Whether we are on a budget or not, most of us like to save money rather than spend it. My budget shudders when my husband has to do the small amount of shopping we need every now and again. The shopping cart or basket for some reason seems to attract things that are not on the list!
So, how do we stay in budget? One answer is don't let the husband do it!
Meal planning is a good start, this featured in a earlier blog, it really helps the purse strings. It is also crucial to write a proper list, go through the kitchen and write down exactly what is needed, nothing more and nothing less. This way you can ensure that you will not forget anything and that those cost adding not needed extra items will not find their way home with you. You will no doubt know your shopping place well, I can run in go exactly where I need to go, grab what I need and run out, paying first of course! You get what I mean.
New shopping venues are the bane of life when it comes to budget shopping, you will always spend to much time looking and then the trouble starts, you spend way to much money in these situations.
A list is essential, but just as important is too never go shopping before eating. This is one of the worst things you can do, hungry rumbling tummies rule the grocery shop.
So, grab you list, eat before you go and happy shopping.
Further tips on this subject to come in later blogs :)