1. Plan Your Meals
Spend some time looking through SNAP4CT’s recipes, pick a few that you like. Think about what ingredients you already have. Then think about what you need to buy. Oftentimes, after stocking your pantry, you will only need a few fresh items like fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats. Making a little extra of a recipe for dinner can also mean that you will have leftovers for lunch. Or, you could freeze any extra to have at another time. Both are great time-savers.
2. Make a Shopping List
As part of meal planning you really need a list! There is just too much to remember every day. Writing things down, or keeping a list on your phone, will help you focus. You won’t forget items and you will be less likely to buy treats on impulse. Grocery stores love to entice us. They place foods at the ends of aisles in eye-catching displays. Don’t be fooled! Focus only on your list to stay on budget and on track.
3. Keep it Simple
- Quick Bean Burritos: Canned beans, cheese, and corn on whole grain tortillas.
- Vegetable Pasta: Whole grain pasta with garlic, frozen mixed vegetables, and pasta sauce.
- Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich: Whole grain bread, peanut butter, and sliced banana.
- Simple Meat Salad: Salad greens, chopped carrots, low sodium turkey meat, and shredded cheese. [Find tips on Building a Better Salad here].
- Anytime Cereal: Whole grain cereal, chopped nuts, and low-fat (or skim) milk.
- Fruit & Yogurt Parfait: Nonfat vanilla yogurt, frozen strawberries (defrosted), and whole grain cereal.
4. Shop When You Don't Have Time
5. Leave the Kids at Home
Everyone wants just a little more time in their day. Hopefully with these tips and practice, you will find grocery shopping faster, easier, and less expensive.