This Topic is one that I feel is important to post about since I have teenagers. I want to make sure that I am preparing them for their single life as much as I can. This is the first step in being an Adult. They need to know how to procure food and necessities.
How to make a Grocery list
This seems quite intimidating, but I assure you, it is not. Just follow my Tips. I promise you, you will do just fine.
- Decide what you can eat according to your; Health needs, Age, Diet, Beliefs, and Budget.
- Get the local Grocery ads (make sure the ad is still good by checking the dates) and see what is on sale.
- Make a list of what you have in your house, so you don’t buy what you already have.
- Keep a list on your fridge and write things down immediately. When you run out of something, don’t leave it to your memory. Jot it down immediately.
- Make a pantry checklist. Make a checklist of everything you normally stock in your pantry. Keep it posted on the pantry. Put a slash next to each item for the number of items you have (if you have two cans of stewed tomatoes, put two slashes). Then, when you use something, turn the slash into an x. This makes it much easier when it comes time to make your list.
Fill out a list of items that you need from each category.
- Canned Goods
- Boxed and Pasta
- Hygiene and Toiletries
You can make your own template if you are handy with Word or Excell or you can simply download one. Here are some that I have used in the past and found to be quite useful.
Google your local Grocery stores.
Go to their page/website and download their weekly sales ad if that option is available.
Be sure to check that you are in the right location (your towns name comes up) since a lot of food chains have locations all over the United States.
Some stores have Loyalty cards that help you save more money in their store. These cards are a good thing. Be sure to find out about the cards and get one if you like what the store supplies.
Decide which stores you will be going to for the items on your list (I write the store that has the item the cheapest down beside that item on my list). When planning your Route, make sure that you got to the farthest stores first then work your way back to your home.
I suggest getting a cooler (ice chest or rubber made containers that don’t leak) and hot/cold bags that seal to ensure that your food stays at the correct temperature while you are running to different stores.
I suggest buying big rubber bins at Walmart or Dollar general. For the little bins, I suggest your local Dollar tree or Dollar general.
Since store grocery bags seem to be thin and break easily, I suggest getting or making your own reusable bag. Be sure to buy/make enough bags so that you can divide the items up by category. I suggest Dollar stores for these items.
Most stores sell them for $1-$5 at the registers.
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Tips from a Pro:
- Don’t go when you’re hungry. This is a common tip, but it’s true: when you’re hungry, you want to buy all kinds of junk. You’ll end up spending a lot more. Eat a good meal first, and you’ll be more likely to stick to your list.
- Clean out your fridge. Make sure that you throw away any gross/outdated items. Wipe the fridge down with a food-safe chemical (I suggest a dish soap or plain vinegar). Arrange the fridge items in a neat and organized way. Do this before you go to the store. This will make it faster to put items away when you get home.
- Have your Cooler/Rubber bins in the car
- Have your reusable bags in the car
- Make sure the car is clean
- Make sure the seats are down.
- Make sure you have enough gas in the car.
- Make sure you have enough time to go to all the stores you need to go to.
- Go shopping in the morning or during working hours.
- Have your list with you.
- Bring snacks so that you don’t impulse buy.
- Play soothing music to beat the stress.
- Buy a convenient meal for when you are done putting everything away and don’t want to cook.
When you are in the store, make sure that you get the ad paper (weekly flyer). They are normally located at the front of the store as you first enter. look through it once more to make sure that you didn’t miss anything. Get out your list (stick to that list) and work from the back of the store to the front.
Keep like items together in the cart. Be sure to keep frozen items and cold items together in the basket so that they don’t spoil. This will help you at check out.
When you are at the register, place the items on the belt in an organized way. Put like items together (canned goods, boxed items, produce, cold food with frozen, cleaning separate from foods and medications, hygiene items, pet foods, esc.). This ensures that like items get bagged together and that they don’t cross contaminate one another. Also, be sure to put heavier items on the belt first since they will be in your cart first. This allows you to put lighter items on top of the heavier items.
When you get to the vehicle, be sure to gently knot or tie the bags so that nothing gets loose in transit. Place the bags inside the Bins or cooler (like items together still). Make sure that frozen items are placed on top of or beside cold items. Try to put items that are in danger of being smooched away from heavier items.
When you get home, be sure that you bring up all the items that you purchased. Organize the items into the location (where each item will go).
Be sure to put the Cold items in the fridge first. When putting them in your fridge, use the first in first out method. This means to put the newer item behind the old one so that you use the older item before breaking into the newly purchased one. This helps cut down on waste. Continue putting items away. I suggest this order; Cold items, freezer items( if they need to be divided and put in Ziploc bags, do this before moving them into the freezer), canned goods( be sure to put like items together with the labels visible and stacked), pasta and boxed items( put like items together by stacking), seasonings( I suggest putting them in small rubber made containers or storage bins, so that they don’t fall over), produce (be sure to wash them well before storing), then move on to hygiene, cleaning, pet, and Miscellaneous. This will ensure that items stay fresh and that you get all of them done in a timely manner. Now to relax and give your self a pat on the back for a job well done.
I hope that these tips will help you get through the procurement of food easily. If you found this post to be enlightening and helpful, please feel free to Comment, and share it with your Family/Friends/Groups. If you like my Content be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single post. I look forward to seeing you back real soon.