We have been in a series of Walking You Through Savings on Groceries. Today I want to share part 5 in this series “Making Your Grocery List.”
You have already planned your budget and your menu, so making your list should be a piece of cake!
- Begin with writing down the things you need to complete your menu.
- Write down things you may be out of or getting close to being out of stock in your pantry.
- Go to the sale ads or blogs for the best deals on the items you need. Southern Savers has most all the stores on her website. However, there are other bloggers out there who have deals as well. I specialize in Earth Fare deals. I also try to list organic and natural as well as gluten free deals for each grocery store each week. Couponing in Critical Times has a list of the blogs to go to each week for deals.
- After you have written down the items you need, add up an approximation of how much they cost. If it is over your budget, try to eliminate some items. If it is under your budget proceed with the next tip.
- Go through the ads and look for items which are really cheap which you may use in the future, but may not need right now. For instance, I stocked up on items last week during Ingles Triple Coupons because I KNOW I will need them in the future. Many of the items were free. Add the free items and the items which may be money makers to your list as well. If you cannot use the items, donate them to charity. If you do not want to waste time getting items you will not need, then do not purchase them. When I first began, I tried to get all the deals. My pantry was soon over stocked with items I could not and would not use. I passed some along to family and gave the remainder away to charity. Now, I will sometimes purchase things if they are “money makers” or free even if I do not use them. However, I will always make sure I have a specific use in mind to prevent the clutter in my home!
- Once you have a rough draft, organize your list as to how the store is laid out. It makes shopping much easier and faster to have a planned route! It especially makes it quicker if you have children who go shopping with you.
- Clip the coupons you need to go with your items. Place the coupons in an envelope with your list, OR paper clip them to your list so they are together.
- Double check to make sure you have not forgotten anything.
- Go to the store and stick to your list! If you are just beginning it is important to be disciplined about NOT purchasing anything not on your list unless it is really a good deal (free or under $1). I used to always get FREE eggs at Kroger as they would have their Organic Valley Eggs marked down to under $1 and I would print coupons from Organic Valley’s website for $1/1 or $2/2 which would make the eggs FREE! Now, we have our own eggs.
You can see my other posts on the Walking You Through Saving on Grocery Series below. Thank you for reading.
- Walking You Through Savings on Groceries Part 1
- Walking You Through Savings On Groceries Part 2- A Trip to Kroger
- Walking You Through Saving On Groceries Part 3- Grocery Budget
- Walking You Through Saving On Groceries Part 4- Planning a Menu
Next Topic in Series:
Planning a Menu Revisited!