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31 Days and 31 One Ways to Save Money: Day 1- The Shopping List

May 1, 2011

Do you want to save money? Would you like the cents to stay in your bank account?

This month here at Common Cents Mom I am doing a special series. Over the next 31 days I will be giving you 31 ways to save that if you implement will leave one with money at the end of the month.

Day 1- The Shopping List

When you go to shop do you go with a list and a budget?If you are going grocery shopping or to the mall, you need a reason to be there otherwise it is mere entertainment and you are wasting money? Have you ever bought something that goes unworn or goes bad before you eat it? I have. Think that was money you basically wasted.

Each time you go to shop have a list. It is that simple.

When you are buying whether you are planning a birthday party, Eid dinner, or simply stocking up on summer clothes know what you need and shop with a list. When you are at the stores stick to your list. Don’t get distracted by that sales item you see. If it is not on the list, don’t buy it. Buy shopping with a list you are shopping with intent.

When it comes to grocery shopping, here too by planning your menu and what you want to cook for the week you can save. Tomorrow I will take a look at Menu planning as part of my Menu Monday. There are great lists out there that are simple and easy to use. I really like the one at It is an extensive list of everything you might need.

Now my rule of thumb when I shop boils down to 2 questions:

1. What is my purpose?

2. Where is my list?

By taking the list I stay on track and it is easier to on track with my budget.

Do you shop with a list? Will you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim Richards permalink
    May 2, 2011 11:47 am

    I do use a list – BUT I also stock up on sales items I find that I will use – even if they are not on my list because chances are good through the rest of the month I’ll end up needing that item that was on sale last week! LOL Always happens to me!

  2. Hollie permalink*
    May 2, 2011 2:42 pm

    Kim, thanks for the comment. Part of making my list is taking a look at the sales flyers, to see if a good sale might help me to stock up over the next 6-8 wks when I know I will find that item on sale again.

  3. Rebeka permalink
    May 4, 2011 4:03 pm

    I try to always use a shopping list, too, especially for groceries, but also when I head to a dollar store or a mall. Not just because they save me money, but because they save me extra trips so I don’t have to turn around and go back for an essential ingredient for that evening’s dinner.

    Shopping lists also give me a good idea of how many and what types of my own bags to bring so I don’t have to pay for plastic ones and so everything is easy to manage on the way home. Backpack, wheelie bag, and totes are all good for different types of things — I don’t want to carry frozen foods on my back, or big heavy cans and jars in a tote banging my shin, or crushables like eggs and soft bread in my tilting wheelie bag over curbs and uneven sidewalks.

    I’m almost always surprised at how few other grocery shoppers seem to use lists!

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