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6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List Introduction
6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List. Do you go shopping with a grocery list? Or do you just sort of wing it and pray for the best?
How many times have you purchased unnecessary items and completely forgotten the necessary ones? Probably more times than you’d like to admit. I get it because I’ve done it more than enough times myself.
Having a grocery list is amazing and essential for so many reasons! Here are my 6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List.
6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List
Having a grocery list can save you money! Yes, it can reduce your food expenses by more than you realize. With inflation what it is these days, saving money is absolutely a necessity.
Having a grocery list will help sway you from buying unhealthy, impulsive, and out of budget food items. If you stick to your list, I can assure you that you will be saving money.
When I leave the house without a list, I have a tendency to wander the store and see things I definitely do not need! Then I buy it on impulse, and by the time I’m done, I’m at least one hundred dollars over budget and have nothing to show for it besides unhealthy snacks that my inner fat kid told me I needed. Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. No judgment here because I totally get it.
Saves Time and Energy
When you make a list, take it with you, and stick to it, you save a lot of time and energy. If you’ve ever forgotten something at the back of the store when you’ve already been through the entire store, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When you are pressed for time, this is the absolute worst.
If you know where things are in your specific grocery store, you can tailor your list to match that. If aisle one is the produce section, start with produce on your list, and keep going from there. That will save you a ton of time.
I’ve gone into a store, shopped, and purchased two shopping bags worth of groceries in a mere seven minutes. Yes, seven minutes! I had places to be, and normally I don’t shop that fast, but the point is that it really does save a ton of time and energy when you know your store, you have a plan and a list, and you stick to it.
When you write things down, you are memorizing the list as you make it. Then repeating that as you go through your shopping. Repeating information is the best way to remember it!
This will help to exercise your brain and improve your memory for many other aspects of your life besides memorizing a shopping list. This really is just a side benefit, and I love that.
I know life gets busy for all of us, and there are days I feel like I’d forget my own name without my drivers license. So anything that will help my memory without even trying is a total win for me!
Stay in Shape
Who knew that making a grocery list would help you stay in better shape?! But it certainly does.
When we make a shopping list ahead of time, we usually make healthier choices instead of being tempted by soda, chocolate, and potato chips.
This also means that because using a grocery list saves you time, you’ll be in and out of the store more quickly, and will have less time to be distracted by things you don’t need and aren’t healthy for you.
Less Mental Stress
Lists are one of the most perfect ways to make a task seem simple and manageable. Our brains process what to do with a list and that reduces stress, because it is clear that the task has manageable steps to take.
This is another reason why making your list match the layout of the store is such a good idea. You can shop in a stress free way, just following the aisles and your list in order. That always feels relaxing to me when I go through and almost run into things because I have it planned out so well.
I don’t know about you, but I am all for reducing my mental stress!
I love, love, love making and developing new recipes. My ideas are far bigger than my available time! I have to break it down into a manageable number of recipes I can develop in a week.
Otherwise not only will I overspend, but I end up with a ton of food waste because I didn’t have time to use everything before it spoiled.
My refrigerator eats things when it gets too full and I forget they are there until whatever it was has turned into a science experiment and I know not to breathe in too deeply or even try to figure out what it started out as when I bought it.
When you have a realistic plan of what you need versus what you want, you can reduce not only your expenses, but your food waste by a landslide.
6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List Notes
Making a grocery list seems so simple and mundane. Like you know you’re supposed to do it, but does it really make that much of a difference? I was actually really amazed at how much of a difference it really does make.
It saves so much time, energy, and stress. Which I think we all need to save ourselves more of in our daily lives! Life is crazy enough without blowing out your budget and having a bunch of food wasted and added stress.
One of my favorite things to do is once a week my husband and I sit down and make a shopping list together, as we decide what recipes we want to develop throughout the week. We also write down a rotating/changing list of what we have made or need to remake to perfect, and then cross off things we finished and I published the recipes for. Making these lists makes me feel so much more prepared for the week ahead. I also love planning out meals with him because that means time together.
Having a list makes grocery shopping much easier.
6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List Discussion
Have you found these 6 Great Reasons to Make a Grocery List to be helpful? Do you make a grocery list already, or is this something you need to start doing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!