I love to go grocery shopping but I know that if I don't stay on task that my idol little hands will put things in my shopping cart that I do not need. The key for me to staying on track is having a well thought out and organized grocery list while on my shop. It all starts with planning out my weekly meals and snacks along with taking a good inventory of my pantry and daily necessity items. Now with my plan in hand, I get armed with my weekly grocery ads, coupons, and grocery list and get started.
This is the process I use to make out my weekly grocery list:
1) Go through my meal plan and jot down all the items I will need to purchase to make those meals and snacks I've planned out - I double check my pantry, refrigerator and freeze to make sure I have the right amounts needed
2) Write down on my list any staple items that I have run out of in my pantry or refrigerator - spices, baking goods, condiments, etc.
3) Look through my local grocery stores weekly ad to see what items are on sale - there may be some items available that I don't need this week but would be good to stock up on - ex. meat sales, in season fruits and vegetables to freeze or can, canned goods, etc.
Don't forget to look at the drugstore ads as well - Walgreens, CVS, etc as they often have really amazing deals on food and household items along with health and beauty.
4) Then I look through the coupons I've been collecting. On my list I will call out those items I have a coupon for by writing a little "C" next to it. (You could mark it however you like but just do something to remind yourself.)
5) I also make note of any store deals going on where you need to buy a certain number of items in order to receive an additional discount. For example, at Kroger they will have a sale that if you by 10 of the designated items, you will receive an additional $0.50 of each item, but the catch is you have to buy them in multiples of ten. So I mark those items on my list and when I shop I keep them separated from the other items to make sure I have the number I need.
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