Sticking to the outside perimeter of the grocery store can save both your wallet and your waistline. Why? Well, the outside perimeter is where you’ll find fresh produce, the deli, the bakery, the butcher, the dairy case. You know, the majority of the non-packaged stuff chock-full of preservatives.
It pleased me to realize that it’s where I spend probably 95% of my shopping time, save for the cereal/jam/PB aisle, the frozen veggie aisle, or the ice cream aisle.
Aside from when we’re having a party and stock up on snacks, we really don’t buy too many packaged things anymore; it’s easier and cheaper to make our own meals or snacks — and healthier, too. My husband even recently made three batches of hummus (which I personally don’t like but I hear is mighty tasty)..
I don’t know about you, but the only stores I find myself wandering the aisles tend to be Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Even if I don’t snag much off the shelves, I love the organic variety that is unmatched by my local Meijer.
How about you? Where do you spend most of you grocery-shopping minutes — the aisles or the perimeter?