A few years ago I decided there had to be a better way to go grocery shopping. I was tiered of trying to read a scribbled scrap of paper and walking from one end of the store to the other only to realize that I had to go back to the begininning because I forgot something. So, I took matters into my own hands.
I made a grocery shopping list. I organized it based on the store I shopped at most. Each section is broken out by isle or catagory. I filled in the list with the items I buy most.
I also made a section for listing out the dinners I planned to have that week.
Now when I am getting ready to go to the grocery store I first grab a highlighter and mark all of the items I need to purchase for each of the planned meals. Then I read each of the items on the list and they trigger my memory as to if I need to pick them up and give them a highlight too.
These days the grocery store is a breeze, seriously. I start at one end, cross off my list and I don’t forget stuff anymore.
For the Frugal…I used to be a mad crazy coupon lady. BUT, it drove me to the looney bin. It took soooo much time, cutting, and the guilt! If I purchased something without a coupon, forgot a coupon or missed out on a good deal, I felt like I let myself down. Way too much drama for this mama (hehe). That’s when I learned about Walmart’s price match even on groceries. Wow, now that I can do (I hope you have a mega Walmart with groceries too)!
I made up another section for the side of my shopping list. This is how I work this deal. I gather all of my grocery ads, especially the Spanish markets! After I have reviewed each one (well mainly just the front page where the best deals are) I write down the item, price and store the price is matching.
I shop with my list from above and hunt for a good checkout line. You know the one where the checker is moving fast and seems to know what they are doing. In my area the 2 closest Walmart’s have signs on a few of the checkouts specially made for coupons and price matching. These are the best lines to choose because the checkers get it. They usually have the prices memorized and I’ve even had them suggest a better price on items.
Now for the checking out. Start by laying down all of your NON price match items. Then put down a divider bar. Then lay down all of your price matches. Let the checker ring up the regular items while you grab your list. Let them know the divider is where the price matches begin. Then, as each item goes to the scanner, tell the checker your price. They don’t care where you are price matching, just that you know the correct price. If you can, get the price worked out per item (ie. 3lbs of white onions for $0.99 could be broken down to $0.33/lb).
It is really that simple. I used to make it more complicated by showing them the ads and where the prices were for each item and they asked me NOT to do it that way! I love price matching now.
Download my list below and print off a few copies so you are ready each week!
So get out there, shop with peace and confidence and get yourself a great deal!
And, if you are still on the coupon wagon, click the link below for great deals (note: my Walmart has double coupons on Tues, check your local store for more great deals).
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