How to Make an Effective Grocery Shopping List

Submitted by on July 4, 2012 – 3:08 pmOne Comment

Before I had a family, I used to think making a grocery shopping list is so terribly bourgeois. Clipping grocery coupons? Not me. I had a life! After all, my lifestyle was way too spontaneous to know today what I want to eat on Tuesday. I would walk into the grocery store and just see what “inspired” me – which usually was exactly what the store lured me into buying with their lovely gourmet cheese display. Yeah, that was really creative of me, wasn’t it? I have since wised up, of course. These days, sticking to my grocery shopping list actually makes me feel pretty smart, especially if I follow these great grocery shopping list tips from around the web:

  • Never, not ever, think, “Oh, I will remember it.” You won’t.
  • Make a separate grocery shopping list for the different stores you frequent
  • Organize your shopping list according to the layout of the store
  • Add items to your list immediately when you run out
  • Buy in bulk only when you know you will use it all up and it makes sense financially
  • Be smart about “shopping around” – overdo it and it can actually cost you valuable time and money
  • Have a preprinted grocery shopping list with your family’s staples where you simply check what you’ll need on your next trip to the store. Add additional items by hand. Feel lazy? Print this ultimate grocery shopping list from and simply add your checkmarks
  • Sort your grocery coupons at home according to your grocery shopping list for each store. If you didn’t need an item before you saw the coupon for it, you don’t need it now. Otherwise, the coupon will make you spend more money rather than save money.

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