Grocery Lists Save Money and Time

April 27, 2011

Paula Rizzo,

Every Sunday my husband and I go grocery shopping.  We don’t even think about going without a list so we can get in and out of the store as quickly as possible.

Every week we have these same staples on our list:

1.    Milk
2.    Bread
3.    English Muffins
4.    Strawberries
5.    Bananas
6.    Blueberries
7.    Raspberries
8.    Salad
9.    Cranberry juice
10.    Tomatoes

Every week without fail – these foods make the list.  So why do we write them down?  So we don’t have to remember to remember them.  It’s a no-brainer.  If you go grocery shopping without a plan – you will definitely spend more time and money there.

I know you’ve all done it.  Grabbed an avocado because it looked good and then you let it sit and go bad on your kitchen counter.  What a waste of money!  (And an avocado – one of my favorites!) Having a list will keep you on track as you navigate through the aisles.

If you’re not a natural-born list producer like me – here are some tips:

1.     Make a list over several days.  Throughout the week my husband and I add to the grocery list as we run out of items or remember things we need.  It helps to do it immediately as you realize you need something – so you don’t forget.

2.    Leave your list in the same place.  I leave my grocery list in a drawer in my kitchen.  That way I always know where to find it when I need to update it. I’ve also found that if I like the paper I’m writing on – I’m more likely to use it!  I’m also a stationary freak…so this might be just a “me” thing.  If it applies to you also – great!

3.    Plan out meals before you go shopping.  Before we walk to our local grocery store (we live in NYC – hence the walking) we talk about what meals we might want to make for the week.  Then we add the items we need for those dishes to our list.  That way we cut down on the aimless walking through the aisles and wasting money on food we won’t eat.

Paula Rizzo is the Senior Health Producer for and founder of  She’s an Emmy Award winner and attributes much of her success to her compulsive list making.  She makes a list about just about anything and started to help others become more organized, focused and efficient while being less stressed.  Follow Paula on Twitter.

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