the 10 points that will save you

It’s not that difficult to save time, money and food if you are aware of the few points that separate you from smart shopping.

We have already emphasized several times how important it is to be aware consumers, that is knowing how to choose by reading the labels what we bring to the table. Today we are addressing an equally important topic closely related to the previous one, namely how to do smart shopping. Beyond the jingle advertising of the well-known discount store, by smart shopping we mean conscious, measured purchases that do not generate waste of any kind. How to do? Here are our recommendations.

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How to shop smart

It doesn’t take much to enter a supermarket with more awareness and avoid unnecessary purchases. We would like to share with you the 10 key points for smart shopping, avoiding waste of money but also of time and food.

  1. Don’t go shopping hungry. This is an established point that we have all heard at least once. Entering a supermarket on an empty stomach leads us to buy more than necessary, without even dwelling too much on prices and nutritional values.
  2. Draw up a weekly menu. Weekly shopping is the preferred one because it allows you to have fresh food available and minimize trips to the supermarket. For this reason, establishing in advance which dishes you want to cook in the coming week could be an excellent solution.
  3. Shopping list. It must include what you need for the menu you have decided plus all the products that have run out during the week. Whether it’s a chalkboard in the kitchen or a handy app, the shopping list is really important.
  4. Cart or basket? Even the size of the cart can lead you to “incorrect” behavior. For a weekly shopping, choose the trolley, while if you have to buy a few products, the trolley is better.
  5. Read the offers. Labels aren’t the only thing to watch out for. The products on offer are not always really so always read the price well. In this case, flyers could help you, to leaf through at home calmly and thus choose where to go for your shopping.
  6. Choose the supermarket. Always shopping in the same place is certainly very convenient, but don’t focus on a single supermarket. You may find that some are cheaper than others for certain product ranges. Even the much-popular discount stores must be evaluated carefully: the value for money may not be the best.
  7. Check the shelves. Psychology has made it possible to establish with certainty which areas of the shelves are more visible and thus position the products on which you want to push the most. Always take a good look at each shelf, especially the lower ones, to find more convenient products.
  8. No rush. It takes time and patience to do smart shopping so, if you can, carve out some time: your table and wallet will thank you.
  9. Yes to the markets. The neighborhood market is a valid alternative to the supermarket, especially for the purchase of fruit and vegetables. Visit it and you will find that it is often cheaper.
  10. Buffer stock. If you come across a good offer of a long-life product that you often use, take advantage of it, but don’t overdo it!

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