First, they check out the grocery store’s circular
Alissa Rumsey, RD, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, does this “to plan out my meals for the week based upon what foods or brands are on sale.” These circulars can often be found online. Or consider checking out the multitude of apps that can save you money on groceries. And don’t miss these secrets grocery stores won’t tell you about saving money, shopping smarter, and more.
They never shop without a list
Admittedly, this is a tip we’ve heard more than a few times. But the benefits are real: A study in Nutrition & Diabetes found that planning meals and writing out shopping lists were an effective and inexpensive weight-loss tool. Whatever your level of health, thoughtful list-making trumps purchasing decisions made in a panic at checkout. A list eliminates so much of the stress associated with grocery shopping, according to Fatwallet.com: it helps you save time and money, it ensures you’re purchasing healthy foods as opposed to junky fare, it allows you to get input from other family members before you go, and reduces anxiety over forgetting something you may or may not already have at home.