Have you ever gone grocery shopping and walked down the same aisle several times? An organized grocery list can save you time at the grocery store. This is a guide about organizing your grocery list.
It gets harder each month, when the prices of food keep climbing up, and your money coming in does not! Well, that is why I have to shop frugally. I make 3 lists.
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I have been on a pension for 10 years but my income will drastically drop by about $800 when I turn 65 in a few months so these tips were so helpful. Some of them I already do but I can always use/need more. Thank you all & take care Coreen
We have all heard that you should make a list before heading to the grocery store, but that list needs to make sense, or you'll spend your whole time running back and forth through the store. I make my list according to the pattern I follow while shopping.
I start on the perimeter of the store, usually in fresh produce. I follow the perimeter and than go up and down the aisles. I am able to focus on my list and not on all the stuff I don't need to buy. Than when I get to the checkout, I try and place like items together while unloading the cart, so that when I get home I can easily put things away. Put your coupons in order the same way so you don't forget to use one.
By Lydia from Silverdale, WA
I have done this for years! It's a great tip, hope you win!
I try to do this too, helps save time.
With three children under four, going to the store is a major event and I hate having to go more than once a week because I forgot something or we ran out of something before shopping day. The "Top Shelf Rule" has helped out tremendously.
Buy one extra of everything nonperishable that your family uses regularly (ketchup, rice mix, soup, cooking spray, ziploc bags, etc.) and devote your top pantry shelf to just these items. The top shelf rule is that no one in the family is allowed to take something down from the top shelf without first writing it on the grocery list. This way, we never run out of things before grocery day. It has worked so well, that I have started a "top shelf" with my cleaning supplies too.
I love this idea
I have been thinking about this lately too. Usually I shop at Costco and stock up but have run out of some things lately so will be making a master list. Good idea.
Save a lot of time and money by organizing your grocery list the the location of the item.
Sometimes when life gets hectic, it is difficult to keep track of pantry and freezer contents before setting up a grocery list. Instead of going through them to see what I need, I purchased a cheap (dollar store) magnetic dry erase board and keep it on the fridge.
I use the "note" section in my cell phone for my grocery list. I carry my phone everywhere so I am certain not to forget my list.
I have this chalkboard hanging on my pantry door in my kitchen. As I run out of the regular staple items I need, I jot it down. It is always right at hand and I never have to look for a pen and paper.
I usually grocery shop at three different stores in one day. My grocery lists were getting confusing. I had a hard time trying to keep track of what to buy at what store.
In between shopping trips I jot things down on a list, then the day before I go, I organize that list. When I make my grocery list, I divide it into sections the same way the store is laid out where I am going.
I make several lists long before my actual food shopping week. First, what items I can get at the dollar store? I am always amazed at how many name brand foods are sold at the Dollar store.
I sometimes forget my shopping list when I head out to do my shopping. I discovered my cell phone has a notepad on it. I have started keeping my liist on my phone now. We always have our phone with us so no more forgotten list.
I keep a running list on my computer and update it every time I go shopping. It has 5 columns on it.
I keep a small memo board on the side of my fridge to write down those things you run out of that are not normally on your grocery list. Kraut, capers, special spices, brown sugar, molasses, cranberry sauce, the sort of thing.
With the escalating cost at the grocery, we need an accurate list to conserve time, gas and, most of all, not buying something we already have at home! Hang one of those market lists with a magnet on the back right on your fridge.
I make out my grocery list with the store ads in front of me and I also cut coupons. When I write the list, I got through the coupons and beside the item I write (VC) for vendor coupon, same for store coupon only I write (SC).
I am always losing my shopping lists. Since I always have my phone with me, I put my list on my phone's notebook. As I collect the groceries, I delete them off the list. It also helps me to stick to the list, with less impulsive buying.
In order to save money on my weekly shopping, I go to several stores. But I was always having trouble remembering if an item was cheaper at a store.