So, you recently bagged your first job and have moved into a new apartment. And this is the first time that you’ll be living alone without any parental supervision. Well, it’s kind of fun but it also means that you have to take care of your meals yourself. Which means some serious grocery shopping needs to be done. And by grocery, we don’t just mean buying noodles or coke.
If you have never gone grocery shopping alone, then this beginner’s guide will help you get through.
Make a list
Keeping the list of items handy during your trip to the grocery store saves time and makes the shopping efficient. It helps you plan the weekly menu and keep a quick check on the supply of staples like milk, eggs, bread, meat, and veggies. A grocery list also reduces your chances of purchasing unhealthy foods that sabotage your goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Shop the Perimeter
The perimeter of most grocery stores usually includes vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy products that you should be eating regularly. The interior grocery corridor includes snacks, canned goods, and hygiene products that you need to stock up once a month. Minimizing your time in the interior aisle can reduce your exposure to unhealthy food items that you shouldn’t be eating daily.
Set a budget
You need to have a realistic idea of how much you want to spend on grocery shopping. Setting a realistic grocery budget is a must. Track what you actually spend for a month and try not to go beyond it.
Buy Seasonal fruits & vegetables
Seasonal fruits and vegetables not only taste much better but are also affordable. The seasonal produce offers rich flavour, better nutrition and is environment-friendly. Also, buying produce from local farmers helps you feel more connected to your food.
Search for affordable grocery stores in your area. Make sure to compare the prices of different brands for a similar product. Most of the time supermarkets offer attractive deals on various food items like 1 on 1, 10 for 100, etc. Grabbing these deals is one of the best ways to shop affordably.
Look at the nutritional facts label given at the back of the food items to make healthier choices. Purchase items with ingredients you know and that are considered healthy. Avoid the items with ingredients you don’t recognize.
Do check expiry dates
While shopping at a grocery store, do check out the expiry date of the snacks or food items. Because once the food reaches its expiry, it develops toxins that may result in food poisoning. Using the food before the expiry date helps you get the most nutritional value from it.
We hope this beginner’s guide helps in making your grocery shopping easier.