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Grocery and supply shopping can be a real bear.  Yuck, yuck, yuck!  Here are some easy tools to make shopping a better experience!  Also, make sure to email me with a request for one of my shopping lists!

 1. Do not go when you are hungry!  We all know this, but REALLY do not go!  

2. Consider wine time and then reconsider.   My local market has Friday night wine tasting.  Once I accidentally met up with a friend there and we did a full tasting before we even put anything in our carts.  Do you think that was a good idea?  I had a great time shopping, all giggly, etc.  But couldn't seem to remember one aisle to the next what I was doing.  It will definitely make your shopping a pleasure, but not sure what you will end up coming home with.

3. Make a list.  Seriously, you need a list.  Use mine and you can tailor it to your wishes.  Keep it in the kitchen and circle what you need as you go.  This will make all the difference.

4. Supply Check.   Speaking of which, do a supply check before you leave the house.  Go room to room and check for what you might need.  If you are really organized, have a mini-list in each room of what is needed that you write as you go.  

5. Time Trick.   Purposefully go and sandwich yourself between two activities.  It will force you to keep yourself moving and prevent too many unwanted purchases.  Remember, often more time spent in a store can equal more money spent!  Caveat:  I do not mean racing around like a maniac.  That is not the answer either.  But try and keep it moving.  It will help.

6. Campaign for help.   I really don't like bringing in all those bags.  Ugh.  I try and time it so I can have kids or my husband around when I come home.  Let someone help, right?

7. Use canvas bags.  Those bags they sell are really great.  They can be washed and they hold more groceries than those flimsy plastic bags.  Try them.  They are worth the price.

8. Aisle Avoidance.  If there is an aisle you don't need to walk down, THEN DON'T!  Save yourself the temptation of an impulse buy.  If you are working with a list, you will know which aisles you need without going down them first.

Email me or go to my website’s contact page at www.simplyputtogether.com and ask for my FREE Shopping Chart.  Why not?  

Have fun and remember to keep it simple!!



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