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Supermarket Smarts: Make a List

I love grocery shopping. OK I confess: I love all kinds of shopping, grocery included. I would get super excited when my dad would invite me to purchase the food with him. He taught me his organized system for grocery shopping and now I can maneuver my way through the store swiftly and efficiently. Start by making a list of all of the ingredients you need. The most important thing about this list is to arrange it in sections by thinking of the sections of a grocery store. Put all of your produce on one portion of the page, dairy on another, meats on another, pantry goods in another, and so on and so forth. If you are familiar with your grocery store lay out create your list according to the market's floor plan. At my Safeway I like to start in the produce section and make my way through the back of the store stopping to pick up chicken, bacon, frozen goods, milk, cheese, wine, and bread along the way. Having a list in your hands will also keep you from purchasing impulse foods that aren't good for your wallet or your weight. Once you get used to shopping with your list you will realize that you can be in and out of the grocery store in no time and you might just find you actually enjoy your walks down the super market aisles.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
i used to do this, but now im just lazy!
andaman andaman 10 years
I use the list as well as always buying the two for one! I save a lot of money by making food out of the two for one vegs and meat. I like not knowing what I'm going to get in the supermarkets as well. Good article yumsugar!
krisua krisua 10 years
Absolutely smart advice. I've done so for quite a long period of time now and I must confess, I buy much less stuff that I really don't need, and don't forget about the ones I do need.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
My mom is the queen of grocery list making. She actually has pre-printed lists that she made years ago (and updates every year or so) of all the things our family always needs/wants (from staples to cereal to granola bars to quick boxed meals we like). The lists are arranged in the layout of our local grocery store for ease in the store. Then when she goes shopping, she prints out on of the list, goes around the kitchen and can quickly mark off what we need for that week without worrying about overlooking anything. It's a great system.
smartsio smartsio 10 years
i relish making my shopping list every week and then sticking to the list (ok, maybe adding an impulse buy or two). it really helps me plan for a week of healthful dinners and it also cuts down on wasted food that goes bad before i eat it! siobhan imbibe magazine by day amateur chef by night
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
That's exactly what I do. Otherwise, I'd be going back and forth all over the place.
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