When I grocery shop, I take a list and then on a separate paper track the cost of everything I put in my cart. By taking the time to write down the cost of each item and keep a running total, not only do I save money, but I also am way less likely to throw those impulse buys in. No more "But they said they wanted to be eaten" cookies or gummi bears.
I take my boyfriend when I go grocery shopping. He eats healthier than I do, so not only do I get help when I'm picking stuff out, I feel more pressure to get good foods instead of the junk I would want if I were alone. I still want it, but he's there to help me resist.
When I grocery shop i take my shopping list, I track how much it's costing me, and then compare my estimate with the actual bill. I'm generally within $10 on $100-200 bills.
When I started using coupons, I was discouraged that I couldn't use a coupon for every item bought. Then I realized that some items were actually less w/o a coupon which led me to a secret of true savings.
I find it is easier then I thought to eat healthy. When you are wanting a snack or just going grocery shopping. If you have money to buy those chips, sodas, or anything else that is full of fat. Trade it with something more healthy that cost about the same price. That way you leave with healthy choices instead of bad ones.
Coupon Binders aren't for me. Folding coupons to fit the right way takes forever and I destroy my cuticles getting them in and out of baseball sleeves. Instead, I use a makeup case/bag...the HUGE ones Lancome, EL and Clinique put out during summer. The largest one I have holds hundreds of coupons (plus store policies and price lists). Just make sure you make a bunch of sections so you can find things quickly. It must have 2 zippers, otherwise it can open and spill. And they fit the cart seat!
Once in a while on my way home from the gym I'll go food shopping. I've noticed that it doesn't even matter if I'm hungry, I make smart, healthy choices! I feel so good mentally and physically that the thought of buying "junk" just grosses me out! Now I try as much as possible to only food shop after a workout.
Whatever you do, don't go shopping for groceries hungry!! I make poorer choices when I go to the grocery store and am famished. I want junk food, easy to prepare, and sugar...
I take care of a special need adult, she has a multitude of medical and physical problems, and she will usually eat anything, but Veggies was a hard one, she wouldn't try anything new. I found a way to get her to eat more.
Make a grocery list from your week's menu plan. Do not shop when you are hungry. PUT THE GROCERIES IN THE TRUNK of the car and don't nibble on the way home. Go in the door closest to the fresh produce. Avoid processed foods if you can. AND READ THE NUTRITION LABELS.
Every weekend I plan what my week will look like with my meals. I track them ahead of time and then use the sparkpeople tool to print out a grocery list. It's so handy. I find that when I do that I focus on just what I need when I go grocery shopping so I don't even get a chance to purchase something that may sabotage my efforts.
Some grocery stores give senior citizen discounts to patrons which are linked to the store's shoppers card. At Kroger, for instance, one can save 10% on store brand items. Just ask at the service desk for them to load the discount onto your card.
I print out my grocery coupons from both the MyPoints and Inbox Dollars sites. They carry the same as coupons.com and sometimes extras. You earn 10 MyPoints for each of their coupons, or 10 cents towards rewards on Inbox Dollars. They really add up and you get extra rewards in addtion to the grocery savings.
When I have a short grocery list, I will walk or bike to the grocery store near my house. This way I get exercise, plus I avoid impulse purchases because I know that I can only carry so much stuff back home.
Some grocery stores will let you order online and pick up groceries for a small fee, usually around $5. I spend more than that each trip picking up random things that aren't good for my waist or my wallet! Save time, money, and calories by ordering online. It is easy to do off of your Spark list!
I use a Sugar Free Menthol-lyptus cough drop to stop the urge to eat. I carry a couple in my pocket.. especially when I go to the grocery store and it keeps me from buying some of the things I don't need. It also takes a while to melt so it gives you that few minutes you need to get over the urge.
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I always request a refrigerator and microwave at the hotel. I don't always get one, but I try. Depending on what is available, I make a stop at a grocery store to get healthy food for breakfast, snacks and maybe lunch in the room or to take along. It's cheaper and healthier!
Grocery store chains are starting to print coupons at the register to encourage you to shop with them again. Sure, this is a great thing for the business, but it's also free money for you. I'm shocked at how often customers leave them behind.
I read a suggestion to check out vitacost.com in a sparkpeople forum and I figured I should spread the good word.
When I go grocery shopping, I am surprised by the kinds of foods I don't buy anymore. Ice cream, chips, soda. I see them in other shopping carts & wonder why people are wasting their nutrition dollars on junk when they could have yogurt, oranges, and lemon water instead. My tastes HAVE changed!