OK, so one of the questions I get asked most often is how I make a shopping list. I know that many people just go to the grocery store with a list in their head. It never works for me. I always forget something. Usually, it is just one thing. And, let me tell you, that is the worst! Having to go back out for ONE item. Don’t be like that. You will drive yourself nuts and I am crazy enough for all of you anyway!
It doesn’t take long for me to make a list. And, having a shopping list has to be one of the best things I have ever done. It helps me to not impulse buy and overspend. That and of course eating lunch before I go. NEVER go shopping on an empty stomach. My husband on the other hand, does not like my list. The rule is if it isn’t on the list, then we don’t buy it. And, he is the king of impulse buying. He is worse than a toddler. He sees it, he wants it. He hides it in the cart or has a temper tantrum over not being able to get what he wants hahahaha 🙂
It can be super hard getting used to making lists and remembering to bring them with you to the store. I know this because I am blonde. I would seriously forget my head if it wasn’t attached. I think that saying was meant to describe me. So, I make it super easy!
You can see below how I set up a piece of paper as my list (*Please don’t mind my HORRIBLE hand writing. I almost cut my thumb off and had to have both tendons surgically put back together and of course it was on the hand that I write with. Since then, my hand writing is simply atrocious to say the least!) Or, If you want to download your very own printable list, you can do so HERE for free! (The example of what the printable list looks like is right next to my horrible hand writing! ) I usually print out a ton of the printable lists and that is what I use as my template for every store! Super convenient and easy 🙂
The most important pieces of a list is making sure you have all the information you need at your fingertips! Beside the fact that this list is what you are going to be using while you are walking through a store looking for your items, it will be helpful when something isn’t tagged, you already know the size and the price of the item you are supposed to get so less worrying. And, once you get up to the cash register, you have a guide as to what an item is supposed to ring up for. It will help you catch mistakes at the register AND the best part is that you will already know what you are supposed to be getting back for a reward. So, if a reward fails to print, you can bring it to the attention of the cashier immediately and have it fixed on the spot until waiting until you get home to find out that something rang up wrong or a reward didn’t print and having to head back to the store! Your lists should be your life as a couponer!
I hope that this helps you change the way you look at shopping lists! Make sure to check out my youTube video explaining how to make a list and how I create my lists on a weekly basis!