4 Effective Grocery Tricks To Try

Here are 4 tips to make sure you fill your pantry with healthy foods and buy the right products the right way, at the right time.

We Indians do grocery shopping on average once a week, which is combined with many other small last-minute errands; a family of four now spends a lot of their income on food.

But then, why do we so often feel that there is nothing to eat at home? Well, maybe you should change your approach to the grocery store (or maybe your list!).

1. Buy fresh foods

Whether the food you buy in groceries is cane or fresh garden, the best way to assess its freshness is to rely on its shape and its origin.
If more than half of your grocery store has prepared foods, then maybe you should consider taking a healthy turn with fresh veggies, fruits, seafood, and dairy products.

2. Make a list

Make your shopping list according to the sections of the supermarket. You could go through the grocery chore in the blink of an eye.

If you are a woman, consider having your groceries done by your husband or son. Research has shown that men are more likely to buy only products on the list.
The benefits of the list are not limited to the speed and amount of expenses.

By sticking only to what you have planned to buy, it is easier to resist the irresistible call of the junk food row, which will save you from the plague of empty calories.

3. Do the grocery shopping on a full stomach

This is probably not the first time you hear it, this one, and with a little luck, not the last one either! Go to the grocery store with the gurgling stomach, it's a plan to get home with a roast grilled chicken and a fast-food fries platter.

If you can not get groceries soon after a meal, be sure to eat at least one apple or drink a full glass of water before you leave home.

4. Buy fruits and vegetables a few days before they reach maturity

It does not make sense to buy fresh fruit and vegetables if the bananas turn brown and the peaches become slimy two days later.

Buy fruit a day or two before they mature. They will generally be harder; bananas will be green.
Inspect apples carefully, check expiration dates on bagged products, and avoid potatoes or onions that have started to sprout!

If the fresh produce on the shelves seems a bit too walled, do not go elsewhere. Ask to talk to the manager instead. Perhaps he has just received a new delivery just waiting to be placed on the shelves.

To spoil yourself a little, and if you think to eat the fruits in the next days, buy yourself a good bunch of ripe tomatoes. It just does not compare!

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—    Shweta Agrawal