When I was a kid, every time I would visit my grandma’s house, it seems she always had so many items in her pantry and her refrigerator was stocked full of goodies. Then, I would come home and look at our refrigerator, and it almost looked bare in comparison; it wasn’t that my parents didn’t take care of us or buy lots of stuff, it’s just that it seemed they were amateurs compared to the professional grandmother who for years had taken care of feeding two families.
Knowing how to make a grocery shopping list comes from experience. You have to pretty much learn the ropes yourself by following a few guides here and there and applying common sense tips through trial and error. You come up with your own plan in the end and it can save you tons of money, energy, and time.
Begin By Looking at the Publix Weekly Circular
One of the first things I do what I’m making my grocery shopping list I is look at the Publix weekly ads; I’ve discussed this time and time again, and it works. However, the purpose of this article is not about the weekly ads; it’s about the items you add after you add the buy one get one free offers to your shopping list.
It’s a wise choice to shop for your household needs two weeks at a time; for one, it’s can save you money on gas, and it will also force you to make a plan of eating for your family for two weeks. If you construct your shopping list the right way you will avoid having to go back to Publix or any other supermarket during the week.
The first thing I like to do when assembling a list is look inside my refrigerator. While I’m there, I’m checking for things such as eggs, milk, margarine, cheeses, cold cuts, and a few other items such as condiments, etc. I am also looking for vegetables and fruits keeping in mind that I’m not going to buy more than I can handle within the following two weeks. Since I have this down to a science through experience, I buy only what I need to get us through those two weeks. Sure, every now and then when it comes to the 12th day of our 14 day cycle we may find ourselves without a couple of apples that we could’ve eaten or a few vegetables, or maybe the milk is a little low. As a family, we just do with what we have, and make adjustments during the next shopping cycle. The only exception I would make here is necessary foods for babies and toddlers but those days are behind me.
I always plan ahead of time what I’m going to cook for the family for the two weeks as it relates to the my shopping list. This means I’ll know exactly what ingredients to buy, and I take inventory. It doesn’t take that long; maybe 10 to 15 min., and I know exactly what I need to get to fulfill my plan.
Next, I look in my pantry to see exactly what I need to get. This usually takes me another 10 min. or so and it helps me round out my shopping list. Lastly, I ask my family members if there are any special treats they want me to buy and I limit this to one per person. This will take the focus off trying to be so frugal and in the end everybody’s happy. When I visit the grocery store I absolutely stick to this list. Every long now and then, of course, I will buy something that’s not on the list that I may have forgotten. Either way, by being consistent and sticking to the list I am certain that I’m able to shave off another 2000 $3000 a year as compared to people who don’t use a similar method.