Healthy food shopping can be overwhelming and can take a lot of time and even more money. Good news is there are ways to shop that let us get the most out of our budget!
Here is my TO DO list before I hit the market:
- Check the staples. Throughout each week I take notes of staples (garlic, rice, spices, etc.) that we are running out of or need to replace.
- Check the fridge/pantry for things still need to be used. If I still have any produce or things that will go bad I start building the meal plan around those items so they don’t go bad.
- Get my list off the fridge: I’ve tried a few ways to write down our meal plan and then I got a cute little magnet ‘Grocery List’ to immediately jot down our needs.
- Check the calendar to see what’s coming up for the week. For example, if Jacob and I are done early or have a big break one day and don’t need to bring lunch, or if we’re eating out, or having extra people over. I also ask Jacob if there’s anything he’s craving for the week. (He ALWAYS wants orange juice and bagels)
- Start piecing the meal plan together! The best part. I make a note of any meals I want to try for that week. I also keep a list of our favorite and staple meals that I choose from – about 20 meals. I cook things that aren’t on the list too, but it makes it easier to plan a week quickly.
- Add ingredients to the list. I run through the meals I’m going to make for the week and add everything to my shopping list.
- Review the meal plan. I just look over and make sure it works. That there’s time where I need it to prep ahead, that it looks like what we want, that it’s balanced with the relative prices of meals. And if we are buying a special ingredient that week, for example cilantro, I make sure that there are enough meals planned to use it all up, making sure none of it goes to waste.
- Grab my bags, list, and go! Here in California we can’t use store supplied bags without a charge, and we try not to take them anyway to save waste so I use a selection bags that my mama has made me or random bags I’ve accumulated. Also, these are really great little bags for bulk dry goods.
Usually each week I go to Trader Joe’s and spend around $65. I tend to only go once in the week but sometimes if plans change I’ll go again to grab whatever I need.
We get most of our fruits and vegetables from our Farm Fresh to You box. We get a small mixed fruits and veggies box delivered once a week and love it.
Everything in the box is local and organic and for people on a super busy schedule like us, it makes it so easy to just go online and customize our box that gets delivered straight to our front door!
We also get all of our beef from Butcher Box. Their beef is exactly the way nature intended: 100% grass-fed and grass finished, antibiotic and hormone free, and never taken from feedlots – just 100% healthy meat! They flash freeze the meat at the peak of freshness, pack it with dry ice, and deliver free directly to your door.
You can select between beef, chicken, or pork – a combination of the 2 or 3 or make it a solo order. We choose to get the large all beef box once every 2 months and it lasts us that whole time. I typically buy organic free range chicken from Trader Joe’s and if we need any other type or extra meat I’ll just go to the store to pick it up.
Butcher Box is a surprise for what’s inside each delivery. Sometimes we get a chuck roast, sirloin steaks, ground beef, ect. and other times we get rib eye steaks, or brisket. It’s always fun to see what we get, and then figuring out how to cook it!