Keep Your Meal Plan Flexible
We're all about meal planning (anything to stop us from throwing random candy bars into the cart at checkout), but Melissa suggests not setting your plan in stone before you shop. "I always recommend making a flexible plan when you're writing out your grocery list," she said.
For example, you might write down fish, green veggie, and starch on your list so you've got some room to play around once you see what looks best, what's on sale, and what's in season. "If you had your heart set on kale, but the kale looks kind of sad that week, you can easily pick up bok choy or chard instead without feeling like you threw off your whole plan," Melissa said.