do you make a list before you go to supermarket?

@pinay81 (1538)
Philippines
October 26, 2007 10:33am CST
is anyone of you make agrocery list before they go to a market or shopping mall did you buy only the things that in your list or you buy anything you want to buy? when i go for shopping i make a list so i will not forget the things missing in my house but sometimes i buy more than in my list:-(
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@colgirl (77)
26 Oct 07
I plan my meals for the week so i only buy the items i need and stops me from just picking anything off the shelves.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
thats the good things when you have a plan already on what you need to buy you save a lot thanks col:-)
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@asolero (152)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
no
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
maybe you can try even ones so you know whats the difference between theres a list and no list thanks:-)
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@bowtieguy (5925)
• United States
26 Oct 07
Always, if I don't make a list then I will end up with twice as many things in my cart and spending twice as much money as I intended on.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
hehe if you have a list you go with only 1 cart and you save some penny but if there is no list you ended up 2 cart instead of one thanks:-)
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
26 Oct 07
I always make a list before I go grocery shopping. I find that it helps me stay a bit more focused on what I need to buy and cuts down on my impulse buying, thereby saving me money. I also like to have a list so that I don't forget things that I need. I hate having to go back the next day because I forgot to pick up butter or eggs.
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
hehe specially if the market is far from home if there is a list you save money and time also fuel if driving a car to go to the supermarket thanks:-)
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@alexsis (2149)
• United States
26 Oct 07
Yes, I always make a list before I go to the grocery store. But I never make a list for when I go to the mall. I make a list but I also tend to get things that are not on the list. Its very helpful to make a list before you go shopping.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
yeah for me is very hard to have a list and making grocery to the supermarket inside the mall my eyes soo tempted for the things around the mall and i cannot stop for not buying it hehe goodday:-)
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
26 Oct 07
Obviously a perfect list should be ready otherwise going to supermarket - a ocean of temping materials, I would land up buying two months!s material in one go and land up in trouble. Actually, the list is preapared by my wife and we go together to get them.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
yeap thats true even me when im in the supermarket sometimes the one in my list i ignore because of the temptation to buy the one not in my list how nice that both of you go for a shopping thanks for sharing:-)
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• United States
26 Oct 07
Yes. Everytime I need to go to the grocery store I make a list. I want to make sure I get everything I need in one trip. I hate having to go back the next day because I forgot something. I also plan out the meals we are having for the week. Then I know when I shop I get enough food for the week and I know whats for dinner everynight. Lists make life easier!
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
nice so you save time not to think what i will buy what is missing in my house and money also because you budget and you buy only what is in your list thanks:-)
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@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
17 Jul 08
I make a list! Otherwise I will go bankrupt buying everything I see. Especially if I have an empty stomach.
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• Canada
17 Jul 08
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha And when you go shopping with me, it's twice as bad!!! LOL
• Canada
17 Jul 08
Doggone right it is!!! You would eat the shelf if you were given the chance.
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I have a basic list of things that we use on an everyday basis. Things like milk, butter, bread, eggs. Then I have a list of items for our dinner menu for the week. I do allow for some flexibility. For instance, if I find hamburger meat on sale for a good price, even if it is not on my list, I will buy a few pounds and put in my freezer. It is silly to me to pass up a really good deal just because it isn't on my list. I just make a adjustments to the list as I go for the stuff that is a better deal. For instance, yesterday I went shopping. I found broccoli/cheese quiches at the 99c store. I love these things and I pay $2.98 each for them at my local grocery store. Well, I bought 9 of them. I was planning to buy 3 of them at my grocery store anyway so I spent the same amount of money, but I got enough for 3 meals in stead of just 1. I made an adjustment to my list to eliminate two other meals for the week. I ended up saving money on my food budget. When I went to WalMart, I found sirloin tip steaks that had a sell by date of Oct 28. So they were reduced to 1.99 a pound, from 4.99 a pound. I bought several packages, again adjusting my menu for the week. I got them home, rinsed the blood off, packaged them in meal sized portions into freezer bags and stuck them in my freezer. So instead of only having beef for two meals this week, we can have beef for 6 meals. Sometimes, allowing some flexibility into your lists may have you buying more than what was on the list, but you can sometimes actually save more money.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
hi vokey i also do that i buy a meat,fish, and wash it i divided it in a plastic or container for my one week dishes and also i buy those veggie that its not easy to spoiled like onion,garlic,potato etc., so i save also my time and i have more extra time thanks a lot have good day:-)
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@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
Shopping is fun... - Whenever I go to the supermarket to shop, I always make a list of things to buy so as not to forget the essential items...of course, it would also force me to stick to the list so as not to go over the budget intended for that trip.
