And do they save you money?
Personally, I have to always make a grocery list. My memory is just one big sieve so as soon as I run out of anything I write it down. Funny that this list comprised of mostly “other” stuff, not food. Some foodie I am!
I have been reading a lot of save-money-on-food books and realized, they all tend to be the same and have the same messages. One of them is: make a list and stick to it. So I am asking the question, do you make a list and stick to it?
I go to the grocery store practically every other day and I find that eases the pressure off of the syndrome “I have to buy everything for the rest of the week today or I can’t have it” syndrome. A lot of the books recommend only going shopping once a week and I found by doing that, I was more inclined to pick up a lot of un-planned snacks and treats. I had all this fear that there would not be enough. Now at the time I was living in a suburban mountain top so that fear was true but still…
Personally I find that going shopping with my list for the next two days prevents me from having to carry too much on my walk home and prevents food loss because my food is always fresh. Statistically, people lose most of their food budget not just on eating out but on the food they throw away.
For me, a list keeps on track, reminds me to plan my meal in advance and prevents me from wandering around the grocery store wondering what to buy. But hey, everybody is different. I would love to hear whether or not you make a list and if it helps you save money on groceries?