Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: Grocery Shopping Tips to Stay on Task

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Whenever I go grocery shopping, I get overwhelmed and always end up spending more money than I intended. Do you have any tips to help me stay focused and keep things organized while shopping?

Grocery shopping tips

Whether you love it or hate it, grocery shopping is one of those things that you can’t avoid…well, at least if you want to eat you that is. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to keep things organized and help stay “on task” during your shopping trips.

Set a Budget

Every family should have a working grocery budget. If you don’t have one then that should be the first thing on your to-do list. To determine your grocery budget, keep track of receipts on shopping trips over the course of a month. Tally those receipts and determine if your monthly spending is in line with what you can afford.

Depending on what the monthly figure is, you may need to do some adjusting. Divide that monthly figure by the number of shopping trips you take a month (depending on how often you shop) and determine your grocery budget.

During shopping trips, keep a running tab of the amount of money that is being spent by calculating as you shop. Some grocery stores even make it easy for shoppers by having built-in calculators on shopping carts and others offer their own scanning devices for consumers.

If your grocery store does not offer these conveniences, you can always keep a running tally in your head or use the a calculator on any mobile device. Setting a grocery budget is like your life vest when going grocery shopping. The only way it will work is if you use it.

Make a List

Grocery budgets and grocery lists go hand-in-hand. Think of your grocery list as your plan. Just like an architect has to draft a “plan” before he/she can design something stellar for a builder, you should have a plan if you want your grocery shopping to be successful. The items included on that list should not only based on your family’s likes and needs, but it should be based on the meals that you plan to make.

Organize Your Coupons

Now, I am not sure if you use coupons but since you did mention, “spending more than you intended”, I would like to address this here. It is imperative that you keep your coupons organized. It just keeps things simple and your savings ready and available for use. Think about it, how motivated would you be to use coupons to save on your groceries if you had to search for them every time you needed to use them?

You can easily make a coupon organizer at home with just a few simple tools.

These are just a few simple tips that you can start using today that will have a big impact on your next shopping trip.

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Lisa is a pharmacist turned fine living writer & founder of The Domestic Life Stylist, following her passion for all things food, family and travel. You can read more of her grocery shopping tips to learn effective shopping strategies and follow along for more lifestyle and fine living tips.


  1. says

    I am so bad at using lists! I always make a list when going to the grocery store, but I often leave it in the car! LOL I am usually able to remember most of the list, but sometimes, one or two things get forgotten!

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