Make Grocery Lists to Save Money: Take A Little Time to Prepare and the Savings Will Be Amazing
Lists have become a way of life with many people. One list that will save money all around is the standard grocery list. However, to create a list that really helps a little work should be done ahead of time.
The first thing to do, is to take inventory of every item on your pantry shelves. Make sure to include everything such as 5 cans of corn or 3 boxes of pudding (chocolate, 2 vanillas). This can easily be typed on a computer and updated evey shopping trip. This also helps to make sure that a product is used before it expires. Print out the list and attach it to your pantry cabinet door. As an item is used cross it off the list. After shopping update the list to eliminate used items and add new ones.
It is very helpful to keep two grocery lists. They can be kept on 5 x 7 index cards. On one index card keep the weekly grocery items; on the other keep the products that are constantly used such as laundry detergent, eggs, milk and other common staples. These lists should be available at all times so that items can be jotted down as needed.
After you have prepared a weekly list, review the grocery circular. Compare the items on the circular to the list and see if any items are on sale. This is the time to purchase these items. However, be sure to make sure that there are not 10 of these items already in the pantry. Be sure to include items on the circular that might be of interest, if a really good coupon is available.
Next it is time to go through coupons to see if any more savings can be made. Coupons should be organized according to type of product. Cleaning products, canned good, dairy, frozen, meats and miscellaenous are good categories. Many times by creating a running list, regularly used items are on sale and hopefully a coupon is available.
The last step is to make sure that the lists are complete. A trip to the grocery store should only be necessary once a week or every two weeks. It is impossible to run to the store for one item. Most shoppers walk out having spent $40 without batting an eye when just going in for one thing. This is where money is wasted, as items are picked up that are not necessarily needed.
It might seem like a lot of work, but the savings are great for your wallet. As proof try just the lists without taking inventory. Every time a shopping trip is completed, write down the total savings that appear at the bottom of the sales receipt and keep track for one month. The results are pleasantly surprising.