I always make a list when doing my "big shop," but since I tend to shop at the same store, I created a permanent list in Excel. The list follows the layout of the store. I can then print the list and fill in how many of an item I need, or simply put a check mark. Then I cross items off as I shop.
I can go through the list before shopping to use as a "tickler" to see if any items on the list are needed. My guys are not much help in letting me know when we're out of certain staples, so the list helps to remind me to ask them or check the cupboard/fridge.
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I never go grocery shopping hungry. This helps keep me from buying junk food due to hunger pains. And I always stick to my grocery shopping list - if it's not on the list, I don't buy it. This not only keeps me from buying excess or junk food, but saves me money by not picking up other items we don't necessarily need.
when shopping always take a list - whether its grocery shopping or clothing or whatever a list helps to eliminate those impulse buys that zap our budgets.
Taking a list keeps you to a scedule as well - keeping you on target of where in the store you need to be. Wondering around aimlessly leads to all kind of purchases that you have no intension of getting therefore spending money that is outside your budget. Make the list according to need not want!
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