SMART SHOPPING — Buy What You Need


smart shoppingMake a list with meals in mind and buy no more than what you expect to use. Shopping with meals in mind makes it easier to use the food you buy and keep it fresh. 

Tips to practice SMART SHOPPING

  • Make a meal plan each week. Include any take-out or dining out meals.
  • Keep a running list of meals that your household enjoys. 
  • Check your fridge, freezer and cupboards for any ingredients you already have before you go shopping. 
  • Include quantities on your shopping list to make sure you buy just what you need. 
  • Shop on a full stomach to avoid impulse purchases. 
  • Avoid packaged produce to control the amount of fruit and vegetables you buy. 
  • Shop the bulk section for dried goods and buy only what you need. 
  • Buy fresh ingredients such as spices in smaller quantities. 
  • Avoid two-for-one deals so you don't buy more than you will use. 

Other resources 

Meal planner and shopping list
Meal planner and shopping list PDF icon
  • Make and share shopping lists online with the free Cozi app
  • Learn more about why preventing food waste matters 

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