Confession time…

Raise your hand if you’ve ever left your grocery list at home!

(You can’t see me right now but my hand is up!)

It’s the worst, isn’t it?

You walk in, you see those big bright lights, and all of a sudden… your mind goes blank.

What were you here for again?

This is a great reminder of how the “magic” of a great shopping trip begins before you hit the store.

It may seem like a mindless chore, but grocery shopping is an important life skill.

It plays a HUGE role in your results, your health, AND your bank account!

That’s why I’ve put together a list of 9 Pro-Level Grocery Skills to help you make the most of your shopping trips.

9 Pro-Level Grocery Skills to Implement ASAP:

1. Plan first, then make your list

Before you head to the store, scan your kitchen for what you have on hand. Make a meal plan for the week, using up any food that is about to expire.

Then, make your grocery list, listing “like” items together for easier shopping.

2. Shop the perimeter – but make produce your last stop

Hit the frozen foods, dairy, and meat sections before you add the most fragile products to your chart – fresh fruits, veggies, and eggs.

3. Go seasonal + local

Choose fruits and veggies that are in season and are locally sourced – they usually are fresher and tastier. Plus, you’ll be supporting local farms.

4. Buy in bulk (but only if it makes sense)

For non-perishable items you buy a lot (like oatmeal or rice), buying in bulk can save you money. But if it’s something you don’t use often, it may expire before you have a chance to use it.

5. If your grocery store has an app, download it

Snag some great coupons based on your shopping history and store maps to help you find items.

6. Try store brands & shop sales

Store brands are usually the same quality as name brands but less expensive. When it comes to sales, being flexible is the key – but like bulk items, don’t buy unless it’s something you’re going to use.

7. Read food labels

Most of the items in your cart may not have a label because real “whole” foods don’t need them. For the ones that do? Read your labels.

8. Unit pricing

Smart shoppers compare the unit price (e.g., per ounce or liter) of different items instead of the price per container. Sometimes those bigger boxes aren’t the deal they appear to be!

9. Know the staff

Get to know the store’s fishmonger, butcher, and produce manager. They can steer you to great deals on the freshest food or suggest new items to try.

🎁 And here’s a bonus tip: be flexible and prepared to “pivot” your meal plan (and grocery list) based on in-store deals or what the store has on the shelves.

Because… sometimes the store will surprise you with a sale on Bing cherries or wild-caught sockeye salmon… and you just HAVE to have it!


Committed to Your Success,

Get Active

P.S. You’d be surprised at how the “little things” like changing how you grocery shop can add up to big results. In Get Active, we work on stacking these small changes week by week so you have the BEST chance of making them stick. Plus, we help you maintain a healthy lifestyle so you can achieve your body goals in no time.

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