There is more variety on today's grocery store shelves than ever before. With so many choices, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Make shopping easier by following these 10 guidelines.
- Don't shop when you're hungry. You're more likely to make impulse purchases on less nutritious items that cost more.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it. If you keep a running list at home of items that need to be replaced, you won't have to worry about forgetting anything.
- Organize your list into sections according to the layout of the supermarket. This cuts down on time and the number of passes you need to make through the aisles.
- Check for supermarket specials. These are printed in the newspaper or online. Plan your shopping trip around what's on sale.
If you are a single-person household, there are special ways to maximize your food dollars at the grocery store.
- Buy frozen fruit and vegetables. This gives you the ability to take out the portions you need and buy these staples in bulk without worry about spoilage.
- Look for foods sold in single servings. You'll find juice, yogurt, frozen meals, soup and pudding.
- Shop from bulk bins. You can buy smaller amounts, and reduce food waste.
- Talk to the butchers. Ask them, or the produce managers, for a smaller amount of prepackaged items.
- Buy produce that keeps longer in the refrigerator. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots.
- Buy small loaves of bread. Then, wrap and freeze bread you won't use right away.