I'm really more of "all of the above" though. I do make a list, and I do stick to it, but if I see something I'll need in the future is on sale, I'll get it even if it's not on the list. I'll also pick up fresh vegetables and fruits that aren't on my list if they look good and if they're something I'll use right away.
These 4 questions r way to general. What's the point of it? Imake a list, often mental and then shop as many sale products as possible. But include all standard veges, dairy (still shop sales) & breads. Never buy snacks, cereals, drinks @ full price.
I make a list and stick to it, but my list is based on what is on sale.
Your options didn't quite capture my food shopping style. I keep a list of things I need -- but I am most creative when I shop for the best seasonal items and things that catch my eye. Today I bought a a marked-down bag of feiojas at the market. Even the produce manager admitted he had no idea what they were. I've since learned it is native to NZ and tastes a bit like guava. Considering I got a bagful for $1, I'd say it was a smart if spontaneous buy. We also enjoy shopping at farmer's markets that feature local, sustainable products. We like the idea of both supporting local gowers and enjoying the high quality good ttheir hard work brings to our table.
I have favorite food stores,one of which I visit once a month and buy all of the bulk food I will need that month such as oatmeal, flour, rice, dried herbs and spices, tea, nuts dried fruits and seeds as well as fresh produce and what ever sale items they are offering that I use. Also a wonderful selection of artisan breads and cheeses.
My very local supermarket supplies me with more bread and dairy products, fish and meat, pet food, paper and cleaning products, fresh fruit.
A CSA membership supplies me with farm fresh produce eggs and goat milk from mid May thru November. I also pick fruit at local farms and orchards.
I HAVEN'T ADDED THE COST OF ALL THIS, however I eat great food and feel very healthy.
Eating Well magazine is my favorite source of recipes.
I make a lisst and I stick to it. I am a 64 year young mother and grandmother. I have two of my four grandchildren living with me. They are two lively, beautiful girls, fifteen and thirteen. They have different tastes, so I have to stick to my list. The youngest has allergies and I have to pay attention to that. I have had a change of appetite since I have gotten (younger, smile), I don`t eat as much. I have custody of these wonderful girls so I have to be careful economy-wise and types of foods we purchase. Thank you for including me in the poll.
I make a list, but also check what's on sale. I am selective about my coupons, because they are generally for highly processed or items I wouldn't normally buy. And I get a splurge item about once a month!
To save time and money, I only go to the store every two weeks. I also clip coupons for items I need, not for things I don't. I plan my two weeks worth of meals ahead and make a list. I have a mental map of my grocery store so I put my coupons in order of the store so I am not wasting time running up and down aisles. If there are great in-store coupons being offered on things I would normally buy, I will go ahead and use them. All in all my grocery bill is only about $420 per month for a family of four.
I rarely buy food for the house. I have several very good restaurants near work and really only eat breakfast food at home; milk, eggs, bread, cereal is about it.
where's the "all of the above" option?
I also make a list and stick to it, listing needed items plus what is on sale. Once in a while something will be added into my cart that isn't on my list and once in a while splurges are fine with me. With careful couponing, sticking to my list, and watching sales cycles, I have gotten my grocery bill for a family of 4 an average of $85/weekly which is a lot better than it was when I didn't use coupons and watch sales and I still buy enough that none of us feel "deprived" of anything.
I find shopping on a full stomach deters you from buying too much, I'm more likely to stick to the list if 'i'm chock full of food. Mind you It does'nt stop me from going mad in the beauty aisle. So I by pass that one totally if I'm having a 'poor' week.
How do you know what to buy until you get to the store?
I try to stick to the outer aisles of the grocery store. When I do shop the inner aisles, I look for products with 5 or less ingredients listed on the label. I no longer buy things like poptarts, granola bars and "fake food" manufactured products. I do allow the occasional violation of this, particularly with I pick up a new cereal or cracker.
I can do most of the regular shopping quickly when I stay away for the "prefab" food substances.
The challenge comes when you are really pressed for time and need to add a convenience product to your shopping cart. Rarely do they come will a short list of ingredients. (examples: canned soups or pre- flavored rice)
I always shop with a list, but if I find something I like on sale I will revise that list. I shop for a month of groceries at a time. I live on Social Security and a small state pension which limits my food budget. So needless to say I shop with extreme care!
I also will stray from my list, but I always have a list.
I stick to my list, but if something we like is on sale, I add it, if what I have on my list doesn't look good, I substitute something that does.
I make a list but quite often come across incidentals that I forgot to put on it. I also buy sales for things that I use regularly even if I don't need them NOW because I know that I'll use them at some point.
What if all four apply? I make a list every week, based on meals that I've planned (a)—but I check the sales circular before I make my list (b), planning as many meals as possible around sale items and also stocking up on staples that are on sale. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that a few items will jump into my cart that just plain look good (c). And sometimes I run out of items unexpectedly, find that I'm missing an ingredient that I thought I had on hand, or have to replenish some fresh items, necessitating a stop on the way home (d).
I make a list and USUALLY stick to it, however, there are those few items that you did not know you needed until you get to the store, I usually get those
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