3 Things You Need To Do Before Grocery Shopping Plus FREE PRINTABLE: Weekly Menu Plan and Grocery List

A few days ago, I came across a Facebook post by mommy blogger Badet of The Misis Chronicles. She shared that Landmark Supermarket Alabang has just opened. I got so thrilled with this news! My husband and I were actually about to head out that day to buy our groceries and I excitedly told him that we should check out Landmark. Then I realized that as a mom, grocery shopping is the next best thing to shoe shopping. Am I weird?

grocery shopping landmark alabang

Grocery shopping has become one of the most exciting activities that I look forward to every week, ever since I became a mom. I like going through every aisle and checking out products that interest me. I don’t know but there’s just something about it that makes my eyes sparkle, our grocery cart full and our wallets empty…haha just kidding!

But yes, grocery shopping can get a little stressful if you don’t come prepared. What I mean is, there’s a tendency to overspend and buy things we don’t actually need. Or worse, we forget to buy what we really need. Brian and I were like this when we were just newlyweds a few years back. I didn’t really write down what we were going to buy and we end up not buying everything we need.

When Owen came along, we figured that we needed a grocery shopping plan. Since I’m a working stay-at-home mom, we cannot afford to spend time and money for several trips every week to the store just to buy something that we forgot. It’s costly and it’s also logistically difficult since we had a baby tagging along. Ever since then, we try as much as we can to plan our grocery shopping day.

And if you’re like me, and you want to enjoy your grocery shopping day, make sure you do these three simple things before heading out.

1. Make a meal plan.

The first thing that you should do before heading out to the grocery store is to make a meal plan. Plot out what you want your family to eat for the week. This also saves you the hassle of spending thirty minutes staring at your pantry or scouring through your refrigerator trying to figure out what to cook for your family. You can also plot out days when you will be eating out.

2. Make a grocery shopping list.

From the meal plan, the next thing that you should do is to identify what needs to be bought from the grocery store. Review your meal plan and see what ingredients you need to buy. Make sure you also check your pantry to see what needs to be replenished. Do also a quick scan of your cleaning supplies, toiletries and other miscellaneous items that needs to be restocked and include it in your grocery list.

3. Eat before you go grocery shopping.

Lastly, eat before you head out. From my experience, I learned that I tend to go overboard with grocery shopping when I’m hungry. I guess it’s because everything looks delicious in my eyes. This step is also crucial if you have kids tagging along. Make sure your kid is fed and content. This helps lessen the kid-trantrum-induced impulse buys just because your kid is hungry.

And to help you get started in organizing your grocery shopping and meal planning, you can download my FREE Weekly Menu Plan and Grocery List Printable.

Grocery Shopping and Menu Plan Free Printable
Do you have any tips to share when it comes to grocery shopping and meal planning?

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  1. I agree with your tips! I’m guilty of not making a meal plan though, because there’s a supermarket just outside the village :p. Pero doing grocery when you’re full makes a lot of difference, siguro din kasi you get to think clearly with a full stomach.

  2. Oh thank you 🙂 Buti ka pa may malapit na supermarket sa inyo. Hihi. Kami medyo malayo talaga. But yes, doing grocery shopping is much much easier when you’re not hungry 😀

  3. Great tips always say I’m going to write a meal plan and a grocery list, but never get around to it. So might download your freebie and give it a try.

    1. Thank you, Alexandra! <3

  4. These are some good tips and I follow them religiously!
    That meal plan printable is so cute, I just might print it out 🙂 I had the same idea once, but I just never came around to designing it, + yours looks so much cuter <3

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  5. Great tips! Writing or listing down things makes everything easy. And yes, For me; grocery shopping is easier when my daughter’s stomach is full 🙂 Thanks for the lovely printables!

    1. thank you, anjali! 🙂 yes, grocery shopping is easier when the little ones’ stomachs are full hahaha 😛

  6. People often relegate the importance of grocery shopping list accompanied with a price list because once you get to the grocery, impulse shopping can creep in.

    Wonderful perspective.

    1. Thank you, Owen! You have the same name as my son 🙂 btw, yes it does help to put in a price list/budget so you won’t go overboard.

  7. I am horrible about meal plans and lists. I end up at the grocery store 3 times a week and just wing it. Unfortunately, that means my grocery budget is out of control. I really need to get better about this!

    1. I was horrible at it, too, Diane. I think my worst experience was food spoilage because I didn’t get to cook what we bought. I felt so bad at it. But I’m sure you’ll get better at it, too 🙂

  8. That’s so important to plan meals for the entire week and not scratch heads every morning asking for breakfast, lunch and later on dinner. I too usually make plans for week and grocery shop the same way.

    1. that sounds great, jhilmil 🙂

  9. These are some really helpful tips. I always try to have a meal before heading so that I can save myself from binging on something unhealthy. Those printable are so good, getting those right away. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. thank you, Aditi!

  10. Great tips! Although these tips looks simple but are very useful if followed properly. Making plan for a week is great thing as through this we sort both things, coming up with planned grocery items and also we know what to make in meals for whole week. Or else half of time goes in thinking what to make or what not.

    1. Yes! Other more productive things can be done at home when you get to plan out meals 🙂 thanks, Yukti 🙂

  11. These are three things I live by when doing my shopping, since I have been it has saved me so much time money and head ache!

    1. I agree with you 🙂 It does save you so much time and money. Plus, less food wastage 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing these tips they will surely help me in my next shopping.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Sonika 🙂

  13. What awesome lists and I love to read this, I’m so guilty of not making grocery lists I should do lists next time and I agree with you eat before grocery to get think

    1. Thank you, Angela!

  14. These are some amazing tips! Ive recently gotten into making meal plans in advance and they help in keeping me organized and also on a budget too.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I agree, budget is important too 🙂

  15. Meals plans, at times I do this but got lazy and then the grocery list was ruined. So, better be back on planning ahead and stick to what your budget says. Thanks for the printables.

    1. Thank you, Charmaine 🙂

  16. There is totally something about being able to get excited to grocery shop as a mum. Even more bonus points to be able to do it by yourself!
    XO Via Bella Blog

    1. haha, yes! it’s almost like going shoe shopping, right? thanks, Victoria 🙂

  17. OKay, here is a little confession. I am so lazy that I always make other people go grocery shopping! LOL.. But I’ll definitely pass on this info to some of my friends. Thanks a lot!

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