5 Steps To An Easy Grocery List

     Today I want to share with you my method of grocery shopping that I’ve used for years. I find it to be a good way to reduce the hassle and stress of figuring out what to eat for dinner on a daily basis. As said in Hamlet, “There’s a method in his madness,” so if this doesn’t entirely make sense I apologize. However, I hope some of these tips can make your shopping experience a little easier. 

1.     Plan Ahead

     Shop for a week’s worth of food, but honestly you could do more. It’s a good idea to have a designated shopping day in mind, I prefer Saturday. Start by writing out the days you’re purchasing food for. 

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 2.  Know Your Basic Go To Items

      This includes a list of things I buy every time I go to the store. Such as what I eat for breakfast, what I use to make smoothies, and what I have for lunch. 

3.     Improvise and Be Creative

      This step involves taking a quick scan of whatever you have available in the refrigerator or pantry. Start thinking of meals you can already cook or could cook with some extra ingredients. 

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                                              My Go To Items

                                            My Go To Items

4.    Fill in the Major Food Groups

       My dinner always consist of a meat or protein source, a carbohydrate, and a vegetable. Utilizing what you have, start filling in the blanks for each day and create your meals. Add what you don’t have to your list.

                                         Items I Already Had

                                       Items I Already Had

                                             Finalized Meals

                                           Finalized Meals

5.     Utilize the Freezer

      Freezers are good at storing frozen meats, fruits, and veggies better than bulky cardboard boxes of processed food. If there’s a sale, stock up and freeze the extras, which can cut your future grocery list.

 

Please share your thoughts or any other helpful tips! 

- Patrick Berner, SPT

                      Ready to Hit the Store!

                  Ready to Hit the Store!

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