The Shopping List
No discussion about smart shopping is complete without at least one reference to the shopping list. I have always carried a list with me to the store. It helps me organize myself, shop quicker and avoid impulse buys. Over the years, my shopping list style has changed. Here's how I do it now:
I usually go to more than one grocery store on shopping day. What my family needs that week determines the stores I go to (always the ones with the best deals!). I divide my list by stores, making a sort of grid on my page. So, for example, since I buy the bulk of my groceries at Shop Rite, I have one big section on my page entitled "Shop Rite." Under that, I list all the items I need to buy at Shop Rite. For yogurt tubs, yogurt tubes for lunches, hummous, bread, bagels, cereals and certain snacks, I go to Aldi's. That's another section on the page, with the title "Aldi's" and the necessities listed under that. Sometimes I need to go to Wal-Mart or another store, so there are sections with store titles and lists for that. Basically, every store I go to has its own section with store name and the list for that specific store under it. It may sound a little complicated, but actually it is not. Just the opposite--this system has simplified my shopping tremendously. Instead of going to, say, 3 stores and fishing through one big list over and over, I quickly look at the appropriate store section with the items needed. I get the goods and go. One, two, three--done!