This semester, I'm on an eight meal per week meal plan. That means I have to cook a lot. I also have to learn how to shop. The opportunity to visit the Jefferson Park Mariano's in Chicago gave me the perfect opportunity to test out my grocery shopping skills. I came up with a few tips that I thought everyone could use!
1. Choose the right store. It seems silly but choosing a store that has everything will save you time and money. Why go to five stores when one store has all the items you need? I like Mariano's because it had everything on my list from food, to a small spray bottle, to organic soap!
|I was really excited that they had the travel sized spray bottle I needed for school!|
|I'm all about using natural bar soaps for body wash. I was giddy with excitement when I saw their selection. I cut myself a piece of the patchouli mint soap. It smells divine.|
2. Make a list. How often do you go to a store only to forget to purchase one of your main items? I love writing things the old fashioned way but my mom says that there are some great apps for grocery lists. Mariano's even had store maps available so I'd know where I was going as I crossed things off my list. I'm forever lost in grocery stores, so that was really helpful.
|I made myself a list over a cup of tea.|
3. Buy the store brand. This tip is especially true for the college students out there. Buying the store brand is an easy way to eat well for less. I was really impressed with Mariano's store brand. I actually didn't realize it was a store brand until my mom mentioned it. I bought Roundy's (the store brand) brown long grain rice and my mom bought some of the Roundy's flavored water that we sampled. It was delicious!
|My reward was all of the goodies that I brought home!|
Do you have any shopping tips and trips I could use?
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