating? HOW HOW HOW? Because of this I am creating a “Grocery” Section/Page – or something of the like.
Fortunately, I’m a planner so I do menu/list plan in advance. I have a spreadsheet that totals my balance because I’m a nerd and I always a game plan. If I do not have these things I will leave with 2 carts, one with double stuff oreos and the other with ice cream. It’s in everyone’s best interest that I have a list.
Also note, I have no grocery store allegiance. I look over Kroger and Publix’s ad and then decide whose I like better for the week. If I don’t like either I go to our farmer’s market.
Here are my top 5 tips for mastering the grocery store
- Look at your kroger ad and publix ad. I plan all of my menus around the ad so that I save the most money. I don’t do extraneous couponing, but publix/kroger now have digital coupons. I typically just upload them all because I’m lazy and it’s easier and if there’s a coupon that applies it’ll just read it for you. No actual work involved.
- Determine your weekly menu. I have breakfast staples and routines. My lunches are typically left overs and I plan dinner out.
- Make a list. For God’s sake, make a list. Go through your establish menu and write down what you will need for each meal. Look through your current inventory and don’t overbuy. Once you have said list do not stray.
- For those of you on Weight Watchers, my best advance is to go with time and a sharpie the first time. After a while you have a repertoire of things you’ll frequently keep and stock and you’ll get a lot fast at this. As soon as you pick something up that’s in a box/can calculate your points (even if it’s for your kids/mother/husband) and WRITE IT ON THE ITEM. I cannot stress this enough. It’s a game changer and saves you so much time in the long run. Two things happen – you don’t have to calculate your points every time and you’ll feel a hell of a lot guiltier when you take it from the freezer and have a huge 5 staring at you because you are now faced with that fact that 1/2 a cup of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked Frozen Yogurt is FIVE EFFING POINTS. This has stopped me some times and other times I laugh and eat. 80/20 folks, 80/20.
- Do not go to the store hungry and do not plan hungry. All will power will be lost. You will suddenly find yourself wanting to try everything and then justifying it with “but these are gluten free cookies and healthier” and then you have 80 “healthy” things you never planned on buying.
This is my plan for this coming week. I’ll shop tomorrow. On Sunday I will make my own pizza dough and biscuits to freeze. I’ll eat leftovers for lunch, snack on fruit and have oatmeal or boiled eggs for breakfast. We won’t be home much over the weekend because of labor day and we’ll have dinner out on Wednesday. I bake on the side and have an upcoming event on labor day weekend- hence my “baking” section in my spreadsheet.
I love your chart! I so need one of those! We have 3 markets within a block of each other. My boyfriend and I have different alliances, but sale prices can sway us a touch.
I was going to see if I could get my husband (a programmer) to find a way that I could upload my template for people to use if they wanted. It’s SO helpful, especially since I made it calculate the total of everything.
Google has a file share. Perhaps that could be of use. I know we’ve used it with competitions where multiple people were tracking in the same place. I don’t see why there couldn’t be a read only one that could be saved for editing.
Good Call! Thanks!
There we go! 🙂
Went through the shopping organization last week for the first time and you’re so right about staying true to the list. It’s so important.
Also great tip on the digital coupons! I never knew that existed and whoamygod, that truly is one of the most brilliant things anyone has come up with! Woo!
Yes! It works really well! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂
Great tips! I definitely have learned from mistakes going to the grocery store hungry. Now I eat beforehand AND I chew mint gum which really throws off my taste buds, so nothing is tempting.
Yep – it’s like drinking OJ after brushing your teeth. lol
That is intense. My boyfriend and I use an 8-frame collage frame as a meal planner for the week (yes, from pinterest!) and it is great. I know what is coming for the week, leftovers get used up, food gets thawed in the morning, and I can plan out smaller lunches on big dinner days.
I also do a TON of freezer cooking. I have the world’s largest collection of tupperware which helps since I shop for groceries way less and thus avoid temptation.
I’ve seen that on pinterest! The only difference is I can fold mine up and put it in my grocery cart. LOL Exact same principle though!