Monday, March 10, 2008

Spend Less and Eat Healthier-Benefits of a Good Grocery List

How to plan your grocery list to avoid impulse purchases

I can get in and out of the grocery store in less than half an hour. I spend almost half of what I used to on weekly groceries and I buy healthy food. What's my secret? I have a good organized system. With just a little planning ahead and a really good list, you too can avoid those little impulse buys that can add up to have big effect on your budget and your waistline.

The first step to getting organized going through your kitchen and writing down all the items you use on a regular basis. Next, go through the list and cross off all the unhealthy things and replace them with a healthier alternative (If it's not in the house, you can't eat it!). Organize the products by location in the store, and make your master list.

I find it easier to make my own custom list and print out copies. You can bind, staple, or clip together and hang it on or near the fridge. Pre-made lists can work but everyone likes and uses different foods, and seldom will you find one that works as well for you as your own custom list. Blank notepads are better than nothing, but they force you to remember each week what you use and need, and you risk forgetting things and making extra trips...MORE

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