Just as many people say you should never go shopping on an empty stomach, you shouldn’t head into a grocery store without a shopping list. If you walk into a grocery store and just buy anything that catches your eye, you are never going to have the chance to actually save money. To get yourself the best deals, you need to go into a store with a goal in mind. Take your shopping list in hand, get the items you need, and get out before you get distracted by clever advertising and store design meant to trick you into buying items you actually do not need for you and your family.

When you are designing your shopping list, keep functionality in mind. You want to move through the store efficiently so that you can get in there, get what you need, and get out before you end up spending money on items you do not need. Part of being frugal is waging psychological warfare against the marketing companies that are trying to trick you out of your money. They want you to hand your money over to stores, their clients.

So, how do you go about setting up a shopping list designed to be efficient with your money? It is actually very simple. All you need to do is make your shopping list minimal. Rather than go in there with a lengthy list that is going to take you on a tour of every single aisle, break your shopping down into business card-sized lists printed by Vistaprint. With these simple cards in hand, hopefully organized by store section and in the order you peruse the store in, you will be able to stay focused on the task at hand. Any time that your eye begins to wander, simple draw your attention back to the card in your hand. You won’t have a long list that is so long you lose yourself in the different possibilities, either. By keeping the list short, you remind yourself of why you are truly at the store. Keep it simple and you will be able to get in and out of the store in a timely manner, and avoid spending money needlessly.