I have a hard time planning meals and making a shopping list because what I've planned for may turn out to be too expensive, or I unexpectedly find another (healthy!) option that sounds better than what I planned. However, mindless wandering ends in disaster! Instead, I let myself wander the perimeter of the store, where even impulse buys will be healthy, but make a specific list for items I need from the center aisles. It gives my more freedom when I shop, but still keeps me from buying cookies!!
I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!
Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash!
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 go grocery shopping, I bring my own bags. If I only have one or two bags, I leave the cart in the store and walk to my car (which I try to park far away from the door to try to sneak in a few extra steps). While I'm walking, I use the bags as weights and do a couple of reps of bicep curls.
Take photos of the packaging of the products you buy. Smartphones now usually have apps where you can put notes on the photos so you can jot down when you bought it and how much is left. That way, you'll be able to track how long it takes you to consume 1 unit of that product and in the long run, you can use that info to plan out your menu to avoid wasting food. It also helps you remember the brand/details of the product which makes shopping faster and easier.
Some women look at shopping like an adventure. It's a chance to possibly find a beautiful dress or a perfect gift to have on hand just in case. Looking is at least as important as what is purchased. This, however can lead to unexpected purchases.
I'm sure you've seen all those dollar stores that seem to have sprung up everywhere! Well, guess what? They really DO save you money. If you are a sharp shopper, you can find many wonderful bargains at dollar stores. Bags of chips for a party - $1. Brand name over the counter medicines - $1. Fun gifts for a child - $1. Candles to decorate your house - $1. Holiday items - $1. Don't miss out on these wonderful savings
It can be a little overwhelming, but you can save so much money by shopping at them. I saved about $700 on clothing this summer by thrifting. I also have a blog where I post all my finds etc. Feel free to check it out!
When an item is "almost" empty (ie vanilla extract, windex, TP, coffee) I add it to the shopping list hanging on the fridge. Ask family members to do the same, instead of telling you "we need more..." I copy the list to a note on my phone, or take a pic. No emergency runs to the store for this or that by planning ahead...great lessons for kids...plus I get to look for sales...and we always have TP!
Try to eat only fresh food in it's most natural state. Do most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the store, staying out of all of the boxed and canned goods. Most importantly, read the ingredients list. Put it back on the shelf if it has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient that you cannot pronounce.
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.
I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
I have a blog that will teach you how to shop on an extreme budget while maintaining a beautiful wardrobe! I hope you guys will check it out...we should have nice clothes to go along with our nice new bodies :D
I have an amazing new blog about how to shop at Goodwill (yeah, I swear you can!) http://niftythriftygoodwill.
The best thing to do is buy in season...
Don't shop on the run -- make a list of the healthy items you need for a week!
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.