Today's Tip: Be smart about your grocery shopping habits.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but for us it took awhile to distinguish between what we should get at Costco and what we shouldn't get at Costco., and how often we should go.
We have a fair amount of storage space in our closets and pantry, thanks to all Brian's custom shelves, but we still can easily overbuy at Costco. One obvious thing we've noticed is that we eat more when we have more around, so if we buy things that aren't very good for us, we try to avoid getting large vats of them at Costco, even if they're on sale. We also know what produce we can buy and consume quickly enough in large quantities, and what goes bad before we can eat it. And we also know that Costco bananas are THE WORST.
The things we do buy and store are toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, soaps, lotions, detergents, etc. There are some food items that we go through quickly, like Cheerios, oatmeal, cheese, peanut butter, raisins, etc, that we get regularly and in bulk because the boys never stop eating. It used to be that we would go to Costco every week, but lately we've been trying to save up lists and go twice a month and limit our other grocery shopping to the Trader Joe's in our neighborhood-- the bread, milk, produce, etc.
Do what works best for you, but think through why you shop the way you shop. There might be a few ways you can tweak your shopping to limit storing things, reduce waste, and even eat better.
Happy Monday from The Nutshell!