Grocery shopping can be a chore and incredibly frustrating if you go unprepared. I can't tell you how many times I have run into the grocery store without a list, only to have to go back a day or two later to pick up the items I've missed or left the coupons I intended to use at home. If you want to get the most for your money, you need to do a few key things before you go shopping:
- Make a list. You should never go to a store without a list because you are much more likely to forget what you need & buy things you don't need on impulse. Check the pantry to see what you are out of & start there. If you are out of something, put it on the list. If you are low on something, put that on the list with a little asterisk (that way you can get it if its a great deal or wait until your next trip). Some people make a printable list of all staple items that they use and post it on their pantry or refrigerator door, checking off the items as they use them up. No matter which way you choose to make a list, the key is to make one & take it with you!
- Check the ad of the store in which you are going. Don't have a paper ad? Check online. Almost every store now had a digital copy of their ad online. The ad will help you plan meals and help you determine which coupons to take with you.
- Pull out your coupons & match them with your list & the great ad deals. Be sure to check online sources for coupons as well!