3 Finding Time Tips For Fast and Efficient Food Shopping

get-plenty-of-veggiesFinding time for food shopping is a weekly activity for most of us.  For some it’s a much-enjoyed outing and for others a necessary chore.  Either way, it’s something that can be enhanced by a little planning and a small shift in perspective.

3 Food Shopping Tips

Tip #1What you see is what you get!

If you think of the weekly shopping as a form of drudgery, then it will feel like that to you.  Try reframing it as time spent on nurturing and self-care.  Think about it:  The nourishment that you bring into your home each week forms the base for the days ahead. It shapes the amount and the kind of energy that you’ll have available for everything else that you do.  If you’re shopping for others, too, then the impact is that much greater.  The way you nourish yourself has a fundamental impact on the ways that you are able to use your time.  It’s just that important!

Tip #2Use a shopping template to make your planning easier.

I am a big proponent of templates for any tasks that are frequently repeated.  Templates increase your efficiency and save you lots of time, both when you’re checking for what you need and when you’re at the store.  Templates are far better than simple lists, because you start out with a frame (in this case a list of grocery items that you generally use in your household) and go from there.  You don’t need to reinvent the wheel each week – a huge time saver!

Here’s your third tip…

Tip #3:  Plan your meals ahead.

This is both a time and a money saver!  The more you can plan your meals ahead, the less time you’ll need to spend during the week coming up with ideas.  In addition, if you have planned ahead, you are less likely to buy items on impulse. And you’re less likely to waste food that you bought but weren’t sure how you were going to use.  My friend Wendy Battles of Healthy Endeavors recently posted on her blog about meal planning, and the importance of having a game plan.

Try it!  Using 1, 2, or all 3 of these tips will make your shopping time more positive, efficient, and focused.  I’d love to hear how it works for you – so leave a comment!

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  1. I really like the idea of changing my mindset before going shopping – especially now, when I’m looking to lose a few pounds. Helps inspire me.

    I always check my favorite recipes for ideas before making out my list, according to aisle.

    Thanks, too, for the free Finding Time Boundary Template – I love it! What a great resource…

  2. Hi Alison – I am so glad you found the post helpful – and I love your visits. I hope your next shopping trip is enjoyable!

  3. Hi Paula,

    I’d recommend checking out Amanda Moxley. She is a health and nutrition coach who also talks about mindset, e.g., before going into a restaurant.

  4. Thank you, Cathy – I will look into Amanda Moxley’s work – and appreciate your sharing the tip. To your time success!

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