Shopping List Day 8 Money Saving March Challenge 1

The Benefits of Making a Shopping List

It’s Day 8 of the Money Saving March challenge, and today’s task is to make a shopping list if you plan on shopping. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people go into a store without a plan and end up impulse buying things they don’t need. By taking the time to make a list before you go shopping, you can avoid this pitfall and save yourself money, time, and even stress in the long run. Here are a few benefits of making a shopping list that will help you reduce daily expenses.


Saves You Money

One of the most obvious benefits of making a shopping list is that it can help you save money. When you have a list, you are less likely to impulsively buy things you don’t need. This is especially true if you only buy the items on your list while you’re in the store. If you find yourself getting tempted by something that’s not on your list, ask yourself if it’s truly something that you need. More often than not, the answer will be no, and you’ll be able to save yourself some money.

Saves You Time

Another benefit of making a shopping list is that it can help you save time. When you know exactly what you need to buy, you can quickly get in and out of the store without wandering around aimlessly looking for things. This is especially helpful if you’re short on time or if you’re trying to avoid crowds during peak hours. Of course, there’s always the chance that you’ll forget something even with a list, but making one will still help cut down on your overall shopping time.

Reduces Stress

Finally, making a shopping list can also help reduce stress. Having a plan before you go into a store can help prevent decision fatigue and make the whole experience less overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re going into a large store with many different items for sale. By knowing what you need before you go in, you can focus on finding those specific items and avoid feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices.

How to Create a Shopping List

Now that we see some of the benefits of creating a shopping list to help save money, it’s time to make your shopping list. As a big fan of ClickUp for managing my projects, my credit cards, and everything in between, I also use it to manage my shopping needs. Sometimes I’ll add a few items to my daily To-Do list as sub-tasks under shopping. Or I might make a quick note and list what I need. Either way, ClickUp is a perfect solution if you want access to a shopping list, whether you are home at your computer or out shopping with your cell phone in hand.

And yes, having a shopping list is also beneficial while shopping online too! For me, Amazon comes to mind when getting me to buy more than I was initially planning. I might go on there to buy some razors and end up with a new camera lens, no joke lol 😭 So now I either get in and get out, or I have a shopping list on ClickUp, as mentioned above.

The first step is to take inventory of what you already have at home, so you don’t buy duplicates. Next, consider the meals you plan to make and the required ingredients. Categorize your list by grouping similar items together, such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meats. Consider the quantities you need for each item and write them on your list. To avoid impulse buying, stick to your list. Finally, review your list before leaving the house or logging into Amazon to ensure you haven’t missed anything essential. By following these steps, you can create a comprehensive shopping list that will help you save time and money.

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Get Saving with a Shopping List

As you can see, there are many benefits to making a shopping list before you start your shopping. So the next time you plan on shopping, take the time to sit down and make a list of everything you need. You may find that it saves you more money, time, and stress than you ever thought possible! And you will especially save money if your shopping list falls within your spending plan, which we covered on Day 1. So get your budget, understand your income and necessities, and then create your shopping list using our tips above to get saving!

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