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.
- 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.
- 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 :(
- 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!
- Stock up on staple goods – Milk, eggs, canned items, and wine (yes, wine is a staple in my house!)
- 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.
- 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!