I am not a fan of grocery shopping. It can be stressful, expensive & time consuming. It has always been tough for me to get a list made of the essentials for the week & come up with dinner ideas that we like on a consistent basis.
Once Scarlett was born, we knew we needed to make some changes in our approach to grocery shopping & eating. We decided to do baby-led weaning early on, which in turn, started making us eat better.
I turned to one of my all-time favorite resources, Pinterest, for inspirations & ideas on how to make grocery shopping less stressful, cheaper, & more enjoyable.
These six tips have helped make grocery shopping so much easier. Not only do I not dread going grocery shopping anymore, but I actually look forward to seeing what deals & savings I can find.
Once we have tried one or two a week, we will rate the recipe, add comments & move it to the RECIPES I HAVE TRIED board for later use.
I also have a secret board called staple items that have a handful of my go-to recipes when we are in a pinch or don’t have any ideas for dinner. Pinterest has been a huge helper in keeping on track with meals & being inspired by other mommy bloggers to do so has been super helpful.
Coupons are your best friend & you can save a ton of money just by spending a little time combing through ads. It really only takes a few minutes to look for your essential items.
One store that we shop at is our local Fred Meyer, as we receive their store coupons quite often. Many stores, including Fred Meyer’s & Safeway, have apps that you can download on your phone that allow you to load coupons to your store card. How easy is that…no need to clip any coupons.
Everyone knows making a grocery list helps you stay away from unnecessary items & it keeps you within your budget. Making a list keeps me focused, on track & when referencing recipes, I will make a quick rough draft of what I need, as well as other goodies on a list.
Once that is made, I re-write the list by department. I have found this to be a life saver when going through the grocery store. No need to go back to one area if you forgot something.
This is NO guarantee that you may have to go back once or twice. After all, we are parents with a million things going on at once!
Be sure you have everything you need before heading out the door to shop. Grocery list, coupons, water bottle & your little partner of course. With Scarlett in tow, I always make sure that we have our LILLEbaby carrier in the car for grocery shopping.
It makes it so much easier to execute & navigate through the store with our carrier. I get to show & talk to her about everything we are buying with the comfort of her right up against me.
Write out all the dinner ideas & inspirations for the week out on a note pad that you can keep on your fridge. This will be everyone’s visual reminder of what we have coming for the week. I don’t keep ours in order by day, as everything can change day to day.
We will usually chat about it the night before on what we want to make. Once we make that dish, we will cross it off and put a big star next to it if we were a fan. That way I know which to add to our weekly recipes later on.
The most important part is following through on the meals & planning the ones that will work for your schedule.
For instance, we will definitely be making the crockpot on a night that we both work all day. Then, I will be sure to plan a night for the enchiladas that I have time to prep the chicken and put them together.
It is all about timing and prep. You can do it!