Last week I went food shopping and I decided to make my way to Trader Joe’s. If you guys have been following me for a while now you know I have been doing most of my grocery shopping at Aldi’s for the past few months to see how low I can get my grocery budget and while it has worked & served its purpose, I just can not stop loving Trader Joe’s & all its amazing novelties it has to offer.
Food Shopping can be so dreadful so over the years I have put a list together of tips & tricks to make food shopping more bearable.
- Check your calendar and plan ahead for things such as birthdays, outings or events during the week you are shopping for . You will either need something special to cook or you are able to skip dinner for that night since you will be out.
- Clean out your fridge prior to going food shopping. There is nothing worse than having to lug in all your groceries only to find out that it is camp packed with left overs your clearly not going to eat or produce that has gone since your last food shopping trip.
- Once you’ve gotten rid of all the garbage, now you can shop your fridge. Use ingredients you already have on hand before they end up going bad, example: if I have tomatoes that are still good I may opt to make a Tomato Basil soup and the tomatoes will no longer be on my list since I have them on hand already which only makes my bill less expensive.
- Meal Plan & Make a List! This is huge for me and is something I do religiously before hand. It’s the only way I can stay on track and actually shop for meals and not just snacks & random items which again ultimately ends in me saving money.
- Ask your kids and/or partner for some ideas for dinner. I know for myself, weeknight dinners can get old and boring fast so check out what they are in the mood for and look up a recipe on Pinterest. Pinterest is flooded with easy & quick weeknight dinners especially using Trader Joe ingredients.
- SHOP KID FREE – I can not stress this enough. Although I know this is not possible for some, try your best to food shop with out your kids. It almost turns into a therapy session/self care date for me when I’m alone and can pop in some headphones & listen to a podcast while shopping. There is nothing worse then having to food shop, cross off items on your list and have to make deal with a screaming toddler or your eldest wondering off. All that screams to me is stress & anxiety which ultimately always ends up with me rushing my way through and most likely forgetting something. If I absolutely have no choice but to food shop with my kids, I love going to Trader Joe’s & heading right over to Customer Service and grabbing lollipops for them. Since, I know what I am buying, I usually breeze through within 45 minutes to an hour.
Check out here a meal plan & grocery list that I used last week. I ended up spending only $150.92 which includes all of our breakfast & dinners as well as my husbands lunches.
These are the things that get me through especially because I food shop every week. I wish I could food shop once a month but with fresh produce it just doesn’t work out for me. I hope these tiny tips and tricks make food shopping more bearable! If you try any of these make sure to tag me on Instagram!