Grocery Shopping Tips

Organize your grocery list.

  • List categories in the order you find them in your grocery store.
  • Try to pick up the items from the refrigeration and freezing sections last.
  • Include categories on your list that you frequently buy such as:
    • Canned/Packaged Foods/Cereals
    • Staples/Spices
    • Paper/Cleaning Products
    • Bread
    • Fresh Vegetables
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Meat/Poultry/Seafood
    • Milk/Yogurt/Cheese/Eggs
    • Frozen Foods
    • Miscellaneous
  • Find a convenient place in your kitchen for the grocery list.
  • Encourage family members to add to it. Ask them to add items when they are low and not empty.
  • Plan meals for the next week and add the items needed to the grocery list before shopping.
  • Grocery shop from your grocery list once a week and avoid stops at the grocery store after work.
  • Never shop when hungry. This is when you'll be most tempted to make poor choices.
  • Wholesome, nutritious foods are no more expensive than processed snack foods. A bag of potato chips or a soda pop usually costs more than fresh fruit. Don't blame cost for poor food choices.