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Start a list by writing down everything you know you’ll need for the upcoming week. Things we eat every day or pantry staples that we’re out of, such as:
Next, check out your grocery store’s online ad to see if there’s anything on sale that you can make a meal out of. If there’s something that jumps out at you – such as turkey thighs, you’ll decide that one of the meals for the week will be shredded turkey thigh Sandwiches. Then you’ll write down any additional ingredients you’ll need to create those (such as buns, etc.,) if you don’t already have them on hand.
Inspect your pantry/freezer/fridge and check whether there’s stuff in there that you can create any meals out of. This is what frozen chicken, frozen vegetables, rice, potatoes & pasta are good for. If you can create any meals out of what you already have, you just jot down anything you’ll need to make the meal complete.
Recipes You May Have Catalogued
Should you decide to make any of them, write down the ingredients you’ll need to buy at the store.
You are now able to develop a list of all the meals that your’e planning for the week as well as all the ingredients needed to buy at the store to make them, separated out by department. Always list the produce first as the produce section is in front of the store, and list the pantry items second as the pantry section is next to the produce section.
This will enable you to identify and list 80-90% of the things you had on your original list and 10-20% of the things you lacked.
Always provision for the closest substitute(s).
When planning your grocery shopping, always check ( state and quantity ) of the food you already have on hand and try to use them by creating dishes with these items so you can utilize your supplies wisely.
Some staple pantry items like cans of beans, chicken broth, tomato sauce and canned fish or chicken can be used quickly and easily to create meals.
Buying bulk bread, cheese and meats, when they’re on sale, is ideal; granted they can be kept wonderfully in the freezer.
Try and plan multiple meals during the week that utilize the same ingredients
Refrain from buying specific ingredient(s) that are going to be used only for one dish and that will have to be thrown away after one use or for one recipe.
Should your grocery store lack items that you need, talk to the manager towards having them stocked.
When Paying At The Register
When paying at the register, always pay attention to what’s showing up on the screen as the items are scanned, especially the produce items. Monitoring the scans will prevent from being overcharged or charged for th wrong type of item, which will save you a lot of money.
Two great programs that can help you with list development: Keep and Evernote. They can be downloaded from the google playstore.
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