Grocery & Kitchen Smarts

Grocery & Kitchen Smarts

Organization, Grocery Shopping, Kitchen tipsWeekly grocery shopping can be time consuming and costly. Yes, I said weekly, as shopping more frequently will be even more time consuming and costly! A quick stop for milk is OK as long as you are not caught up in the store promotions and end up with more than a quart of milk. That is why milk is usually at the rear of the store!

Make it a point to shop once a week after the new ad circular arrives.
Shopping tips:

  1. Always shop with a list, using your family’s activities/schedule and preferences. EG: On a busy day of chauffeuring kids to sports and other activities, planning ahead for a simple and well planned menu will be a time and stress saver. A slow cooker meal simmering all day while you are out and about or soup and sandwiches or pasta with jar sauce and a salad will work.
  2. Make use of weekly ad paper & store coupons to help select necessary items at good prices. Manufacturer coupons can also save money. Check shelf prices, as some products are cheaper without a coupon, such as store brands or items on sale that day.
  3. Buying a large or “family pack” of an item may save money if it will be used realistically and/or can be frozen. EG: I like buying a whole filet of fresh salmon and packaging/dividing it into individual meal portions to freeze. A low priced roast or poultry can also be frozen for future use. Always date the items before freezing to use it wisely.
  4. Buying large or family packs of food are also good at the right price. Initial cooking of a large portion provides an initial meal as well as a re-run meal to serve a few days later, or to be frozen for later use. Buy oils in large (cheaper) sizes and use squirt bottles for easier use.
  5. The store end cap displays are not always bargain items. Check the prices in that aisle. Try to stick to your list rather than “sale” distractions.
  6. 6. Stay clear of warehouse club stores where over buying can be a problem.

 Kitchen tips:

  1. Clean produce and store well when arriving home from shopping. This will save prep time later. Date perishables to save money by using in a timely manner.
  2. Rotate cupboard and fridge supplies to maintain use of older items first. Roll out shelves aid in keeping back of the shelf items visible and easily accessible.
  3. A well-stocked pantry can help when preparation time is limited. Some of my favorites are: Dry pastas, jar sauces, can soups, veggies, beans, can meats/fish & fruits. Rice, polenta, packaged rice and macaroni mixes, nuts, etc.
  4. Refrigerated and frozen pantry stockers like fruits, veggies, breads, waffles, bacon, cheeses, etc. can also help to put together a meal when time is limited.

Make the time to prepare a weekly menu and shopping list to save time, energy, stress and money! See you at the store.

©Ann Gambrell April 2014

Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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