Smart Supermarket Shopping: 16 Tips for a Busy Week

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Shopping for your week's groceries is always a puzzle. How do you get everything you need in one shot and avoid midweek runs for forgotten items? Here are some tips from the Food Network Kitchens.

Going to the grocery store with a plan makes for a smooth, carefree experience. Without a guide, you can easily become flustered and buy items you don't even need. We plan, shop and cook as a part of our job, so here are a couple more tips from Food Network Kitchens.

We are narrowing in on how to shop for a busy week. Sometimes you don't get home from your day until right before you need to have dinner on the table. Having your refrigerator stocked properly can put you two steps ahead. Ideally, make your grocery run during the weekend, and start cooking on Sunday before the chaos ensues. The key to eating this week is planning ahead.

Think about building your grocery cart with three categories of food: items that can be prepared ahead of time and reheated, items that can be purchased prewashed or precut, and items that are quick-cooking. Having the right combination of the three will ensure a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner possibilities. This combination will also balance out your budget. Precut and deli items may be a tad more expensive, but you'll make up the difference in other categories, utilizing cheaper cuts of meat, inexpensive grains and rolling everything you make into endless leftovers.