There’s a lot of stigma around the food shop still which always surprises me as the weekly food shop at Tesco on a Saturday morning is a thing of the past in our house. Â There is so much variety now in terms of shops, food, opening times, ways to shop – you don’t even have to step foot in a shop anymore!
It’s changed but many peoples habits haven’t. Â I grew up with a weekly shop at the local Co-op. (who have interestingly changed their marketing strategy to not be a full shop but I digress) Then, every 4 weeks there were the bigger items, washing powder, toilet roll, tea bags and coffee. Â This is fine as we had storage space but some people don’t, nor do they drive to be able to bring a massive shop home.
You don’t want the above to happen though, running out of coffee – or tea if you are a tea drinker, that’s the worst! Â When I visited a house and they had run out of coffee it made me think about this post. Also, when you’ve put the kids to bed, the other half is out and you have the sofa and TV to yourself, bliss, until you fancy some chocolate / ice cream / family bag of crisps, but there’s none in the house and the baby monitor doesn’t reach as far as the shops! Bad times.
This is where organising your shop comes in. Â I’m not talking the weekly shop, same food, same list so you find yourself having spaghetti bolognaise again for the 4th time in 2 weeks because it’s just easy and that’s what you buy I’m talking being slightly more organised and creative than that. Â Plus the more organised you are the more money you save! Win-win!
So, how do you do it? Â It depends how organised you want to be and how far you want to go so tailor and adapt the below to what works for you.
- What are your shopping priorities? Â Being quick / cheap / on a diet / no time at all or, being fresh / local / having lots of storage space? Â This gives you where and how you should shop – examples as below :
|No time to shop?||Order online, yes, the first time takes a while but after that favourites remembered – bonus!|
|Quick or no storage?||Local shop like the Co-op, Tesco express or shop on your way home from work as and when you need bits|
|On a diet / meal planning or prep?||One place, online or visit but with a full list and weekly meal plan done first|
|Save money / cheapest||Aldi, Lidl, market and then local shop for the bits they don’t stock|
- Then, organise your cupboards. Â Everyone has that tin / box of custard in the back dated 2010, if you know where everything is and use it regularly you will not waste food or space in the back.
- When you put your food shop away, think of where the products need to be, don’t hide anything new as you’ll soon forget it is there, back to the above.
- Keep a list going, we have a chalk board as we get near the end of things – or, add to your online account even better!!
- Keep a meal plan, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy or for a specific diet but it means you can work out how much you need to avoid wasted food and money.
- Overcook and freeze portions for those nights you just can’t be bothered – just remember to label them as no matter what you think you will forget what it is and freezer roulette is not as exciting as it sounds.
- Buy in bulk if you have storage and what is on offer if you will use it – any offers on things which go out of date before you use them is a rubbish offer!
So the main thing is plan and be organised, Yes I would say that and yes you do have the time – remember that “lost” hour on Facebook?? I can help get you started from an hour just that one time to monthly or even weekly, if you don’t do any of the above you may find you even save more than you expect with my time!