3 questions to ask yourself before food shopping

Posted by: Vivian Trac

You come home from work, hungry and tired. Open the fridge, nothing to eat… time to go food shopping.

Sound familiar?

So what’s wrong with that? For one thing, you’re probably going to throw out about $1,000 worth of food each year. Or 1 in 5 bags of groceries. Or about 3 fridges. In Australia, that’s approximately $2 billion just in leftovers ($8 billion if we include drinks, takeaways, and frozen and packaged foods).

Want to save money? There’s 3 simple questions to ask yourself:

  1. Have I checked my pantry / fridge? Ever come back from a shopping trip with a new loaf of bread only to find another half loaf you hadn’t finished? Do a quick check before you head out the door and you can save yourself from buying food you don’t need (and probably can’t finish in time).
  2. Do I have my staples? This may seem counter-intuitive, but keeping your kitchen well stocked with common staples such as rice and pasta is a long term strategy in reducing food waste and keeping your costs low. The reason’s simple – it’s about making life easier for future you. Without staples handy, it becomes easier to make bad food choices such as getting takeaway or buying stuff you won’t eat.
  3. Have I planned my meals and a shopping list? Planning is the hardest habit to form as it requires you to invest time and effort into working out what you’re eating. Coincidentally, that’s where MealDish steps in! Awesome! In all seriousness, pre-planning shopping lists has been shown to reduce impulse buying, help you save money and – for the health conscious – actually help you lose weight. This is exactly why we developed MealDish – to do the work so you don’t have to!



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