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After two years of living in an apartment, I would say I have learned how to master the supermarket. Freshman year was great – all I could eat all the time, no grocery shopping required, and it was made for me! Then reality set in the day I moved into my apartment the summer before sophomore year – HOW AM I GOING TO FEED MYSELF?!
You may be experiencing this feeling now (or preparing yourself to experience it) so read on for some helpful tips on how to navigate your way through the grocery store because, believe it or not, it requires a bit of a game plan.
Coupons & Sales
Before you step foot in a grocery store, you’ll need to have taken care of a few things so you don’t a) run wild, buying everything your heart desires or b) pay entirely too much for everything in your cart. Before you go, research coupons. Google it. There are a number of great sites that feature endless amounts of coupons that you can easily print and bring with you. Also, if the store offers some type of rewards program or customer card service (for free), it’s in your best interest to sign up! Often, they will mail out information on sales, and having that knowledge can really help you save.
Make a List, Check it Twice
Make a list before you go. You will save a lot of money by sticking to what’s jotted down. Determine what items you absolutely need and stay away from the things that are unnecessary – this of course is especially helpful for those of us on a tight budget.
Shop the Perimeter
Grocery stores are set up strategically. Think of it this way: the healthiest, most nutritious foods are located along the store’s perimeter. Produce, meat, dairy, bakery, and often the organic sections are located there, so if you’re looking to eat healthier, this is the best place to start.
Eat Then Shop
The worst thing you can do in regards to grocery shopping is to do it on an empty stomach. You will end up buying so much more than you actually need because practically everything will look delectable and you will justify everything you throw into your cart or basket. My favorite time to get groceries is after dinner because I am well fed, my stomach is content, and I can go in with a clear mind.
Frozen Foods & Dairy Last
This may be a given, but put anything that requires freezing or refrigeration (especially dairy products and eggs) in your cart or basket last. This ensures they are the absolute freshest for you to eat.
♥AUTHOR: ANNA HARMS
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