How To Shop Frugally | Healthy Meal Prep #07
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I have never been a fan of shopping. I am the mom that just wants to run in and run out. So as a part of my healthy meal prep routine, I am super organized when it comes to grocery shopping. I want to save as much time and money as possible while still eating healthy. If you feel the same way that I do then you will love the tips I shared today on my Facebook live about how to shop frugally for your healthy meal plan. You can watch the full video here:
Healthy Meal Prep #07: How To Shop Frugally
Tip #1: Decide How Many Days You Are Shopping For
Before you run out the door you need to have a plan. I think most moms do the shopping. My husband does go own his own at times when I am working and he has even started to organize our meals this way too. It’s great that he realizes how much time and money we save using this system.
The very first thing you should do is decide how many days you are shopping for. Is it a week or two weeks? This will help you plan what you need and how long you will have to prepare for.
Tip #2: Plan out your meals
After you have decided on how many days you are shopping for it is time to get organized. Grab a copy of my free meal planning templates to help you get started. On each day of the week write out what meal you will eat each day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t forget two small snacks a day too! Remember, keep it simple and don’t try to make meals that have long prep and cooking times. We are too busy for all that nonsense! Use a crockpot to help you with making healthy dinners on days you are working.
Tip #3: Write Out The Ingredients
Next, it’s time to write out what you need. Write out the ingredients you will need to plan every meal you wrote down on your calendar. Make sure you include olive oil and coconut oil or spices that you don’t have on hand to prepare the meals.
As I’m planning my list I like to organize my list into the sections in the stores. For example, I organize my list by veggies, snacks, milk/dairy, frozen, bread/grain, etc. Some of you may already do this and that is great, but for those that haven’t, organizing it this way helps you save time in the store as well as money on impulse buys you may make while searching for the items you need.
Tip: Make sure to list the quantity of each item you need. This will help save you money and save waste on buying too much. Produce spoils quickly so only purchase what you need.
Don’t buy anything that is not on the list. Sales can be tempting, but they add up and haste means waste!
Tip #4: Check For Sales
Before heading out to shop, be sure you check your local stores for sales on the items you need. I love finding deals on chicken, beef and even vegetables. I make a plan to get the sale items at these stores so I can save even more money on my grocery bill. It pays to be organized!
What is your plan to shop frugally? Comment below.