3 Reasons Why You Should Never Grocery Shop Hungry

We’ve said it before and we will say it again: the golden rule of grocery shopping is to never, ever grocery shop hungry. It is always a recipe for disaster—often one you won’t see coming even if you make a promise before walking in the doors of the store. So why do we say this? Let’s review a few of the key reasons now:

Overindulging

Indulging in your favourite dessert or other comforting food on occasion is a good thing. You can, however, go over the line and overindulge. Walking into a grocery store with an empty stomach is priming you for buying all kinds of food not so healthy for you. In other words, when you grocery shop hungry you are setting yourself up for overindulging. This can easily ruin your diet or weight loss goals before you know it.

Overspending

Even if you make a list of things you need to buy when you grocery shop, going when you are hungry increases your chances of buying things not on your list—often the junk food, as we mentioned in the previous section. Unfortunately, buying things not on your list, even if you were going to be under budget with that list, opens the possibility of overspending. Stay on budget by eating a snack before you go, lessening the chances of you buying something that looks good simply because you are hungry.

Forgetfulness

Unfortunately, going grocery shopping while you are hungry also sets yourself up for forgetting to buy things you actually need, especially if you do not have a list or do not check it frequently while in the store. Your mind will just be focused on how you are hungry, and will want to steer you towards whatever looks good to eat right now, never mind what you actually need to buy for the week (or however long you happen to be buying for).

3 Tips For Effective Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping will always be in our regular routine. You likely started accompanying one of your parents when you were small, since you couldn’t be home alone. But once you leave home? Going to the store and picking out what you want to eat is all your responsibility. Sometimes people find themselves overwhelmed by all the choices, while others just simply have no idea what they should get. Need some help grocery shopping for any reason? Here are key tips to consider:

Use The Flyer

The vast majority of grocery stores will have a weekly flyer showcasing which of their products are on sale. Examining these flyers is the perfect way to not only save money when you shop, but also to generate ideas on what you can make throughout the entire week. If you really want to make this an effective grocery shopping strategy, try looking at more than one flyer when constructing your list and plan of what to eat for the week.

Stick To The List

Speaking of grocery lists, you should always bring your list with your when going to the grocery store and you should always stick to buying what is written on your list. This will help manage your overall funds, while also helping minimize the amount of junk food you buy. If it is not on the list, you are not allowed to buy it! Just be kind to yourself and avoid putting a lot of junk on the list in the first place.

Never Go Hungry

The golden rule of grocery shopping? Never go hungry. When you step inside a grocery store with an empty stomach, you will be far more likely to overindulge in junk food like chips, chocolate, pop, and literally anything that looks appealing. If you need to go to the store but you do feel some hunger pangs, eat a small snack (at least) before you head out. You will thank  yourself later.

3 Tips For Budget Grocery Shopping

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Are you on a budget? Eating is not something you can eliminate from your expenses, but you can maintain a good diet while also adhering to a strict budget. Need some help getting started? Here are three key tips for grocery shopping on a budget.

Create A Meal Plan

What do you want to eat this week? Make a schedule for each of your meals for the upcoming week. You can do this on paper or on the computer (e.g. as an Excel spreadsheet)—whichever you prefer. Understanding what you are going to eat throughout the week can help reduce or even eliminate unnecessary purchases at the grocery store. Make a note of the ingredients you are going to need while creating this meal plan—you will need it during your grocery shopping trip.

Check Store Flyers

A great way to reduce spending at the grocery store is to check the flyers before you make your trip there. This way, you have an idea on different specials you can take advantage of. It is best to check the flyers while you are creating your meal plan, since you might want to adjust your meals based on what products are on special. For instance, if you wanted to make chicken breast but it is not on sale? Another protein, such as ground beef, might be. Try building your meal plan, mentioned previously, around what is on sale at your local store.

Stocking Your Cupboards

If you had to buy every ingredient you need every time you shop, you are going to rack up quite the bill. Instead, make sure your cupboards, fridge, and freezer are always stocked with a range of staple ingredients. When you buy chicken breast while it is on special? Portion and freeze the extra breasts! Do you like pasta? Buy an extra box when it is on special, so if you crave it when the price goes up, you can still have some.

3 Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

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Grocery shopping is where your healthy eating habits begin. If you do not have junk food in the house, you are far less likely to eat it! Here are four simple tips for healthy grocery shopping. Start off on the right foot!

Shop the Perimeter

When you enter the grocery store, shop around the perimeter as much as possible. This is where the fruits and vegetables, real meat, dairy, et cetera is located. Many of the centre aisles are full of processed foods, much of which is junk like pop, chips, chocolate, candy, and more. Avoid these aisles as much as possible. If you do need to grab things in them, which is likely (e.g. pickles, pasta), save it until the end of your grocery trip and leave the aisles as fast as possible.

Make A List Before Shopping

Plan before you even get to the grocery store! Consult the flyer for ideas and create a meal plan for the week, along with a grocery list of what you need to buy in order to make that happen. When you get to the grocery store, make sure you stick to that list. If it is not on the list, do not buy it! Go through your fridge and pantry before you leave to add any items to the list that you might need to restock.

Avoid Busy Times

When the grocery stores has lots of people, it means moving slower around the store and standing for longer in the checkout line. Both of these things will increase the chances of your buying junk food like chips and candy. Consider what times are the busiest at your local grocery store and make a point of avoiding these times as much as you can. Your trip will go faster and you will have less time to succumb to temptation as a result.