Grocery shopping is one of those tasks that I dread before I do it, but once I am there, I enjoy the alone time. I think my dread comes from the years that I was taking 4 little kids with me to do the shopping. But now that I can do it alone, I don’t mind it so much. Disclosure: I received a free coupon and compensation from Collective Bias in exchange for my blog post.
Grocery Shopping Preparation
A typical shopping trip for me starts with the list. I keep a running list on the kitchen counter and the whole family will write down anything hey run out of (food, shampoo, pencils, anything.) Then about once per week, either Jason or I will head to the grocery store. We prefer Wal-Mart, but it is a bit further so sometimes we head to Giant which is right in the neighborhood. Today, I went to Wal-Mart. I can buy all the necessities and food in one trip which saves me a lot of time.
I check the pantry and fridge for any other items we are low on and write them on my list. Depending on time, sometimes I just write down the items that we don’t buy often and our usual items (bread, milk, lunch meat, etc.) I do not write down.
Grocery Shopping Strategy
When I shop at Wal-Mart, I start by buying the non-food items first. Then I head to the food starting with the items that won’t spoil. Last I buy dairy and frozen items.
My Lunch Strategy
I need to stock up on my frozen lunch items. I am making lunch for only one, so I want it to be easy to prepare. Purchasing frozen meals is the easiest for me and helps me stay on track with my healthy lifestyle (trying real hard.) If I don’t have one in the house, I end up snacking on junk food all day.
There are a lot of choices for frozen lunch at Wal-Mart. One whole side of the frozen food aisle is the frozen meals.
I make my frozen meal decision based on the sales that day. I prefer the pasta or chicken meals so I look for those within the different brands. I’m not usually brand specific. There are a few meals that I really like in a particular brand, but if another one is on sale, I will usually go for the sale item.
I’m going for the new Steam Fresh Lean Cuisine meals. The Asiago Cheese Tortellini looks really yummy. I discovered they have the same flavor in a larger size bag. I will buy that if I like the taste of this. Would make a good go to meal to have on the busy after school activity days.
Just For Me Treat
Every afternoon, I treat myself to what I call my “Just for Me” treat. I buy something that is around 100 calories and I don’t share. It is usually a chocolate treat. I will look at the sale prices, but if I find something that looks yummy and fits into the 100 calorie range I set for myself, then I’ll buy it regardless of the cost.
Once again, there are a lot of choices in the lower calories frozen treat section.
One of my favorite picks is the Skinny Cow sandwiches in the peanut butter flavor, but Wal-Mart doesn’t have those today. So instead, I find this treat. The name, Chocolate Truffle makes it sound yummy, so I’m going to give it a try.
Grocery Shopping Complete
I check my list one last time to be sure I have everything and head to the check out. This is the part of grocery shopping I don’t like. Unloading, paying, loading up the car and then unloading the car and putting the groceries away.
My Daily Lunch
The Lean Cuisine Asiago Cheese Tortellini Steam Fresh meal I bought is new to me. I need to be sure I prepare it correctly.
You prepare it right in the bag. It has a spot for the steam to escape.
Put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and it should be done. I created a quick video that shows what happens to the package during and after you cook it. I found it interesting.
And when you open the package this is what it looks like.
Then I put it in the bowl. The clean up is real easy too. I just have the bag, bowl and fork.
It tasted really good. The tortellini and veggies didn’t get too mushy. It had good flavor, but wasn’t too spicy.
Enjoy My Treat
Around 2:00 pm every afternoon, I enjoy a sweet treat. I try to find sweet treats that are around 100 calories and no more 150 calories. Today, I’m trying the Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle. Sounds really yummy.
These bars are 100 calories so it’s perfect for my snack. I like that there are 6 of them in this box. That way if I want to share with the family, I can. It is a nice size treat too.
And that is my typical grocery shopping, my daily lunch and my “just for me” treat.
Do you have any special treats that you purchase that are “just for you”?
Disclosure: I received a free coupon and compensation from Collective Bias in exchange for my Whrrl story and this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.