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Why You Should Always Grocery Shop With a List

Updated on January 11, 2016

Have you ever gone grocery shopping for just a few items, and ended Up bringing home several bags full? It happens to a lot of people, and here's why.

Grocery stores are scientifically designed to get you to spend as much money as possible. Seriously. There are marketing experts whose only job is to arrange the groceries in the store so you'll spend more money than you meant to.

This includes having tasty groceries on the end of each aisle and putting impulse buy items in the checkout lanes. It also includes piping the delicious smell of cooking foods from the bakery and deli into the store, so you'll be hungry and buy more food.

The supermarkets have statistics working on their side. They have stacks of data that show them what store arrangement will result in the most profit. They send you coupons in the mail to entice you to buy foods that you don't need. They are playing to win...and winning means sucking money out of your wallet. So what can you do about it?

The best and easiest way to beat them at their own game is to only shop with a shopping list. This means deciding before you go into the store exactly what you're going to buy. Then, you only buy what is on your shopping list.

Even if something is on sale, if you didn't need it badly enough to put it on the grocery shopping list, then you don't need it enough to buy it. If you decide that it's something you really need, then put it on a list to get the next time you go shopping.

At first, this will take a little discipline. But after a while, it gets to be almost like a game. How long can you go without buying something that's not on your shopping list?

Shopping with the grocery list is the first and most powerful step to saving more money on groceries. Savvy shoppers always use a shopping list.

Once you've mastered shopping with a grocery list, you may decide to use other techniques to save even more money on groceries. These can include coupons, or a little-known grocery shopping secret called the grocery price book.

Shopping with coupons can take more time than some people are willing to spend. But it does result in lots of savings if done correctly.

The grocery price book doesn't take much time at all, and can save you $180 or more per month with not much effort.

Your Whole Foods Grocery Shopping List

A healthy eating plan starts at the grocery store, if you buy foods that are beneficial to your health then you will be more likely to stay on track with your eating plan. This article is going to talk about the different types of foods that you should be adding to your grocery shopping cart.

Start your shopping trip in the produce section. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get high levels of nutrition, and they also contain high amounts of fiber which is needed for a healthy digestive system. When you are in this section of the grocery store, choose fruits and veggies that are dark in color because they contain higher levels of nutrition and antioxidants.

Next, add some beans and legumes to your shopping cart. You can purchase them dry, or in a can. Remember that dry beans are usually more healthy than the canned beans, because the cans often contain sugars and extra sodium. Beans and legumes are a great way to get a healthy source of protein and they also contain fiber.

You will also want to purchase some whole grains. There are many "grain" foods available that are not good for your health, so make sure that the items that you are buying contain whole grains. Or better yet, buy the whole grain ingredients and make the baked goods yourself.

Nuts and seeds are another great food to buy, these foods are high in nutrition and they are also a healthy source of fat. Make sure that you purchase raw nuts when possible, and avoid the nuts that have added oils and salt.

And last but not least, you will need some good fats to round of your grocery shopping cart. Choose oils that are labeled "extra virgin" or "cold pressed" because this means that are unrefined and so they are better for your health.

Following these guidelines will help you to improve your health through your eating habits. You will be amazed to see all of the positive health changes that come from following a healthy eating plan.

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