Smart Grocery Shopping -
Shop Smarter, Not Harder

With smart grocery shopping, the weekly food shop shouldn't be a chore you dread. With a proper grocery checklist these grocery buying tips will make food shopping much easier.

Food shopping is seen by many people as a chore. The thought of pushing a shopping trolley up and down aisles trying to find your weekly needs is just unbearable.

Some people, though, quite enjoy the experience. Personally, I don't mind it but that's because I'm organised before I even leave home, and know exactly what I need to buy.

In this section, I'll pass on some of my ideas to make your grocery shopping experience that much better.

The first thing you need to do is sit down and write a food checklist of things you need to buy for the week ahead. To be sure I don't forget anything, I have a notepad attached to my fridge where I jot down items as I start to run out of them. For example, if I notice I'm getting low on spaghetti, it goes on the list. That way, I will have already bought some more before I run out. Same goes for the regular things like milk, bread, eggs etc.

However, this doesn't cover everything and I will need to sit down and complete the list once I've planned my meals for the week ahead. By reading all the recipes I'll be using, I just write down what I need.

Don't forget your treats either! Usually I'll just put something like 'chocolate' or 'biscuits' on my list, and when I'm at the supermarket I'll see what's on special and buy that (in moderation!).

Once the food side is taken care of, then I'll add the non-food items like washing powder, toothpaste and so on.

An important thing to remind you of here is that if you know ahead of time what you need to buy, you won't give in to impulse buying. My golden rule is that if it's not on my list, I don't buy it. And I don't care how cheap it seems to be, I'll save even more money by not buying it!

Now for the clever part. Since I always shop at the same place and I know where everything is, I'll sort my shopping list into sections, according to where I'll find different things. For example, the fresh fruit and vegetables are in the first aisle of my local supermarket, so they go in their own section at the top of my list. The dairy aisle is next, so milk and other dairy needs go in another section below fruit and vegetables. And so on.

By the time I'm finished, my shopping list is complete and properly organised. This may take a little extra time, but it will save you even more time while you're actually shopping. I remember before I started doing this I'd walk all over the place, back and forth, trying to find everything I needed. Shopping took far longer and was more irritating than it needed to be.

Don't forget to take a pen with you, and cross things off as you buy them. That way you can see at a glance if you've forgotten something, or if you need to go somewhere else to buy the remaining items.

Armed with your organised and complete shopping list, you can now accomplish your food shopping easily and spend your time doing the things you actually enjoy! That's the real plus of smart grocery shopping.

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