The essential supermarket shopping guide
Save time, money and ProPoints values! Read our essential supermarket shopping guide to find out how…
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Plan your meals
Before you work out what you need to buy you need to know what you're going to eat.
- Spending a little time planning your meals for the week ahead will allow you to make considered food choices that will help to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your ProPoints budget and give you the added benefits of saving time and money. You'll know what you're having for tea, can work out ProPoints values in advance, won't keep having to pop to the shop and can stick within your 'house-keeping' budget.
- Keep a note on your fridge door or kitchen noticeboard so you can scribble down the food and household items you need to replenish.
Write your list
Once you've planned your meals you can write your list.
- A shopping list will help you stay focused while browsing the aisles.
- It's handy to stock up on basic food items, refer to the Weight Watchers shopping list for great recommendations on what to include. It will help you set up a food environment that can support your weight loss goals. Download the Weight Watchers shopping list.
- Always add a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for meals and snacks.
- Include a few treats to avoid feeling deprived.
Work out your strategy
- Get through the supermarket quickly by organising your list according to the shop layout. Most supermarkets are similarly designed, with perishable foods, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and breads around the perimeter of the shop, and aisles and end-displays containing cleaning and paper products, health and beauty products, packaged and tinned goods, and frozen foods.
- Purchase only the items on your shopping list. Resist impulse purchases which tend to be high fat and high ProPoints values. However, we all fall prey to impulse shopping so it’s a good idea to set a limit and allow yourself three impulse items and write them down as you buy them; that way you’ve been flexible and stuck to your budget and plan.
- Eat before you shop. Never go to the supermarket with an empty stomach. You are likely to end up with more food than you need.