Supermarkets have lots of tricks to get you to spend more money. One way to fight back is to go armed with a list organised according to the layout of the store, so you know what to get, where to get it, and when to move on.
Whether you use an electronic or paper list, one that’s organised by the layout of the store will keep you on task and focused on what you need to get while you’re there.
Take it up a notch and make your layout-based list a template in Word or Google Docs that you can fill in, print and take to the store with you. That way you don’t have to build the list every week, and you get the benefit of making focused, mindful shopping a habit, as The Kitchn suggests:
I created this list in Word years ago and have been updating it as needed ever since . . . We rarely forget anything or have to double back while shopping, which saves a lot of time, not to mention our sanity. (If you’ve ever shopped at a packed Trader Joe’s on a Sunday afternoon, you understand.)
I print out several copies of the template at once and keep one stuck to the fridge with a pen or pencil nearby, so we can check off items as we run out. The only annoyance is when the store reorganises their aisles and I have to move things around within the template, but this doesn’t happen very often.
The goal is to have a shopping list that’s arranged by the way you move through the store, and that can be quickly emptied and refilled with the things you need. Hit the link below to read more.