Who wants to save time grocery shopping? (Raises hand!) Shopping for food for my 4 boys can easily take up hours and hours of my week if I let it. But, with a few simple grocery hacks, you can shave hours off of your shopping time.
1. Create a standard printed grocery shopping list of your regular purchases.
If you do nothing else, create a standard grocery shopping list.
The 80/20 rule is probably ultra-relevant when it comes to your grocery shopping habits. What I mean is that you probably buy the same 20 items 80% of the time. This means that you can easily type up a list of those 20 or so items, print a bunch of copies and check them off when you’re running low.
How to make your own printed grocery list:
- Take a look at your last grocery receipt, peek into your cupboards and scan your upcoming menu plan (if you have one).
- Start a list of your regular purchases.
- Type it up and save on your computer and print out 10 copies. Print more as needed.
I have mine hanging in my kitchen so anyone can check off an item.
A list like this also helps when you’re getting ready to go to the store because it will prompt you for those things that you buy regularly.
2. Find an online source for grocery staples that you like and place an order once a month.
When you order online, it’s like the magic grocery fairy does your shopping for you. What did we ever do before this option was available?
My favorite sources for online groceries:
Grove Collaborative is the perfect place to order natural cleaning supplies (get a $10 credit + free Mrs. Meyers hand soap on your first order)
Amazon is a no-brainer for specialty ingredients like yeast and stevia (all. the. time). Getting grocery items on Amazon makes a Prime membership worth the cost. You can try Amazon Prime free for 30 days here.
3. Keep your grocery routine simple
You can have a super-complicated grocery shopping system involving multiple stores and sales circulars, but if this is stressing you out or you just don’t have the time for it, scale back as necessary.
Here’s my dirty little secret:
My time is worth something when it comes to grocery shopping. I’m willing to spend a few extra dollars a week by NOT shopping at multiple stores or clipping 10 cent coupons.
Any change I can make that saves me time is worth it to me, as long as the cost isn’t too great.
4. Use Ibotta for quick grocery coupons
I don’t clip coupons, but I do use the Ibotta mobile app to get grocery rebates. It takes just a couple minutes and I’m saving on things like milk, produce and meat as well as other, more traditional coupons. Ibotta is a game-changer if you’re not normally into coupons!
5. Shop from a list and stick to it.
If your printed list is roughly categorized , you’ll save so much time in the grocery store. The easiest way to waste time and money is to go into the store and browse each aisle looking for inspiration. Do NOT let the grocery store serve as your main inspiration! You’ll end up with too much food and much of it will go wasted.
Instead, plan ahead of time what you want and you’ll be in and out in no time.
Want to take your grocery skills to the next level? See how I do (almost) all my grocery shopping a MONTH at a time!