Only buy items you 'want' that are on a list for at least 1 day/night. This eliminates impulse buying. You can also use this for grocery and drug stores items. If you still want it the next day, or the next week, and you have the money - go for it!
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I made a big list of everything I cook that my family likes. I also made a list of side dishes. These lists are made up of recipes I know or can get my hands on easily. This way, when I am uninspired, I just look at my list and pop into the store on the way home. Also, when I come across a new recipe that is quick, easy and enjoyed by the whole family, it goes on the list.
At the store where I shop most often, I made a quick list of what was in each aisle (some stores have printed diagrams.) On the computer, I made a list of what I normally buy ---leaving blank spaces for extras --- starting where I enter and ending at the frozen foods (where I go last.) I print out 10-12 copies at a time & post one on the refrigerator to use as a grocery list, checking the things I need. ...(click title for more)
This makes shopping much quicker. I don't get to the end of my list and realize I have to go back to the other end of the store for something I forgot.
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