Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming! Here are a few of our most loved tips:
One of the easiest ways to make grocery shopping simple and fun is to create a shopping list. Strategically select a few recipes for the week, using items you already have, leftovers you can use, and anything in your freezer. This cuts back on the cost of buying items you don’t necessarily need. Ask your children what they would like you to purchase as well. Incorporating them into meal planning makes them feel like you’re not ignoring their interests and food preferences, and who knows what types of exciting recipes they’ll come up with! Sticking to a list can also help prevent impulse buys, since you are more likely to select the items you need, rather than those you simply want.
When shopping for large families, consider buying in bulk. Remember, many fresh items, such as broccoli, can be purchased in large quantities when on sale, and can be frozen for later use! Purchasing produce while it is on sale can add up to huge savings. As you plan your shopping trip, look for local ads and coupons on items that you and your family enjoy. Consider produce that is in season for cheaper rates and be open to trying a variety of different foods while expanding your palate. Teach your kids about eating in season with these seasonal food fun coloring activities.
When you bring your children with you, try your best to adhere to the shopping list you previously created. This will help avoid conflicts with the kids when they see the chips and candy aisles and beg you for “just one.” Include your kids in the shopping experience by asking them to find food items on the self, or select fruits and veggies. To reduce stress, try shopping with your children in the morning when they are well rested and when the store is less crowded. By doing this, you can take your time and make it an enjoyable experience. Keep in mind their safety as well. Some children may have tendencies to reach out of the cart touching several items, raw meats included. You want to avoid spreading germs and getting sick! Have them help plan your grocery store visit, with this fun grocery store activity for kids!
Many shoppers don’t realize that the most important and healthy items are located around the outside of the store. Fresh produce, milk and dairy, and lean meats are all located along the outer walls of the store. Avoid walking through the center aisles as much as possible, except while picking up legumes, whole grains, beans, or frozen produce! Center aisles typically contain frozen treats, chips, and processed foods.
Try implementing some of these tips next time you grocery shop. You’ll be shocked at how much time, money, and stress you can save with just a little pre-planning. Happy shopping!
For even more helpful healthy shopping tips, check out our Healthy Grocery Shopping Toolkit.
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