Shopping list

The importance of a shopping list

We all love to shop. Some of us are shopaholics while some are not, but we all buy things we don’t need from time to time. Although it is not always possible to make a shopping list every time we go shopping, it is a good idea to make a grocery list before entering a grocery store or a kitchen market. Why? You will find out in a moment.

saves money

No one is asking you to be stingy, but unnecessary spending does you and your family no good. If you stick to the shopping list when shopping, you can control your impulse buying behavior. When we don’t have a shopping list, we often end up buying food we already have at home. Because food is perishable, buying more than you can consume is a very bad idea.

Time saving

Yes, you save time when you’re armed with a shopping list. You know exactly what you need, so you’re not wandering aimlessly through a supermarket trying to remember if there’s enough cooking oil at home to last you another week.

Reduces food waste

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a third – around 1.3 billion tonnes – of the food produced each year is lost or wasted. The statistics are staggering. A grocery list can help you reduce this waste. Food products break down and expire – remember this simple fact when you go shopping this week.

Keeps you healthy

Because you know what you need and want, when you shop with a grocery list, you’re not picking random foods off the grocery store shelves. Unplanned purchases fill our refrigerators and cupboards with foods that are neither healthy nor necessary.

Prevents multiple trips to stores

You can say goodbye to the hassle of frequent trips to the supermarket when you make a weekly shopping list. You can make a handwritten grocery list just like the good old days, which I still do. But you can also always create one on your mobile phone. Add or remove items from the list as the week progresses.

Choose a particular day of the week to do your shopping. Consider bringing your children with you as this can be a great opportunity for them to learn letters and numbers. They can also learn social skills in a market setting, where the food on their plates comes from and how to count and use money.

So next week when you go shopping, arm yourself with a shopping list for a better shopping experience.

Photo: Collected