Do you make a shopping list?

Philippines
March 17, 2007 7:15pm CST
Budget on food is hard to handle. A shopping list will help you buy only the necessary item, reduce cost.
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23 responses
@Sicantik (706)
18 Mar 07
Yes I do and my reason is the same as you to reduce the cost. And if I want to reduce my cost even further I just ask my husband to do the shopping because it happen that he is very good at it and he hardly get tempted to response to any special offer that you pass just before you reach the check out..xx
@jencai (3415)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
I always prepare a list of items I would buy before going to the supermarket. It would make things better and organize too. And you're absolutely right, this things help us to budget all the necessary items we need.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
30 May 07
I always take a shopping list to try and help me budget. But unfortuntely I always get extra stuff that wasnt on the list...lol. So there goes the budget.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
29 May 07
Yes, I almost always have a shopping list when I go grocery shopping. I've found I spend less money when I stick to my list. It helps eliminate the guesswork of buying things I think I may need when I don't. Like if I can't remember if I need flour or not? If it's on the list I need it. If it's not, I don't need it! A list also helps eliminate some of that impulse buying too.
• Philippines
28 May 07
Yes I do!:) especially when im on a really tight budget.. It sure helps me not to splurge that much and only buy things that are necessary.
@Suze05 (480)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I make a list usually, just so I don't forget to buy everything I need..but then I usually buy way more than what is on the list too, so it doesnt help to make a list. But if I have very limited cash I will sometimes stick only to what is on the list, then it does help.
@frodloo (424)
• Indonesia
3 Apr 07
i never make a shopping list, because i always going to shop without know what i wanna buy.
2 Apr 07
We always make out a shopping list. The only problem I have is to check our supplies to see what we really need. I do remember to list the common stuff but sometimes I forget. I do try not to impulse shop. I think I was born on a budget!
• Indonesia
2 Apr 07
Ialways make list if not, I will shop a lot and will make my money gone soon. lol
• United States
2 Apr 07
I have to have a list or forget everything I need and then things I don't really need. If I make a list and stick to it don't spend near as much.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Almost always I have a list when I go to the store and try to stick to it. But I allow a little 'wiggle room' so that I can buy a few extra goodies (as long as they're not too extravagant) or buy some good deals I didn't know about when I came to the store.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
1 Apr 07
i always make a list of the things we absolutely need...i use a calulator buy those things on the list first..if there is money left in the budget i go back and pick up things i know we need or are close to needing...any money left in the budget after checking out is put into our grocery money bank change included...there is usually enough money in that bank for bread and milk mid week if we need it
@aweins (4203)
• India
31 Mar 07
no i dont because i rarely go for shopping. rarely means rarely.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
We make a very careful shopping list, and try to just shop on our grocery store's sale days. We also use coupons whenever possible, although there aren't many coupons for things we actually eat.
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
22 Mar 07
Yes I quite honestly make a shopping list each time before I head off to do my grocery shopping. I find having a grocery shopping helps to prevent me from forgetting to pick up a few things when I am out shopping. There's nothing that I hate more then coming back home & realizing that I had forgotten to buy something when I was out grocery shopping at the store. I find making a shopping list helps me to remember all the important things I may need to get. It also at the same time helps me to stick to my budget. I believe if I didn't make a shopping list each time I decided to go out shopping to pick up a few things.. That I honestly would end up spending more money then I had intended to or even wanted to. I rather have a strict budget, along with a shopping list that I am able to follow. I help it keeps me on track & helps me to buy the things that are needed for all the meals I intend to make for that pay day. As I do plan out my meals. I find if I was to not make a shopping list that all of the meals I had decided to make.. I would forget what ingredients it is that I may have needed to prepare these meals. I find making a shopping list not only helps me to reduce cost. But it also helps me to know what I am going to the store for to get.. But it also helps to keep me organized & helps to prevent me from being at the grocery store much longer then I may have wanted to be. In conclusion.. I do make a shopping list each time I decide to go shopping. I find it is a smart thing to do.. As I believe if you don't have a shopping list you may end up forgetting what it is that you we're going to the store for. But also it may end up making you spend more money. Along with forgetting the ingredients you may need to make the specific dishes you had planned on making. I don't think I will ever stop making shopping lists before I go shopping each time.. I find it very beneficial to take as well as make a shopping list for me each time I decide to go shopping for groceries, among other things! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
• United States
19 Mar 07
I use a list. The right side of my list is for non-edible things like toilet paper and diapers and the left side is for food items. Though I do make a list, if I find a super good sale, I add those items too.
@netski_15 (423)
• Philippines
18 Mar 07
For me yes, I do make a shopping list specially when doing the grocery. It's not time consuming. I am able to buy all the things needed without missing anything. And it makes me stick to my budget.
• Philippines
18 Mar 07
yes i make a list but a lot of times i don't follow whats written in it especially if i find something new. i always hear a lot of people say to do your grocery list before going to the grocery or don't go to the grocery with your stomach empty because you'll just be tempted to buy more. well, maybe they're right maybe they're not it all depends on us...self control is the key. :)
@alexsis (2149)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I always make a list, but I never stick to it. I was end up buying things that are not on the list.
• Philippines
18 Mar 07
Yes. I have a shopping list in my Pda, contains everything I needed and arranged per section :D just in case I'm tempted to add in a few bars of chocolate ;-) All others (that somehow got i the cart ) not in the list are discarded near the checkout.