Why Make a Grocery List?
Have you ever gotten home, put the groceries away and realized you had forgotten the milk?
Or looked at that super-sized bag of potato chips and thought, “I probably should have left that behind?”. Ever got home and looked painfully at the receipt from the grocery store and realized you may have purchased items you could have done without? Planning a grocery list can help prevent each of these scenarios.
Raid the kitchen and make a note of each of the products you are in need of. By planning ahead and making a list you will be one step closer to making the most of your shopping trip and preventing a repeat visit to pick up that one essential item you left behind the first time. Carry a pen with you when shopping and cross off items as you place them in your cart. This will ensure you are not doubling up or having to double check before checking out.
Trying to slim down or stay in shape? Creating a grocery list is an excellent method to staying on track. When you do not shop with a grocery list, impulse purchases become common and frequent. By planning ahead of time what you will be purchasing at the grocery store, you can ensure that you are only picking up those healthy items, and not giving yourself a reason to wander into the cookie aisle.
Grocery lists will not only ensure that you are purchasing items you need, but will also keep you within budget. By planning ahead what you will be purchasing, you can calculate approximately what you will be spending and allow you to make cuts on items that you may not necessarily need. Also, when creating a grocery list prior to heading to the supermarket, you have the opportunity to search for and collect grocery coupons that will help you save that extra buck or two!
So before you hit the grocery store, make a list and check it twice!