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An Organized Shopping List Makes All the Difference
By Monica Resinger
Making and using a grocery list will help you buy only necessities and/or
sale items so will help you save money. It will also get you out of the store
quicker as long as the list is organized.
An unorganized grocery list can actually keep you in the store longer;
here's an example: I used to make my grocery list by writing the first item at the
top of the list and working my way down in no particular order. At the
store, I'd be in a particular area, read my list over in a hurry and miss one or
two items in that section. I would then have to run back to that section later
when I noticed I missed items. Every time I went shopping I'd spend a good
part of the time running back to a particular section to pick up something I
missed. I decided there had to be a better way.
What I came up with is a pre-printed sectioned list made on my computer. The
list has headings for each section of the grocery store such as 'produce',
'meats', 'breakfast foods', etc., just like you'd see in a coupon organizer.
Now, as I'm making my list, I just go to the section on the pre-printed list
and write in the item. Then, when I'm grocery shopping and in a certain area, I
can see at a glance ALL the items needed in that section. Another benefit is
that it's very easy to search for coupons since the list headings match the
I made this list by opening up a new document in my Wordpad program; any
word processing program will work. Then all I did was type in the following
headings three across in a row, then four or five returns down to make the next
row of three across. The returns provide space for to write in items later.
These are the headings I used:
After the list was finished, I printed out a few to keep with my grocery ads
in a binder. When I need more, I'll print more.
I took my list shopping and found out, an organized shopping list does make
all the difference.
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