5 minimalist tips for groceries

Everyone who is somehow working on decluttering and minimalizing in their home knows that the kitchen, and especially those kitchen cupboards, are a recurring source of clutter and despair. Sure, you have to get new groceries and you have to make sure that there is enough food in the house to keep everyone happy, but why does it only take a few weeks to get those cupboards and the fridge completely overloaded with stuff? It amazes me too and I decided to take action. I focused on keeping my fridge organized and decluttered my cupboards. After that it was time to take a good look at my groceries. Today I will share 5 minimalist tips for groceries. They will help you in your struggle against overfull cupboards, food waste and empty wallets.

#1 Create a Weekly Menu

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It might sound odd to some people, but I just love making a weekly menu. Every weekend I take the time to look at all my recipes and decide what I am going to make that week. I set up a menu, write down everything I need for it and do most of the grocery shopping for that week. Eating vegetarian does make it easier because I don’t have to worry about my meat or fish going bad, but almost everyone can do this. It makes shopping and cooking during the week a whole lot easier. I have a huge chalkboard in my kitchen where I write down the menu and that makes it easier for everyone in the family to see what they can expect to be on the menu that week.

#2 Use What You Have


This tip works very well as if you combine it with tip number 1. Before you make your weekly menu and your grocery list, check what you have in your fridge and cupboards. If you have some products that are going to reach their expiration date, use them first and plan a menu around them. The same goes for the new groceries you are going to buy. If you buy a whole bag of potatoes, make sure you plan several potato dishes that week. This way you can make sure that every last bit is used and nothing will end up being wasted at the end of the week.

#3 Resist Impuls Buying


If you want to be smart about your grocery shopping, you carefully check all the offers and coupons that are available. Is there something there that you can work with and that you actually need? But be careful with these sales because they are aimed at making you buy far more than you initially intended. Never go shopping when hungry and be thoughtful about what you put in your cart. Do you really need 4 boxes of cereal or catfood if you don’t have a cat? Try to stick to your grocery list as much as possible. If you have a hard time resisting offers, try shopping online at your favorite supermarket. Research shows that people make healthier decisions when shopping online for groceries and it makes resisting sales easier too.

#4 Buy What You Need


This may sound a lot like the previous point, but it really isn’t. With ‘buying what you need’ I mean buying the amount what you need. Instead of choosing a big box of rice, you could do with a smaller box if you don’t eat it that often. If you only need two carrots, you’d better not buy a whole bag of carrots only to throw them away. Sometimes when shopping ‘less is more’ really is the key. The best way to only buy what you need is to shop at your local farmers market or visit a whole foods store with a bulk section. Here you can decide yourself how much you will buy and you can even use your own bags and containers for it.

#5 Make It Yourself


Those of you that have been following my blog for a while now, know that I am a big fan of cooking and of making as many products as possible myself. I know that everybody is really busy these days and that some people claim not to have any time left for cooking and baking, but I am a firm believer that you have to make time for cooking a healthy meal yourself. If you use your time wisely, you can spare time grocery shopping and prepare your meals in advance. If you make your own meals, bread, sauces, herb mixes and snacks, you can cut back on all those pre-packed nonsense. Homemade meals and treats are usually far better in taste too and can actually be a lot cheaper as well.

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  1. Alyssa

    Great tips! I need to get better at the meal planning part of this. I think it’s a great plan I just never manage to keep up with it.

  2. JLyn

    Good tips! We are trying to simplify and I tend to “stock up” (translation-overbuy) on sale items. It’s a habit I’ve picked up from my mom. I definitely plan to give these a try.

  3. Llyane

    I love a minimalist lifestyle – the best one, of course most will agree – is “resist impulse buying”, and I’d add:
    – make sure you don’t do your grocery shopping on an empty stomach ?

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