Episode 87: Grocery Guide: Skirting Through The Aisles Of Meal Planning And Grocery Shopping
They say practice makes perfect, but why does it seem that grocery shopping and meal planning never seem to get any easier, no matter how many times you do it? This week we’re tackling these tasks by getting down to the nitty gritty of how this works in our households. We’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the past few years to make this manageable and whether you’re a grocery guru or a meal planning novice, we think there’s something for everyone in this episode to make your life just a little bit easier.
Our Best Tips and Tricks
Mindset- Know your family and what types of food/meals you need. For KB, this looks like low carb dinners, dinners that can turn into lunches the following day, and meals that are filling and healthy with lots of meats and veggies. For KA, this looks like mainly dinner items and the same staples for breakfast and lunch every day. Don’t kill yourself trying to buy ingredients for 3 meals a day if that’s not how your family operates and don’t beat your head against up for always forgetting breakfast items if your family relies on eggs and bacon every morning. Know your people.
Where to shop- We both do Sprouts and Kroger weekly. KA does a Costco run 1-2 times/month for bulk items and Trader Joe’s on occasion for specialty items. Shop the perimeter of the store for healthier choices.
How we decide what to make/buy- We both follow roughly the same steps:
Do a quick family chat of what the next week looks like to determine how many meals need to be cooked at home
Check what is already on hand
Look at weekly ads to see what is on sale
How to choose recipes-
What can last for dinner and lunch the next day?
What does my schedule look like?
Does it fit at least 3 of the “healthy, tastes good, cost effective, quick” criteria?
These questions may be different for you. Again, know your people and your needs and use that criteria to help you choose recipes that will actually fit your tastes and lifestyle.