Shopping with the Grocery Guru

This summer, I was blessed to win a pantry makeover from ConAgra foods. A visit from Phil Lempert, the Grocery Guru, was part of the prize package and I truly thought he was going to come in and literally make over my pantry. Well, ConAgra and Phil both had something entirely different in mind – more of a grocery shopping crash course.

So, a few weeks ago, Phil came to my house, browsed through my cupboards, refrigerator, and my pantry and we discussed my shopping list. Then, we headed to the grocery store. Phil had lots of great shopping tips and even helped me make more conscious decisions about the foods we purchase.

It is always somewhat of a challenge to shop with all of my kids tagging along, and that day was no different. Phil was wonderful with them, though, and even got them involved in our purchasing decisions, as well. I was careful to follow my own rules for shopping with my kiddos, as I learned new ones.

I would love to hear your grocery tips, whether they be in regards to your shopping experience or the foods you buy. Please share! In fact, if you have written a post, leave the link in the comments… I’d be happy to read it!


  1. says

    Having 5 kids I find it best to shop with out them. I also find having list of needed food items is great so I don’t buy anything extra. When I do go shopping with the kids..I usually take 1 or 2 depending on schedule. I also have my hubby go shopping too for things that we need during the week.

  2. says

    For our family with finances being very tight we do 2 different shopping trips, one to the club store and one at Walmart. Things like meat and some canned items come out cheaper buying at the club stores since we are buying in bulk and less often, however not all things are that way, don’t buy in bulk just because you think it is cheaper, if you are only going to use one can of cream of mushroom soup before your next shopping trip even if it is cheaper per can at the club store it’s not saving you money b/c you have 7 unused cans aka wasted money.

    So really do price studies and see what you can get in bulk tha tyou know you will use and if it will come out less than buying at the regular grocer. Shopping less often for some items is a great way to save money