SMART SHOPPING | How to kill it at the grocery store

groery shopping on a budget

Some weeks I’m spot on with my grocery shopping… other weeks it’s a sad, sad fail (nutritiously and financially).

I either buy too much produce that goes bad before I can even get though half of it, or I end up making pasta and ordering thai via Seamless because I didn’t plan out my meals properly and only have a bag of kale chips to live off of.

Here are 6 tips I’ve come up with this last year of living alone to make sure I’m eating healthy while not throwing money away on unused/unnecessary goods.

  1. Buy a balance of greens, carbs, fruits, and proteins – Sadly we can’t just live off of bread alone… flashback to the food pyramid you learned about as a child.
  2. Don’t go down the cookie/chip aisle – Not only will these cookies not make a well balanced lunch or dinner, but they will also add on unnecessary dollars to your grocery bill :(
  3. Your freezer is your best friend – Buy an extra container of chicken and store it in your freezer for a crock pot over the weekend, or buy a bag of frozen shrimp to heat up during the week for a salad or pasta dish!
  4. Stock up on staple goods – Milk, eggs, canned items, and wine (yes, wine is a staple in my house!)
  5. Plan your grocery list ahead of time – Having a plan for your meals during the week will allow you to buy the right ingredients and plan ahead for leftovers that will make a tasty lunch or dinner later on. It will also help prevent Seamless charges when you realize you have nothing to make for dinner on a Thursday night.
  6. Set a budget – When you go into the grocery store knowing you only have $40 to spend then you know you can’t pick up a new expensive jam for $8 just because you like the packaging (guilty… and it tasted gross)! Setting a budget (I know, I hate the word too) will help you stay focused on your grocery necessities.

Following these 6 tips has let me to not only save money and eat more balanced meals, but also made it so I only have to go to the grocery store once a week! Great success if you ask me :)

I’m packing my bags this weekend and headed down to my family’s lake house with friends for some boating, tanning, and bbq-ing (because clearly we didn’t get enough bbq on the 4th). What are you all up to this weekend? TGIF!

11 thoughts on “SMART SHOPPING | How to kill it at the grocery store

  1. Kristin July 10, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Great tips, Amanda! I think I need to go make my meal plan now…

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  2. Jamie July 10, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Love the tips! I always find I am right around the same price point every week… I just switch out my produce to mix up fruits and veggies. Everything else is the same. Except my bill always takes a big hit when I’m out of the essentials like honey, spices, and tin foil WOOF!

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    • Amanda Brooks July 10, 2015 / 1:25 pm

      You do better than I do, girl! My grocery bill was anywhere from $30-$100…. I had a grocery shopping problem. And I hate having to buy essentials! Not only because they are an extra line item on your bill, but also because I always forget to pick them up when I’m at the store haha

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  3. Alexis July 10, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    My favorite grocery shopping tip is to only stay on the outskirts of the store (dairy, produce, meat, bakery etc) and avoid the aisles in the middle (mostly processed foods). You end up with more healthy foods and it’s cheaper too! :)

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  4. MealsWithMel July 10, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Great post on grocery shopping tips :) I always make a list and try to stick to all the outside aisle… Thankfully the store always puts my tortilla chips along the outside edge of the aisle. As for extra produce one of the best investments I ever made was a juicer… Looks like carrot, apple, beet, orange juice today :)
    Have a fun and relaxing weekend with the family!!

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    • Amanda Brooks July 13, 2015 / 8:00 am

      I’ve been thinking about getting a juicer for a while now! I love any juice with apple in it :) I hope you had a great weekend too!

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