Grocery lists and menus go hand in hand. Check out this post on menu planning.
To start your grocery list have a paper and pen always handy, I have a piece of paper on my fridge to write down everything that we are out of. There are more permanent types, digital types, wipe off types, but I think it's great to have it in a spot where everyone has access to it so that they can contribute to it.
This is a really great grocery list that you can download and keep in a plastic sleeve on your fridge.
Take everything that is on your inventory list that you have used recently and mark it on here so that you are ready to go. Then from there, on flyer day, mark those things down that are good deals that you are going to get. Also, when you make up your menu, mark on your grocery list the items that you need to get to make your meals for the next couple of weeks.
I like to put a star next to an item that I have a coupon for just as a reminder of what coupons I need to hand in before I leave the register. It upsets me so much when I get home and find a coupon in my purse that I neglected to use at the store.
All of these things make up a great grocery list. Now here are the keys: take the list with you and ONLY PURCHASE THE THINGS ON THE LIST. I know it seems obvious, but it's the truth and needs to be put out there. We all buy items that aren't on our list. I am just as guilty as the next person, but when you are trying to save money really stick to your list.
When you get to the store, check out the coupon boards to see if you can find any additional savings. Grab any that you will use for future purchases as well, but be sure to leave some for other frugal shoppers.
What type of grocery list system works for you? Send us a comment as we would love to hear from you and share your ideas.
Enjoy your day!