Home Cooking: Tips to save money and time at the grocery store
I find grocery shopping relaxing. I can happily spend hours wandering up and down the aisles. However, what is not relaxing is reaching the checkout counter after two hours of grocery store grazing and encountering a $350 bill.
Over time, I have developed habits that help me to save money while eating more interesting meals. Here are a few of my tips:
Shop once a week: I save time and money by limiting my trips to the grocery store. It is inevitable that every time I run in for “just one thing,” I end up with 10 items I “had to have.”
Make a list of meals: The night before I do my weekly shopping, I sit at my desk with a slim 8-by-5-inch notebook that goes with me to the grocery store.
On the top half of the page, I write four or five dinners I’d like to make in the coming week, and on the bottom half of the page, I create a grocery list based on what I don’t already have in my pantry and need to buy.
For breakfast, I keep yogurt, granola, eggs and bread on hand. For lunch, I love soups, salads and sandwiches. I make one soup a week and then shop for ingredients for salads and sandwiches.