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USEFUL LISTS AND PRINTABLES TO HELP YOU KNOW WHAT TO BUY AT THE GROCERY STORE

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Grocery shopping is one of those chores that can take up so much time and effort, not to mention money at the moment!

A big part of the time and effort can be caused by working out what to buy at the grocery store.

So here are some useful tips on how to decide what to buy at the grocery store and then I’ve put together a list of useful grocery list guides and free grocery list printables you can browse through for ideas and inspiration.

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How to decide what to buy at the grocery store

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO BUY AT THE GROCERY STORE

Clearly only YOU can decide what to buy at the grocery store. However, I can give you some useful tips to help you make that decision.

  • Do a stock take of your pantry/food cupboard and fridge/freezer to see what you already have and add any basics that you need to replenish to your grocery list.
  • Decide whether you are shopping for the week ahead or for a longer period of time. I prefer to shop weekly as this is better for buying fresh fruit and vegetables. That said, frozen fruit and vegetables are really cost-effective and very useful, particulalry in the winter months, so you might find that a weekly shop works better in the warmer months and a bi-monthly or monthly shop works in the colder months.
  • Think about the schedules of everyone in the household. Do you need to provide packed lunches, at home lunches? Will everyone eat together each dinner time?
  • It can really help to use a meal planner to plot out your meals for the week ahead, then add all the ingredients you need for those meals to your grocery list.
  • Think about taking advantage of seasonal fruit and vegetables. It’s when they are at their most delicious (ever bitten into a forced strawberry and found yourself massively disappointed by the lack of taste?!) It’s also better for the environment to buy seasonally – and locally where possible.
  • Once you’ve taken all these things into consideration you can complete your grocery list and you’re ready to shop.

If you’d like some more inspiration and ideas for what to buy at the grocery store. Or if you’d like to make use of some really helpful grocery shopping list printables, take a look through the list below and take your pick.

I’ve put together a roundup of some really useful guides for what to buy at the grocery store, plus a selection of free printable grocery lists, both blank and lists with suggested groceries to buy.

There are a couple of lists for vegan grocery shoppers, a couple for keto shoppers, a brilliant list for getting stocked up with your first haul of groceries in your first new appartment, a great frugal grocery shopping guide and I’ve also included a selection of my own free printable grocery shopping lists.

USEFUL LISTS AND PRINTABLES TO HELP YOU KNOW WHAT TO BUY AT THE GROCERY STORE

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