Shopping: Dos and Don’ts

Homemade Granola, Perfect with Milk or Yogurt

I think one of the most important pieces of advice that I can give, is that if you want to avoid unnecessary stress, don’t go grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon. I’ve made that mistake several times, and regretted the decision within seconds of stepping foot in the store. “Busy” would be an understatement: It’s the time where everyone realizes that they need to get food for the week, as well as the time where most people don’t have to go to work, and are just getting out of church. All in all, it’s a madhouse where you spend just as much time dodging rogue carts and stepping around screaming toddlers as you do actually finding food. If you’re like me however, Sunday may be the only day you have to time to make a grocery haul, and the chaos is unavoidable. There are a few tips though that I’ve learned to make the process just a little bit smoother:

Making a List: This is so important if you want to get in and out quickly. If you’re bringing up each individual recipe in the middle of the store, trying to find what ingredients you’ll need, you should definitely plan to be there for a while. Try writing down all the ingredients you’ll need for all of the recipes for the week beforehand, and even go a step further by grouping all the produce together, and the meats, and the dairy, etc. It will help you avoid backtracking through the store if you see you need the same ingredient for several recipes, as well as making sure you don’t accidentally forget anything.  

Gathering Your Items: If you’re shopping with more than one person, like I always do, this works best if you divide your list up. One person can get the dairy items, while another can get the produce. If you’re going to go shopping with a friend(s), then you might as well take advantage of the fact you have multiple people.

Checking Out: Again, if you have multiple people (meaning multiple wallets) to pay for your groceries, then there’s a trick to checking out as well. In the first few weeks of the school year, we tried to divide the items up evenly, and then checked out individually. The problem was, “evenly” never really was even: there was always a person who paid just a bit more. What we do when we do our grocery shopping, is have the cashier ring everything up at once, and then you can ask them to charge the total to multiple different credit cards/payment methods. That way all the groceries can get divided up evenly.

On the menu for this week:

Monday: Avocado Pasta: Recipe Here

Tuesday: Balsamic Glazed Chicken: Recipe Here

Wednesday: French Onion Soup

Thursday: Stuffed Mushrooms

Friday: Broccoli Quesadillas: Recipe Here

Snacks: Avocado Fries

Breakfasts: Yogurt with Homemade Granola: Recipe Here




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