Did you know that if you commit to use a shopping list, you can save money at the grocery store? Many of us look for ways to save on food costs, and using a shopping list is key. Keep reading for the why and how!
Why use a shopping list to save money at the grocery store?
Last time, we talked about how to save money by not wasting food. The next step in reducing food costs is to use a shopping list when you shop. But why should you use a shopping list?
Using a shopping list at the grocery store, if you do it right, really does help you cut food costs. And incidentally, using a shopping list is also associated with better health and lower weight, according to the NCBI. When you take the time to make a grocery list before you hit the store, you are automatically setting yourself up for budget success, because you know exactly what you need. Guessing leads to overspending!
When you use a shopping list, you also give yourself permission to say “Nope, it’s not on the list,” when the kids beg you for something extra. If you are tempted to grab that box of cookies or pint of ice cream, the list helps you steer clear. Focus on buying what’s on the list, and then get out.
Make a list of sale items
Have you heard the phrase, “shop the sales?” This is a good idea if you plan ahead. Check out your store’s weekly circular and list the things that are on sale. Then plan your menu around those items to save even more.
Save money at the grocery store by using an app
There are apps that make putting together a grocery list a breeze! Most grocery stores have their own apps to help you, or you can use a specialty food planning app like Favado. Not only does it help you make a shopping list, this app finds coupons and sale items at stores near you, including Wal-Mart, Smith’s, and Target.
Start using a shopping list and you’ll save money at the grocery store like never before!