Grocery shopping 411

In our house, my husband and I juggle the grocery shopping.  We do it differently – 2 different ways to make the list, 2 different shopping routes and 2 varied times it takes to shop.  Read on and see who has become the food shopper in our home.

Nutrition tips for grocery shopping:

  • Shop from a list. You have planned your purchases (less money spent) and will purchase healthier foods.
  • Shop on a full stomach. This prevents buying the unhealthy fare.
  • Shop the perimeter! Here, the “whole foods” lay. Shop for seasonal produce, fresh meat and low fat dairy.
  • Beware the aisles! More processed, refined foods lay here. It takes extra reading of the food labels to make an educated choice. Choose whole grains, low fat and low sodium foods.
  • Choose cold/frozen foods last.  These could begin to thaw (and allow bacteria to grow) while shopping.
  • Take a look at the expiration dates!  Make sure the food has not expired or near that date.
  • For more RD-inspired nutrition tips

Other tips for grocery shopping:

  • Use your coupons!  Check your grocery ads. Take advantage of the deals.
  • Check if your store has additional savings online (i.e.: Meijer and mperks).
  • Note your storage space.  How large is your pantry?  Do you have a deep freeze?  2 refrigerators?  Can you stock up and save money?  However, with more space, you may lose sight on expiration dates.  Be mindful of food safety.
  • If you do coupon, check out my sister’s blog about what to do with your stockpile of goods!

I am the one who takes longer to shop!  I read the labels, look for the new food items and get ideas for cooking different meals.  I will shop every blue moon.  Lately, my husband “won” that duty in our house – of course, with my input!  Who does the grocery shopping in your home?

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