I love lists! I make lists for everything, from to do lists, to bucket lists, to what to watch on TV lists. But where my finances are concerned I like my shopping lists best. I rarely go shopping without a list. Why? Because shopping lists save you time, money, and stress.
Shopping lists save money. I consider making a shopping list kind of like shopping from home. You take a look around and decide what you need. You can make your shopping decisions without the glitz and glamour of the store. There is no wandering around the store to see if there is anything else you need. You won’t see that shiny object calling your name. “ohh, look at that! How have I lived so long with it?” I know when I wander a store out of boredom they can usually sell me something I don’t need. It often has to do with holiday decorations, especially at Halloween time. I love Halloween decorations!!
Not only do shopping lists help you curb impulse purchases, they help you say no to your kid’s cries for items too. “Yes, dear, I know you want that Lego set but it’s not on the list.”
Shopping lists save time. When you make a list you are sure to get everything you need. You dont’ get home and realize you forgot eggs and then have to make another trip. And of course, again, be exposed to all the shiny things! They help you reduce after the fact shopping trips and they actually help stop before the fact shopping lists too. No need to run to Target because you need one thing. Might as well wait til you need a few things. You won’t forget what you need since you wrote it down… on your list.
Shopping lists save stress. I don’t know about you, but lack of time and money are high up on my list of things that cause me stress. (I don’t actually have a list of things that cause me stress, but maybe I should!) Since using shopping lists save me both time and money, they also reduce my stress. When I write something down I no longer feel the need to remember it. It’s one less thing rattling around in my brain. That leaves me room to concentrate on more important things.
Do you keep lists? Do you love them as much as me? Which is your favorite? Am I crazy? (Yes)