Get Organized for the Supermarket

By Kristin MacRae- Cranston, Rhode Island

How many times have you gone to the supermarket unprepared, spent more money than you intended, bought items you already had, and gained weight in the process? Going to the supermarket prepared is one piece of the weight loss puzzle.

Here are 9 tips on getting organized for your trip to the supermarket.

1. Plan your meals for the week on Saturday or Sunday and write down a healthy meal plan. Sit for 10 minutes or longer with your menus, store flyer, and coupons and decide what you are going to eat for the week ahead.

2. Make a list for the market from your meal plan. Don’t think about what you have in the food closet, just write down what the recipes call for and account for any snacks and beverages.

3. Go through your food pantry & refrigerator and cross off anything on the list that you already have. If your food pantry is organized, this will be a breeze.

4. If your refrigerator and cabinets are organized you will avoid purchasing duplicate items. Why throw money out the window? In every kitchen I have organized, we have thrown out at least 4 bags of expired food. Get organized and save money.

5. Gather your coupons based on your list. Keep your coupons organized in a coupon holder. This will save time when preparing for the market.

6. Once you are at the supermarket, you should not veer from the list. Veering from the list will allow you to purchase impulse items. Stick to your healthy list and you will lose weight!

7. Go to the supermarket only once a week. Are you running to the market more than once a week? If you are, think about why and then see if you can make a plan to only go once. Going more than once will allow you to purchase those impulse items that sabotage your diet.

8. Never go to the market hungry! We’ve all done this, and what happens? We end up with junk in our cart and a gain on the scale to prove it at the end of the week. Eat before you go or at least have a snack.

9. Start a list for the following week. Keep it handy in the kitchen or office. Something may come to mind during the week that you may need. Did you just run out of mustard? Jot it down while it’s fresh in your mind.
By being organized in the kitchen and planning ahead for the market, you are saving yourself time, money and you will lose weight in the process.

Kristin MacRae, Owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her.

Kristin worked in numerous medical offices over 18 years in departments that were in need of organization. She was drawn to departments that were disorganized and worked on streamlining processes and procedures and getting them physically organized. Through her natural ability to organize and her passion for motivating others to achieve their goals, Kristin created Organizing in RI.

Relating to the fitness world, Kristin was a dancer for 30 years and a certified personal trainer for over 4 years and was certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Kristin writes a weekly column for She has had radio segments on and Patricia Raskin’s Positive Business Radio. Her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, and New England Home Life. In February, 2013, Kristin was featured in Mark Patinkin’s column in the Providence Journal. This winter, she will have a ½ hour radio show dedicated to organizing topics on

Kristin is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and is also a member of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.

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