I spend a lot of time in the baking aisle, but skip the cookie and cracker aisle. In other words I am very picky about the prepackaged and overly processed foods we purchase. Since my favorite past time is baking we never have a reason to tempt ourselves with a walk down that aisle. If we want a cookie I’ll make one.
Our grocery store is a unique setup that really aids to this concept. For the most part it’s an open layout with a supriseingly refreshing lack of aisles! Our wine section is actully bigger then the canned good and chip section even, tempting adults more then the kids…but that wine selection is a story for another day.
We do however have a full section that has almost candy dispenser like things full of dried beans, rice, granola, candy, coffee beans, candy’s, rice,oatmeal, and the such that allows us to grab a ziplock bag and pour the excat amount needed. I usally go to this section for the such items becauae it’s fun, I find much more cost effective, and I would rather get the simple straight forward stuff then the overly colurful packaging. I really don’t have a lot of cabnet space to waist on that extra packaging at any rate.
They also have a thing where we can get peanut butter out of a big tub and pour our own syrup! This is super cool!
BUT, I’m not here to tell you to not get your favorite cookies if you don’t really enjoy baking. Or to even tell you skip out on the extra big pre bagged thing of rice if you have a big family and need that big bag! When it comes to the pre packaged food I think it is really dependemt on life style. If you work full time those frozen meals may be your best choice for a lunch, but for me thay would be an extra. This part is really based on your familys size, dietary needs, and time scedule…maybe even storage space at home! manily just have tips so you can get what YOUR family needs!
Tip #1: Know Your Store:
This may be harder depending on your grocery store! In my old town our grocery store moved around a lot more, it was hard to keep up! But, luckily our new rocery store never moves, it’s comforting! I know EXACTLY where my cereal is, we always get the same brand because it’s a good price, healthy, and yummy! We will however switch between different types of this brand. I know my husband has a weak spot for suger filled cereial that is geared toward catching a kids attention….therfor it grabs his to, go figure! We are lucky that out cerial is at the end of the aisle so don’t even need to tempt him by going down that aisle fully!We have to avoid the overly sugared cerials in the morning because my husband has trouble focusing without a healthy breakfast. I try to make his breakfast, but somtimes there is no time. Anyways, knowing wherethings are can help you when n aisle is particulary crowded, when you are avoiding temptaion, and also just helping things stay low key!
Tip #2: Treat Yourself every once in awhile:
Every once in awhile it’s good to get something a bit fun. For us that thing is ice creme or these amazing chocolate truffles are store carry’s! Knowing that every few grocery shopping trips we will get a special something we love that we normally try not to keep in the house makes us less grabby and gives us something to look forward to! Also, if something looks good right then and we decided to use it as a treat next time it may not look as good then.
Tip # 3: Pay attention to Size:
I used to be really bad about grabbing the wrong size can (usually to small) for recipes that call for a certain size can of condensed soups and such! I started writing the amount I needed beside the item on the list and things have been better since.
Tip #4: Sometimes it’s good to try a new brand or type:
We found our favorite chocolate chips, cocoa, and ice creme this way! If you love something don’t feel pressured to try a new type. But, if you are just “ehhh hmmm” about something go ahead and try a new brand! You may love it.
That is really all I have for the ‘aisle’, processd, and packaged foods section. We try to only buy what we abosloutly have to here…but it is such a persional needs section that it’s all up to you!!
Part Five: Bread, Milk, Eggs and the such!