Want to set yourself up for failure in sticking with your grocery list? Go to the store with an empty belly.
Shopping when you’re hungry encourages you to make impulse purchases. All of a sudden that box of doughnuts has your name on it, the salad bar looks incredibly enticing, and the pie from the bakery seems irresistible.
You can have great resolve to stick with your grocery budget, you can be determined to only buy what’s on your list, but when your stomach is begging to be fed, it’s much easier to give into the temptation and blow your budget. Even just a $5 or $10 splurge on a few items every few weeks can really start to add up to a lot of unnecessary purchases over time.
So before you head to the store, make sure you’ve already eaten at home. It’s such a simple thing, but your wallet will thank you.