Making a list is crucial to a successful trip to the grocery store. Using one lets you think about what you need or don’t need–and helps guide you out of autopilot. Without a list, it’s easy to add things to your cart that you don’t really need (which can be costly) or leave off things that you do.
When you’re making a list, divide your ingredients into sections (produce, dairy, etc.) as they would be presented in the grocery store. Not only will you be a more efficient shopper, but you can avoid temptation by not passing the chips and soda aisle a hundred times during your quest to eat healthfully.