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					Smart Grocery Shopping Strategies
Grocery shopping is a chore most of us dread. It can be especially
frustrating once you get home and realize you forgot to get an item or
you neglected to give the clerk your coupon for that great buy one get
one for free deal. You organize every other aspect of your life, so focus
that organizational discipline towards your grocery shopping efforts as
well.
Start by planning your shopping trips. In order to make a list of what
you'll need for meals that week, you'll also need to get into the habit
of planning your meals out each week. Choose a day of the week to do
your shopping and stick to it. If you do your grocery shopping on
Wednesdays when the ads break, be sure your menu planning is completed on
Tuesday. Once you've completed your menu, you can construct your
shopping list.
It's also important to take a current inventory of your pantry and
cupboards, and add any staples that are running low. It's easy to forget
that you used the last can of mushroom soup in that new recipe you tried,
so make sure you have a couple of other cans on hand when you make it
again.
Keep a shopping list posted to your bulletin board or refrigerator, and
be sure each family member knows where it is located. That way they can
easily add an item to the list that is almost gone or request a favorite
item on the next trip.
There are printable grocery shopping lists on the internet, but you might
want to consider devising one of your own and saving it on your computer
so it can easily be printed each week. Leave room on your list to flag
yourself about which items are listed for sale and which ones you have
coupons for. Make sure your coupons are organized and in order and that
you have a copy of the current ad in case there are any discrepancies
once you get there. Come armed with calculator in hand to avoid
suffering from sticker shock at the checkout register.

				
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