Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I had another good one, that consisted of not only getting a lot of things done around the house, but going to watch dirt track racing, too.
Only here in racecar country, my friends. It actually was a lot of fun and those seats we’re in? They’re VIP. Because that’s how we roll 😉
Anyways, another one of my favorite weekend traditions is grocery shopping. I’ve admitted before to frequenting several local grocery stores for our weekly groceries, but I can’t help it if one place has the tortillas I like, while another has a local produce selection. Luckily I enjoy grocery shopping WAY more than clothes shopping… especially right now while I’m sporting the belly.
Here’s some looks at my grocery carts over the past few weeks:
It may be silly, but I get a high when I look at my cart and see all the delicious, fresh food I’ve packed into it and know how I’m going to use it all. I rarely throw away any food- a habit I’m quite proud of– because I take the time to plan. My favorite grocery tips:
- Plan your dinners for the week. On Sunday I will take about an hour to plan our dinners, taking into account Hubbs’ work schedule and dinners out we may have planned.
- Plan your other meals, too. I’ll also write out options for breakfasts, lunches and snacks, so I know I won’t skip over anything. Keep in mind what you already have. Example: I knew I had banana nut muffins that were going to be stale soon, so instead of throwing them out, I created banana nut French toast medallions for Saturday breakfast!
- Go in with a list. If I left my list at home, I’d have to turn around. Lists are a MUST HAVE.
- Shop around. I realize I may have the luxury of time, but I usually hit up 3 stores on Sunday. I know who has the brands I like, who has the best prices and who has the freshest produce (until my CSA starts)
- Stick to a budget. All my Sunday shopping totals are less than $100. I have a pretty good idea when I’m making my list of what things cost. I buy my meats at Fresh Market because I can get just the right amount of chicken or shrimp for the meal I’m making without paying for more than I need in a pre-packaged amount. Anti-biotic free, free-range chicken for a dinner will sometimes only cost $2.50. Sweet.
Yesterday consisted of going to the Fresh Market, Bloom and the local bagel shop to pick up bagels and cream cheese (Hubbs’ breakfast of choice this week). Here’s a shot of the cart (just Fresh Market).
And I started off the week (or ended the weekend, depending on your view) with delicious Key Lime Shrimp Tacos. I love knowing what’s in the line up for the week. It eliminates the stress of figuring it out on the fly.
And true to prego-form, I ended the night with a bowl of organic berries and vanilla ice cream… appropriately balanced on my belly 🙂
What’s your favorite grocery shopping tip?
Are you a coupon-er?