November 27, 2009, Newsletter Issue #192: Grocery List

Tip of the Week

We all make grocery lists of some sort to help us when shopping, and most of us actually use the list.  By making a grocery list in advance you can save time and money. 

First start with a basic list of your needs, write down the items that readily come to mind.  Then go through the coupons and store advertisements (see below under save money), determine if any of the sales are right for your particular needs.  Finally, go to the refrigerator, cabinets and pantry to see what you are running low on.  Add all items that you are out of or running low on.  By using a well prepared list you will find your shopping experience is less hectic and more enjoyable.

Save Money:
Save money by going through your coupons and grocery fliers to determine what's on sale that you might actually need.  Remember using the grocery fliers and coupons sometimes add to our expenses because we determine we want something just because it's on sale, not because we actually need it.  The best thing to do is be frugal and try to remember what you or your family might actually need versus desire.  It's ok to splurge and enjoy your desires, as well, provided you have the funding to support them.  Using the various coupons and fliers you can determine where you may want to shop for your groceries.

Save Time:
By writing out your list of needs in advance your shopping trip becomes less hectic and more organized.  You won't be running up and down the aisles because you just remembered something you "think" you need.  Also, you won't be making several trips back to the store because you forgot something.  Keeping your trip organized keeps your stress level down and the trip more enjoyable.

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