Have you ever found yourself wandering the aisles of your local grocery store grabbing everything that’s in sight? Wait right there; making a list before grocery shopping can save you money. You can thank us later.
Check your refrigerator
Many of us have been there. We head to the store and grab a host of items only to find that we already have more sugar than we need in the pantry or we had already bought an extra bag of pasta. Checking your cupboards and your refrigerator is one of the best ways to make sure that you’re only buying what you need and not wasting your money and food. The best bit? You never know what other hidden wonders you might find at the back of the refrigerator while you check.
Learn the store
The chances are that many of us head to the same grocery store week after week. It might not be long before we start to learn the layout of the aisles and know where to find everything we need. This can be a great place to start when it comes to writing your grocery list. Noting down what you need according to the layout of the store means that you can shop as you go rather than heading back and forward looking for items as you go – and maybe even noticing some things that you didn’t need.
Plan your meals
Of course, there are many benefits to planning out your meals, but saving money is one aspect that grabs many of us. You don’t have to write down what you will eat every single day. However, planning out seven dinnertime meals for the week helps you to know what you need for the week. The result? You should be able to avoid grabbing random items off the shelves in the hopes that you will be able to pull together a meal at the end.
It’s one thing to write down all the things that you need for the week, but it’s another to note the quantities of things that you need. How many peppers do you need for the recipe? How many bags of rice was it that you needed to feed the family? This can lead many of us to buy more items than we need. All you need to do is make sure that you write down what groceries you need and how much you need of each one to save the worry.
Check your coupons
Writing a grocery list before you head to the store can save you money in more ways than one. However, there is another aspect that could help to cut back on the pennies: coupons. How will you know which coupons you need for the store if you don’t know what you’re buying? That’s what we thought. Many of us love to find ways to save a little money here and there, and coupons can be a great way to reap the rewards of shopping at the same store time and time again.
Grocery shopping is another part of adulting that can often seem a little too much to handle. Why does every part of being an adult have to cost so much money? Thankfully, making a list before grocery shopping is one way to cut back on all those expenses.