More often than not, yes I do bring a list of things to buy at the groceries to buy only the essential items first...I am forgetful these days so that everytime I go to the supermarket without a list, there is a greater chance of forgetting some important things. If not, I just do a mnemonics, and presto, I'll remember most items I need at home...I just imagine our kitchen, comfort room, or my room and the things that are needed there; that helps me to remember important items which are prepositioned in specific areas in our house...
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
nice i will try that when i go in supermarket and not bring a list hehe maybe it will work for me thanks:-)good day.
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@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
27 Oct 07
I always make a list because I am so forgetful and when I dont have a list, I end up having to go back to the store a second time to pick up the things I forgot!
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
hehe its happen to me also i almost 1 hr in the supermarket and when im already in the home and check my grocery item i see that there is still missing. thanks:-)
@nandans (1161)
• India
27 Oct 07
Not really, when we have lots of things to buy, then we make a list..
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
same me also minimum of 5 items before i make a list thanks:-)
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
26 Oct 07
Yes, thats like me, I always make a shopping list, but I never stick to it, I always buy extra..
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
hehe i do also sometimes i buy extra more than what i write in my list thanks:-)
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I make a list of the items I HAVE to have but usually just go through each aisle to get everything else. I usually go shopping with a pretty tight budget so there isn't much room for "extras" anyway.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
i tried that before but really i cannot help my self not to change my mind and buy the one not in the list ended up i buy more than what i write in my list thanks:-)
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@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
It depends on my mood. I know that making a list saves a lot on time and money but sometimes I tend to forget that. I'd love to make it a habit though, it'll be easier to budget things.
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
having a list makes a lot of saving and so easy to manage the time and money good day:-)
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@snowy22315 (56171)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I generally dont make a list when i go to the store, but sometimes I do if I am making a special recipie or I need some things that I dont normally buy. Like if I need ketchup which is something I only buy every six months or so, I will make a list and make sure I write ketchup on it or it will never be bought.
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@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
28 Oct 07
hi there pinay81 when i do a shopping list i never take it out i usually forget to take it out of my bag so i just get what ever use if i am not going to use it. thankyou for this discussion
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
hi jordan thanks also next time dont forget to take it out your list in your bag so you can save more money and time good day:-)
@irene_27 (545)
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
making a list is really a great help as you won't be missing anything that needs to be bought. It will also save you time because you don't have to wander around the store, you know already what items to pick. Oh, same here, i also tend to buy items not on the list-- mostly snack foods.
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
hi irene thanks for sharing i love also to buy snack and its always in my list too hehe:-)
@jazgottt (1181)
• Poland
27 Oct 07
hi pinay. I make a list before going shopping, ut not always. I sometimes don't make list if I don't have much to buy. I buy mostly things, that are on my list. Sometimes I see something, what's not on my list, because I haven't thought about it, but I buy it, because it's quite necessary. And when I see something, what I use, but with really low price, like my favourite shampoo, cut-rated, I buy it even if I don't need it at the moment. Because I save money buying it and I'll use it soon. I'm the lucky one, that don't like doing shopping, and I don't buy a lot if I don't need. I don't like to carry heavy bags:). jazgottt
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
good sometime when there is a sale and the item is really needed in the house like what you said shampoo,soap, even it is not in my list i buy also so i can save than a regular price sometimes i wait for a sale item before i buy thanks jazgoott good day:-)
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@eveeee (659)
18 Jul 08
I used to make lists but then half the time I would either forget to take it, or I would completely ignore so I decided it was a waste of time. Now I go up and wander round and buy, after making a quick mental list of the essentials. I use the shop so regularly and know the regular items I buy so I really don't have much need for one anymore :)