Grocery shopping during quarantine – how to do your weekly shopping without wasting money and food?
A year ago, nobody thought we’d have to learn to live in quarantine. This is certainly an uncomfortable situation, but it can be managed. How to do grocery shopping for a week without throwing out food – and thus money – into the trash?
1. A FOOD PLAN FOR THE WEEK
The primary foundation of weekly shopping without wasting money is a food plan for the whole week. You can’t do without one. After all, how are you supposed to know what, and how much to buy if you don’t know what you’re going to cook?
2. CREATE A SHOPPING LIST AT HOME
Once you have prepared a food plan for the whole week, you can now find out which products you already have at home and which you need to buy. Write down the ones you are missing right away. By carefully Creating a list like this, you reduce the risk of:
- forgetting to buy something,
- buying something you already have,
- spending too much money on items you don’t actually need.
3. REGULARLY NOTE PRODUCTS THAT YOU RUN OUT OF
Making a shopping list to go with your weekly food plan is one thing. The second thing is to regularly write down the products that you are Running out of. If you take the last tomato out of the fridge, remember to note it on the list. This way, you can keep a list of what you actually need.
4. TAKE CARE OF SUPPLIES AND REPLENISH THEM REGULARLY
If you want to shop once a week, you need to take care of your supplies. All it takes is the sudden shortage of salt, flour or milk that makes you go out to the store again. When it comes to items such as mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard you can always store an extra jar with a longer shelf life. When the current one runs out, take out the stocked item and Immediately put the missing product on your shopping list. In the case of flour, sugar or salt that you store in containers, store the remainder in its original packaging in another cupboard. The same rule applies in other cases, if you run out any food stored in kitchen containers, refill these with the remaining product and note the items on your shopping list and so on.
5. ADJUST THE QUANTITIES
Each family has its own Staple products, which they eat regularly. These can be eggs, milk, cheese, sausages or other products. Observe how much of these do you eat during the week. Try to adjust them so that you don’t run out of something at the end of the week, or that something doesn’t get spoiled.
6. NOTE EXPIRATION DATES
This is quite an important aspect of the whole process. If you overlook it, you may start throwing away a lot of food. Choose products with the longest shelf life.
7. FREEZE YOUR FOOD
Freeze what you can. Freezing allows you to stock food supplies and store them for longer periods of time after buying them. For example, if you buy meat for a whole week, most of it can be frozen and taken out in the correct quantities on a regular basis and on different days (as long as it’s been divided into the right portions).
8. COOK USING FRESH INGREDIENTS FIRST
This is a very important rule.
If you know that some products spoil faster, eat them in the first few days after buying them. Later, only use frozen products or products with a longer shelf life. Your weekly food plan should also be adapted to this. Plan your meals in such a way as to limit food waste.
9. DETERMINE A SHOPPING DAY
Set aside one fixed day to do your shopping. It’ll make it easier for you to figure out the food quantities that are used up throughout the week.
10. SET A BUDGET FOR GROCERIES
Set the spending amount for your weekly shopping. With a Regular routine, it will be easier to control your budget. You will prevent unscheduled, spontaneous shopping and have your wallet under control.