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Why You Should Always Grocery Shop With a List

ByLucille Wood

Jan 22, 2023

Why You Should Always Grocery Shop With a List

Have you ever gone grocery shopping for just a few items, and ended Up bringing home several bags full? It happens to a lot of people, and here’s why.

Grocery stores are scientifically designed to get you to spend as much money as possible. Seriously. There are marketing experts whose only job is to arrange the groceries in the store so you’ll spend more money than you meant to.

This includes having tasty groceries on the end of each aisle and putting impulse buy items in the checkout lanes. It also includes piping the delicious smell of cooking foods from the bakery and deli into the store, so you’ll be hungry and buy more food.

The supermarkets have statistics working on their side. They have stacks of data that show them what store arrangement will result in the most profit. They send you coupons in the mail to entice you to buy foods that you don’t need. They are playing to winning means sucking money out of your wallet. So what can you do about it?

The best and easiest way to beat them at their own game is to only shop with a shopping list. This means deciding before you go into the store exactly what you’re going to buy. Then, you only buy what is on your shopping list.

Even if something is on sale, if you didn’t need it badly enough to put it on the grocery shopping list, then you don’t need it enough to buy it. If you decide that it’s something you really need, then put it on a list to get the next time you go shopping.

At first, this will take a little discipline. But after a while, it gets to be almost like a game. How long can you go without buying something that’s not on your shopping list?

Shopping with the grocery list is the first and most powerful step to saving more money on groceries. Savvy shoppers always use a shopping list.

Once you’ve mastered shopping with a grocery list, you may decide to use other techniques to save even more money on groceries. These can include coupons, or a little-known grocery shopping secret called the grocery price book.

Shopping with coupons can take more time than some people are willing to spend. But it does result in lots of savings if done correctly.

The grocery price book doesn’t take much time at all, and can save you $180 or more per month with not much effort.

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