I hated grocery shopping. It was a task I dreaded each time I got into the car and headed over to the store. Sometimes I had a list, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I had a bag or two in the back, but sometimes those didn’t make it to the store either. I would go any day I had time – never. So all in all. I would say my grocery shopping routine was more or less nonexistent.
The problem is, when I don’t have a good grocery shopping routine, I don’t have a great eating routine and when that happens I get grumpy, so this grocery shopping stuff is important.
I created a list from the items I buy every week, my staples and from the recipes I was cooking that week. I tried my new list at the store and loved it. As a bonus, I listed the items I was purchasing in the order I pick them up in the store. That way I am sure to get everything I need on my first pass through the store. Before creating my standard list I would often get to the frozen section only to turn around and walk all the way back to get something I forgot in produce – another more reason I dreaded the grocery store.
The next week before going to the store I looked at my list again. I put check marks next to the items on the list I didn’t need and added items to the list from recipes on my meal plan for that week. With my updated list I went to the store again and loved it… Well, ok, I enjoyed it and found I didn’t spend as much money on things I didn’t need.
Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest impact on a situation. The simple habit of meal planning and creating a list based on that plan changed my perspective on the grocery store and my feelings around that weekly chore. I eat healthier and my household runs smoother because we all have what we need as we head in different directions for the day.
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