Hey! Welcome back! Today is the day that I make my food shopping list and I’ve devised a way to make it as
stress-free tolerable as possible. For a long time now, I’ve been utilizing this routine to make the dredded food shopping experience…well, a little less dreadful. My post today is all about that and I’ve broken it down into steps.
Those steps are simple.
1. Start with couponing. I can easily save $40 or more per shopping trip if I cut, categorize and inventory my coupons before hand. I gather my coupon booklets like the one pictured below. My grocery company sends me additional coupon booklets for their particular store for even more savings. Not all places do this though. I take full advantage. 🙂 You can go to your coupon websites and print them from the websites if you prefer. This works well if you want to buy multiples of something. Coupon doubling!! I don’t do extreme couponing. It’s too time consuming for me, but printing out additional coupons will help you save more and there’s nothing wrong with that, right?
Quick Tip: The key is to use your coupons along with your grocer’s sales, not to use your coupons because you have them. The ultimate savings from your coupons come from using them with sales.
3. Write your list by aisle!The best way, above all, that helps me keep my sanity while food shopping is to write out my list according to where I start in the store and where I end. I usually start in the produce aisle so I begin writing my list with vegetables and fruits, then the deli and continue writing my list by aisle. It helps to know where things are located in your grocery store so there is little to no backtracking. The picture below is my final list I will take with me to the store.
Quick Tip: Along with the list and the pile of coupons I plan on using, I also take the flier so if there is something I plan on buying that doesn’t show a sale, I have the flier to make sure it’s the right item I want. I take my coupon filer with me to keep in my purse in case of those surprise purchases I didn’t plan. I’ve been in the store a few times where I go to buy something and kick myself in the butt for not having my coupons with me to save even more.
I hope this helps you shop organized and happy while doing the one shopping we all (for the most part) hate. 😀 Thanks for joining me!