Although it’s only the three of us, it’s seems like we go through a lot of food quickly. We tend to buy a lot of food because preparing our own food and packing lunches and snacks is so much cheaper than eating out. We have encountered a few problems though with the way we shop.
One of the problems we have faced when going grocery shopping is buying stuff that we already have. In our house, we have a refrigerator in the kitchen on the upper level of our home, and a refrigerator and deep freezer in the garage. We also have a small pantry in the kitchen, and a bigger food storage area in our garage where we store non-perishable foods. So oftentimes, we check one location for a certain item and forget to check the other areas. As you can imagine, we often end up having too much of a certain item which sometimes results in waste because of spoilage or the item has exceeded the expiration date.
We have agreed to make a concerted effort to make sure we really need a certain item before we run out to the grocery store to buy more.
Another problem we have faced when going grocery shopping is buying items that are not on the list, i.e. impulse purchases. It’s especially bad when we go grocery shopping with Z.E.N. He wants every sugary snack he sees advertised on TV, so shopping with him is hard. It’s hard to repeatedly say no to a whiney 5 year old!. In an effort to ease this problem, Phil and I have agreed to try to do most of the shopping when Z.E.N. is at school. We do love to try new things, but we have also agreed to really think hard before adding something that is not on the list into the cart. I believe that these steps alone will wind up saving us a significant amount of money.
We are also trying to focus on shopping for healthier options. All three of us love sweets, but we know that eating too many sweets is bad. So now, we are going to make a conscious effort to buy and indulge in healthier snacks. For instance, instead of buying sugary snacks, drinks and stuff like potato chips, we are opting to buy more fruits and vegetables, Juices that contain 100% juice and snacks that are made with whole grains. In the picture to the right, you can see that we have have already started to implement some of these changes.
Don’t get me wrong though, we love our comfort foods and will not stop eating them, but we realize that moderation is key and are trying to be more conscious of what we eat. In fact, as member of the a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program, I received a huge welcome package from Hormel which contains lots of the foods that our family loves.
Last but not least, in an effort to save money on groceries, we plan on using our store loyalty cards more. I cannot count the number of times we have left home without our cards and have therefore missed out on great deals. We are also trying to make more of an effort to use coupons. That’s another thing we always wind up forgetting at home. Watching shows like Extreme Couponing have left us amazed at how much people are able to save, so while we will never be extreme couponers, we have started to clip more coupons and we now keep all of our coupons in the car.
How about you? What is your approach to grocery shopping? Are you trying to eat healthier? Have you tried any Hormel foods? I would love to hear from you!
Disclosure: I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me with materials and necessary resources to complete various activities, my opinions are 100% my own.
From the archives: My Grocery Shopping Plan – Smart Grocery Shopping Tips You Can Use bit.ly/wD2z3W
— Diane Nassy(@philZENdia) March 21, 2012