Over the next month, our focus here is going to be on saving money on your grocery bill. I’ll be sharing a number of fantastic guest posts and ideas from readers, plus I’m going to share a simple tip each weekday for how you can cut your grocery bill. Here’s tip #1:
Supermarket Savings Tip #1: Always Shop With a Grocery List
Before heading to the grocery store, make a grocery list. It doesn’t have to be on some fancy spreadsheet nor does it need to be extremely detailed. But never shop without a list.
A grocery list encourages you to spend less.
Without a list, you’ll usually end up buying whatever looks good. In the process, you’ll likely end up with a number of over-priced, non-essential impulse purchases that aren’t in the budget.
A grocery list saves you time.
Instead of going up and down all the aisles trying to figure out what to buy, when you have a grocery list, you can just look at the list, stop at the necessary spots to pick up what you need to buy, and efficiently make your way in and out of the store.
A grocery list eliminates extra trips to the store.
When you make a list and follow the list, you don’t have to make a second trip at the store later in the week to pick up the three things you forgot to buy during your first shopping trip.
What are some other ways shopping with a grocery list has benefited you? I’d love to hear!
Free Printable Grocery Lists
Want to write out your grocery lists on something other than the back of an old envelope? Here are two free printable grocery lists we’ve put together for you:
Grocery Shopping List :: Contains space for the items to purchase, the cost of the item, whether there is a coupon for it, and how much the coupon is for. Also includes a space for notes where you can record extra information about your shopping trip.
Two-Store Shopping List :: Two separate shopping lists on one page, each of which includes space for the items to purchase, the cost of the item, and whether there is a coupon for it. Also includes a space for notes where you can record extra information about your shopping trip.