Shopping is one of those tasks that we just can't get away from. It's like tidying the house or washing our hair. It has to be done. But if you are not careful it can cost you dearly in time, money and effort. Not to mention feed into to the materialistic and wasteful culture that many people are trying to get away from. Remember, though that there are some specific dos and don'ts for shopping that you can follow to get on top on the job of shopping.
Do make a list
First of all making a list when you go shopping is essential to getting it right. You should plan your meals out for the week and then write a list of the ingredients that you need. You should also check what you already have so you don't end up replicating items, which wastes money and leads to food waste.
Don't go when you are hungry
One of the best pieces of advice ever is to not go shopping when you're hungry. You are just bound to come back with armsful of stuff that is unhealthy, and that you haven't budgeted for. Going to the shops can be a stressful enough experience on its own so make sure you are well fed and watered before you leave.
Do grow at home
Something that is a really satisfying is to take the initiative to grow some of your own veg at home. In this way, you are teaching your kids about food and where it comes from. You are also providing organic vegetables for them to learn about cooking and healthy eating with. Also by making soup, you have ready made meals so you won't need to buy as much on your next shopping trip.
Do subscribe to regular items to make your life easier
Isn’t it a nightmare when you have completed the weekly shop but forgotten something? It's always some important as well like toilet roll or washing up liquid. Well, now you can solve this problem by subscribing to products that you know your household uses regularly.
You can get monthly shaving supplies delivered for your other half, or add products to your Amazon order to be delivered every so often. They are even rolling about a button that you can press when you see an item running low in the home, and it will automatically order it for you.
Don't forget to use your food waste
One of the biggest problems with the weekly shop is that we can overestimate what we will actually need to feed the family for a week. We just have that ‘better safe than sorry mantra drummed into us.' But this can often produce a lot of food waste, especially for fresh produce that ends to go off quickly.
Therefore it's important that you use up the food as much as possible before it goes off. A great way of doing this is to freeze veg that is about to go over. Then once a week or month you can cook it all up and make a delicious, wholesome soup, which is perfect for lunches or a light supper. Meaning you will have to buy fewer ingredients on your next trip.