I was thinking about what to post for Frugal Friday since I skipped last week, thinking about my new app for grocery shopping on my iPhone, thinking about planning meals, thinking about how much grocery money is left in my wallet (which is not as much as I'd like).
And it all just sort of came together in this Frugal Friday tip: Make a grocery list and stick to it. Pretty simple, huh?
This is something my mom taught me when I first got married. Plan detailed menus, make a detailed grocery list (and go ahead and list it in the order of your grocery store--or at least grouped by item type), and stick to the list! (That's the really important part--did you catch that?)
It's the details that make it possible. If you need three kinds of jam, put it on the list. If you need a two-pound bag of M&Ms, put it on the list. Six bags of popsicles? On this list it goes.
That's the advice. That and don't grocery shop when you're hungry. I have and it always involves buying some junk food I don't need, wolfing it down as I shop, and then paying for an empty box at checkout while the checkout person looks at you funny.
I had a list last weekend, but didn't stick to it, and was astounded when the cashier told me my total. WHAT? My list wasn't all that long and I was expecting a total of half the amount she said. Whoops.
You can bet I'll be sticking to my list (once it's made) later today. Either that or I'll have to take stuff out of the cart when I run out of money. And I hate it when that happens!