I’ve been living alone now for over two years, and as much as I’ve loved it, it’s also been a learning experience.
Grocery shopping is something I’ve struggled with since the beginning. For some reason, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I
A) Live alone
B) Don’t eat 500 tons of food a week
This has resulted in a lot of waste and frustration on my part. I think I was always so used to my family having such a stocked fridge (very thankful that I had this experience throughout my childhood, I know there are a lot of people out there who aren’t this lucky) and I kind of just took this mentality when I was out on my own.
After all this time I’ve finally kind of got it down. This year I’m really going to try and make a conscious effort to make more food at home (I really, really love sushi though so…) and make sure I’m keeping track of things I actually do eat, and things I don’t.
A few things that I’ve started reminding myself when it comes to getting groceries…
MAKE A DAMN LIST
Making a grocery list is 100% the most important thing to do before you head into the store. I’ll often think about what meals I want to make for the week, and then base my list around that. Of course, I have my basics that I always make sure I’m stocked up on (eggs, egg whites, Annie’s gluten free mac, spinach, almond milk, snacks or drinks my boyfriend likes etc.) but this way I have a guideline so I’m not going rogue in the cereal isle. Also researching what fruits and veggies are in season is a great way to base your meals around produce that may be a little bit less expensive.
Don’t Just Shop at One Store
Look, groceries are expensive. Over the last two years I’ve figured out the stores I like to shop at and the stores I don’t. I use the Flip app to both make my grocery list, and look at all of the flyers for the week. I primarily shop at Superstore and Walmart, TBH I buy mainly my meat and eggs at Walmart (because surprisingly their eggs have a nice orange yolk…) and their meat is priced really well.
Superstore I pretty much go to for everything else. This app is really helpful to price compare as you can also select items from the flyer to add directly to your grocery list page - handy!
Keep Your Fridge/Freezer/Cupboards Organized
Keeping your fridge, freezer, and cupboards organized makes it a lot easier to keep track of what exactly you have in there. I was the worst at buying the same thing over again because I didn’t realize I already had it hidden somewhere (mainly in my cupboards). Staying organized not only helps avoid any rotting food becoming liquid in your veggie bin.
Don’t be Afraid of the Freezer
For the longest time, I was so worried about buying frozen veggies. TBH I’m not exactly sure why. I think I thought that if I bought frozen veggies it was like i had failed my body or something and there was no way there were possibly as healthy. And partially, this may be true.
However since I do live alone, it isn’t always smart to buy ALL fresh veggies, and for sure not all fresh fruit. All of my smoothie fruit is frozen, and now I also do buy some frozen veggies as well (primarily broccoli or edamame beans). I keep my bread in the fridge because I don’t eat it every day, and any other bread products like english muffins that I may only have every once and awhile.