One of the best money saving tips at the grocery store is to use a shopping list. Using a list enables the frugal shopper to get what they need and to get more for their money by helping them target key sale items. It also reduces the temptation to fill the shopping cart with impulse purchases. In short, a list works very well.
When I walk into the grocery store, I am on a mission. It’s really quite fun actually. I mentally plot out the shopping route I will take before I arrive (“First, produce for spinach and broccoli. Second, Baked goods for English Muffins and cheese buns”, etc, etc.). I don’t just wander around aimlessly waiting for food to find me; I go and find the food I need.
Another key is to never shop on an empty stomach. Shopping on an empty stomach is like taking the Cookie Monster for a stroll down Cookie Lane in Cookieville for his weekly shopping; everything (except maybe for the liver or tripe) looks good. Before you know it you have loaded up your cart with high fat and high sugar snacks and spent a lot more money than you ever intended to.
Use a list
1. Keep a small jot note pad in your kitchen and add items to it as you need them.
2. Scour the weekly flyers and write down the items that you will use when they are on sale.
3. Remember to take the list with you to the grocery store – not only will you always remember to buy what you need, but you will help yourself to focus on buying only what is is that you do need.
4. Don’t forget to add a container of Ben and Jerry’s to your list every once in a while as a treat.
5. Enjoy the challenge and the savings and the joy of moving one step closer to your long-term goal(s).
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