People say that eating healthy can be expensive and I guess that’s true when you’re buying a lot of your stuff from big groceries or specialty stores. But eating healthy is not just about looking at the labels of your food and checking if it’s free from something or non-something. You also have to know where it comes from and what’s in it. That’s why I like buying my ingredients myself and buying them FRESH. The best place to do that is seriously the market or your neighborhood palengke. From my experience, the stuff I buy at the market are so much more fresh than the stuff I find in the grocery and I also end up spending like half of what I spend in a big grocery.
My favorite market is Cartimar, which I visit in disguise (lol secret’s out). It’s super clean and there are also a lot of Japanese and Korean stores in the area if you’re looking for specific ingredients that you can’t find in groceries. So I don’t spend too much time going around or get overwhelmed while shopping, here’s what I do before going to Cartimar:
1. Make a meal plan for the week so I know what ingredients I need to buy.
2. Write a list of everything I need, divided into categories (meat, seafood, vegetables, etc), so I don’t have to keep going back to the same area if I miss anything.
3. Eat something before I go in. Otherwise, I’m gonna end up buying more than what I need cause I’m so hungry. Haha.
4. Have a budget—and stick to it!
5. Ask for different deals so I can save money. Also, be a good suki!
Watch my video of one of my Cartimar trips below and let me know what your personal market/grocery shopping tips are!