Grocery Shopping with K8canrelate

”Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
— Hippocrates

I have been meal planning and prepping consistently for a few years now. I thought it was time to share my tips, routine and typical grocery list with you! Keep reading for more. . .

ROUTINE

My typical meal planning routine is to decide on a meal or two that I want for the upcoming week and Google a recipe. I will look through a few, decide on a couple and then write out a list of ingredients that I will need to get. I email the recipes to myself so I don't lose them in the meantime, because I cannot tell you how many times I find a recipe once and then lose it into the ether.

An average week for me is usually overnight oats for breakfast, some kind of grain + veggie bowl for lunch and a hearty salad for dinner. Lately, I have been doing berries for dessert but sometimes I make protein mug cake. I have all of my grocery needs in my Notepad on my iPhone, and erase the items as I place them in my buggy. (Fun cultural fact: a buggy is what West Virginians call a shopping cart)

I diversify my shopping options. I don't buy everything all at once, necessarily. And I don't do all my shopping at one store. Convenient? No. Cost effective? Yes. Aldi doesn't carry the specialty or bulk items that I need, but Kroger and Whole Foods do. 

TIPS

  • Biggest number one tip is to visit the grocery store on Sunday morning if it fits your schedule. There is nothing I detest more than trying to get my shopping done in a sea of humans. Sunday mornings are peaceful and typically very well-stocked.
  • BYOB, baby! Obviously, I recommend bringing your own bags and opting out of plastic. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, it takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill because the bags don't break down completely.
  • Shop at Aldi and/or your local farmers market. Aldi is my bank account life saver and the farmers market often has cheap, organic and in-season items. The farmers market produce might not be "certified" organic, but it oftentimes is organic. Just ask, they will know! 
  • Try to shop for produce that is currently in season. This will keep the cost lower! I don't always follow this rule because sometimes ya girl just wants some fresh berries in the dead of winter. But most frozen fruit is a great alternate when you just don't want to pay for out-of-season prices. 
  • Buy in bulk when you can! This is one of my favorite ways to save money when it comes to grocery items. 
  • Get familiar with your shopping options. Make it a point to visit your local grocers and some that maybe aren't so local if you think they have better specials or items that are cheaper. For example, there is not a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's in all of West Virginia (I know, girl, I know) so when I travel out of state, I make sure to bring empty bags and a cooler so I can shop before returning home. 
 Feel free to save or print this grocery list for your own use!

Feel free to save or print this grocery list for your own use!

Be mindful of how much food your household needs. This may mean you will experience a learning curve where you buy too much or too little food. You definitely don't want food to go to waste, so I always prefer needing to make a small run before the weekend if we need a couple of items to last us until our regular trip on Sunday mornings. If you do find that you have too much food, I would suggest getting creative and throwing it into the Crockpot for a "cleaning out the fridge" meal. Honestly, these are sometimes the best tasting and most fun to make! 

Does your grocery list usually look similar to mine? What are some of your favorite tips to save money?