Let’s face it, no-one really enjoys doing the groceries, and if you didn’t hate it before, then the toilet paper fiasco of 2020 probably got you there.
Regardless of your feelings toward supermarkets, the choices you make during your weekly shop can actually make a huge difference to your week.
To help you make the most of your shop, we’ve got some tips to help you eat healthy, plan ahead, keep your budget down and spend as little time in the shops as possible!
Shop once a week
The best way to do this is to go in with a plan. Think about the meals you’d like to eat throughout the week and write them down before heading to the shops. Once you familiarise yourself with where foods are situated in the supermarket, you’ll be in and out in no time and won’t have to worry about hearing “UNEXPECTED ITEM IN BAGGING AREA” for at least another week.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry
If you shop when you’re hungry, you’re more likely to buy things you don’t need. So if you don’t want the whole of aisle 12 in your shopping trolley, have a bite to eat before you go!
Plan for leftovers
When preparing a quick and easy dinner, why not make extra so you can creatively use the leftovers to assemble the next day's lunch. Or if you’re super organised and have lots of leftovers, why not freeze it for your future self to enjoy!
If you need some meal inspiration, check out our quick and easy recipes.
Go with themed nights
It’s often helpful to have a themed night each week e.g. Monday is pasta night, Tuesday is fish and veggies night, to help you plan your meals for the week. Keeping the focus narrow will help you to make quick recipe decisions and keep on track with planning and eating healthy.
Find out what everyone else likes to eat
Ask your roommates, family, or partner what they like to eat. If you live with other people why not plan to eat together, that way you can split the shopping bill, take it in turns for cooking and even encourage each other to create healthier dishes.