7) Only shop once a week/month
The less frequently you shop, and prep, the better. It’s more work, but it reduces waste and makes things easier when you do have time to cook. When you don’t have time to prepare a full meal, set aside some money each week/month and make small purchases of ingredients so that they’re already waiting for you in your pantry or fridge.
8) Buy more produce than you think you need
While it’s tempting to only buy as much fruit and vegetables as you think you’ll be able to eat before they go bad, that likely isn’t enough for a healthy meal prep plan. Buy at least double what you would normally consume so there will always be something fresh on hand. If your produce tends to go soft quickly, try storing your fruit in an airtight container in a cupboard or drawer out of direct sunlight.