Grocery shopping can be a little bit of a nightmare, especially if you are shopping without a list. Do you use a shopping list when grocery shopping? If you do, do you find yourself buying other things that are not on the list?
I try to keep to budget, and when I don't shop with a list I generally forget half the stuff and buy stuff on impulse. The - eat before you shop - sometimes helps. When I shop with a list, I can keep within the budget 99% of the time. Other times, when I fall to weakness and buys something for the kids! ;)
When we do our main shop we always take a shopping list. There are things that we always get that we never put on the list though - like crisps, chocolate, fish, and prawns. My dad is also notorious for buying lots of cheap meat that is on offer . It annoys the heck out of my mum because she then needs to find a place for it in the freezer, when there isn't any.
On smaller shops we don't make a list because know the things that we are going for specifically for. We always end up getting a lot more than intended though.
Occasionally we end up not get getting things that were on the list too. I sometimes miss them by mistake, forget, or can't read my mum's handwriting!
Yes, I have 3 kids under 6 to take with me. If I didn't have a list I'd never remember to get the things I need in between all the "no, we can't have that because there's too much sugar in it" type statements I have to make. I wish Woolies had a childminding service like IKEA does!
I use a shopping list. I find it makes the trip much faster as I just look at the list and don't have to stop to think what I need. I tend to write it out in sections, grouping items together which are in the same area of the shop so that I don't have to criss cross about.
Always. Otherwise I forget half the things I need and buy things I don't need instead. That means I have to make multiple trips to the grocer, and I cannot be bothered for that. Other times I just shop online.
I always do my shopping list at one of the online stores as then I cannot lose the list and it is so easy to add things.
Sometimes I buy online and even though this is more expensive, it works out cheaper for me in the long run, as I am an impulsive spender!