Good health starts with the smart choices made in the grocery store. Cooking a healthy meal is impossible if you don’t have the right ingredients in your kitchen. However, even going for groceries is a different problem if you are living in a joint family system. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you do your grocery in susral.
This process starts even before you head out for groceries. Before you set out for the market, plan your daily meals or menu for the whole week, and create a list of things you’ll be needing for that. Make sure to get the menu approved by the higher-ups of the house to avoid any inconvenience later. Planning the weekly menu takes a few minutes, but it not only saves time in running back to the store for missing ingredients but also makes your whole week easy by just getting to avoid the daily “kya banaon?” (what should I cook) torture.
Convenience and health are always worth the extra cost, especially when you’re packing lunches or are trying to control portions in your meal. However, don’t go overboard with your spending. Know your budget, set a limit to spend on weekly groceries, and then spend accordingly. Our generation has been brainwashed, for them healthy groceries worth Rs. 7,000 are too expensive but a dinner date worth Rs. 7,000 is reasonable!
Give time margin
If you don’t go out for grocery shopping yourself and have to ask someone else to go for it, give them a time margin beforehand for them to know that they’ll have to go. We all know how lazy men can be so it’s better to not wait for the whole grocery essentials to finish and then start asking them to go to the market and rather start telling them beforehand.
Make a detailed list
This is again if you don’t go grocery shopping yourself and have to hand over the list to your husband or father-in-law, make a very detailed list. 70 percent of Pakistani men don’t know much about how to buy fresh vegetable or other stuff, they just tell the shopkeeper what they want and bring it home. So if you don’t want to get stuck while cleaning stinky coriander, write the list with specific details. A friend of mine even used to draw pictures of vegetables for her husband so he wouldn’t mess up the grocery.
Follow the COVID-19 safety rules
While going out for grocery keep a check that you or whoever you are sending for groceries follows personal safety rules. Make sure that they/ you:
- Wear a mask and gloves.
- Touch as few things as possible.
- Avoid touching their / your face.
- Wash hands as soon as they/you get back.
- Sanitize their/ your hands as soon as touching money.
- Spend limited time in the store and follow social distancing.
- You quarantine the bags for 14 hours before putting them to their respective places.
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