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3/20/20 10:01 P

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I do pickup shopping from Walmart or Giant Eagle or I have instacart deliver from Aldi's. I find that this way I plan healthier meals and I don't impulse buy junk. I actually save money, even after the tip because I am not impulse buying, plus I am able to add things to my list as we need them, or someone in my house tells me we are running out.



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3/5/20 10:26 A

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Always make a list and don't go to the store hungry.

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3/5/20 9:55 A

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My family uses an app called Cosi. It's primarily a shared calendar but you can also keep lists here. I ask everyone in my family to update the list so I know what we need. I can also keep certain things on the list week to week.

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3/4/20 9:16 P

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My grocery store, (HEB in Texas) has an app. I can make my grocery list, and find current coupons. The app also tells me what aisle my items are on, and I can cross off the items as I put them in my cart. And it's so convenient. I never forget my list because it's on my phone. The app also tells me if an item I want is carried in my store. As an added bonus, the app is totally free!

It makes shopping easy. So, check it out, and see if your grocery store has an app. Shopping doesn't have to be hard.

As far as food selections, the less processed, the better. I am after all working to be as healthy as possible.

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3/3/20 7:18 A

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Use coupons whenever possible.



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3/3/20 5:38 A

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Make shopping list at home. And stick to it.

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3/2/20 9:46 P

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Never shop when you are extremely hungry! If you go when you are hungry, start in the produce section!!

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2/19/20 1:44 A

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Truthfully, tips are going to vary in applicability due to their being relative derivatives of attitudes about food and perceptions of food. Vegetarians, low-carbers, pescetarians, paleo peeps, moderationists, SAD'ers, WW's, etc have different standards regarding foods and eating; therefore it would result in different tips for gathering their food. For example, a vegetarian may stock their pantry with beans and rice, whereas a Paleo follower may have to shop numerous times throughout the week due to lack of refrigerator space for fresh foods.

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2/15/20 9:59 A

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A lot of great ideas.

I would add to shop the perimeter of the store, but that is because I eat low carb, so that gets you fruit, vegetables,meat, and dairy, which is what *I* eat, but on SP we are discussing many types of diet. Still, you should map out your own store.. where is the chip aisle, the pop aisle, and the candy aisle.. note where they are, or more importantly, list the aisles that have something you can have on your diet, and what you get in that aisle. I go into aisle 7 at my local store, but ONLY to get olive oil, or avocado oil. If I shop aisle 17, in the 3 frozen aisles, it is ONLY for frozen vegetables.. and I do not enter aisles 18 or 19 ( the other 2 frozen aisles ). I will go get those first, when I am most focused, and then go to the " end " of the store, and walk the perimeter of the store backwards.. cheese, butter, eggs, meat, back to the fruits, and vegetables.. then check out. That way I'm not 20 minutes into shopping, pushing a cart full of groceries, staring at the frozen section, full of pizza and mac & cheese, hoping I have the willpower to not buy any.

I also pre-track my week, and use the SP grocery list, and print it out, and write down where it is in the store, and cross off items as I go, so I am sure I got everything I want.

I think eating real food is important. I tend to stick to individual ingredients, nothing prepared, and cook all my own food.. I love cooking.. but that is more about diet than shopping.. if your diet allows prepared foods, and it works, it will be part of your shopping. You would have to enter aisles more, and plan accordingly. I haven't been in most of the aisles in my store for 10 years, but realize not every diet is 100% real food.





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2/14/20 8:42 P

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My best "tip" is to be absolutely honest with yourself about what you really WILL eat of fresh veggies and fruit, what amount of time you really will be able to spend prepping / cooking, what you already have frozen / stored that you really should use up before getting something else (throw it out if you really aren't ever going to eat it), and how much storage you actually have.

Once you've wrapped your head around that, then setting up a realistic rough meal plan and shopping list is much easier.

If you use bulk dried goods, and your grocery store allows it, then skipping their plastic bags and just bringing in your empty storage containers and filling them directly not only saves plastic but also ensures that you don't accidentally end up with far more of something than you can reasonably use (those filled bags stacked together in the plastic tub in the bottom of the pantry with the "on sale" lentils and beans and rice --- that you totally forgot were there and you already have enough in your main containers to last you a year).

Include in your vegetable / fruit list not just your staples that you absolutely use in almost every recipe, but also room for something seasonal or on sale that you will use some of. Buy just what will stay good and be used in a week or so, but experiment and get in some variety!

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2/14/20 4:13 P

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The center aisles thing is kind of a misconception that has always bothered me. Where an item is placed in a store doesn't really say anything about it's nutritional value. Besides, all stores are set up differently anyways.

Also....many healthy things can commonly be found in the center aisles of many stores. Whole grain breads, spices, tomato sauces, canned veggies, dried beans, oats, whole dried grains, etc, etc.



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2/14/20 2:00 P

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I will repeat these two.

1 Make list.
2 Remember to bring list.
3 Remember to read list before checking out.

I go in with my list and rarely do I deviate from it. It’s like I’m wearing blinders, I am centrally focused on hunting down the items on my list and I don’t let the displays or sales distract me, unless it’s a really good sale for a product I always buy anyway (think coffee, coffee filters).

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Buy real food, not processed.

I spend the most time in the produce section and I dart into the aisles to get canned things (tomatoes, beans), spices etc. I usually pop into the store every 2-3 days to pick up produce.



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2/14/20 6:33 A

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You have gotten a lot of great suggestions. I will add a couple:

1. Compare prices between your stores. Be aware of each store's weekly specials if you have several stores in your area. (I am blessed in that I have 5 different stores in a 5 mile radius!)

2. Stock up on things you know you use if there's a good sale and you have storage space

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2/14/20 6:18 A

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Make a list

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1) Check out the specials and taking advantage of those specials, IF you use them....
2) Make a list (and take that list with you, with a pen to cross things off as you go.) A large part of my groceries is done this way. If you can afford to bulk buy those items and then (Bulk cook meals.) It also helps if you write your list in the order that you would get to them.

3) Compare prices from bulk bins and packaged. Sometimes they are cheaper from the bulk bins, but sometimes (especially if they are on special) the packaged ones work out cheaper.

4) Read nutrition labels and compare different brands. Some have loads more salt/sugar than others.

5) Concentrate on the whole-food form (and make yourself) rather than buying the commercially prepared ones.

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1 Make list. 2 Remember to bring list. 3 Remember to read list before checking out.

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Buy real food, not processed

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Avoid the center isles. They contain the most processed foods, high in sugar.

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Make a meal plan. Make a list. Stick to it.

Less wasted food/money. No panic about what's for dinner or bad choices.

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Make a list based on your menu for the week, and stick to it!

And never go shopping hungry!!



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