Today's post comes from past Nutrition Intern Solee Medius!! We hope you enjoy!
When it comes to grocery shopping, the healthier options always seem to be more expensive. Whether browsing the fresh organic produce or scanning the aisles for salmon and sweet potatoes, finding the best deal isn’t always easy. Many people shop at the same market and tend to purchase the same foods. But challenge yourself to be adventurous and try something new. Take a trip to Trader Joe’s, Albertson’s, Sprout’s or The Isla Vista Food Co-op. There are many reasons why your errand can turn into an eye-opening grocery experience. Here are some tips before you go..
1. Go online. Take advantage of the great deals stores offer on their websites. You can find amazing weekly ads on Albertsons website. Sometimes 6 ounces of fresh blueberries or blackberries are just $0.88! Also check out Trader Joe’s Value, to Joe column which will inform you that red bell peppers are constantly sold for $0.99 “no matter the time of year.” And what about local markets, you ask? Good news! This isn’t a feature only offered by chain grocery stores. Sprouts have advertised 2 for $1 mangoes online before, and you can find lots of savings on locally grown produce by visiting The Isla Vista Food Co-op’s website too!
2. Make a list. It’s easy to find yourself wandering aimlessly through the aisles waiting for something to catch your eye. You might end up filling your cart with multiple items that you didn’t even come for. If you buy too much, your food may go bad before you have a chance to eat it. Being adamant about only buying what you need will help you save money and space in your shared refrigerator.
3. Look up recipes. If you promise to cook a spectacular dinner one night for your housemates but realize half-way through that the recipe calls for an item you don’t seem to have in the pantry, you don’t want to disappoint. Plan ahead by printing out the ingredients list and take it with you to the store. The grocery stores mentioned before also post recipes on their websites and all the ingredients can be found in their stores!
4. Bring your bags. Not only will you avoid the charge for paper bags (it may seem small, but it will add up over time), but you can also help make a difference in the environment. Reusable bags tend to be more durable too.