Three Steps to Organize Food Shopping
By The Organized Dream on April 07, 2014
Hey! Welcome back! Today is the day that I make my food shopping list and I've devised a way to make it as stress-free tolerable as possible. For a long time now, I've been utilizing this routine to make the dredded food shopping experience...well, a little less dreadful. My post today is all about that and I've broken it down into steps.
Those steps are simple.
1. Start with couponing. I can easily save $40 or more per shopping trip if I cut, categorize and inventory my coupons before hand. I gather my coupon booklets like the one pictured below. My grocery company sends me additional coupon booklets for their particular store for even more savings. Not all places do this though. I take full advantage. :) You can go to your coupon websites and print them from the websites if you prefer. This works well if you want to buy multiples of something. Coupon doubling!! I don't do extreme couponing. It's too time consuming for me, but printing out additional coupons will help you save more and there's nothing wrong with that, right?
Quick Tip: The key is to use your coupons along with your grocer's sales, not to use your coupons because you have them. The ultimate savings from your coupons come from using them with sales.
I put my coupons in piles according to the way I have them organized. For instance, I have a section labelled "Snack, Breakfast, Frozen" so I put those coupons in a group so they are easy to file away, but they are also visible to make a mental note when I'm looking at my grocer's flier.
Here is a look at my coupon holder for you to see my organizing state of mind. There are actual coupon holders labelled already for you. I had one made of paper and it didn't hold up to my abuse. Lol. So, this plastic filing folder works perfect for me and I can group and organize my coupons my way. There are four compartments labelled for my grocery coupons. In this particular file folder, there is an extra space in the back and I use that for my department store coupons like Bed Bath and Beyond along with other coupons for restaurants etc.
2. Gather what you need. Now that we have the couponing out of the way, it's time to get all of your other supplies like the obvious listed below. I like to review my flier a couple of times to just glance over what's on sale so I know what I'm going to be buying and the sales I can take advantage of with my coupons. When I see something on sale that I have a coupon for, I immediately go to my coupon file folder and get it out. Once I am done, I'll have a pile. I then look over the list on my fridge of things I wrote down throughout the week(s) and see if I have any coupons for those.
( I love this pen! )
3. Write your list by aisle!The best way, above all, that helps me keep my sanity while food shopping is to write out my list according to where I start in the store and where I end. I usually start in the produce aisle so I begin writing my list with vegetables and fruits, then the deli and continue writing my list by aisle. It helps to know where things are located in your grocery store so there is little to no backtracking. The picture below is my final list I will take with me to the store.
Quick Tip: Along with the list and the pile of coupons I plan on using, I also take the flier so if there is something I plan on buying that doesn't show a sale, I have the flier to make sure it's the right item I want. I take my coupon filer with me to keep in my purse in case of those surprise purchases I didn't plan. I've been in the store a few times where I go to buy something and kick myself in the butt for not having my coupons with me to save even more.
I hope this helps you shop organized and happy while doing the one shopping we all (for the most part) hate. :D Thanks for joining me!
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