Plan your shopping list ahead of time. Include the exact items you need and the appropriate quantities. Account for any food preferences or dietary restrictions. Before you go to the store, you may consider checking your refrigerator or pantry to avoid purchasing ingredients you already have.
While grocery store displays can be tempting, stick to your list. Buying only what you need can help reduce food waste later.
Don't shop too soon! It's great to prepare, but make sure you don't buy fresh ingredients and produce too early. You don't want them to spoil before the party.
If you are hosting a large crowd, consider buying in bulk. Bulk products use less packaging, therefore generating less waste.
Remember to pack reusable bags for your store trip.